14th January 2008 09:36 AM #1
Coconut Oil Facts
COCONUT OIL FACTS
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Warning: Coconut Oil is contraindicated for those with hypertension / high blood pressure! But if you suffer from low blood pressure, this is a great remedy for you.
I found the following information from various sources over the internet:
You can take coconut oil both internally or externally. Those who are proponents of this cure do both. The typical amount to take internally per day is 3 TBSP. It is recommended that you take 1 TBS with every meal. Coconut Oil apparently gives an instantaneous energy lift and may help you give up caffeine! Many sports nutrition bars and drinks include coconut oil for its energizing properties.
Lots of research has been done on the subject of Fatty Acids and Monogycerides (found in coconut oil). Some of the reported cures from research are:
Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate; Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats; Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems;
Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection; Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis; Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin; Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking; Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots; Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion; Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.; Helps control dandruff.
Studies have found that coconut oil can kill viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases; Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections; Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites;
Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many parasites including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can't stand up against MCFA found in coconut oil. Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying giardia and possibly other protozoa. By using coconut oil every day, you may be able to destroy giardia. Another possible use for coconut is for the removal of intestinal worms. In India it has traditionally been used to get rid of tapeworms. In one study it was reported that treatment with dried coconut, followed by magnesium sulfate (a laxative), caused ninety percent parasite expulsion after twelve hours. In India coconut oil is also rubbed into the scalp as a treatment to remove head lice.
By taking coconut oil daily, you may also be eliminating the possibility of developing food allergies, chronic fatigue, and other related symptoms. If you're currently troubled with these conditions, coconut oil used liberally with meals may provide a source of relief. Because MCFA are quickly absorbed by the tissues and converted into energy it seems logical that those suffering from chronic fatigue would gain a great deal of benefit.
Coconut Oil provides a nutritional source of quick energy; Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance; Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose; Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body; Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis; Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes;
Coconut Oil reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis; Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth; Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease; Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers; Improves digestion and bowel function; Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids; Reduces inflammation. Supports tissue healing and repair.; Functions as a protective antioxidant; Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease; Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome; Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement); Reduces epileptic seizures; Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections; Dissolves kidney stones; Helps prevent liver disease; Supports thyroid function;
Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers;
Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease; Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease;
Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
COCONUT OIL FOR POOR CIRCULATION
Do you feel cold much of the time? You might try coconut oil, which is said to increase body temperature (and blood pressure). This is due to the increasing metabolic rate as medium-chain fatty acids of the coconut oil are burned.
CURE FOR ATHELETE'S FEET
The 8% caprylic acid in coconut oil is said to be effective against fungus, and on skin conditions like planter's warts and athlete's foot.
14th January 2008 09:53 AM #2
Oil gargle a day...
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<center> <credit> </credit> </center> If somebody told me, "Wash your mouth with oil," I'd wonder what kind of insult I was being dished out. Not Suresh. A lonely Indian in Frankfurt, his teeth were rattling in his mouth sending shooting pains through his jaw and head, when he bumped into my brother-in-law Vijay. Nothing less than wholesale extraction, the dentist had told Suresh, the rot was too deep.
However, six months later, Vijay reports in amazement, there was Suresh grinning like a Cheshire cat, all 32 teeth intact. No extraction! He exclaimed gleefully. Just that he'd consulted an alternative therapist who prescribed sunflower oil as a mouthwash.
If you have no clue of what this oil therapy is all about, join the gang who thought Listerine was the last word. And listen to Dr F. Karsch, the brain behind this bite. "Rinse the teeth and gums very thoroughly with a tablespoon of any vegetable oil. Do it slowly for 15-20 minutes up to three times a day on an empty stomach," he advises.
Initially, the oil swishes viscously in the mouth, but, as our digestive juices dilute it, it becomes thin and milk-white in colour. Then, we spit it out and brush our teeth.
When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.
The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.
Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.
And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.
Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health. According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).
In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed. For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.
And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.
Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.
And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation).
Our staple Indian diet comprising of unseasoned cereals and pulses (the proverbial rice and dal or wheat and dal) meets our daily EFA requirements. EFA are essential fatty acids that have vitamin-like functions in the body they help maintain the structure and productivity of cells.
Eating oil-cooking food only adds non-essential 100 per cent fat to our body. Whereas, gargling with oil keeps away excess fat-deposits, yet contributes towards purifying cells with its army of five to nine EFAs palmitic, stearic, arachidic, bethenic, lignoseric, palmitoleic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic.
According to radical healer Dr R. Ballantyne, who has studied Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, the tongue "is an indicator of what is going on in the body." A fiery red tongue depicts an irritated digestion; a pale shade, low digestion; and a purple tongue, a liver burdened with toxics.
While scraping the tongue with a U-shaped metal cleaner, and lighter, fat free food to detoxify the tongue and system are advised, I wonder if Dr Karsch's oil-massage would put the finishing cleansing-while-nourishing-and-healing touches to our taster.
Meanwhile, Vijay reports that his 80-plus parents-in-law have benefited glowing faces and a feeling of well-being after six months of oil-gargling. While science needs to probe into this phenomenon, the anecdotal data is compelling. Besides, it's a great way to exercise drooping cheek-muscles.
The writer is the co-author of the book, Fitness for Life.
14th January 2008 11:36 AM #3
Re: Coconut Oil Facts
This is a very interesting & informative article. I would definitely like to give it a try.
15th January 2008 08:28 AM #4
Re: Coconut Oil Facts
Thanks For Information.....!
I never knew ther were much benifits in coconut oil. I only know the oil as a hair oil.
You have given us a great Info for our precious health. thanks once again.
Me too wanna try the oil mouthwash......
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