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
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!
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!
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
[Article Collection] Incredible Collection of Coconut-Related Articles and Research from the Coconut Research Center
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.
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.
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.
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…
Media, Films, & Documentaries
Mary Newport: How To Upgrade Your Brain with Coconut Oil & Ketones
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
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
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!