Virgin coldpressed coconut oil (marachekku)
VIRGIN COLDPRESSED COCONUT OIL
Virgin coconut oil is the rising superstar of the “healthy fats revolution”- and for good reason. Although wrongfully maligned due to common misunderstandings about saturated fats, coconut oil is finally being recognized as a truly “functional food” with dynamic nutritional and medicinal implications- what traditional cultures have always known.
The energy pathway of MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) is so efficient that several studies have been done exploring their use for enhancing endurance and athletic performance. Although effects have been mild compared with drugs, researchers have discovered that a single meal containing MCFAs increases metabolism for up to 24 hours.
Because coconut oil is so gentle on digestive and enzymatic systems, it also tends to enhance the absorption of other nutrients including minerals like magnesium and calcium, some B vitamins, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and amino acids. Studies have demonstrated a marked improvement in vitamin B deficiencies and calcium absorption when coconut oil is added into the diet. This is not because the oil necessarily contains these nutrients, but rather that it bolsters the amounts that are being assimilated from existing dietary sources.
Kick-Start the Thyroid Gland
Experts estimate that up to 40% of the population struggles with low thyroid function. Because the thyroid manages metabolism, a sub optimally functioning thyroid causes wide ranging symptoms including weight gain, impaired immune function, generalized fatigue, low sex drive, slow healing, cold intolerance etc. Because coconut oil can boost metabolism, it has a stimulatory effect on the thyroid. In certain cases, the thyroid then recovers the potential to return to normal if it receives the proper nutrition.
Heal and Repair Skin
Many people have reported benefits from applying coconut oil to skin. Applied topically MCFAs are absorbed into cells and converted into energy, stimulating repair of blemishes and irritation. The best way to understand these effects is to try it! Make a homemade whipped coconut oil lotion- you will likely be amazed by the effects!
Act as an Antimicrobial
Lauric acid is one of the specific MCFAs in coconut oil. Making up almost 57% of the oil, it is a powerful substance that is unique for its strong antimicrobial effect. When lauric acid is absorbed into the body it is broken into free fatty acids and monoglycerides. The monoglycerides have the ability to permeate certain the lipid-encased pathogens, destabilizing their membranes and causing them to disintegrate and die off. Coconut oil has been found in a number of studies to be an effective adjunct treatment for infections caused by specific bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. It does not destroy all microorganisms as do broad spectrum antibiotics- but is rather highly selective so that healthy natural flora can continue to flourish in its presence.
So, from all this scientific garble, we can confirm what the taste buds and body tell us: coconut oil is GOOD for you! This is something that traditional cultures in the tropics have intuitively known for generations. Although as a guiding principle it is best to eat local and with the seasons- there are certain unique qualities to coconut oil that make it highly valuable in a modern diet, no matter where you live. To maximize the nutrient profile of your coconut oil, be sure to select one that is cold pressed, as many of the synergistic nutrients are denatured by heat and other harsh processing methods.