Modern Medicine vs. Coconuts Healing Power


Tropical Paradise Has Virtually No Heart Disease
Don’t buy into establishmentarian medicine and their media cheerleaders. Heart disease is not just another part of the human condition! Facts must trump propaganda when you look out over what is working, and what is not, in the realm of modern medicine.

Overlooked successes, for example. It turns out that people living in tropical areas – especially those that haven’t been industrialized – have lower rates of heart disease than we do here in the U.S. – much lower. Maybe it’s the warm tropical breezes… or the gentle pounding of the surf. It could be the low-stress lifestyle. Or maybe it’s the coconuts.

The Healing Power of Coconuts Is Worth a Look
A couple of years ago, most people had never heard of coconut water. Nowadays, it’s a big health trend. Unlike most health trends, this one’s got merit. And, it isn’t just the liquid from the center of coconuts you should be interested in. It turns out that the pulp this popular tropical fruit contains loads of health benefits.

Whether you drink coconut water, use coconut oil in your cooking, or eat fresh raw coconut, you’re doing your body a good turn.

Why We Love Coconut Water – And Why You Should, Too
Perhaps you have picked up a coconut at the grocery store and shaken it. The sloshing noise is the coconut water in the middle, often mistakenly called coconut milk.

Coconut water is 95 percent water, but it’s loaded with nutrients. It’s a good source of B vitamins, trace minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, electrolytes, and cytokinins. The blend of water and nutrients makes coconut water a perfect post-workout drink. It will rehydrate you and help restore the balance of electrolytes in your body. That’s not the only reason to drink coconut water, though. It aids health in many other ways, too:

  • Coconut water fights inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation is a big culprit when it comes to disease and aging, as regular readers of HealthEdge have learned in past issues.
  • It balances blood glucose, which lowers your risk of metabolic disorders like diabetes.
  • It promotes better digestion. The enzymes in coconut water feed the good bacteria in your gut, making your whole digestive system work better.
  • It’s good for your heart. It helps regulate blood pressure, promotes healthy circulation, and fights plaque build up in your arteries.
  • It’s even good for your kidneys and can help to prevent kidney stone formation and the development of urinary tract infections.
You can harvest your own coconut water from coconuts you purchase at the store. Look for young, green coconuts in the refrigerated section of your grocery store’s produce department. You’ll get more coconut water from green coconuts than from the usual brown ones, but young coconuts will spoil if you don’t keep them cold.

To get your coconut water without the hassle, you can buy it ready to drink. Nowadays, most grocery stores even carry single-serving drink pouches.

An Oil That Actually Boosts Your Metabolism
Besides coconut water, another great product is coconut oil. For a long time, coconut oil had a bad reputation. It’s high in saturated fats, so it got lumped in with foods that contribute to heart disease. This is another case that the medical industry got dead wrong. In fact, island cultures that rely heavily on fully saturated coconut oil as a dietary staple have virtually no heart disease in their populations. And, multiple studies show that substituting an oil lower in saturated fat, like corn oil, for coconut oil results in higher heart disease risk.

Comparing a diet rich in coconut oil versus one using an alternative like corn or safflower oil, the average person’s HDL (good) cholesterol levels go way down on the vegetable oil diet, and that’s a significant factor in determining heart disease risk. Like coconut water, coconut oil has many benefits:

  • It contains lauric acid, which your body can convert into a powerful antiviral and antibacterial compound that can even destroy the influenza virus.
  • The fats in coconut oil are easier for your body to break down than those in vegetable oils. So, switching from vegetable oil to coconut oil improves your digestion and helps your body use fat more efficiently.
  • Coconut oil gives you energy without causing your blood sugar to spike, and studies show that substituting coconut oil for vegetable oil can help prevent additional weight gain in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes.
  • Coconut oil stimulates the metabolism – making weight loss easier.

Coconut oil is the best oil to cook with. Most oils – even olive oil – become damaged when you heat them. The damage makes them more oxidative in your body – basically, the damaged oils can pass that damage along to your cells.

Coconut oil can withstand high heat while still maintaining its beneficial properties. The best coconut oil in terms of health benefits is unrefined, often labeled “virgin” or “extra-virgin.” The label will usually tell you how the oil was processed. Centrifugal processing generally produces the mildest coconut flavor. Expeller-pressed and cold-pressed coconut oils will usually have a bolder flavor.

If you’re looking to use coconut oil without the coconut taste, choose a refined oil made with a chemical-free process – again check the label. You won’t get as many of the health benefits, but refined coconut oil is still better for your heart and metabolism than traditional vegetable oils.

Bonus Tip: Coconut oil is great for your skin. Use it in place of lotion to soften skin and repair age damage.

Raw Coconut Is Good for You, Too!
If you’re looking to add some variety to your diet while boosting your nutrition, try fresh, raw coconut. Coconut oil is derived from the meat of the coconut, so it’s should be no surprise that eating coconuts is good for you, too. The nutrients aren’t as concentrated, but variety is the spice of life.

One final note: We mentioned coconut milk, which is not at all the same as coconut water. Coconut milk is made by pressing the liquid out of ground-up coconut meat. While coconut water has a high concentration of nutrients, coconut milk has a high concentration of fat and, therefore, calories.

One cup of coconut milk contains about 550 calories, most of them from fat. They’re healthy fats, but you still want to go easy on this tasty drink. Also, traditional coconut farming does involve a lot of fertilizers and pesticides, so if it fits your budget, it may be worth buying organic.

So be sure to pick up some coconut products and bring a little bit of that tropical health home with you!