Coconut oil is the separated oil from the coconut; the fruit of the coconut tree that’s well known for growing in tropical areas. The oil comes from the innards of mature coconuts reaped from the coconut palm tree. Squeezing the fats out of the white part of coconut flesh makes coconut oil. Coconut oil’s fats are valued for they’re easy to digest, swiftly to absorb features. In addition to being consumed as part of our diet, coconut oil can also be applied for health benefits in several different ways.
Firstly, Some coconut oils are refined through processes that use chemicals that can severely harm the final result. Some are even hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated (to combine or treat with or expose to hydrogen; especially: to add hydrogen to the molecule of (an unsaturated organic compound). Typically coconut oil is refined, bleached and deodorized using high heat. The bleach strains the oil to purge any impurities, and sodium hydroxide is used as a preservative and to eliminate excess fatty acids. Refined coconut oil is normally cheaper and unlikely to have “that coconut” flavor and smell. Being refined allows for some culinary benefits; it can be cooked at slightly higher temperatures, and we can use vast amounts of it without overwhelming our food with the flavor. Refined coconut oil however, also lacks the health benefits virgin, or unrefined coconut oil offers. Virgin/extra virgin coconut oil uses younger, fresher coconuts and is the unrefined version with a lighter taste. Virgin coconut oil is considered the healthier option of the two. The coconut oil available in stores labeled “virgin,” means pressing the liquid from coconut meat and then separating out the oils is how it was prepared. It tastes and smells intensely of coconut, unlike its refined, bleached, and deodorized counter part, made from the dried coconut meat used in some processed foods, cosmetics and hygiene products. Virgin coconut oil also contains antioxidant compounds that may help curb inflammation, a harmful process thought to worsen heart disease. Either way, coconut oil, in its refined or unrefined state, is a healthier alternative to any processed oil like margarine. Unrefined coconut oil is healthier than butter, and in certain senses, olive oil or other raw vegetable oils.
Our bodies typically makes use of medium-chain fatty acids, like the ones in coconut oil, by sending them to our liver for energy production. Since coconut oil is extremely high in medium-chain fat content, it’s a great source of energy. The energy coconut oil provides is instantaneous due to the rapid metabolizing of fats, which is usually only provided by carbohydrates. Coconut oil doesn’t cause a blood sugar spike or deplete our body of insulin. We get all the energy from a surge of carbohydrates; nonetheless we don’t have to deal with the dangerous after-effects that come alongside excessive carbohydrate or sugar consumption.
When looking to boost our immunity naturally, we can simply use a teaspoon of coconut oil a day. Coconut contains two special ingredients that make it excellent for immunity. These are anti-viral properties, commonly referred to as Lauric and Caprylic acid. The most common medium-chain fat in coconut oil is Lauric acid, making up almost 75% of the oil’s fat content. Medium chain fatty acids are associated with a higher rate of weight loss. The particular types of saturated fats in coconut oil are confirmed to improve our cardio vascular system. Regular intake of coconut oil can progress heart health, help us lose weight, boost our metabolism, give us short and long-lasting energy. Most of these benefits are due to Lauric acid, the fat that composes the most significant percentage of coconut oil’s profile. Our body converts Lauric acid into a new substance, known as Monolaurin. This particular compound is an antiviral, anti-bacterial and immune-boosting substance. Lauric acid is extremely effective at battling viruses and bacteria, and coconut oil has more of it, gram for gram, than any other substance.
A new tributary of study has proved that the brain has a backup source of energy that’s completely distinctive than the backup energy the rest of the body uses. When the body starts running low on blood sugar, the brain is directed to another source for its backup reserves. Its alternative energy is stored in what is known as a ketone body, or a ketone for short. Ketones are produced from fat that’s stored in the liver, and are built with the single purpose, to supply energy to the brain in times of need. When blood sugar levels go down, the body turns up its production of ketones so the brain has a constant supply of energy. If someone has a neurodegenerative disease, the brain doesn’t absorb or process glucose properly, despite it being the primary source of energy for the brain. The body produces ketones, which are used up quickly, leaving the brain with nothing. Ketones are only produced when the body is running low on blood sugar. They’re being used since the brain can’t process the sugar it’s getting, even though we’re more than likely eating properly and giving the liver no signal to produce extra ketones. Studies have shown that a high ketone diet can improve symptoms of these diseases. Fortunately, coconut oil is known to produce ketones.
We can also use coconut oil on our skin, which is our principal organ. We absorb everything we put on our skin straight into the bloodstream, within minutes of contact. Coconut oil can heal skin conditions like Eczema, Dandruff and Psoriasis. Its effects as a moisturizer are what make it so commonly used in shampoos that prevent Dandruff. Infectious fungi can cause Eczema and Psoriasis, and coconut oil is an effective anti-fungal. When used against these skin ailments, it will fend them off, and can prevent them from developing at all. Coconut oil protects our skin from free radicals, and is actually considered by some to be an antioxidant for this reason. Free radicals cause severe oxidation in the cells of the body, and are responsible for what gives skin the look of aging. Coconut oil decelerates the growth of wrinkles. This keeps our skin looking younger. Coconut oil is a very good moisturizer, and effectively absorbs into our skin. Upon absorption, it descends into connective tissues and helps fortify them by improving their elasticity. It also cleans the epidermis of dead cells; this exfoliation and strengthening thin the lines of wrinkles.
We know coconut oil isn’t a wonder antidote for any illness, though it does have the research to validate its healing properties. Being an experienced innovator in food and service for over 40 years, at Gourmet Services we just want you all to remember that eating a well balanced plant based diet, free of processed food, unhealthy fats, refined sugar/grains, and animal products is critical to obtaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, mind, body and immune system.