Coconuts have not always had a good reputation with the Doctors. It was regarded as a food which contains too much saturated fat and was perceived as having no health benefits but had the abilities of clogging arteries and causing heart failure.
This is however a misconception of the true power of the commonly patronized coconut we see today. Many People today, use the coconut for numerous things, from using its flesh for food, to using its oil as a moisturizer.
Coconuts are way healthier than some people give them credit for so how about I enlighten you on the Health Benefits of Coconut.
- Coconut helps Improve Blood cholesterol Levels
So, remember what I said about Coconuts being feared to cause heart failure due to too much saturated fats, well guess what, recent study proves those saturated fats many were so worried about in the past do more good than harm in our Body.
Coconuts have the tendency of increasing “good” HDL cholesterol in the body while at the same time converting dangerous “LDL” cholesterol into a more harmless form.
Instead of causing Heart Disease, Coconuts have been proven to prevent them.
That’s one point for the Coconuts, and zero to the Coconut hating Scientists.
- Improves Memory and Brain Function
As a child, whenever I and my mates were to eat a coconut, our elders would tell us –“Don’t drink the water (sap), you are a student, it’s only going to make you dull”. Should I dare say, this was and still a lie.
According to the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the fatty Acid, MCFA, found in coconut oil in actual facts improved recall rate and memory problems in a distinct number of test patients. In case, you are like my African Parents who don’t let Children drink the coconut water, well you should know by now that you aren’t helping your kids at all.
- Coconut Oil Reduces Hunger So you eat less
This is actually my best point yet. Looking to eat less and stay fit and slim? Then why not grab a coconut today. Studies have shown that the fatty Acids in coconut oil can greatly reduce appetite, and in the long run positively affect body weight over the long term.
- Coconuts keep you young and Beautiful
Coconuts have some pretty good anti oxidant properties which include keeping one young and beautiful. These anti oxidants tend to slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. Coconut Oil on the skin or Hair acts as a very good moisturizer. The oil has also been known to treat skin problems such as dermatitis and eczema. When applied on the hair, it gives it that radiant lustrous look while keeping it healthy.
- Coconuts are good for healthy Bones and Teeth Coconuts facilitate the body’s ability to absorb calcium and magnesium. Coconuts are a major player in preventing Osteoporosis, which is a medical condition whereby the bones become hallowed than usual and become thin and fragile.
Above are 5 great Benefits of coconuts but definitely not all. The benefits can be more or less regarded as a moving target as more and more benefits are found every day. One Benefit I didn’t mention was that the Coconuts help boost the immune system as they fight against Viruses, Bacterial, among other pathogens and diseases.
So, what’s stopping you from eating a coconut today, be it in the form of coconut Flesh, Coconut Flour, Coconut Sugar, Coconut Oil or even Coconut Milk and Cream?
-Igbokah E.E for UnbrokenChords