COCONUT and PALM OIL
Coconut Oil – The Healing Oil
Oil for Cooking -
Coconut Oil contains 92%
and is thus
extremely stable for use in cooking, much more so than
other vegetable oils.
It will not easily oxidize (produce free radicals) when
Use expeller-pressed coconut oil for cooking, which
does not taste or smell of coconut.
Coconut Oil Contains Medium Chain-length Fatty
Acids (MCFA’s) -
2/3 of coconut oil’s
is in the form of medium chain-length fatty
acids, having only 8-12 carbons (C‘s) in their bodies.
About 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric
acid, which is a very protective fatty acid also found in mother’s breast
MCFA’s are Directly Absorbed and Don’t Require being Broken Down by Bile Salts -
Typical seed oils in the American diet contain
fatty acids, which need to be broken
down by bile salts from the liver into chains of only 14 carbons. Unused, excess
carbohydrates are also converted into 14 carbon chains and stored as
triglycerides, until their energy is needed.
Since coconut oil is already less than the 14 carbon units, instead of being
digested into the blood stream, it is directly absorbed into the portal vein and goes straight to
the liver. There it supports the immune system, helps clean out pathogens,
and then continues on to the body’s cells.
People who can not
digest food well, especially people who can not digest fats (E.g. those with cystic fibrosis or those
without gall bladders)
will thrive on coconut oil.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
Diabetic Aid -
Cells can make energy from MCFA’s without requiring insulin - Most
Americans (not just diabetics) have some degree of insulin resistance and do not
get enough energy from their food. Coconut oil does not depend on the insulin
system being in working order. Virgin
Coconut Oil has a substantial effect in reducing blood sugar levels.
Lauric acid is formed into monolaurin in the body. Monolaurin is the
antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-protozoal monoglyceride used by the
human or animal body to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV,
herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria
including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa
such as giardia lamblia.
Lauric Acid in coconut oil is Antibiotic,
Antiviral, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Parasitic –
Coconut oil contains about 50% lauric acid, which breaks down into a substance which dissolves
the lipid envelope that protects most pathogenic bacteria and viruses. It also
attacks yeast and parasites. Lauric acid is the
major fat contained in a human mother's
breast milk, and a major reason nursing infants have a high resistance to
Coconut Oil Increases
do not require any enzymes or carriers to be transported by the body or to cross
the cell membrane. Once in the cell
they are burned for energy rather than
stored as triglycerides, which increases the body's metabolism above normal. (known as
Provides Instant Energy -
People with low energy notice they have
Thyroid gland activity is increased -
Those with under-active thyroid glands find their basal temperature
becomes normal. When coconut oil is added to a balanced diet in the presence of
adequate thyroid hormone, LDL-cholesterol is enzymatically converted to the
vital anti-aging steroids, pregnenolone, progesterone and DHEA. These hormones
are required to help prevent heart disease, senility, obesity, cancer and other
diseases associated with aging and chronic degenerative diseases.
Weight Control - The increase in
thyroid function and metabolic rate explains why people and animals that
regularly eat coconut oil are lean. (Pig farmers tried to use coconut oil to
fatten their animals but instead found it made the pigs lean!)
Coconut oil cleanses the colon -
Gently softens and loosens old fecal material.
Skin, Dandruff, Hair, Deodorant
MCFA's in coconut
oil are identical to the fats found in the skin's sebum
protects the skin - from
sunburn, drying, chapping, and pathogenic bacteria. The main reason coconut oil
is used in suntan lotions is because of its high saturated fat content, which
will not oxidize and produce aging free radicals, when exposed to light, heat
and air. Use virgin coconut oil every
day, gently massaging into face and neck
It promotes overnight healing - rubbed into painful, bleeding cracks on fingers (a winter
For dandruff or red spots
on the scalp -
rub coconut oil into the scalp, leave on for about 20 minutes, then
shampoo twice (Even better than tea tree oil shampoo)
Rub it on red spots on
your skin -
adding a drop or two of lemon or lavender essential oil for
Coconut oil can be
used as an underarm deodorant
Helps hair shine - when included in
the diet and/or used externally in a hair conditioner recipe.
Coconut has been Wrongly Maligned in the Past -
Some negative studies done on coconut oil used
hydrogenated coconut oil, which has been altered from its original form.
Coconut oil used to be commonly, commercially used in cookies, crackers and
pastries, but the saturated fat scare lobbied by the domestic vegetable oil
industry, forced manufacturers to abandon this safe and healthy oil in favor of
hydrogenated soybean, corn, canola and cottonseed oils.
Just for the record, since coconut’s
MCFA’s are not present in the bloodstream, they can not be responsible for heart
Quality Coconut comes in Two Forms
Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
A good quality oil when
extracted from fresh coconut without high heat or chemicals -
Retains the taste
and scent of coconut.
VCO is the preferred form
for coconut oil's full health benefits -
Typical oral dosage is about 2-3
Tablespoons per day.
Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil (EPCO)
The best and most
stable choice of oil for cooking
A good quality oil, made
by mechanical extraction - not by using solvent extracts. EPCO is less
expensive than VCO. Steam deodorization removes the coconut taste or scent.
palm fruit) - is about 50%
saturated fatty acids (SFAs),
41% monounsaturated oleic acid and
about 9% polyunsaturated linoleic acid. Palm oil is red due to its high
beta-carotene content and has a strong, generally thought disagreeable taste,
although it is used extensively in Africa. Boiling palm oil destroys
beta-carotene producing clarified palm
oil, which is tasteless and white in color, formerly used in the U.S. as
shortening, and in the production of
commercial French fries.
Palm kernel oil -
(extracted from fruit seeds) – is about
SFAs including high levels of protective
lauric acid; used
primarily in candy coatings;