Thursday, February 19, 2009

Coconut And Long Lives

"The coconut nut is a giant nut, if you eat too much you get very fat."
So goes a line on a familiar song that is sung in the Philippines. But nowadays, drinking coconut oil can actually save your life. To be more specific, it is extra virgin coconut oil that has all the health and life-long benefits that one can have. For instance, a centenarian by the name of Bess Baker Jackson recently celebrated her birthday and attributed her long life to this. Mrs. Jackson was a teacher married to a businessman/manager, and had two daughters with him. She lived through the Great Depression, World War 2, historical moon landing and 9/11. She witnessed the invention of the television, car, jet planes, personal computer, and the Internet. She began taking coconut oil a few years after her husband's death and about the time when she has just moved in to her new home. She reported using this natural oil for her skin and added it to her tea even.
Previous health experts have long thought that coconut oil is bad for the health mainly due to its fat content and high cholesterol level. But that was before experts realize that they have been studying the hydrogenated variety of coconut oil - one that is laden with trans fats, the type found in deep fried food that is responsible for increasing "bad" cholesterol levels in the blood stream and blocking our arteries. On the other hand, extra virgin coconut oil is categorized as a "medium-chain fats" - in particular, lauric acid which is present in coconut milk, and has antibacterial and antiviral properties. This is obtained from a long process of harvesting coconuts, to shredding the meat and milking the juice, and then fermenting it overnight until the water evaporates and leaves the oil that is the main healthy ingredient of coconut. Extra virgin coconut lengthens the lifespan by boosting the immune system, maintaining the skins moisture, regulates metabolism and digestion, facilitates the body's endocrine response and helps build strong bones and teeth. It contains many vitamins and minerals which wards off disease-producing organisms, and aids the cell-regeneration and renewal process.
Coconuts have been used as raw materials for constructing houses and furniture, for natural gas, for food and drinks and for its health benefits as well. Also, coconut has been used to beautify and decorate our living spaces such as coconut scented candles, which are organic candles that provide a cool ambiance and a relaxing smell of the tropics. Coconuts have become a huge part of our lives - satisfying our every needs, wants and desires.
by Krystal Bennion

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