Coconut and its’ benefits

– the oil could help with Alzhiemers.

Coconut and its by-products have long been used in the Caribbean for many purposes.
The water and flesh of the young coconut have been found to have nutritional value when ingested. The shell, nut and outer shell of the dried coconut are used for other purposes including for cooking.

Coconut and its by-products
Coconut and its by-products
The coconut water has been determined to contain a high concentration of potassium and mineral. It has been marketed as containing more potassium than commercial sports beverage and consequently it is being increasingly used by athletes and now even sold in non-traditional places such as hot yoga establishments.

Attributes of the coconut have been part of the folklore among Caribbean people as expressed in the song, Cocoanut Woman, popularized by Harry Belafonte, the famous American singer of Caribbean heritage. In his song, coconut water is touted as being “good for your daughter,” and “have a lot of iron that make you strong like a lion.”

However, in recent times, medical researchers in North America have discovered that the oil contains significant health benefits. Long demonized as unhealthy for consumption and relegated to the poor cousin status of more refined and popular cooking oils, coconut oil is now emerging as a front runner among oil products in terms of its therapeutic qualities.

A physician in Florida, while researching remedies for her husband who was diagnosed with Alzheimer, a disease that affects the brain, found that after adding pure coconut oil to her husband’s diet, there were some significant improvements in his condition.

Dr. Mary Newport who runs a Neonatology ward at a hospital in Tampa said she was devastated when she learnt that her husband was diagnosed with the disease.

“It appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it’s a process that starts happening at least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it’s very similar to type one or type two diabetes, in that you develop a problem with insulin,” Dr Newport told CBT TV.

Coconut oil contains medium chain triglyceride and when it is ingested, it metabolizes in the liver to produce keytones, which the brain cells, that are often times dead in Alzheimer patients, accept as an alternative to the normal production of glucose that stimulates the brain cells.

According to Dr. Newport, after giving her husband coconut oil in his meals, his brain began to became alert. He was unable to read for more than a year and soon he was able to do so. “He wasn’t able to run, he could run again…,” she said.

So she decided to share her husband’s success in a book, Alzheimer’s Disease, What if there was a cure?
Meanwhile, Dr. Beverly Teter, a researcher at the University of Maryland, who specializes in dietary fats, also discovered that coconut oil helps with improving cholesterol levels. She adds that while coconut oil helps the brains of some Alzheimer patients, it may also help patients with diseases such as Parkinson, Dementia, Epilepsy and Autism.

The discussion on the benefits of coconut oil has even reached to the stage of the popular daytime talk show, Dr Oz, which is hosted by American/Turkish cardithoracic surgeon, Dr Mehmet Oz.
In that show, it was revealed that coconut oil also helps to regulate blood sugar, thus lessening the effects of diabetes, a disease that has been affecting many people from the Caribbean.

Home Remedy
Eating about 20 almonds can help treat headaches due to the presence of the enzyme salicin. Eating almonds over a period of time may even reduce the likelihood of getting headaches in the first place. Go, nuts!