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Overview

Coconut oil has long-since been known for is amazing properties. Known as the “tree of life,” the coconut palm is one of the most important agricultural crops of the Philippines.

It yields timber, food, fermented and unfermented drinks. alcohol. vinegar. thatching material, splints, strips and fibre for making baskets, mats, rope, hats, brushes/brooms, fuel and caulking material.

Coconut oil is also used for household utensils such as cups, bowls, spoons and the like, food, cooking, illumination, for making soap, substitutes for butter and lard, ointments, oil for cake for feeding domestic animals and fertiliser.

History

The English name coconut, first mentioned in English print in 1555, comes from the Spanish and Portuguese word coco, which means “monkey face” Spanish and Portuguese explorers found a resemblance to a monkey’s face in the three round indented markings or “eyes” found at the base of the coconut.

On the Nicobar Islands of the Indian Ocean, whole coconuts were used as currency for the purchase of goods until the early part of the twentieth century.

Coconut oil has been used for centuries as a vital source of food for health and general well being in traditional communities of tropical regions. Recent research verifies traditional beliefs that the coconut palm is the “Tree of Life”.

Benefits

With all the health, nutritional and beauty benefits that you get from coconut oil, there is no doubt why this has been hailed as the miracle oil.

It is said to prevent and cure many sicknesses that are almost impossible to heal. Unlike most other oils, coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids (or medium chain triglycerides), which are easier for the body to digest and less likely to be stored as fat in the body than other oils. This means that you get more of the good from this type of oil and less of the bad aspects of consuming oil.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which is also found in human breast milk. Lauric acid is an antibacterial and antiviral agent, could improve insulin production and thyroid function, it could reduce the risk of diabetes complications and could even fight heart disease which is the leading cause of death.

Coconut oil improves the performance of the digestive system that can make a person lose weight In general, skin problems are caused by free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that lost an electron making them steal electrons from other molecules in the body. Their frequent attacks can cause disruption of the cell and one of its ill effects is an unhealthy skin.

Nutritional Profile

Coconut oil contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium ,sodium, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, fluoride plus a board-spectrum of trace elements including vitamins. A, C, D ,K B6 , B12 folate, amino acids and more.

Disclaimer

The information provided is for educational purposes only and must not be taken or interpreted as a suggestion or as medical advise.

If you have any medical conditions, you should consult your health care professional.

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