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13 Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

03 Sep
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments


Awhile back I wrote a post about the amazing benefits of coconut oil titled
“Nuts Over Coconuts.” I wanted to share with you more research I read this morning about just how good coconut oil is for your health.  This information is from Green Med Info.

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil:

  1. Fat-Burning: There are 2 studies showing that 2 tbsp. a day of coconut oil can reduce belly fat in 1-3 months.
  2. Brain-Boosting: Cognitive improvement has been shown in studies of alzheimer’s disease patients
  3. Clearing Head Lice: Coconut oil + anise spray works better than the insecticide permethrin
  4. Healing Wounds: Coconut oil has been used as a healing agent for centuries
  5. NSAID Alternative: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and fever-reducing properties
  6. Anti-Ulcer Activity: Coconut oil has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.
  7. Anti-Fungal: Coconut oil is natures anti-fungal.  It especially works against drug-resistant Candida species.
  8. Testosterone-Booster: It reduces oxidative stress in the testes of rats, which increases testosterone levels.  Low testosterone has become a big problem over the years.  Most people don’t realize that theirs is low.
  9. Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil lowers testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.
  10. Improving Blood Lipids: Improves cholesterol (LDL:HDL ratio).  Coconut oil is a saturated fat that unclogs arteries.
  11. Fat Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Improves tomato carotenoid absoption
  12. Bone Health: Lowers oxidative stress inside the bone, which can possibly reduce structural damage in osteoporotic bone.
  13. Sunscreen: Blocks out UV rays by 30%; Coconut oil is great to use for short-term sun exposure (just enough to get your vitamin D but not get burnt).

I even rub coconut oil all over my baby after his baths.  It’s a great moisturizer and great for his immune system.

For the full article, including all the links to the research behind all of this, go here.

If you need help choosing the right coconut oil (and at the cheapest price), click here.

Enjoy this God-given miracle food!

Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC

 

Nuts Over Coconuts!

17 Aug
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  2 Comments


You may be wondering what’s the deal about this big coconut rave?  Are coconuts and coconut oil really that good for you?  And how can they be healthy when they are high in saturated fat?  Well, I’m here to answer those questions for you and to let you know where you can get organic coconut oil for a great price.

Not too long ago, our society was all about the low-fat, fat-free craze.  Fat was considered the “culprit” to our diets.  Thankfully, people have realized that fat is good for our bodies, and is even necessary for proper absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients.  So let’s talk about coconut oil and why it’s so good for you.  Yes, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but the fat in coconuts is different & unique from all other fats & contains many health benefiting properties.  In my opinion, coconut oil is a superfood.  The difference is in the fat molecule.  Fats and oils contain fatty acids.  Approximately 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are long-chain fatty acids (LCFA).  Coconut oil is composed mostly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).  Our bodies metabolize each fatty acid differently, based on its size. MCFT do not have a negative effect on cholesterol like LCFA do, and they help to protect against heart disease.

Here are a few of the MANY benefits of coconuts & coconut oil:

  • Acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Increases metabolism supporting weight loss
  • Great natural skin/hair moisturizer
  • Much more!

Use coconut oil as your cooking oil of choice and/or add it in your favorite smoothies for its health benefits.  Rub it on your skin to help protect against the sun’s UV rays.

Right now Amazon has the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2), priced at $14.98, just $7.49 per jar. And you get free shipping.  Use the “Subscribe and Save” option to get it for this price.  Go nuts over coconuts!

Naturally Yours,
xoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC

 


Easy Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries

17 Jul
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  1 Comments


Sweet potato fries are a staple in our house.  They’re naturally gluten and grain-free, so anyone can eat them.  Most importantly, they are delicious!  Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate which means they digest more slowly than white potatoes and therefore will not cause your blood sugar to spike as easily.

Sweet Potato Nutrients:

  • Great source of beta-carotene
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin B6
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Fiber (More fiber than oatmeal if the skin is left on)

Sweet Potato Fries Recipe:
(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • About 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (very healthy & adds flavor to recipe)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (raw cheese is always best)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut sweet potatoes into strips that are about 1/4 inch wide on each side.
  • Place the sweet potatoes into a large bowl. Add melted coconut oil, salt, and rosemary. Stir well to thoroughly coat the fries.
  • Stir in 2/3 of the Parmesan. Spread out onto the baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through. Fries are done when they are browned around the edges.
  • Enjoy!

Naturally Yours,
xoxoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC