|Coconut oil benefits our health in many ways, but this oil is especially good at protecting us from free radical damage. Unlike many other oils, it remains stable even when used with high heat.|
The benefits of coconut oil are the result of this saturated fat consisting primarily of medium chained fatty acids.
According to David Wolfe, the author of Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, coconut oil benefits include:
"Improved digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
Contain antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial saturated fatty acids
Improves the utilization of blood sugar
Improves absorption of the right kinds of calcium and magnesium ions
Contain powerful antioxidants
Help regulate and support healthy hormone production
Supports healthy cholesterol formation in the liver"
Virgin coconut oil benefits are found in virgin coconut oil which uses fresh coconut meat.
No chemicals or high heat are used in the processing method.
Look for a product that is certified organic and made from fresh, organic coconuts.
Coconut oil is NOT hydrogenated, and contains NO trans fatty acids. Although it is a saturated fat, it is a medium chain fatty acid. This means that the body uses it more efficiently and it can be used quickly for energy.
To improve our health we need to focus on how to reduce inflammation in the body. There are saturated and unsaturated fats that contribute to inflammation and are pro-inflammatory. And there are fats that reduce inflammation - they are anti-inflammatory.
Coconut oil is an oil that is anti-inflammatory. It is rich in
antioxidants and does not oxidize at high temperatures like other oils
do, including olive oil. It also has a longer shelf life than other oils which quickly become rancid which means they then become pro-inflammatory.
Most oils when heated turn into trans fats which then become pro-inflammatory.
Neurologist, David Perlmutter, states in his book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers , "...coconut oil can help prevent and treat neurodegenerative disease states. It's a superfuel for the brain and also reduces inflammation."
According to Dr. Mercola, "You should definitely consider switching to coconut oil exclusively for all your sautéing and cooking needs. It does not form dangerous trans fatty acids that even olive oil does, and it is far healthier than the other vegetable oils out there."
I have switched over to sauteing my vegetables with coconut oil and baking with it as well.
How many times have you reached for your vegetable or canola oil and found that it smelled rancid? It happens quickly with these oils and the rancid smell means that they are now pro-inflammatory. Bake with coconut oil - the oil is much more stable and is anti-inflammatory. Blueberry oatmeal muffins and buckwheat pancakes are all made now with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil at our house.
Whether I'm sauteing asparagus, zucchini, or kale, coconut oil is the only oil I cook with.
Dr. Bronner's Organic Virgin Coconut oil is available at your local grocery store or health food store - at our stores it is located in the health food section with the other oils - like olive oil. I will usually pick up a jar if it is on sale. It comes in a clear, glass container.
For your convenience you can also purchase it at Amazon here:Dr. Bronner's, Virgin Coconut Oil, 30 oz