Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello everyone, welcome back to another
edition of Ask The ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. Cocos nucifera, more commonly known as
coconut, provides food and more importantly nutrients for millions of
people around the world. In fact research shows that coconut oil was one of the
major sources of dietary fats aside from animal fat and dairy prior to the advent
of corn and soybean oil. On top of dietary fats coconuts are rich in
vitamins, fiber, electrolytes, enzymes and amino acids. In today’s episode of Ask
The ND we’re going to look at the multiple uses for and benefits of coconuts. There
are two distinct groups of coconuts. The tall variety and the dwarf variety. Coconuts can also be enjoyed as either a
young fruit or immature fruit the nutrients found in coconuts change as it
matures. Coconuts consist of three main parts;
the shell, meet and water. Which give way to a variety of uses including
coconut water, oil, vinegar, water, sugar, and much more. Unfortunately in the United States
coconuts are oftentimes ignored by consumers. However, in the tropical
regions around the world, all parts of the coconuts are used daily because of
its so many benefits coconuts are often times referred to as the tree of life. Let’s take a closer look at some of the
health benefits of coconuts here’s the rundown. The most abundant and potent
medium-chain fatty acid in coconuts is lauric acid. Lauric acid contributes to its
possibly antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal activity. Fresh coconut juice
is a rich source of electrolytes and may help to prevent dehydration. Coconuts are rich in potassium, sodium, calcium
magnesium, and phosphorus. Coconuts may have cardioprotective effects the
medium-chain fatty acids contained coconuts when absorbed from the
intestines go directly to the liver to be used for energy and don’t participate
in the synthesis of cholesterol. Coconut oil may help to reduce waist
circumference and assist in altering the profiles. Another traditionally used for
coconut and coconut oil is for skincare Coconut oil may have antiseptic effects
and make a great skin moisturizer when applied topically in may also aid in exfoliating the outer layer of dead skin cells. Coconuts may be excellent food for
the brain and might help with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil may act as an alternative
energy source for neurons or nerve cells in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s
disease who are unable to use glucose to produce energy. There are several ways to
enjoy the health benefits of coconuts, two of the most talked about include coconut
oil and coconut water. Coconut oil is made from pressing the meat of a mature
coconut it is richer and more acid and other medium chain triglycerides. Coconut
water is made from extracting the liquid portion of an immature coconut it
contains higher amounts of electrolytes and nutrients than coconut oil. There are several things to look for when choosing your coconut product depending on the form. Choose USDA
Organic, Non GMO and cold pressed coconut products make sure they’re not
hydrogenated or bleached. Thank you for watching another edition of Ask DND make
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