The Healing Powers of the Coconut—Restore Electrolytes, Purify the Blood and Slow the Progression of Alzheimer's
The fuzzy fruit that grows on palm trees native to the Pacific is believed to have migrated to North America and throughout the tropics on ocean currents prior to human intervention, reported Kew.org. Indigenous to South Asia, the coconut has numerous healing properties when eaten in raw form—whether you consume the coconut meat, water or oil.
These amazing gifts of nature can survive months floating at sea, and they also naturally purify water. Over the course of about nine months, each coconut filters a liter of water, which is stored and remains sterile inside the coconut's shell. Fresh coconut water is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man.
The coconut is reported to contain the same electrolytic balance as humans have in our blood. "During the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water—siphoned directly from the nut—to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers," reported Health Remedies.
Indigenous peoples have long used coconut oil medicinally for its anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties, states be-healthy-with-coconuts.com.
Coat cuts, scrapes, warts and insect bites with coconut oil, which forms a protective barrier between the affected area and outside contaminants, while reducing pain, itching, redness and/or swelling. It also works wonders for skin rejuvenation—from reducing the harm of ultra-violet radiation to minimizing wrinkles, restoring hydration and moisture, and calming eczema, diaper rash and acne. In sum, coconut oil repairs damaged tissue and speeds healing time. Try lathering some on the ends of your hair as an all-natural conditioner.
And perhaps one of the coconut's most amazing healing powers is found in its oil. The ketones in coconut oil are believed to help prevent, slow the progression and potentially reverse Alzheimer's and other dementia.
News spread about coconut oil's miraculous abilities to aid in the reversal of dementia with the release of the 2011 book Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was a Cure? by Mary T. Newport, a doctor who has looked after newborns since 1983 and become a caregiver to her husband Steve after he began showing signs of Alzhiemer's in 2000. As Steve's disease escalated and pharmaceuticals only seemed to worsen his health, Newport began avidly searching for a natural cure. In 2004, she was thrilled to learn that "medium-chain fatty acids, which act like an alternative fuel in the insulin-deficient Alzheimer's brain, can sometimes reverse or at least stabilize the disease." She started giving her husband daily doses of two tablespoons of coconut oil—a great source of these fats. To her joy and relief, his symptoms started to improve within the first two weeks, and all his motor functions and memory grew increasingly better overtime.
Soon after Newport's book was published, she began receiving letters in the hundreds from caregivers of people with dementia, sharing their stories of how coconut oil has made a significance difference in slowing the progression and reversing the disease.
What this CNB video featuring Mary and Steve Newport:
While coconut oil is beneficial, a high-powered serum may do even more. Biochemisists at Oxford University have developed a ketone ester with ten times greater potency than coconut oil. The one thing standing in their way of mass-producing it: funding. "It's very expensive. And so we can't make very much of it ourselves," said the team leader Professor Kieran Clarke. "And what we would like is funding so we could actually scale up and make it."
"But of course there's no real profit in manufacturing stuff like that, and so people really don't want to fund that sort of thing," he said.
Remember when consuming coconut oil: Make sure it's pure! Only use non-hydrogenated coconut oil. Avoid all hydrogenated oil, which is the equivalent of dangerous trans fat.
While coconut oil can help with dementia, consider other natural methods to prevent the disease. Dr. Robert Williams of Kings College in London advocates a change in diet grounded in vegetable- and fruit-sourced flavonoids, reported NaturalSociety.com.