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Crazy for coconuts
This coconut has reached “superfood” status in recent years. Coconut oil, in particular, is digested, swished in the mouth, slapped on the skin and hair, and added to food dishes and drinks; it’s even used to clean the house.
Many celebrities and health and fitness experts tout the benefits of coconut to help shift weight and stimulate metabolism; coconut water has many electrolytes and is rich in potassium, making it the perfect post-workout drink.
Coconut meat is high in protein and fiber and rich in vitamins C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Oil pulling is a new trend based on a centuries-old Ayurvedic technique that involves swishing coconut oil in your mouth to help reduce plaque, prevent cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
Coconuts contain antioxidants which may decrease inflammations, lower blood glucose levels, inhibit plaque buildup in arteries and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
Research also shows that patients with cystic fibrosis and gastrointestinal diseases benefit from coconut oil, which may help reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
There is anecdotal evidence that coconut oil also helps delay the effects of Alzheimer’s.
The lauric acid in coconut oil is known for its antimicrobial properties helping to fight off viruses, bacteria and yeasts.
Coconut oil can be used to clean the bathtub and shower, prevent dust sticking on ceiling fans, polish furniture, make plant leaves shine and lubricate squeaky door hinges. Outdoors, coconut oil can be used to de-grease the barbeque, stop grass cuttings sticking to lawnmower blades and prevent garden tools from rusting.