Coconut Oil

Historically coconut oil is one of the earliest oils to be used as a food and as a pharmaceutical. In India it's an important ingredient in some of the ayurvedic medical formulations. Millions of Indian people use ayurvedic medicine, which has been around for thousands of years, as their primary form of medical treatment. Polynesians have valued the nutritional and health giving properties of this oil. It’s been a staple part of their diets for centuries. It’s also a staple food for the Melanesian and many Asian people. It’s used for cooking purposes, making beverages and as a flavoring. In Panama people drink it by the glass to help overcome sickness. The Jamaican people use it as a health tonic, which is considered good for the heart. In Nigeria palm kernel oil (similar to coconut oil) is a remedy for many illnesses.

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The botanical name for the coconut palm is Cocos nucifera and it’s a member of the Family Arecaceae. The coconut palm grows to a height of around 100 feet tall. Coconut oil is a nearly colorless fatty oil or a white semisolid fat. The unique, unbelievable health-promoting properties of coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils are their medium-chained fatty acids and short-chained fatty acids. They are the best natural source of these fatty acids.

To better understand why coconut oil is so good for you we should take a look at some terms related to its composition. So what is a lipid? It’s a general term that includes several fatlike compounds in our bodies including triglycerides (the most important), phospholipids, and sterols (includes cholesterol). What is the difference between a fat and an oil? Fats are considered solid at room temperature and oils remain liquid.

Body fat , the kind that hangs on your arms and adorns your stomach and thighs are triglycerides. Triglycerides are composed of molecules called fatty acids. There are dozens of different types of fatty acids. They are grouped into three general categories: saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. There are many types in each group. For example, one saturated fat may have adverse effects on health while another may promote better health. No dietary oil is one hundred percent saturated or unsaturated. All natural fats and oils are a mixture of the three classes of fatty acids.

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Animal fats are generally the highest in saturated fat while most vegetable oils are high in polyunsaturated fats. The exception to this statement is palm and coconut oil, which are very high in saturated fat.

Natural Health Guide's article on saturated fats provides more information on healthy fats and oils.

All fatty acids consist for the most part of a chain of carbon atoms with varying numbers of hydrogen atoms attached to them. There are a maximum of two hydrogen atoms at each carbon atom. If a fatty acid has two hydrogen atoms attached to each carbon it’s called a saturated fat. If one of the carbons is missing a pair of hydrogen atoms this fat is called a monounsaturated fat. If more than two hydrogen atoms are missing it’s called a polyunsaturated fat. Whenever a pair of hydrogen atoms is missing the adjacent carbon atoms must form a double bond which produces a weak link in the carbon chain.

Also important is the length of the fatty acid chain.

Short chain fatty acids are 2 to 6 carbons long and rare. Medium chain fatty acids are 8 to 12 carbons, moderately rare, but found in moderate concentrations in some tropical nuts and oils. Long chain fatty acids are 14 to 24 carbons and are the most common fatty acid.


Acetic acid Vinegar 2 carbons
Butyric acid Butterfat 4 carbons
Caprylic acid Coconut oil 8 carbons
Capric acid Palm oil 10 carbons
Lauric acid Coconut oil 12 carbons
Stearic acid Animal and vegetable oils 18 carbons
Arachidic acid Peanut oil 20 carbons


Palmitoleic acid Butterfat 16 carbons
Oleic acid Olive oil 18 carbons


Linoleic acid Vegetable oil 18 carbons + 2 double bonds
Eicosapentaenoic acid Fish oils 20 carbons + 5 double bonds

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Both the degree of saturation and length of the carbon chain of the fatty acids determine their chemical properties and their effects on our health.

The longer the chain and more saturated the fat, the harder the fat and the higher the melting point. Saturated fat, like lard, is solid at room temperature. Monounsaturated fat, like olive oil, is liquid at room temperature but begins to solidify slightly in the refrigerator and become cloudy. Polyunsaturated fat, like corn oil is liquid at room temperature.

Tropical oil is a more healthful choice for cooking French fries. Tests done by the FDA and other sources found that French fries cooked in beef tallow absorbed less fat than fries cooked in vegetable oil. Fries cooked in vegetable oil have more than double the fat content of fries cooked in the tallow. The vegetable oil is also hydrogenated and therefore contains toxic trans-fatty acids. This is a worse kind of fat than beef tallow. It has a greater negative effect on blood cholesterol and is considered a greater risk for heart disease. So using beef tallow or tropical oils is a better choice.

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The medium-chain triglyceride oils are used in sports nutrition, hospital settings for malabsorption syndrome, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, seriously burned or critically ill patients, and treating and nourishing premature infants.

Studies have shown that coconut oil gives better dental health and overall health.In the 1930’s a dentist and nutritional researcher from Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Weston A. Price traveled to the Pacific islands to study the relationship between the islanders’ health and their diet. He observed that those who ate traditional native foods, which included coconut as a staple food in one form or another, had an incidence of 0.3% dental caries and those who were westernized in their diet had an incidence of as much as 30%. It’s interesting to note that the Pacific Islanders that Dr. Price studied never brushed their teeth, never flossed, never used antibacterial mouthwash, and never saw dentists and yet they had superb dental health as long as they continued to eat their traditional, coconut-based diet.
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Coconut oil is used in hospitals to feed patients with malabsorption and digestive problems , cystic fibrosis patients, and patients with epilepsy. It’s commonly used for infants and children who can’t digest other fats.

Coconut oil protects against cancer, heart disease, diabetes , obesity, and immune dysfunction . It supports and strengthens the immune system and promotes weight loss.

Coconut oil is also a potent oil for healing fungal and yeast infections. Caprylic acid is a medium-chain fatty acid derived from coconut oil. It is the most potent non-drug or natural yeast-fighting substance.

Caprylic acid is available as a dietary substance and is reasonably priced. Prescription drug anti-fungals are very expensive and toxic. The patient needs a liver test done before and after medication.

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I have discovered the health benefits of coconut oil. I have a jar in my kitchen for cooking. I have another jar in my bathroom to put on my hair and use on my skin . If the temperature in your home is above 75 degrees F you may want to put your oil in the refrigerator because coconut oil melts at about 76 degrees.


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