Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World With Its Incredible Properties
I love, love, coconut oil for a myriad of reasons that relate to many different aspects of my health and wellness. First of all, coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid. This is a saturated fat that’s found in coconut and in mother’s milk. Because of the medium bonds in this fat, it burns in a completely different way than other fats. Coconut oil is burned in the liver instead of going through the longer process of using bile and breaking down into a usable fat. This becomes a fast food source as it can raise metabolism and help thyroid function. I witnessed this many times with my daughter Maci when she would consume coconut oil while she was struggling with IBS. She would suddenly get a burst of energy and I would hear her dancing and exercising in her room when moments before she had been laying around. Coconut oil is burned like a carbohydrate, it will burn first and not last like most fats.
Removes Cysts and Ringworm
In addition to being a good energy source, coconut oil contains lauric acid, a fat found in mother’s milk that has antibacterial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. I witnessed this firsthand when it got rid of a case of my ringworm (which is caused by a fungus). Coconut oil also removed cysts that I had on my skin for years that would never go away – after I started applying coconut oil topically, they dissolved and went away. I wish more people knew about this. Just recently, my daughter Holli found a large cyst on her leg and one that a nurse said needed to be lanced or removed surgically. We decided to try coconut oil instead and Holli was faithful, rubbing it on a couple of times a day. We were amazed as we watched it shrink until it was gone. It is also fabulous for diaper rash and will work miracles on skin issues of any kind.
Why did this super fat disappear for many years?
Since it is so powerful, why did this super fat disappear for many years? It got a bad rap because they took this incredible oil and changed it through the process of hydrogenation which will make any fat a bad fat. Then they did studies on the hydrogenated fat, deemed it bad, and we all stopped using it. Coconut oil faded into the background while polyunsaturated fats took its place. They changed it to make oils more stable on store shelves because fats can go rancid very quickly. Coconut oil doesn’t have this problem; but just the same, they changed it anyway and turned it into a harmful fat. Fortunately, that has all changed and it is back in its original form. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels and now many are singing its praises.
When I discovered it back in 2001, I was blown away by all its wonderful uses and to this day it is my favorite fat.
Here are some different ways to use coconut oil.
Coconut oil is great for helping to kill Candida because of the caprylic acid, a potent anti-fungal agent found exclusively in coconut oil. There can be significant die-off reactions from consuming this, so don’t be surprised if you detox from coconut oil when you start consuming it. Check out my Candida and Cultured Food Post.
High Heat Cooking Oil
I use coconut oil to cook with, and even at high heat it remains stable. Oils that are healthy at room temperature can become unhealthy when heated above certain temperatures. Coconut oil can withstand the high heat of cooking and even deep frying, and is resistant to oxidation compared to highly unsaturated vegetable oils. It’s wonderful in breads and baked goods, and so good when making a tub of popcorn, or putting a spoonful in smoothies.
I use coconut oil on my skin as a lotion. When applied to the skin, coconut oil can block out up to 20% of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, as shown in this 2011 study. Check out my Whipped Coconut Lotion Recipe!
Waxing Your Car or Boat
Last year I couldn’t find my coconut oil anywhere and finally found it with my husband. He was so excited because he found that coconut oil is fabulous for waxing our boat, so I bought him his own bucket of coconut oil.
There are many coconut oils on the market so let me tell you about some of the ones I use. Virgin coconut oil has a coconut taste, but I also use the organic expeller pressed coconut oil which has no flavor at all and is made the “old” way by expeller-pressed mechanical extraction. These are just a few of the ways I use and consume coconut oil. I also have lots of coconut recipes, too. Coconut oil is wonderful for you.
Here are a bunch of my favorite recipes.