Coconut: Health and Beauty Superfood

Coconut, or Cocos nucifera, is the fruit of the palm tree and has been known as a panacea, easing symptoms of for a spectacularly wide range of ailments.

Rawmazing shows you how to make both coconut milk and coconut flour from a fresh coconut!

Pacific Islanders and peoples native to the tropics have taken advantage of the coconut and even dubbed it the “tree of life” for centuries; with improvement in world distribution and communications, it has now become mainstream in western society as well.

Coconut oil or extract is used in a variety of beauty products, from shampoos to scrubs, and has been known to confer a plethora of benefits for women:

  • Hair care: in India and Southeast Asia, it is commonly used as a conditioner to repair damaged hair
  • Teeth whitening
  • Skin exfoliation and smoothing
  • Anti-aging, wrinkle and under-eye bag treatment
  • Lip care
  • Shaving cream
  • Acne treatment
  • Nail maintenance

"Fluffy Coconut Chocolate Mousse," by jultchik -- post is in German, but translates well. Coconut milk, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and Kahlua...sounds scrumptious and this photo makes me want to lick the screen! (This is a variation of the recipe created by Chocolate Covered Katie here: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/16/chocolate-frosting-shots/)

The Coconut Research Centre gives a long list of the medicinal and health benefits:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.

Elle España, June 2012

Coconut can be purchased in several forms – milk, water, oil, extracts, or even as the raw fruit itself.   The water is packed with nutrients and minerals, and lacks the dense lipids (fats) present in the oil that comes from the white flesh of the fruit.  It is also fully pure and sterile – army doctors even used it in place of glucose during IV treatment on the Pacific front in the Second World War.

For women, the coconut is a symbol of fertility and is especially beneficial as an all-natural health and beauty aid.

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