The benefits of coconut oil.
Coconut is known as a delicious food whose juice is particularly refreshing. Coconut cream, like milk, is also often used in cooking. But do you know that coconut oil has virtues that go far beyond taste quality? This vegetable oil is recognized for its protective effects on our brain. Zoom on an unknown oil.
Coconut oil contains many TCMs, which are medium chain triglycerides. These MCTs easily transform into a source of quality energy for our body. Because our brains need a lot of fat to function, the TCMs in coconut oil are a readily available source. Coconut oil contains around 60% TCM, in fact it is the richest oil in TCM. In addition, coconut oil contains vitamin E which is one of the best vitamins to fight against aging.
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PRESENTATION AND STORAGE OF COCONUT OIL
When coconut oil is kept cool, it has a semi-solid appearance.
It becomes liquid again from around 25 ° C. We also speak of coconut butter or coconut fat. It is the pulp of the coconut which is used to make this oil, not to be confused with the coconut oil, which it comes from the dried pulp and which is often bleached and deodorized. So choose a virgin coconut oil cold extracted and ideally organic.
One of the advantages of coconut oil is that it is not very sensitive to rancidity, which means that it oxidizes less quickly than other oils and therefore keeps longer. Do not forget that coconut oil, like all oils,
must be stored in a glass jar (plastic migrates through fatty substances, whether of animal or vegetable origin, therefore a fatty substance preserved in plastic promotes the absorption of plastic micro-particles ... ) and away from light, which degrades oils.
COCONUT OIL AND OUR BRAIN
Coconut oil has a protective effect on our brain by providing a directly available source of energy. A diet high in fat preserves intellectual and cognitive performance.
All degenerative brain pathologies will respond well with daily coconut oil supplementation. So we will use it in migraines,
epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Charcot's disease (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).
Even without modifying anything in your diet, you will supply your brain, with coconut oil, with high-quality medium chain triglycerides as well as a certain dose of ketones (ketones or ketone bodies are molecules produced by the liver. from fats, the body can use them as an energy source just like carbohydrates). Ketones protect mitochondria (microorganisms within cells that convert glucose into energy, much like an energy plant in the cell), fight inflammation and cell oxidation, and decrease the excitability of neurons .
Of course if you reduce the carbohydrate content of your diet, the ketone content will increase, which will be all the more beneficial. Note that consuming coconut oil daily helps limit cravings for sugary foods.
HOW TO CONSUME COCONUT OIL?
You can either dilute it in your drinks (tea, herbal tea, roibos, coffee), or in your desserts, or add it after cooking to your meats, fish and vegetables or use it to season your raw vegetables. You can also drink it pure, at the rate of one to two tablespoons per day. By cons, this oil is therefore very rich in fatty acids, the body may require a little time to adapt.
We recommend that you consume half a tablespoon of coconut oil a day for a few days before gradually increasing.
If you are prone to gallbladder stones (or you no longer have a gallbladder), we recommend that you go even more gradually, mix coconut oil with your food instead and do not exceed one tablespoon per day. For people prone to bad cholesterol (increase in LDL), know that coconut oil does not present risks, especially since it promotes the increase in HDL, which is protective and compensates for any increases in LDL .
THE OTHER BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL ON HEALTH
We find its positive action on heart disease, high blood pressure and weight gain. This is due to its high content of lauric acid. Remember that our body needs fat (fat) to function and that the body's real enemy is hidden in carbohydrates (including sugar). Reduce your consumption of carbohydrates in favor of lipids; high fat intake is dangerous only if you consume too much carbohydrate! It is an increased consumption of carbohydrates forcing the pancreas to always produce more insulin, which increases the storage of fat in the body and therefore heart disease,
diabetes, overweight, and degenerative brain pathologies resulting from a chronic inflammatory process.
Thanks to Clotilde Rolland, naturopath and contributing member at Therapeutesmagazine.com
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