NEXT UP: Coconut Oil!
Who cares about coconut oil? Glad you asked. While it’s trendy and may be old news for your hair and skin DIY’s, did you know just how many health benefits there are?
It’s amazing how much information one book nerd can amass in 8 years of research and practice:
Coconut oil has properties with a massive range of health benefits, despite it’s “saturated fat therefore bad fat” status back in the 90’s. Now we know better: coconut oil lowers risk of cardiovascular disease, acts as an antioxidant/anti-inflammatory, benefits the gut microbiome, does NOT increase the “bad cholesterol”, AND, as one of the only oils not requiring bile to be absorbed, it can help to maintain energy in those with blood sugar (read: weight loss) or liver/gall bladder conditions. Coconut oil is a major source of MCT (or medium-chain trigclycerides), which is more easily absorbed in the body and is an alternative to glucose as a fuel source for the brain--another reason it is touted as treatment for alzheimer’s/dementia.
Don’t like the taste? Try the pure MCT oil derived from coconut oil, it’s tasteless and maintains the high smoking point property for cooking at high heat.
Problems with yeast and fungal infections (TCM’ers: “Dreaded Damp”)? Get a more potent dose of the antimicrobial effect with lauric acid/monolaurin supplements (supervised by a health care professional)
Thought low fat was actually good for weight loss? Nope. Follow the links below for further reading.
Verdict: use liberally! Especially good for cooking at high heat; anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial; also use for patients with dementia; beware quality (organic cold-pressed extra-virgin is best)
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