This is the first part of a series I will be sharing about the benefits of coconut oil.
I want to introduce you to Coconut oil because it has gotten a bad rap over the years simply because it is a saturated fat! NOT ALL saturated fats are BAD for you! In fact there are several saturated fats that are actually good for you and your body needs some saturated fat!
My main source of information about coconut oil is from Dr Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center. Dr Fife has written numerous books on the subject and information from his books is what I will be sharing with you.
As a food, it is nutritious, safe and can be taken daily. It provides energy and nutrition not only by itself but also by promoting the absorption of other foods particularly fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron). “The most remarkable property of coconut oil is that while it is a food, it is also an antibiotic, an immuno-enchancer, and a drug that regulates the body’s function and defense mechanisms”.
Yes, Dr Fife said ‘drug’! It is a powerful natural drug that is non-toxic. That not only protects from infectious viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi, worms etc., but it can kill them also!
“It makes the body work better, metabolize better, defend better, heal better”. Just like fruit and veggies the coconut was made by God to keep us healthy and heal us when we have health problems.
"The drugstore in a bottle” is how coconut oil is now called in the Philippines where virgin coconut oil has been used for treating every imaginable disease. Dr Fife states that the use of coconut oil by the people of the Philippines is “achieving unbelievably rapid relief and cures.”
Now you must be wondering why you haven’t heard more about this miracle coconut oil and what it does for you. The reason is because of the negative publicity that saturated fats have received which has confused people about the health aspects of coconut oil.
In the mid 1980’s the soybean industry sponsored a multimedia campaign to “educate” the public about the benefits of soybean oil and the dangers of saturated fat and coconut oil.
I can attest to this personally because in the ‘80’s I was a movie theater manager and we used coconut oil for popping our popcorn and the company switched to soybean oil! Little did I know how bad soybean oil is for the body!
Even special interest groups joined in the attack on saturated fats. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) actually coined the phrase “artery-clogging fat” in reference to coconut oil!
Of course, what has been found since then is that there are many different types of saturated fat and each one has a different effect on the body.
Part II of Introduction to Coconut Oil will cover Coconut Cures by Dr Bruce Fife.