Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut palms take about 5 years to mature and then they produce fruit. Although it is called a coconut the fruit is actually a drupe not a nut. It is the largest seed in the plant kingdom. Young coconuts contain a clear liquid. This is known as coconut water. It is this liquid that turns into coconut milk if the coconut is left on the palm to mature.

Coconut water as an isotonic drink

There are a number of health benefits to coconut water. It is a liquid that is 99% fat free. It is low in carbohydrates and it is low in sugars. However, coconut water is high in electrolytes and minerals that help to re-hydrate the body. Coconut water contains about 290 mg of potassium, 110 mg of chloride and contains only small amounts of sodium (per 100 ml). This makes coconut water a better isotonic drink than any sports beverage on the market. Sports drinks tend to contain much higher levels of sugar and sodium, neither of which helps people who need to re-hydrate.

Coconut water as a universal donor

Another amazing health benefit of coconut water is that it is a universal blood donor. It is a match with blood plasma. During World War 2 coconut water was taken straight from the coconut husk to give emergency blood transfusions. This is possible not only because coconut water resembles blood plasma but also because coconut water is completely sterile and safe to drink straight from the husk.

Coconut water to fight disease

Coconut water is a great drink to take as preventative medicine. It contains lauric acid the same as in mother’s milk. This lauric acid is antimicrobial, anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti protozoal. Coconut water thus helps to strengthen the body’s immune system against a variety of viruses and other diseases. Many people who live in the Philippines and the Caribbean have never experienced a cold because they regularly drink coconut water.

Other health benefits of coconut water

Coconut water also helps to carry nutrients and oxygen to the blood cells and has been shown to raise the metabolism and help clean the digestive tract. Poor circulation is improved by regularly drinking coconut water and relief from urethral and kidney stones can be gained by drinking coconut water.

Coconut water is the giver of life

The coconut in Sanskrit is kalpa vriksha which translates as ‘tree which gives all that is necessary for life’. When you look into the health benefits of coconut water it is much easier to understand why the ancient Aryans of India had such a high regard for the coconut. If you drink coconut water every day you reduce your chances of catching disease and cancer, you properly re-hydrate your body, you improve your blood circulation and you detox. That is more than any man made drink can achieve.

Coconut Oil Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Drug companies have had little success developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Medivation and Pfizer’s new drug dimebon to combat Alzheimer’s disease was recently scrapped after Phase III results showed the drug didn’t have any impact on the disease. This caused the companies involved to lose $725 million (see note 1). Pfizer is only interested in making patented drugs that increase share price and profits. They are unlikely to produce a pill containing coconut oil to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because they can’t claim the rights to coconut oil. Yet, new medical evidence suggests that taking coconut oil in the diet is the best way to prevent AD as well as to treat the devastating disease.

In order to treat a disease it is necessary to understand it. Alzheimer’s is caused when the brain no longer receives enough energy in the form of glucose. This causes brain cells to die and for sufferers to lose memory and other mental abilities.

It is key to note that the brain represents 2% of our total body weight but it contains 25% of all the cholesterol found in the body. Cholesterol is needed as an antioxidant and as an electrical insulator. Moreover, cholesterol is part of the brain’s neural network and the synaptic network. And yet, the medical establishment still tells us how bad cholesterol is in the diet. The truth is that HDL cholesterol is actually vital for good health.

As noted repeatedly in this website the media-induced wisdom that polyunsaturated fats are good for us as they allow us to lower our cholesterol levels is simply wrong. Polyunsaturated fats are bad for us. Having a low cholesterol diet is bad for us.

In the case of Alzheimer’s disease increasing cholesterol in the diet by eating coconut oil can effectively treat the disease. Dr. Mary Newport found her husband was developing AD and she started adding coconut oil to her husband’s diet. The result was that the deterioration caused by AD was halted, and indeed her husband started to show signs of recovery. For more about this story see the YouTube video below.

In an article in the European Journal of Internal Medicine (see note 2) researchers note the connection between insulin resistance in the brain and the onset of AD. This makes AD similar to type 3 diabetes. The authors of the article conclude that AD is caused by a defect in cholesterol metabolism in the brain. They further point out that the high fructose levels found in corn oil is ten times more reactive than glucose. It causes glycation and impairs serum proteins which lead to reduced cholesterol levels in the brain. Supporting evidence for this theory is that patients with type 2 diabetes are up to 5 times more likely to develop AD.

How Coconut Oil fights Alzheimer’s Disease

An insulin problem impedes brain cells from accepting glucose. This is food for the brain, and starved of glucose the brain cells start to die. When you eat coconut oil ketones are metabolized in the liver. These ketones travel to the brain and nourish the brain cells stopping them dying. It is food containing medium chain triglycerides that can deliver ketones that combat AD. Polyunsaturated fats like soy and vegetables oils contain long chain triglycerides that don’t give the body ketones. It is this fact that makes coconut oil an important remedy to AD.

Another factor that is believed to cause AD is lipid oxidation. Polyunsaturated fats oxidize quickly, and cause oxidation in the body. In contrast, coconut oil has strong anti-oxidant properties. It can remain on the shelf for 2 years without going rancid.

Alzheimer’s disease starts to develop years before it is noticed. Thus, it is a good idea to regularly take coconut oil in your diet as a preventative measure. The more studies that are done on the health benefits of coconut oil the more we are discovering that the ‘official’ insistence on unsaturated fats is wrong, and the more we are also discovering coconut oil has unique properties that keep our bodies healthy in a number of ways.

Benefits of coconut oil for dogs

Keeping your pet healthy: coconut oil for dogs

This website seeks not only to explain the benefits of coconut oil for humans but also for pets. If you regularly take coconut oil as a health supplement and are impressed with the results it is very likely that you will be interested in sharing these benefits with your dog. There are several health benefits of coconut oil for dogs.

Coconut oil has a very good record for helping dogs with a number of problems. Coconut oil is delicious for dogs and it is a natural medicine. The only possible negative side effect of giving dogs coconut oil in their food is that the stools can become loose and greasy. This is because the coconut oil has been added too rapidly to the dog’s diet. It is recommended that you start with half a tablespoon of coconut oil a day for every 20 pounds that the dog weighs. Over time the dosage should be increased to one or two teaspoons a day for each 20 pounds of weight. You can add the coconut oil for dogs either to the dog food or feed it directly to the dog. Another possibility is to feed the dog Cocotherapys coconut chips as a food supplement.

Health Benefits of Coconut oil for Dogs

Coconut oil in the diet of dogs helps to keep the fur shiny and healthy looking. It is also possible to slowly massage coconut oil into the fur. The coconut oil moisturizes the skin and keeps it healthy. Also coconut oil is a great moisturizer for cracked paws.

Coconut oil helps to deodorize dogs. Both in the fur and in the diet of a dog the coconut oil helps to reduce doggy smells and is a good alternative to constant shampooing.

Coconut oil in the diet has been shown to have a strong correlation with increased thyroid activity in humans and the same is true for canines. Coconut oil as a health supplement for dogs helps to improve the immunity system of the animal and protect against cancer and other serious diseases.

Also coconut oil contains lauric acid that becomes monolaurin in the human and canine body that is an antimicrobial agent that protects the dog from viral infections. Living with humans can subject canines to new viral attacks that they are unable to repel. Coconut oil helps to give the animal better protection in such cases.

The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are readily metabolized by dogs the same as humans. To help dogs lose weight it is a good idea to include a small amount of coconut oil in the dog food. It helps them burn off excess body weight.

Often it is the case that dogs hunt out garbage and other unhealthy foods. Their digestive system needs to detox from this poor quality food. Coconut oil for dogs helps with this process of detoxing. Caution should be taken to not attempt a rapid detoxing of the dog as it can cause a shock to the dog’s system.

Coconut oil has been found beneficial by many dog owners to treat ear infections, yeast infections and to settle the stomach.

Another use of coconut oil for canines is as toothpaste. Dogs love the taste of the oil and it helps to kill bad bacteria in the mouth and make the breath smell better.

Coconut Oil for dogs is cheap, natural and effective

Coconut oil is healthy for dogs. They love the taste of the oil. It can be added to food or given separately. It is important, as with people, to give your dog the best – that means organic virgin coconut oil not RBD coconut oil that is bleached, deodorized and contains impurities. The great thing about using coconut oil for keeping your dog healthy is that it is cheaper and better for the dog than many dog supplements currently on the market.

Coconut Pioneers: Mary Gertude Enig

Mary Enig iconoclast and champion of coconut oil

Mary Gertrude Enig is one of the first establishment figures in America to challenge the orthodox view that saturated fats in a diet increase the risks of heart disease. Her research clearly shows the importance of including fats such as coconut oil in a healthy diet. Enig at one point was a whistle blower when research data was altered to promote polyunsaturated fats. In many ways Mary Enig PhD is a pioneer for the cause of  coconut oil in the diet.

Not a Maverick

Mary Enig is not a maverick with an obscure educational history. Far from it; she is at the heart of the educational establishment in America. Enig attended the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). She received an MS, and later a PhD in Nutritional Sciences in 1984. She was a faculty research associate at UMCP with the Lipids Research Group in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1984 to 1991. She has published scientific papers on food fats and oils and is a former editor of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Enig first caught the attention of the public with her early work on trans-fats. She was one of the first to warn that trans fatty acids lower the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body and campaigned for proper labeling on food items to inform people of this. Her pressure helped to make this mandatory in the USA.

She soon established her position that butter and coconut oil were not bad as previously thought and did not lead to heart disease. She has been tireless advocate of using coconut oil in the diet. She cited from the research of Jon J. Kabara that showed that coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that could be used to treat HIV and other viral diseases.

She was also influenced by the work of Weston A. Price who advocated traditional diets that were often high in so called ‘saturated fats’. With Sally Fallon Enig wrote the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat in which she explained that butter, coconut oil, cream, lard and goose fat were all part of a healthy diet. She also posited that people on low fat diets were drained of energy and suffered from ‘fat deficiency’. This very much challenged the orthodoxy that polyunsaturated fats were healthy and that saturated fats were unhealthy.

Enig the whistle blower

In 1977 Mary G. Enig was invited to join a US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs that was chaired by Senator George McGovern. The official conclusion of the committee stated that the consumption of saturated fats had been ‘related to 6 out 10 of the leading causes of death’ in the USA.

Enig blew the whistle on what she saw as a deliberate manipulation of data and stated that the Committee findings were inaccurate since the consumption of animal fats and in particular saturated fats had fallen since the Twentieth Century. She also showed that the data pointed to the fact that vegetable fat consumption increased the risk of cancer and that there was no correlation between animal fats and cancer. Enig did not mince her words in declaring that the analysts for the committee had manipulated data to obtain inaccurate results.

The power of the American agribusiness sector

Here clearly is an example of the power and influence of the agricultural sector in America. Corn and soy each take up 2% of America’s land mass and corn oil, soy oil and other vegetable oils are leading profit makers for America’s food Brahmins. Such is the power of agribusiness in America that they were able to ‘fix’ a report to suit their needs.

Mary Enig published a paper in 1978 explaining her findings. The edible oils industry were horrified and tried to discredit her. Enig continued her studies at the University of Maryland despite a deliberate lack of funding. Enig and a team of scientists analysed the amount of trans fats in food stuffs in America. They also sought to prove that trans fats interfered with enzymes that neutralized carcinogens. The work culminated in a paper in 1983 which showed that margarine contained between 31% and 45% trans fats. Shortenings found in cookies and baked products contained 35% trans fats. The paper concluded that the average America ate 12 grams of trans fats a day. This was in contradiction to the Institute for Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) that claimed Americans only had 6 to 8 grams of trans fats in their daily diet.

Europe supports Enigs findings

It was not until the 1990s that the mainstream media and the political machine in Washington started to take seriously what Enig and her colleagues at UMCP had been saying for nearly 20 years. The breakthrough came with a number of papers from Europe confirming Enig’s research that trans fats in vegetable oils and soy oil was causing cancer and heart disease.

Mary Enig is now regarded as one of the leading authorities on trans fats. Throughout she has been a tireless advocate for coconut oil in the diet. Recently she has taken up the subject of fighting AIDS through nutrition.

Mary Enig on the Forward Motion Show talking about trans fats, coconut oil etc.

Watch this youtube clip to get a quick idea of Mary Enigs ideas. The hostess of this show is a bit irritating but eventually she lets the scientist speak and then the facts and the conspiracy of saturated fat being bad for you comes out.