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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I'm going nuts.....Coconuts!!!!!!!
The Benefits of Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil

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Yes, I said Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil. A friend turned me onto this the benefits of this "wonder oil/drug" and I researched it and have decided...I am going to try it. It can be used in so many different ways and from what I have researched is supposed to be really good for you.

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The first thing I thought of was the cosmetic type beauty benefits. It it can be used on skin for, what they say, will leave you with the softest, most silky skin you have ever experienced. Well..for me that is always a plus, especially since I live in such a dry climate. It can also be used on your hair kind of like a deep oil treatment. That is also a plus to me because I have bleached my hair for so long that it is just dead and it is starting to look that way. I haven't tried that yet but I will sometime this week. I will let you know how my hair turns out.

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But besides of the cosmetic side of this there is another whole other story that is very interesting. It can be used to maintain your health and immune system! It can be used in cooking instead of other oils you would normally use. I found that research and studies on communities who get large portions of their calories from coconut and coconut oils show it to be a good oil for health maintenance. Okay now this part is a little technical but I have to get this idea across to you. Medium chain fatty acids, which account for up to 75% of the fatty acids in coconut oil, are digested and assimilated differently than long chain fatty acids found in most other oils. Medium chain fatty acids support a healthy immune system. Eventually the body uses them for energy!!! Fat storage is always a 14 carbon chain molecule and medium chain fatty acids are comprised of 6 to 12 carbon atoms. There is no evidence that medium chain fatty acids EVER become part of fat storage. So tonight I used it instead of Pam Cooking Spray in my skillet when cooking potato's. My potato's cooked just fine and tasted just as good. I couldn't tell a difference in taste. So that is a good sign so far!!


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So you may be asking, what about cholesterol? Well coconut oil is a naturally cholesterol-free food. Cool...so it must be good for the heart, or that's what I am thinking.

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And get this is....my favorite...it is supposed to also help in weight loss!!!! To sum up what I read, Coconut oil is a healthy source of Medium chain triglycerides, which the body readily absorbs and converts to energy.
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So, why don't more people know about this? I have no idea. I am just glad that I have found out about it. So yesterday on my break from work I went to Hi Health and purchased a 14oz container of this miracle oil...lol. It wasn't expensive at all, the brand I purchased was Spectrum and I believe I paid 8.00 for it.
I also found a very interesting website Tropical Traditions which explained all about Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil and its benefits. Another cool thing about this site is it explains how Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil is made. It also explains why you should buy Unrefined instead of the others. I have had enough trouble explaining the health benefits so I am not even going to touch how it is made.
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I am always looking for healthier ways of living for my daughter and I and this coconut oil is all new to me, but I am going to try it. From what I read and researched, it cant hurt!! So as I continue on with this quest of health and weight loss I will keep you updated on how this coconut oil works for me.

3 comments:

beth said...

Okay, you sold me on the weight loss benefits to the coconut oil, so I'm off to the Hi Health store.

LadyStrange said...

I hope it works Beth...like I said it's all new to me but at this point Im grabbing at straws...lol

Zombs said...

Hmmmm.... I think I will have to look into this. Everything helps. BTW, down another 4 pounds. Hooray!