Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Did You Know...

That coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that amply provides
for all human needs? They can even save your life!

Few people (even fewer doctors) understand how important the coconut
is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing;
hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency.

Referred to as kalpa vriksha (Sanskrit for "the tree that supplies all
that is needed to live") in ancient India, the coconut palm has been
recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal,antibiotic, antiviral
and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.
Yet, it has only been recently that modern researchers have begun to
fully discover the massive health benefits this amazing fruit seed

To give just one example of coconuts' live-saving properties, 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.

Because of its strong antioxidant properties, the coconut can be used to:
==> Lower cholesterol
==> Improve digestion
==> Ward off wrinkles
==> Stabilize glucose levels
==> Fight off viruses
==> Build cells
==> Regulate hormones
==> Increase thyroid production
==> Lose weight
==> Increase metabolism
==> Fight infections
==> Stave off memory loss
==> Kill bacteria
==> And more!

Considered one of the most treasured foods of all time, coconut
products -- including coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil, and
coconut cream -- each deliver superb health benefits.

Coconut oil, for instance, is considered the best and safest oil to
use for cooking -- even superior to extra virgin olive oil when it
comes to giving 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. Plus, this ultra-safe
oil can give your body important antioxidants that can help build
stronger cells and improve your 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

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 topical 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 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 while they
offer a lot of healthy benefits, they aren't nearly as good for you as
younger varieties.

The best place to find young fresh coconuts is, of course, in the
markets of the tropics, so be sure to seek them out if you travel to
those areas. Coconut-producing regions export coconuts all over the
world, however, so it's relatively easy to find coconuts at your local
health food store or Asian grocer.

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