Tuesday 13 August 2013

COCONUT - Strong Antioxidant Properties

Coconuts are considered as one of the wonder fruits on earth that amply caters for all human needs. They may even help save your life! 

Not many people (even fewer doctors) understand how the coconut can help in stabilizing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, healing, hydration, and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency.

The fruit has been referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for "the tree that supplies all that is needed to live") in ancient India. The coconut palm had been globally recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy in the past.  Today advance medical research have begun to fully discover the massive health benefits of this amazing fruit.

Selling fresh green coconuts in Little India, Penang

A Stall Selling Green Coconut Along The Street In Little India, Penang

A good example of coconuts' live-saving properties can be explained by the fact that they were used extensively in the Pacific during World War II.  Since blood plasma supplies were scarce, it was very common for medics to siphon pure coconut water from young coconuts to be used as emergency plasma transfusions for soldiers who were injured.  Since coconut water is nearly identical to human blood, it was suitable for people of all blood types.. 

Due to its strong antioxidant properties, the coconut are being used to help improve digestion, ward of wrinkles, stabilize glucose levels, fight infections, build cells, regulate hormone, increase thyroid production, increase body metabolism. They can also help lose weight and ward off memory loss.

Both the original coconut fruit and its processed products can deliver superb health benefits. The coconut related products are the flesh of the fruit, coconut water, coconut oil and coconut cream.
Coconut oil can be considered as the best and safest oil to use for cooking -- even superior to extra virgin olive oil when it comes to providing the body what it needs for optimum health.  Unlike other fats and oils that we  typically use for cooking and baking, coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies, which can raise our cholesterol levels; clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle.  This amazing ultra-safe oil can supplement our body with important antioxidants which can help build stronger cells and improve overall health and well being.

Here are a few ways that you can use coconut products to stave off disease and to recapture the look and feeling of youth :

Coconut Water - The coconut is a natural water filter.  It takes almost 9 months for a coconut to filter every quart of water stored within its shell.  This makes the resulting coconut water completely pure and sterile, which is one reason why it can be used for blood transfusions.

     Another benefit of coconut water is the fact that it has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration.

Coconut Oil - In addition to being superior for cooking and baking, coconut oil also makes a superb tropical oil that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins.  It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs in order to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.

     Another great benefit of coconut oil is in protecting your teeth from the bacteria that can cause cavities and disease.  Simply rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your gums and teeth can keep them stronger and healthier than virtually any other dental treatment.

     Most people don't realize that coconut oil can actually help you lose weight!  Yes, simply changing your cooking oil from the unsaturated fat variety to coconut oil can help you lose those extra pounds.  Here's why:  Unsaturated fats found in canola, corn and other vegetables oils, as well as margarine  suppress the metabolism, which makes it harder to lose weight -- and easier to gain it.  Over time, this metabolism suppression may result in 20-30 pounds of excess weight that your body cannot get rid of.  Coconut oil, on the other hand, helps to increase thyroid function and boost your metabolism -- 2 important components to shedding unwanted pounds.

Coconut Cream - The best skin treatment product one can use to achieve flawless skin may quite possibly be coconut cream.  Unlike traditional skin creams which can actually introduce fats and oils to the skin that will break it down over time, making it look older, creams derived from the coconut can actually replenish the skin, giving it a more youthful and healthy glow than most other skin care products on the market.

     When it comes to buying coconut products, coconuts are not all created equal.  Wild coconuts are always best, but can be hard to obtain if you don't live in a tropical country.  Whether you are using this wonder food to boost your immune system; increase your metabolism or fight wrinkles, using products from young coconuts will help you reap the most benefit.

     Young coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fat, compared to the fat found in the more mature varieties.  This is why they offer the most rejuvenation properties for the body's tissues.  But how can you tell how old a coconut is?  Young coconuts are usually green in color and oddly shaped.  The brown hairy ones are mature coconuts and can also offer a lot of healthy benefits. But they aren't nearly as good for you as younger varieties.

It is easy to find young green coconuts in the tropical countries of south east Asia. So be sure to seek them out when traveling to those areas as they are fresh and cheap.

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