Okay, now other health benefits. It has thyroid stimulating effects. In the 1940’s farmers tried to fatten their cows with coconut oil, but found instead that it made them lean, more active, and increased their appetites. So, after some diddling around with other substances, switched to feeding them corn and soy because those grains had the same anti-thyroid effect as an anti-thyroid drug. What is wrong with this picture!
Coconut oil also lowers cholesterol; it is thought because it stimulates the thyroid which in turn converts LDL cholesterol via enzymatic processes to anti-aging steroids, pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA. These substances prevent heart disease, dementia, obesity, cancer, and other chronic degenerative diseases.
It also increases metabolism, helps absorption of other nutrients, helps prevent and treat diabetes, helps improves bone density and dental health due to facillitating calcium and magnesium absorption, and boosts energy levels and endurance.
Fast facts: Coconut oil is a saturated fat. (But don’t let that scare you. However, that would require a lengthy explanation.) It is liquid at 76 degrees F or higher, solid at temperatures lower than that. It has a long shelf life; after one year at room temperatures there have been no evidence of rancidity. It also is a safe oil to cook with, staying stable at higher temperatures. It can be used topically as well.
There is this one sight on the Internet where lots of people sing their praises to the coconut oil health savior. I will include some smatterings: “my mom rubbed it on her liver spot for 2 weeks and it flaked right off”, another stated that the age spots on her face and hands were almost gone and her hair shines and is thickened, as well as arthritic pain is almost gone after 4 months of use, and the weirdest one, a lady’s “chihuahua stopped licking her butt” after giving it to her a couple of times a day. It also has been proported to improve sleep, cure chronic bladder problems, helps with irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux, and gets rid of eczema, toenail fungus, and athletes foot. And much, much more.
So what is stopping you? Quick, go get some. Let me know if you or any of your animals benefit.
Also for more info check out my blog Coconut Oil and Mono.