The great songwriter Harry Nilsson knew his coconuts as his classic tune demonstrated. He joyfully underscored just how beneficial they can be for bellyaches and other maladies. WellWell thought we’d take Harry’s insights a little further by laying out some of the amazing health boosts that drupes (a.k.a. coconuts) deliver whether you mix in the lime or not. Read on.
Coconuts are bacteria bullies thanks to containing lauric acid. When consumed, this acid transforms into monolaurin, which can help fight fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Monolaurin can even kill the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and the yeast Candida albicans, which can bring on yeast infections in humans.
Medium Chain Triglycerides apparently are found exclusively in coconuts and they have ketogenic properties that some research indicates can help prevent Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. Another related benefit comes from the rich supply of antioxidants in coconuts, which may help eliminate free radicals and reduce oxidative stress and lower the risk of aging-related illnesses.
Coconuts also boast lots of essential minerals, including manganese, which metabolizes carbohydrates, amino acids, and cholesterol. Manganese is also good for bone health and healing wounds. These drupes, coconuts are fruits, not nuts, also hold plenty of copper and iron, which help form red blood cells. Yet another benefit. Coconuts are chocked with the antioxidant selenium.
The previously mentioned Medium Chain Triglycerides in coconuts are important for skin and hair health. These fatty acids have antimicrobial properties that help fight acne and protect the skin from bacteria. That’s not all. Coconut oil can reduce inflammation, moisturize skin and heal wounds.
Coconut is an alternative to sugar, but it’s not a lightweight substitution. It hold has the same calorie count as table sugar. It’s also high in carbohydrates and fructose, which means those looking to lose weight or who have diabetes need to think carefully before switching over. Coconuts, nonetheless, are a great replacement for white or brown sugar.
Oil pulling has nothing to do with cars and everything to do with dental hygiene. The practice dates back centuries and involved swishing a small amount of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes. The practice is believed to rid the mouth of toxins, break down plaque and generate antioxidants. It is also likely to whiten teeth and freshen breath.
At least one study found that coconut water prevents kidney stones or crystals from sticking to the kidneys and other parts of the urinary tract. While not totally proven yet, the research gives hope to those who suffer from the painful problem.
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