Coconut is a fruit, obtained from the coconut tree, the most cultivated palm worldwide. The main producers are the Philippines, Indonesia and India. In our country the biggest crops can be found in San Martin, Loreto and Ucayali. In its adult stage, it can reach a height of approximately 25 meters.
Coconut Oil is made up of almost 90% saturated fat, most of them are the beneficial Medium Chain Fatty Acids. Among these acids, lauric acid is found in greater quantity, followed by palmitic, stearic, myristic and oleic. It is found in liquid form from 25 degrees Celsius of temperature. Below that temperature it tends to solidify.
The Amazon communities take advantage of all the fruit, it is used as a source of food, drink, oil, fiber, fuel, wood and numerous other products. They extract the pulp for direct consumption, prepare drinks, ice creams, desserts, etc. Coconut fruit water is obtained from unripe fruits and is consumed as a nutritious and refreshing drink. Coconut oil is extracted from the copra and used to cook, make margarines, soaps, etc. The coconut tow is used to make mats, ropes. The shell of the coconut, they use it to make utensils and it also renders as coal.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-STRESS ACTIVITY:
Virgin coconut oil reduces lipid peroxidation is rich in polyphenols and these contribute to increased levels of antioxidant enzymes, which in turn reduces inflammation and lipid peroxidation. Recent research has shown its potential to prevent damage from exercise and chronic stress, and this has been attributed to polyphenols and medium chain fatty acids present in the oil, improving oxidative stress.
Several studies have reported on the antioxidant activity of virgin oil, the oxidative stress induced by the free radicals generated plays a major role in the development of liver toxicity. Virgin oil has an improvement in liver antioxidant enzymes, serum transaminase activities, and levels of liver free fatty acids.
STRENGTHENS THE IMMUNOLOGICAL SYSTEM:
The oil contains antimicrobial lipids, such as caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid. Our body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which is an antiviral and antibacterial that helps to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases such as herpes, influenza, etc.
EFFECT ON ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
The saturated fat in coconut oil provides the brain with an alternative source of energy for ketones. In neurological disorder, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), memory loss, and cognitive decline occur due to the death of brain cells. Several studies have shown a lack of cholesterol in the brain of AD patients. Those with deficiencies and suffering from neurological disorders should consider a diet that is high in healthy type saturated fat.
EFFECT ON ELEVATION OF BLOOD PRESSURE:
High blood pressure is the main risk factor for cardiovascular complications, such as coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke. It prevents elevation of blood pressure and also decreases deactivation of nitric oxide. Thanks to the medium chain triglycerides present in coconut oil.
EFFECT ON BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL:
The insulinotropic potency of lauric acid, showed that the effect of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) on insulin secretion depends on the length of its chain. These acids show powerful effects on insulin secretion.
SIDE EFFECTS AND
Due to their high levels of saturated fat, they advise that the consumption of coconut oil should be limited. Make space of taking 1 month for every 3 months.
HOW TO USE?
In indigenous communities it is commonly used for gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems, as a protector of the immune system. They also use it as a moisturizer for the skin and for hair treatment.
For direct use it is recommended to consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily, or consume a maximum of 3 softgel oil capsules during the day.
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