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Coconut Oil

Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm. The oil of the nut (fruit) is used to make medicine.

Some products are referred to as “virgin” coconut oil. Unlike olive oil, there is no industry standard for the meaning of “virgin” coconut oil. The term has come to mean that the oil is generally unprocessed. For example, virgin coconut oil usually has not been bleached, deodorized, or refined.

Some coconut oil products claim to be “cold pressed” coconut oil. This generally means that a mechanical method of pressing out the oil is used, but without the use of any outside heat source. The high pressure needed to press out the oil generates some heat naturally, but the temperature is controlled so that temperatures do not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Coconut oil is used for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid conditions, energy, and boosting the immune system. Ironically, despite coconut oil’s high calorie and saturated fat content, some people use it to lose weight and lower cholesterol.

Coconut oil is sometimes applied to the skin as a moisturizer and to treat a skin condition called psoriasis.

How effective is it?

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

The effectiveness ratings for COCONUT OIL are as follows:

Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…

  • Head lice. Developing research shows that a spray containing coconut oil, anise oil, and ylang ylang oil appears to be effective for treating head lice in children. It seems to work about as well as a spray containing chemical insecticides.
  • Psoriasis. Applying coconut oil to the skin before treatment of psoriasis with ultraviolet B (UVB) or psoralen and ultraviolet A (PUVA) light therapy doesn’t seem to improve effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Heart disease. A study in India suggested that eating coconut or taking coconut oil doesn’t seem to affect the chances of having a heart attack or developing chest pain (angina).
  • Obesity. Some developing research shows that taking coconut oil 10 mL three times daily might reduce waist size after 1-6 weeks of use.
  • Newborn weight gain. Some research shows that massaging premature newborns with coconut oil can improve weight gain and growth.
  • High cholesterol. Some research suggests that dietary use of coconut oil is linked to increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol, but does not increase levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol. However, a study comparing a diet rich in coconut oil to diets rich in beef fat or safflower oil found that coconut oil can increase both HDL and LDL cholesterol.
  • Diarrhea. A study in children found that incorporating coconut oil into the diet can reduce the length of diarrhea, but another study found that it was no more effective than a cow milk-based diet. The effect of coconut oil alone is not clear.
  • Dry skin. Developing research shows that applying coconut oil to the skin twice daily can improve skin moisture in people with dry skin.
  • Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Diabetes.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Thyroid conditions.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate coconut oil for these uses.

How does it work?

Coconut oil is high in a saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides. These fats work differently than other types of saturated fat in the body. However, research on the effects of these types of fats in the body is very preliminary.

When applied to the skin, coconut oil has a moisturizing effect.

Are there safety concerns?

Coconut oil is safe for most people if used in amounts commonly found in foods. It also appears to be safe when applied to the scalp in combination with other herbs.

Since coconut oil has a high fat content, there is concern that it might increase weight if used in large amounts or that it might increase cholesterol levels. However, these concerns have not been proven in scientific research.

The safety of coconut oil used in medicinal amounts is unknown.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Coconut oil is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women when used in the amounts normally found in the diet. But the safety of using coconut oil in larger amounts is not known. It’s best to stick to food amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

High cholesterol: There is concern that coconut oil might increase total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol. But there is contradictory evidence that shows that coconut oil might actually increase levels of “good” cholesterol and have little to no effect on total or “bad” cholesterol levels.

Are there interactions with medications?

 
 
 
It is not known if this product interacts with any medicines.

Before taking this product, talk with your health professional if you take any medications.

Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?

Blond psyllium
Psyllium reduces absorption of the fat in coconut oil.

Are there interactions with foods?

 
There are no known interactions with foods.

What dose is used?

The appropriate dose of coconut oil depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for coconut oil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

 

Methodology

To learn more about how this article was written, please see the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database methodology.

References

  1. Bhan MK, Arora NK, Khoshoo V, et al. Comparison of a lactose-free cereal-based formula and cow’s milk in infants and children with acute gastroenteritis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 1988;7:208-13. View abstract.
  2. Romer H, Guerra M, Pina JM, et al. Realimentation of dehydrated children with acute diarrhea: comparison of cow’s milk to a chicken-based formula. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 1991;13:46-51. View abstract.
  3. Liau KM, Lee YY, Chen CK, Rasool AH. An open-label pilot study to assess the efficacy and safety of virgin coconut oil in reducing visceral adiposity. ISRN Pharmacol 2011;2011:949686. View abstract.
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Seventy percent of American smokers want to quit

(NaturalNews) Outside the office buildings they huddle in the cold. Away from the dinner parties they’re “isolated” and some of them ashamed of themselves for still being engulfed by the habit. Like outcasts, the pariahs gather and inhale — hold — exhale 7,000 chemicals through a long white tube of paper full of tobacco and loaded with a short-term stimulant — the second most addictive kind on the planet. “Gluttons for punishment” — the non-smokers may call them. They know what they’re doing to their bodies. So where’s the sympathy for the plight, the blight, the horror of not being able to quit something you want to very badly? Where are the non-smokers who empathize? Where are the nutritionists now, to scream at them, that nutrition is the key to longevity, or at this point, has everyone just given up?

Research blames income levels for a high correlation of smokers of commercial cigarettes, meaning possibly that the poor are more stressed out, visit bars more often and drink more alcohol in general. It’s true that there is a convenient store, a liquor store, a pawn shop, a bar or a tobacco shop on just about every corner in bustling urban areas.

Does America feed “the fix”? You bet “they” do. Big Tobacco wants all the customers-for-life it can get, and it doesn’t care if they’re kids, teens, new parents, pregnant women or the elderly. Big Tobacco doesn’t care if you’re white or black, poor or rich. Big Tobacco certainly doesn’t care what political affiliation you have, but they do care about which cancer hospital you check into. That’s just more money to fuel their investment in you, the pariah.

Only 5 percent of smokers who try to quit will succeed – that’s a lie

If you look at statistics, you will find that most cessation programs yield dismal results: under 5 percent. That may be true for the scams, because that’s the way they were designed. Think about it, if you went to gamble in Las Vegas or Atlantic City, and they didn’t let you win a little bit, you would leave and never come back. Small wins are a gambit (trade-off) for huge losses, and THAT is a given. Same goes for medications, the nicotine patch and even nicotine gum. People who use these methods usually return to smoking within six months. They can’t win for losing.

So then what’s the solution? What “quitting” program yields phenomenal results and gets more than 5 percent of smokers off those dreaded cancer sticks? Electronic cigarette, or “e-cig,” vapor yields up to 60 percent success. People who switch eliminate more than 6,000 chemicals, including pesticides, insecticides, bleach and ammonia. No, e-cigs are not a cessation “program,” but they’re helping millions of smokers get off cigarettes. Sorry, Big Tobacco, you’re losing 6 out of 10 customers “of death” to the little portable hookahs, and many of those who switch end up weaning themselves off the nicotine faster and easier than ever before. Then, insert nutrition and it’s ALL OVER, just like that!

Maca, coconut oil and kale – three secrets to remaining a non-smoker for life

Most people have never even heard the name of, much less consumed, one superfood supplement known as maca. Grown high up in the Andes Mountains of Peru, maca powder is packed with proteins, tannins and complex alkaloids. This is highly recommended when trying to quit cigarettes. Coconut oil is loaded with omega-3s, and a recent study proved that smokers are so depleted of omega-3s and overloaded with omega-6s, they don’t recover unless they supplement, but when they do supplement, they kill the cravings.

Kale is far more nutritious than other leafy greens. Kale is anti-inflammatory, loaded with iron, calcium, fiber and, yes, protein! Kale contains essential omega fatty acids. Kale builds immunity to superbugs and bacteria and is a rich source of flavanoid antioxidants. You don’t have to be a “castaway” anymore. There’s a course that includes chemical knowledge, behavior modification and nutrition. It’s called 14AndOut. Stop smoking naturally in 14 days or less. The road to health freedom is paved in front of you like a yellow brick road. Follow it.

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Healthy high-fat diet protects the brain from aging

(NaturalNews) A diet high in healthy fats may actually slow the aging process, including stemming off the brain degeneration associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen and the Nationals Institute of Health, and published in the journal Cell Metabolism. The study was funded by the Nordea-fonden through the Center for Healthy Aging.

Because DNA damage occurs as a natural side effect of everyday environmental stresses and even the body’s own metabolic processes, the body is continually repairing minor genetic damage. Many of the effects of aging, including cognitive loss, are believed to occur when the body starts to lose the ability to repair all the damage, and little DNA errors start to build up. Such DNA damage is also believed to contribute to more specific diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

Ketones are key

For this reason, the researchers studied mice with a defective ability to repair DNA. An identical defect in humans causes the disorder known as Cockayne syndrome. Cockayne syndrome manifests in childhood and results in premature aging and death at an average age of 10-12.

The researchers found that, when the mice were placed on a high-fat diet, their symptoms of premature aging were postponed, including weight and hearing loss.

“The study is good news for children with Cockayne syndrome, because we do not currently have an effective treatment,” said lead researcher Vilhelm Bohr. “Our study suggests that a high-fat diet can postpone aging processes. A diet high in fat also seems to postpone the aging of the brain. The findings therefore potentially imply that patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the long term may benefit from the new knowledge.”

The researchers believe that a high-fat diet protects the brain by boosting supplies of its reserve fuel, known as ketones. While the brain subsists primarily on glucose, in times of sugar shortage it can instead operate off of ketones — which are made in the liver from the breakdown of fats, particularly medium-chain triglycerides such as coconut or palm oil.

In the current study, the researchers noted that coconut oil and other medium-chain triglycerides did indeed provide the greatest benefit.

“In cells from children with Cockayne syndrome, we have previously demonstrated that aging is a result of the cell repair mechanism being constantly active,” researcher Morten Scheibye-Knudsen said. “It eats into the resources and causes the cell to age very quickly. We therefore hope that a diet with a high content of coconut oil or similar fats will have a beneficial effect, because the brain cells are given extra fuel and thus the strength to repair the damage.”

The power of coconut oil

Preliminary evidence suggests that coconut oil may also be a powerful treatment for people already beginning to suffer the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. That’s because Alzheimer’s appears to interfere with the brain’s ability to process glucose, leading to starvation, cell death and worsened cognitive symptoms. Boosting the amount of ketones in the blood by eating coconut oil can therefore provide the brain with the energy it needs to prevent further cell death.

Indeed, Phase I and Phase II clinical trials showed that fats derived from coconut oil cause improvement in the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients. Unfortunately, the company backing the research chose not to proceed with the larger, more expensive Phase III trials required to receive FDA approval. Instead, the company now sells a “medical food” product called Axona, which is nothing more than coconut fats.

Because the research was halted early, mainstream medicine has yet to accept the power of coconut oil to slow or even reverse Alzheimer’s damage.

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Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/048231_healthy_fats_brain_aging_coconut_oil.html#ixzz3OMYwabzx

Reduce Abdominal Fat with Ultra Coconut Oil

Not All Coconut Oil Products
Are Created Equal…

Extra-virgin oil is considered best because the coconut oil  has not been refined, bleached, or deodorized.  In addition, extra-virgin coconut oil provides richer nutritional content than other refined coconut oil products on the market.

Experts recommend…

Don’t select coconut oil products from hydrogenated oil or oil that has been treated with heat, solvents, or bleach.

 Coconut On Green Leaves.

Coconut Oil Is Recognized For

These Key Health Benefits:

Helps support thyroid function
Helps boost metabolism
Has antiviral and antibacterial properties
Helps lower blood pressure levels
Helps improve healthy cholesterol levels
Assists weight loss
Promotes improved diabetes control
Helps increase bone strength
Contributes to better digestion
Nourishment for healthy skin & hair

Contributes to improved immune function

Summary Of Recent Research On The Benefits of Coconut Oil…

According to a 2009 study from the journal “Lipids.” consuming coconut oil may help fight excess abdominal obesity. For 12 weeks, 40 women with excess belly fat were placed on a diet, and instructed to exercise each day; They were given daily supplements containing either soybean oil or coconut oil.  Although participants of both groups lost weight, women taking the coconut oil capsules demonstrated a greater decrease in their waistline measurements.

Healthier Cholesterol Levels

New research suggests that coconut oil may help keep cholesterol under control. A recent study published in “Clinical Biochemistry” found that laboratory subjects administered virgin coconut oil for 45 days experienced a reduction in their total cholesterol and LDL “bad”cholesterol.

Tests on laboratory subjects indicate that intake of  coconut oil with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may assist in promoting loss of body fat.

 

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