Go Coconuts About Your Health

Coconut is considered to be one of the healthiest fruits known to man and is increasing in popularity because of its many benefits.  Check the shelves of your local grocery store and you will easily find coconut water, milk, oil, etc.  So what is it about coconut that has made it so popular?  According to the Coconut Research Center (2012) the coconut palm is known as “The Tree of Life.” Coconut is believed to provide many health benefits to include, , and supports weight loss.

Coconut oil is not only beneficial for weight loss, due to its ability to increase thyroid activity, but it also helps lower bad cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL).  According to the International Journal of Humanities and Peace (2005), coconut oil converts LDL cholesterol into anti-aging properties to increase vitality. It also increases the immune system’s anti-inflammatory response and helps protect the liver from alcohol damage.  Coconut oil also provides anti-viral and antibacterial properties due to it high content in fatty acids, lauric acid, found in breast milk and capric acid. Check the list below for more interesting facts about coconut.

Benefits of Coconut

Coconut in Medical Research

  • AIDS
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer

Coconut Oil /Milk

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Immune system benefits
  • Skin and hair moisturizer
  • Great for cooking

Coconut Water

  • Hydration properties
  • Potassium
  • Sodium

Coconut and its byproducts have many beneficial properties, which increase vitality and health.  Although the coconut palm is known as “The Tree of Life,” like everything else in life, use coconuts in moderation, especially in your diet.  Once you get to know about coconut and find products that work best, you can truly go “coconuts” about your health!

 

References

International Journal of Humanities and Peace. (2005). Coconut oil: The low calorie fat. (2005). International Journal of Humanities and Peace, 21(1), 83.

Coconut Research Center. (2012). Coconut.  http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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