What Islanders Consider To Be The Cure for All Illness

Written by: Drew Canole

Coconut

What’s inside

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Fiber, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, protein, Vitamin C, B6, iron

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Lime and

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coconut

anyone?

Coconuts

have been around for a long, long time. Fossil records in New Zealand show that coconut trees have been growing for thousands, if not

millions

of years. Spanish and Portuguese explorers first mentioned finding what looked like a coco (monkey face) in tall trees in tropical islands in 1555.

In Sanskrit, the word coconut tree or

translates roughly to “the tree that gives all that is necessary for living”. Certain islands consider coconuts to be “the cure for all illness” and use all parts of the

coconut

on a regular basis.

Health Benefits

Weight Management

Coconuts can help

prevent obesity

by speeding the

metabolism

and suppressing appetite. They are a good source of energy with fewer calories than other fats.

Heart Health

Coconuts also contain

medium chain fatty acids

(MCFA), which represent 1% of all fatty acids consumed and have no negative effects on cholesterol. In

populations

such as Sri Lanka and Polynesia, where coconuts are regularly consumed, there are

and serum cholesterol.

Blood Sugar Regulation

Coconuts fall under the

Low Glycemic Index

. GI measures how fast carbohydrates raise blood sugar levels. You want to keep your blood levels steady, as spikes or sudden falls can raise your risk of developing diabetes or other blood related problems.

Craving Control

Coconut also helps

sugar cravings

Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Antiparasitic Properties

Monolaurin

, an ingredient in coconut oil, has long been recognized for its bug-fighting properties. Studies have shown that coconut milk can protect against several different kinds of

bacteria

, fungi, and possibly even

viruses

. While coconut protects against the bad bacteria, it also helps to preserve the good.

Cooking

Coconut oil

Source: FitLifeTV