söndag 21 oktober 2012

Health benefits of coconut

I eat some form of coconut everyday, whether it's coconut milk in curry stews, instead of yogurt,  bits of coconut as a snack, coconut bread made of coconut flakes and eggs or the daily spoon of coconut oil in my coffee. Coconut oil has a high smoking point so it's the only oil I fry with. I also use coconut oil as a moisturizer and have it in my hair instead of silicon drops.

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.

In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

On this site you can find a long list of the healing properties of coconut.
And here is a list of 160 uses for coconut oil.

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