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A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts ...

Well, there certainly has been a lot of to-do about coconut, hasn't there? I've been using coconut oil to cook my chicken in for years. Coconut oil is not only a healthy oil, but it also doesn't form carcinogenic toxins when heated.

Vegetable, corn, canola, and soy oils are primarily produced from genetically modified crops. All of these oils, as well as olive oil break down when heated. Olive oil is great for your salads, but it loses its nutrients when heated. Not so with coconut oil. And it does not raise your serum cholesterol.

If you've ever suffered from gallbladder disease, you know that any fat sends you into screaming agony. Coconut oil is a fat that you can safely eat.

Another cool thing about using coconut oil is that it doesn't get all goopy in the pan and it cleans up easily. For me that's a great stress reliever...

The coconut meat is a great source of fiber.

But here's some astounding facts about coconut -

The meat, milk, oil, and water from a coconut are anitviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Coconut helps remove germs, viruses, bacteria and toxins from your system. I've read in many articles that coconut can destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, some pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. They say its even athletes foot and diaper rash.

It helps keep your arteries healthy.

Coconut helps your body absorb the nutrients from the good foods you are eating so your body can full utilize them – all the way down to the cellular level.

Coconut helps restore your electrolyte balance. Coconut is high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium.

Coconut is high in iodine which is important for your thyroid, and for fighting off radioactive iodine.

It increases your metabolism and helps you lose weight.

It helps balance your pH levels.

It's good for your skin. It works great on your face. However, I have tried putting coconut oil on my body and hands and I didn't see any great results. It works better from the inside out.

In many cultures, coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

But this one blew me away -

Coconut water is identical to blood plasma. It has been used as a universal donor to give plasma to wounded soldiers through IV. Can you believe that? I can't say that I'm thrilled with the taste of coconut water, but with so many health benefits, I make it a point to drink some more often. And I've always loved shaved coconut on my ice cream ;-) I'd say this one definitely classifies as a superfood, wouldn't you?





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