COCONUT OIL COCONUT KERNEL HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

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MINERALS OF COCONUT OIL   (Nutritional value per 100 g) 

PRINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

862 Kcal

43%

Carbohydrates

0 g

0%

Protein

0 g

0%

Total Fat

100 g

500%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

0 g

0%

VITAMINS

 

 

Folates

0 µg

0%

Niacin

0 mg

0%

Pyridoxine

0 mg

0%

Riboflavin

0 mg

0%

Thiamin

0 mg

0%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin C

0

0%

Vitamin E (γ-tocopherol)

0.20 mg

1.4%

Vitamin K

0.5 µg

<0.5%

ELECTROLYTES

 

 

Sodium

0 mg

0%

Potassium

0 mg

0%

MINERALS

 

 

Calcium

0 mg

0%

Copper

0 mg

0%

Iron

0.04 mg

0.5 %

Magnesium

0 mg

0%

Manganese

0 mg

0%

Selenium

0 µg

0%

Zinc

0 mg

0%

PHYTO-NUTRIENTS

 

 

Carotene-β

0 µg

--

Crypto-xanthin-β

0 µg

--

Lutein-zeaxanthin

0 µg

--

Phytosterols

86 mg

--

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconuts are an excellent source of nutrition and have healthful meat, juice, and oil. The oil is arguably the most nutritious and has many health benefits. Coconut oil is over 90% saturated fat and has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

Coconut oil also has antioxidant properties and it helps in the absorption of other minerals.

Coconut oil is an incredible source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which have been shown to have many health benefits.

Health:

Many health organizations advise against the consumption of high amounts of coconut oil due to its high levels of saturated fat, including the United States Food and Drug Administration,World Health Organization, International College of Nutrition, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, British National Health Service, and Dietitians of Canada.

      Coconut oil contains a large proportion of lauric acid—a saturated fat that raises blood cholesterol levels by increasing the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Most of the increase is HDL cholesterol, hence the ration of total to HDL cholesterol is decreased . It is also found in significant amounts in laurel oil, palm kernel oil (not to be confused with palm oil), human and animal breast milk, and sebaceous gland secretions. This may create a more favourable blood cholesterol profile, although it is unclear whether coconut oil may promote atherosclerosis through other pathways. Because much of the saturated fat of coconut oil is in the form of lauric acid, coconut oil may be a better alternative to partially hydrogenated vegetable oil when solid fats are required. In addition, virgin coconut oil (VCO) is composed mainly of medium-chain triglycerides, which may not carry the same risks as other saturated fats.

Advocacy against coconut and palm oils in the 1970s and 1980s due to their perceived danger as a saturated fat caused companies to substitute trans fats instead of them, unaware of their health-damaging effects.

A repellent made from coconut oil can be used to prevent tungiasis-causing sand fleas from invading the body.

BENEFITS OF ORGANIC COCONUT OIL

1.    Keep You Healthy and Slim

You can help boost and regulate your metabolism to keep your weight under control with this wonder oil.

2.     Support Your Immune System

Organic coconut oil is jam-packed with lauric acid, the immune supporting nutrient.

3.    Promote Heart Health

Packed full of healthy fats that are good for your heart, organic coconut oil is a great addition to your daily diet.

4.    Give You Instant Energy

Organic coconut oil can help you feel less fatigued and require less sleep by stimulating your metabolism. It can also enhance athletic performance.

5.    Support Healthy Thyroid Function

Organic coconut oil helps to stimulate the activity and proper functioning of this important gland which provides energy, supports the health of your skin and metabolism, and keeps your moods in balance.

6.    Help Keep Your Skin Youthful, Smooth & Healthy Looking

Using organic virgin coconut oil as a lotion will help improve your skin, hair, and nails due to its moisturizing and smoothing effects that also promote elasticity.

7.    Increase Cell Regeneration

When your metabolic rate increases, your cell regeneration speeds up, too. This means that your body will more quickly replace old cells with newer, healthier cells.

8.    Promote Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal, and Anti-Bacterial Activity

Teeming with lauric acid, organic coconut oil possesses abundant natural agents that may reduce fungus, bacteria and the viruses that cause influenza, herpes, and other illnesses.

9.    Improve Insulin Secretion

This helps to better utilize glucose to balance insulin output which can help relieve the symptoms and reduce the health risks associated with diabetes.

10.                 Protect Your Body from Disease

Organic coconut oil may help protect your body from cell damaging free radicals.  

Disclaimer:

Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.  

Other Benefits

Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of other benefits that are explained below. Using coconut oils has been shown to mildly help the following:

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney: It helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying it to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue. According to research virgin coconut oil gives relief from stress and has antioxidant properties.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, it is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental care: Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay. Recent research suggests that coconut oil is beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis.

HIV and cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing a person’s viral susceptibility for HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research has shown an indication of this effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load of HIV patients.

Heart diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, it is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Study suggests that intake of coconut oil may help to maintain healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.

Weight loss: Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. Research suggests that coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Immunity: Coconut oil strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Digestion: Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. It helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. It also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Candida: Candida, also known as Systemic Candidiasis, is a tragic disease caused from excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida Albicans in the stomach. Coconut provides relief from the inflammation caused by candida, both externally and internally. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in coconut oil help in eliminating Candida albicans.

Further, unlike other pharmaceutical treatments for candida, the effects of coconut oil is gradual and not drastic or sudden, which gives the patient an appropriate amount of time to get used to the withdrawal symptoms or Herxheimer Reactions (the name given to the symptoms accompanying body’s rejection of toxins generated during elimination of these fungi). But, in the treatment of this condition, people should systematically and gradually increase their dosages of coconut oil and shouldn’t initially start with a large quantity.

Healing and Infections: When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhoea. Finally, coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.

Coconut oil finds extensive use in food, toiletry and industrial sectors because of its unique characteristics. The numerous qualities of coconut oil reported are:

Oil of natural origin

Edible in raw form

Saturated and stable

Pleasing flavour

Light colour

Pleasant aroma

Biodegradable

High resistance to oxidative rancidity

Sharp melting behaviour

Narrow temperature range of melting

Skin friendly oil

Effective heat transfer agent in frying

Better shelf life for fried product

Contributes to palatability

Ideal for deep frying

Ideal confectionery fat

Provides moisture barrier and imparts high gloss for bakery items in spray oil use

Carrier and protective agent for fat soluble vitamins

Low viscosity

Superior baby oil

Oldest and most widely used cosmetic raw material

Contains 91 per cent assimilable glycerides

Maximum glycerine content

Easily saponifiable even in cold

Good emollient on skin, skull and hair

Gives softness and suppleness to skin on regular massaging

Spreads easily on the skin when used as massage oil

Excellent base for hair oil

Provides gloss to hair

Germicidal and antimicrobial property

Lowers evaporative loss of water from skin

Protects skin from heat

Ready penetration into the skin and appreciable water absorbing property

Nourishes the hair roots and provides coolness to the body

Imparts hardness and lathering property to soaps

Illuminant and lubricant

Does not leave a smoky flame if used in open lamps

Only slight changes on hydrogenation

Blends well with other oils

Easily hydrolyses

Highest saponification value and lowest iodine value

Potential fatty raw material in chemical industry due to its biodegradable nature

Excellent fat source in the preparation of filled milk and infant food formulae

Essential for the manufacture of toilet soaps, shaving cream, liquid soaps,

natural shampoo and other cosmetics

Desirable emulsifying property

No harmful effects due to reheating

Can be converted into diesel fuel

Essential ingredient in ghee substitutes

Contains fatty acid derivatives such as monoglycerides, fatty esters, polyol esters, fatty ethanolamide, ethoxylates, polysorbates and betaines

Contains fatty alcohol derivatives such as fatty chlorides, fatty alcohol sulphate and fatty alcohol ether sulphate.

Nutritional / Medicinal

Does not contain cholesterol (All vegetable oils does not contain cholesterol, but animal fats contain cholesterol eg: cow milk, butter, ghee, curd, non-veg foods, etc.)

Easy digestibility and absorbability

Ideal energy source in baby foods

Contains Vitamin E

Composed mainly of short and Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) or Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which have desirable qualities and functions

Reduced fat accumulation in body

Easily oxidized and therefore a preferred energy source

Requires no transport system to absorb, digest and metabolize

Very low content of Omega 6 fatty acid

Helps maintain healthy ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids when consumed as a part of diet

Rich content of lauric acid, the source of disease fighting fatty acid derivative monolaurin

Contains 6-8 per cent monounsaturated oleic acid

Inhibitory effect against certain chemical carcinogens

Superior antigenotoxic activity.

Coconut oil aids faster absorption of calcium and thereby strengthens bones and teeth.

The saturated fats in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties. Hence, coconut oil is highly effective against microbes that cause indigestion.

Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Does not elevate blood total cholesterol

Increases blood HDL cholesterol

Consumed along with coconut kernel lowers blood cholesterol

Does not elevate LDL cholesterol or LDL cholesterol / HDL cholesterol ratio

Decreases serum triglycerides

Why is coconut oil your weapon to fight Cholesterol?

It is composed mainly of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) or medium chain triglycerides (MCT) that are burned almost immediately to produce energy for the body.

They are not converted into body fat or cholesterol to the degree other fats are.

Coconut oil, has low polyunsaturated fatty acid, is very stable and resistant to oxidation.

This makes it excellent cooking oil, thereby protecting our cells against damage.

Since coconut oil is naturally saturated (>90%), it does not need hydrogenation, thereby considerably reducing the chances of high blood cholesterol and high low density lipoproteins (LDL).

On the other hand, it helps retain high-density lipoproteins (HDL) - the good cholesterol.

A diet that consists of coconut oil with its MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) ensures higher energy levels, a rise in metabolism and consequently, reduced body weight.

Coconut oil is effective in reducing body fat and lowering weight because it contains fewer calories than any other fat.

Coconut oil possesses a distinct short and medium chain fatty acid composition.

Over 70% of the saturated fatty acids present in coconut oil are short and medium chain containing less than 12 carbon atoms.

The medium chain fatty acids account for 63.5% of the total fatty acids.

The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) undergo a faster and more complete digestion in the stomach and upper small intestine than the Long Chain Triglycerides (LCTs).

The products of MCT hydrolysis are absorbed into the intestinal cells almost as fast as glucose and are carried directly to the liver.

The LCTs on the other hand, undergo a slow process of digestion and the products of digestion are then transported to the liver via the lymphatics and systemic circulation.

Consequently, the LCTs are distributed systematically to all parts of the body before reaching the liver.

LCTs are therefore, more prone to be deposited as fat in the peripheral tissues or fat depots than the short and medium chain fatty acids.

SATURATED FAT - with a difference

Coconut oil is a saturated fat from plant origin and cannot be equated with saturated fat from animal sources.

Coconut oil is healthy because it is predominantly comprised of MCFAs or MCTs, which are readily metabolised in the body and converted to energy instantaneously.

Coconut oil being a naturally saturated oil does not contain any trans fat.

Saturated fats are classified into two primary categories (1) long chain fats and (2) short and medium chain fats.

Medium chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mothers' milk.

Thus, despite the fact that saturated fats are harmful, those present in coconut oil are in a league of their own.

Lauric acid, prominent among the MCFAs present in coconut oil has qualities similar to mother's milk.

When lauric acid enters human body it gets converted to monolaurin, an immunity enhancing compound.

Good for Diabetics

Coconut oil with its MCTs, put less of a demand on the enzyme production of the pancreas.

This lessens the stress on the pancreas during meal time when insulin is produced most heavily, thus allowing the organ to function efficiently.\

Coconut oil improves the secretion of insulin thus controlling blood sugar.

It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose.

Virgin Coconut oil: (Mother of all oils)

Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is abundant in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, thus making it the 'mother of all oils'.

Extracted from fresh coconut kernel without any chemical processes, it is the purest form of coconut oil, water white in colour..

Virgin coconut oil is a major source of Lauric Acid and Vitamin E.

The virgin coconut oil is free from trans fatty acid, high in medium chain fats (MCFA) or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) known as lauric acid, which is identical to special group of fats found in human breast milk.

VCO is widely consumed as MCT oil for weight loss treatment, etc.

MCT's are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal absorption.

MCT's are metabolized very quickly in the liver and are reported to encourage an increase in energy expenditure, while decreasing fat storage.

Numerous studies suggest that substituting MCT Oil for other fats in a healthy diet may therefore help to support healthy weight and body composition.

High quality of this oil makes it an ideal massage oil for babies and also for skin and hair applications.

It protects the skin from infections caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi, prevents dandruff and hair loss.

It even eases muscular pain.

Supplement your body with antioxidants. Antioxidant is your body's natural defense against free radicals.

It prevents the chain reaction of free radicals and mars sagging and unsightly wrinkles.

Rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, virgin coconut oil slows down the ageing process and assures the best of life and  beauty to your skin.

It also helps in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins A,D,E and k. 

MINERALS OF COCONUT KERNEL:   (Nutritional value per 100 g)

RINCIPLE

NUTRIENT VALUE

PERCENTAGE OF RDA

Energy

354 Kcal

18%

Carbohydrates

15.23 g

12%

Protein

3.3 g

6%

Total Fat

33.49 g

167%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

9 g

24%

VITAMINS

Folates

26 µg

6.5%

Niacin

0.540 mg

3%

Pantothenic acid

0.300 mg

6%

Pyridoxine

0.054 mg

4%

Riboflavin

0.020 mg

1.5%

Thiamin

0.066 mg

5.5%

Vitamin C

3.3 mg

5.5%

Vitamin A

0 IU

0%

Vitamin E

0.24 mg

2%

Vitamin K

0.2 µg

<1%

ELECTROLYTES

Sodium

20 mg

1%

Potassium

356 mg

7.5%

MINERALS

Calcium

14 mg

1.4%

Copper

0.435 mg

48%

Iron

2.43 mg

30%

Magnesium

32 mg

8%

Manganese

1.500 mg

65%

Phosphorus

113 mg

16%

Selenium

10.1 µg

18%

Zinc

1.10 mg

10%

PHYTO-NUTRIENTS

Carotene, beta

0 µg

--

Phytosterols

47 mg

--

 

BENEFITS OF COCONUT KERNEL:

Coconut kernel is nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals

Coconut is a natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral food.

You can get the benefit of coconut fibre by eating fresh or dried coconut and adding coconut to recipes.

A multitude of studies have demonstrated that dietary fibre protects against heart attacks and strokes.

Diet rich in coconut kernel prevent digestive disorders and it regulates bowel activity.

It restores thyroid functions and increases the metabolic rate.

Coconut flour is the residue obtained after extraction of milk from kernel. It is dried, defatted and finely ground into a powder resembling wheat flour.

Coconut flour is low in indigestible carbohydrate and high in fibre (61%).

What the Tradition says

The property of an oil follows the source from which it is extracted.

Coconut fruit belongs to the sweet group. Sweet is creative of Kapha and which acts against Vata and Pitta.

              Regarding the properties of the fruits of the sweet group, Vagbhata says "They are builders, heavy and cooling. They are with sweet taste and in post digestion also sweet. They are unctuous but a bit holding up of bowels; good to release burning sensation, to heal lesions and hurts due to accidents, etc. It clears bloods and subsides Pitta (the heat). It promotes Kapha and semen (improves sexual potency)" . etc...

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