Why coconut oil capsules should be part of your daily routine

Sunday 09 March, 2014 

Back when ‘I were a kid’ it was really uncommon for any of my friends to say that they couldn’t eat something because they were allergic, although we might have tried to convince the dinner ladies that we would be ill if we ate the ‘boiled to death’ cabbage!

The statistics say that 6-8% of all children now have an allergy to a food, and it is not just kids that are affected, problems occur across the entire population.

Since 1990 hospital admissions for food allergies have increased from 5 people per million a year to 26 per million in 2003(1).

That is a frightening statistic and represents a huge rate of change.

What if the foodstuff has been proven to be really good for you and either you are allergic to it or find that you can’t digest it?

Coconut is a really good example of such a food, people realise it will do them the power of good but are either allergic to it, intolerant of it or plain just can’t stand the taste/smell of it.

If you want the very best from this natural oil – but hate coconuts then this is for you

When healthy food stops being fun

There have been reams of information written about food allergy and intolerance – and the difference between the two.

Much of it seems to belittle intolerance as some sort of modern made up problem, where allergy is a proper medical condition.

In my book if you can’t eat something because it might kill you is definitely more noteworthy than it making you feel bloated for an hour or two, but you can’t blame anyone for not wanting to put themselves through it unless they have no choice can you?

Not that I am intolerant of food, of course. I tolerate it greatly about four times a day with snacks in between, and I dream about it at night.

But I know quite a few friends who are simply unable to eat certain types of food. For instance, my friend Emily gets a sore throat every time she eats anything with coconut in it.

For some reason, though, she still can't resist. So she spends most of the year speaking like Darth Vader.

That’s the price you pay for a Bounty addiction folks!

She’s happy to take the hit for fulfilling a desire for the creamy sweet flesh of this tropical nut – but so many people can’t.

In the last few years there has been an awful lot written about the health benefits of coconut in particular citing its unique combination of fatty acids and the proven medicinal qualities they provide.

But it has only been of late that folk have been taking this highly nutritious food seriously – because over 90% of these fatty acids are in the form of saturated fats – and the common belief was that these are universally bad for us.

Even the lads down the snug have understood this one.

Anything rich in saturated fats like butter, lard or cheap sausages will harden your arteries like quick drying cement – right?

Actually, partly right; as is often the case nothing is so simple or so black and white.

Discover why coconut oil should be part of your daily routine – click here for more information

Not all saturated fats are built the same, and modern research findings have shown that the unique way coconut oil is formed makes it really healthy.

But more that just being healthy a 2004 study(2) proved it actually helps lower cholesterol levels.

Shorter chains means a very different metabolic outcome

Anthropological evidence shows that where the coconut forms the major constituent in mans diet then their health tends to be better.

For example, there are a couple of coral atolls in the South Pacific called Tokelau, where the 1,400 inhabitants have a diet rich in coconuts.

In fact over 60% of their diet is saturated fat – the highest in the world.

Yet there is no evidence of cardiovascular disease in the population, which came as a surprise to a research team in 1981(3) who confidently expected to find just the opposite!

To this day the incidence of heart problems is virtually zero amongst those who stay on the islands and eat traditionally...

...those that venture to neighbouring Samoa fare less well as they succumb to the American influenced diet which includes fat laden rubbish from the highly litigious burger chain with a double golden rainbow logo and a clown as it public face.

So, why should coconut derived saturated fat be better for us than that oozing from a heart attack burger?

Well its all to do with the biochemistry of the fats themselves – but don’t worry I’m not about to get all tweed jacket teacher on you here, suffice to say the normally long chains of saturated fats are much shorter in coconut oil.

As a result our bodies can handle them more easily and metabolise them directly in the liver liberating the essential fatty acids we need, especially for the effective functioning of our brains.

The longer chain fats cause an increase in fat retained in the gut leading to a condition called steatorrheoa (fatty stools), free fats in the blood (hyperlipidaemia) and deposition in adipose tissue (putting on weight!).

All the evidence shows just how good coconut oil can be for you, and if you can tolerate it you really should be getting your share on a daily basis.

But here’s the next issue.

When I began looking at how I could use this beneficial oil I found that it was only available in huge tubs for cooking with – and that really wasn’t the way I wanted to use it.

I was looking for a simple, daily capsule that I could take without having to commit half of my shed to storing the stuff.

Sometimes the easy answer is the best – find out how the perfect one-a-day coconut oil capsule could be the most effective choice

Yours, as always

(1)BMJ 2007: Gupta, R., Sheikh, A., Strachan, D. P., & Anderson, H. R. (2007). Time trends in allergic disorders in the UK. Thorax, 62(1), 91-96.

(2)Nevin, K. G., & Rajamohan, T. (2004). Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation. Clinical biochemistry, 37(9), 830-835.

(3) Prior, I. A., Davidson, F., Salmond, C. E., & Czochanska, Z. (1981). Cholesterol, coconuts, and diet on Polynesian atolls: a natural experiment: the Pukapuka and Tokelau island studies. The American journal of clinical nutrition, 34(8), 1552-1561.



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