One must replace "Coconut Oil" with "Pol Kiri" and "Pol Sambol".
However, Oil can be used on hair and skin liberally.
Abstract to begin with.
Coconut oil consist of Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs).
It is a ready made energy source which can replace sugar (10 grams sugar = 1 gram of Coconut Oil roughly) weight for weight.
One does not become hungry.
It does not stimulate Insulin.
It gives more energy and it is not stored as body fat.
Body fat is long chain fatty acids.
It is useful both in Diabetes and Hypothyroidism.
In diabetes it replaces carbohydrates as an energy source, so Insulin requirement is reduced.
In hypothyroidism since it provides freely available energy, it cuts down the need for more thyroxin for metabolism keep warm. Not only that it probably helps in hormonal balance (homeostasis) of the thyroid. Goitre is rare in countries where coconut oil is the staple oil.
In pre-diabetes and early hypothyroidism it retards obesity due to above two actions.
I am not sure about its role in normal adults.
There is a caveat, if you take more “Oil” than YOU need for your metabolism, all the benefits are nullified.
One should avoid other fats including hydrogenated coconut oil.
For thousands of years, coconuts have been a staple of tropical cuisines, and those who followed a traditional coconut-based diet, such as Pacific Islanders, had none of the heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or other illnesses that plague modern America (at least until they switched to Western oils and diet).
Coconut had a solid reputation in America in the first half of the last century, at least for those who knew about, especially after it's benefits became well known from soldiers in the Pacific Theater of World War II.
However, this all changed in 1950s, from “Three "Tragic" Research Papers", whose data were doctored to suit American Conspiracy.
One lady researcher in America fed mice with hydrogenated (not pure coconut oil) coconut oil and doctored a paper to say coconut oil is bad to promote Pea Nut Oil. She committed suicide when it was widely known that she manipulated the data.
In 1954, a researcher D. K. published two academic papers. The initial research described the effects of feeding cholesterol to rabbits and indicated that this may lead to the formation of blocked arteries and thus contribute to potential heart disease.
In his second paper he described the beneficial effects of consuming polyunsaturated fatty acids from the oil of corn, soybeans, safflower and sunflower seeds for the lowering, at least temporarily, of cholesterol in the blood.
Although many studies at a later time had also shown research to the contrary, the mud stuck and by the mid 60’s the reputation of all saturated oils in America had been destroyed.
Then comes the "Marketing Machine" of big business.
The well oiled marketing machinery funded by the soy bean and corn industry and supported by the American Heart Association was committed to change the American Diet, calling among others, for the substitution of saturated fats for polyunsaturates.
Today worldwide heart disease is still on the increase and obesity, linked to the “new” American diet is a major social problem.
All saturated fats are not created equal.
The travesty of these actions was that one of nature’s most amazing resources, tropical oils, and especially coconut oil with all its functional, nutritional and pharmaceutical possibilities, has been lost to modern medicine for decades.
Although saturated, coconut oil is structurally, pharmaceutically and behaviorally different to any other natural oil or fat.
Coconut Oil is one of the healthiest things you can put in [and on] your body!
What are some of the health benefits of coconut oil being reported?
Some of the most recent research has come from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with reports of people improving or even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s by using coconut oil, as drug trials on Alzheimer’s drugs continue to fail.
We have also seen a lot of reports of coconut oil health benefits from those suffering from hypothryroidism, as coconut oil helps boost metabolism and raise body temperatures to promote thyroid health.
Restricting carbohydrates (do not eat RICE) and increasing coconut oil in the diet has also led many to report losing weight with coconut oil.
Candida sufferers also report health benefits with coconut oil as research now confirms, and those suffering from various skin diseases are also seeing tremendous health benefits by applying coconut oil directly on the skin.
The benefits of coconut oil for healthy hair are also well known, and other healthy benefits of coconut oil included fighting off bacterial infections and viruses.
Coconut oil (Pol Kiri with Divul was my prescription to Sanath when was in his peak) is also increasingly being seen to benefit athletes and fitness trainers giving them an advantage in sustaining energy levels longer without drugs or stimulants.
To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize.
Research has finally uncovered the secrets to this amazing fruit; namely healthy fats called Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs), these unique fats include:
And around 62% of the oils in coconut are made up of these 3 healthy fatty acids and 91% of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat.
Most of the fats that we consume take longer to digest, but MCFAs found in coconut oil provide the perfect source of energy because they only have to go through a 3 step process to be turned into fuel vs. other fats go through a 26 step process!
Unlike long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) found in plant based oils, MCFAs are easier to digest
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The digestion of MCFA’s by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy by the brain. Ketones supply energy to the brain without the need of insulin to process glucose into energy. Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates it’s own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create it’s own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function.