Day 18: Coconuts

Coconuts, the Health Benefits of Coconut Oil, How to Open a Young Coconut, Coconut Kefir

Welcome to Day 18!

Another great day—and more information to liven and enlighten! If after today, you are not convinced that coconuts are an amazing food to integrate into your diet, we will be very suprised!

You will definitely want to check out the classic, The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife. The coconut research out there is extensive. This file will give you a good working understanding of how eating young coconuts–their water and pulp–and eating coconut oil can improve your health immensely. For a quick preview, below are:

The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Research and clinical observation have shown that medium-chain fatty acids, like those found in coconut oil, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

  • Kills viruses that cause mononucleosis, influenza, hepatitis C, measles, herpes, AIDS and other illnesses

  • Kills bacteria that cause pneumonia, earache, throat infections, dental cavities, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhea, and dozens of other diseases

  • Kills fungi and yeast that cause candida, jock itch, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash and other infections

  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites

  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy

  • Boosts energy and endurance enhancing physical and athletic performance

  • Improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids

  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose

  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body

  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis

  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes

  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis

  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth

  • Helps protect against osteoporosis

  • Helps relieve symptoms of gallbladder disease

  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers

  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids

  • Reduces chronic inflammation

  • Supports tissue healing and repair

  • Supports and aids immune system function

  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers

  • Is heart healthy; does not increase blood cholesterol or platelet stickiness

  • Helps prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke

  • Helps prevent high blood pressure

  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay

  • Functions as a protective antioxidant

  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free-radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease

  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do . Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation

  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome . Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement)

  • Reduces epileptic seizures

  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections

  • Helps prevent liver disease

  • Supports thyroid function

  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate

  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.

  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems

  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward off infection

  • Reduces symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis

  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin

  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking

  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots

  • Promotes healthy-looking hair and complexion

  • Provides protection from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun

  • Controls dandruff

  • Helps you look and feel younger

  • Is resistant to oxidation, so has a long shelf life

  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperatures like other vegetable oils do

  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects

  • Is completely non-toxic to humans

On a Juice Feast, you can drink young coconut water with Spirulina or green superfood powders mixed in, in place of fruit juice. Do remember that the glycemic index of coconut water is high, so please drink it mid-day, preferably after some exercise when your body is looking to assimilate more carbohydrates, and only if your fasting blood sugar numbers that you took at the beginning of the feast allow for some fruit juice. The pulp from the coconut you can eat after the Juice Feast. It stores well in the freezer. There is a caveat, however.

Young coconuts, because of the shipping realities, have their sour points, as you will read in the Young Coconuts file below. Katrina and I still use them sparingly, and even with the qualities about them that are less than the best, they make a great transitional food as you are getting into a more plant-centered cuisine.

Also, there are some great bottled coconut water products on the market that are not raw, but still can be a good intro to coconut water until you can get fresh coconuts – or best yet – green unhusked coconuts!

See you in The Green Room!

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David Wolfe on Coconuts

Theme Music: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

How to Open a Young Coconut, Fast

Humor: “Lime in the Coconut” From Season 4 of The Muppet Show guest starring Kenny Rogers :)

Juicy Tips: Empty Coconut Shells

Young coconut shells can take about 5 years or more to compost, so be aware of this if you are composting them. The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, in its coconut heyday in 2003-2004, tried to figure out how to compost the thousands of coconuts that were being eaten there. We figure that Philip Madeley, the former Head Chef at the Tree, probably opened over 10,000 coconuts while working in the kitchen there. The TOL tried to grind coconut shells, but this proved too difficult, and decided to allow the shells to dry out and compost over time. One thing you can do with coconut shells is use them as planters, and this is generally somethiing to do with children - but who knows? You may want to grow wheatgrass in a coconut shell yourself!


Today’s Downloads

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This file goes into depth on the miracle of coconuts and coconut oil. This is our main file on Coconuts. The file below, “Young Coconuts,” specifically details why young coconuts shipped from Southeast Asia may be too processed for your health. But big Green Coconuts and raw virgin coconut oil are amazing.

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Young Coconuts

Coconuts are one of nature’s most miraculous foods – you can drink 2-year filtered water right from the center. And then there are the healing miracles contained within the coconut meat itself. Wow. This file will look at the miracles of healthy coconuts, and also why the young coconuts shipped from Southeast Asia may not be the best type of coconut to eat due to industrial shipping practices. Find some healthy coconuts, and enjoy the water while you Juice Feast!

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Lauric Acid and Monolaurin from Coconut Oil

Well, the miracle is abundantly clear. But in case you want some more unforgettable information and research into why using coconut oil on your skin, teeth & gums, and as a premier antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, Alzheimer’s prevention substance is so crucial, check out this file. Lots of hard work – and information I did not know about coconut oil until 2012 – even after years of study in nutrition and health. Enjoy!

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the truth about coconut oil

There is widespread misconception that coconut oil is bad for you because it is said to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease. In fact, studies said to “prove” these assertions were flawed. In one study, there were no Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) provided in the diet; the absence of these EFAs alone would be expected to cause the results. Widespread studies of coconut-consuming populations such as those found in Polynesia and Sri Lanka, show that “dietary coconut oil does not lead to high serum cholesterol nor to high coronary heart disease mortality or morbidity.”

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what if there was a cure for alzheimer’s and no one knew?y

A Case Study by Dr. Mary Newport: “Until very recently, I didn't see anything regarding the potential use of medium chain triglycerides (MCT oil), or ketone bodies (also called ketoacids,) the end product of their metabolism, which may not only treat, but also prevent Alzheimer's disease. Further, this is a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), drug resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and diabetes type II, where there is insulin resistance. Ketone bodies may help the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns through adults, may help the heart recover after an acute attack, and may shrink cancerous tumors.”

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Health Oils from the Tree of Life by Jon Kabara, PhD

Never before in the history of man is it so important to emphasize the value of Lauric Oils. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother’s milk and have similar nutriceutical effects. These health effects were recognized centuries ago in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic (knowledge of life) medicine is based on the teaching of the Veda, the oldest (circa 1500 BC) scripture of Hinduism. Sanskrit is the literary language of the Vedas and Hinduism. The knowledge of the aborigines of Nicobar Islands and the tribal population of other parts of India on the medicinal application of coconut palm products is extensive. They depended on these products for treating numerous ailments. Even a transient account of ancient therapeutic applications of coconut palm products would be too extensive for this review. Consequently, only a brief accounting will be given on the historical use of coconut oil as a medicine whose benefits results from its content of medium-chain fats.

Online Articles

Is coconut oil the secret cure for Alzheimer’s disease? by David Gutierrez

A doctor says that taking just four teaspoons of coconut oil per day reversed her husband’s dementia.

Coconut Oil may help fight childhood pneumonia (US News and World Report)

New Extensive Research From Sri Lanka Shows Coconut Oil Has No Risk to CVD, and that Coconut Residue has Great Promise for Treating Heart Disease by Brian Shilhavy

Virgin Coconut Oil and Diabetes

Virgin Coconut Oil and Viruses

Thyroid Health and Virgin Coconut Oil

[Article Collection] Incredible Collection of Coconut-Related Articles and Research from the Coconut Research Center

A New Look at Coconut Oil

A review of the diet/heart disease literature relevant to coconut oil clearly indicates that coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to atherogenicity of fats and oils and, in fact, is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease. Additionally, coconut oil provides a source of antimicrobial lipid for individuals with compromised immune systems and is a nonpromoting fat with respect to chemical carcinogenesis.

The Latest Studies on Coconut Oil

There is a variety of supportive research published in 2003, 2004, and 2005, which shows the importance of coconut oil. Also, information on coconut oil is currently coming into the research literature from numerous countries, including India, Norway, Iran and the United States.

The following are some of the most recent studies showing the benefits of coconut oil. These studies contradict claims that coconut oil contributes to heart disease and also support earlier research showing an antimicrobial role for the fatty acids in this traditional fat.

More Good News on Coconut Oil

One of the most serious and intractible medical problems facing doctors today is that of antibiotic-resistant infectious microorganisms, the so-called “superbugs.” One example is MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), now a common source of blood poisoning and infection in hospitals (see sidebar below). Other exampless of antibiotic-resistant infectious agents include Bacillus anthracis Sterne, virulent Escherichia coli, Klebsiela pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, and Mycobacterium terrae, viruses with lipid membranes, and a number of invasive fungi.

This problem has led to interest in researching the use of natural products to enhance the treatment of infectious disease, such as coconut oil and other oils rich in lauric acid as well as herbal remedies like originum oil, substances traditionally recognized for decades for their healing properties. The antimicrobial properties of both volatile aromatic oils such as originum (oregano) oil and medium chain fatty acids such as lauric acid and its derivative monolaurin from coconut oil have shown promise in these studies.

In the Land of Oz: The Latest Attack on Coconut Oil

As health-seekers in the know are increasingly consuming saturated fats, they should expect to see attacks on traditional fats in the media and in the scientific journals—both of which receive substantial financial support from the vegetable oil and fast food industries. The most recent attack comes from Dr. Mehmet Oz and his co-author Dr. Mike Roizen in a blistering article entitled “Don’t Monkey with Coconut Oil,” widely published in the newspapers in mid November…

Great Books

by Bruce Fife, ND

Use nature’s elixir to lose weight, prevent heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and beautify skin and hair. Can saturated fat be good for you?

Natural coconut oil-not the hydrogenated version often found in processed foods-is a saturated fat, but not the kind your doctor has warned you about. Studies have shown that this uniquely curative oil actually has innumerable health benefits ranging from disease prevention to anti-aging. Now, in his revised edition of the first book to describe the therapeutic properties of coconut oil, Bruce Fife offers a nutrition plan with dozens of tasty recipes that will allow anyone to experience the healing miracles of what he deems the “perfect food.” When taken as a supplement, used in cooking, or applied to directly to the skin, coconut oil has been found to:

+ Promote weight loss
+ Help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases
+ Strengthen the immune system
+ Improve digestion
+ Prevent premature aging of the skin

by Brian Shilhavy and Marianita Jader Shilhavy

People losing weight when nothing else worked, new energy and increased body temperatures from those suffering from hypothyroidism, skin rashes and other problems clearing up: these are a few examples of the testimonies from people using Virgin Coconut Oil that you will read about in this book. The book contains over 100 testimonies to the healing properties of Virgin Coconut Oil, and also contains over 75 recipes showing you how to incorporate Virgin Coconut Oil into your diet. Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives, and how it can change yours! is the most practical book written on the health benefits of coconut oil. Based on years of research and the experience of Brian and Marianita Shilhavy, this book documents how tropical cultures eating a diet high in the saturated fat of coconut oil enjoy long healthy lives. It also shows how a premium Virgin Coconut Oil has changed thousands of lives outside the tropics, in helping with obesity, hypothyroidism, diabetes, Candida, infections, digestive disorders, skin problems, and more.

by Bruce Fife, ND

Coconut water is a refreshing beverage that comes from coconuts. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition containing a complex blend of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carbohydrates, antioxidants, enzymes, health enhancing growth hormones, and other phytonutrients. Because its electrolyte (ionic mineral) content is similar to human plasma, it has gained international acclaim as a natural sports drink for oral rehydration. As such, it has proven superior to commercial sports drinks. Unlike other beverages, it is completely compatible with the human body, in so much that it can be infused directly into the bloodstream. In fact, doctors have used coconut water successfully as an intravenous fluid for over 60 years.

Coconut water’s unique nutritional profile gives it the power to balance body chemistry, ward off disease, fight cancer, and retard aging. History and folklore credit coconut water with remarkable healing powers, which medical science is now confirming.

Media, Films, & Documentaries

Mary Newport: How To Upgrade Your Brain with Coconut Oil & Ketones

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Mary T. Newport, M.D. cured her husband’s Alzheimer’s disease with coconut oil and ketones.  After struggling to find a way to help her ailing husband, Dr. Newport stumbled upon evidence ketones and ketogenic diets could be an effective treatment for degenerative diseases.  She began testing her hypothesis on her husband and got amazing results.

After further research, Dr. Newport realized ketones have a host of other health improving effects.  Dr. Mary Newport comes on Bulletproof Executive Radio to share some of these unique health promoting effects, and tells how we can use them in our daily lives to improve brain performance.  If you want to improve your health, become more resilient to disease, and increase your cognitive abilities – you’ll want to listen to this interview with Dr. Newport.

Bruce Fife, ND: The Coconut Oil Miracle Interview

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In this interview Dr. Bruce Fife discusses some of the important benefits of coconut oil. Dr. Fife has written numerous books on the benefits of coconut oil and was one of the first to come out against conventional wisdom to declare that coconut oil was a healthy and beneficial oil. 15 years ago the medical profession was strongly against coconut oil. Dr. Fife was well ahead of the curve. Now we see coconut and coconut oil in a new light. His first book is The Coconut Oil Miracle.

Bruce Fife, ND: UW Radio Interview on The Coconut Oil Miracle

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Bruce Fife, author of The Coconut Oil Miracle, stops by UW Radio to discuss the innumerable health benefits of coconut oil, ranging from disease prevention to anti-aging. Topics will include: how the use of coconut oil can promote weight loss, help protect against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many other degenerative diseases, strengthen the immune system, and much more!

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