Coconut Oil - Part II


Coconut oil can contribute to overall wellness.... read on to see how!

Good energy source
     The fatty acids in coconut oil go to the liver to be metabolized for quick energy

Can improve heart health
     Several studies show coconut oil helps reduce abdominal fat which is one of the major risks for heart disease
     Consistently raises HDL "good" cholesterol but a downside can be inconsistent elevations of LDL "bad" cholesterol but the net effect is positive
     Can help stabilize blood pressure 

     Reduces blood markers of inflammation and oxidative stress 

Supports gut health
     High fat content helps the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E & K
     Fights against unhealthy bacteria and overgrowth of yeast such as candida
          Majority of coconut oil is medium chain fatty acids
          Lauric acid is anti-inflammatory
          Caprylic acid acts against yeast overgrowth
          Capric acid supports liver and gallbladder function

So there are many good things about coconut oil but there can be concerns:

High calorie food so needs to be used in moderation (120 cal/tbsp)

In the gut, coconut oils stimulates T-cells to skew to Th17 cells which fight bacteria by creating inflammation. Too much TH17 conversion could trigger an autoimmune effect.  So, in patients with autoimmune disease, coconut oil should be used with caution.

Recipes to try (courtesy Coconut Oil by Laura Agar Wilson)

Green tea with Coconut Oil (for metabolism/energy)
Brew a cup of green tea and whisk in 1 tsp of coconut oil

Orange Sports Drink
1 c. orange juice
1 c. coconut water
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp. coconut oil
Blend well until frothy 

Date/Coconut Energy shots 
1 c. dried dates
2 tbsp. dessicated coconut
1/2 c. coconut oil
Blend in food processor until becomes a smooth ball with doughy consistency
Roll into small balls and store in refrigerator

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