Coconut is undoubtedly the new super food we just can’t get enough of. You can’t read a glossy magazine these days without seeing columns and columns dedicated to the merits of coconuts in its various guises: coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil, creamed coconut and the list goes on. Coconut Oil is being hailed as the Holy Grail in brain health food and KTC Virgin Coconut Oil is a simply must have item for retailers.
Paresh Mehta, Commercial Director, KTC Edibles, comments: “Populations that consume a lot of coconut products are amongst the healthiest in the world. In the UK coconut has been deemed as an ‘exotic’ food but health conscious people are also switching on to it. This is not a new phenomenon. In many parts of the world it’s a staple food that people have thrived on for hundreds of years. Tokelauans are a people who live in the South Pacific and are said to get over 60% of their calories from coconuts. They’re the biggest consumers of saturated fat anywhere in the world, something we in the West have been told to avoid like the plague, yet they are healthy with no evidence of heart disease.”
Coconut oil in particular has been put under the spotlight as a food source that boasts a myriad of benefits. One of the most astounding is how it can help people suffering from Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. Many eminent medical professionals are also talking about the profound benefits coconut oil can have for Alzheimer suffers. The science says that one of the primary fuels your brain requires is glucose; the process for glucose uptake in your brain has only recently been studied. It has been found that the brain actually manufactures its own insulin, converting to glucose in the bloodstream into the food it needs to survive. It’s therefore thought that when the brain’s production of insulin decreases that it literally begins to starve as it is divested of the converted glucose energy it needs to thrive and work normally and this is what happens in Alzheimer’s. Seemingly the brain is able to operate with more than one form of energy (Ketones) in the form of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and this is where coconut oil comes in as it contains 66% MCTs. MCT’s are fats that the body does not process in the same way. Normally any fat in the body is mixed with bile before it can be broken down by the digestive system, but MCTs go straight to the liver which changes the oil into Ketones which are released straight into the bloodstream and go to your brain to be used as fuel.
This simple, natural remedy is building quite a support with a host of anecdotal and scientific data queuing up behind it. There is the man who less than a year ago failed to gain a score on the Mini Mental State Examination where a healthy person would score 30. He was apparently unable to function even at the most rudimentary level i.e. he couldn’t wash or dress without assistance. The same man is now catching the bus on his own and dressing himself normally and coconut oil is credited with his remarkable recovery. His son mixed a teaspoon of Virgin Coconut oil into his Dad’s food twice daily which his Dad took for 3 months to see this cognitive recovery. These tales are not urban myths, eminent professionals such as Kieron Clarke, Professor of Physiological Biochemistry at Oxford University and head of the Cardiac Metabolism Research Group, backs them. He simply believes that coconut oil helps to boost the brains energy supply making more Ketones or brain food. Another notable case is Dr Mary Newport and her many YouTube videos showing her husbands progress. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for 8 or more years and she claims the results after he started taking coconut oil are little short of astounding as he began to reclaim his short term memory. Reportedly even an MRI scan showed that his brain had stopped shrinking. These stories certainly show that coconut oil is worth investigating properly and in the mean time including in our daily diet.
This is not the only health benefit being bestowed on Virgin Coconut Oil. It cures halitosis, prevents and cures gum disease, whitens teeth, improves skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It alleviates migraines and headaches, improves hormone imbalances and helps asthma sufferers and congestions so it certainly seems worth a try.
KTC Virgin Coconut oil which retails for just £8.99 is worth its weight in gold some might say.
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