So–I took a blood test for lipids. Hello high cholesterol. My cardiologist is open to the idea of letting me wait to take a statin [nasty side affects] if I can bring down my LDL levels “the natural way.” When submitting the question “How can I treat my LDL naturally” to a group of girlfriends, it is amazing what information I received. I’m already on board with red yeast rice capsules, niacin [B3] and an even more stark low-cholesterol diet. But VIRGIN COCONUT OIL was a new one on me. I’m intrigued. Hmmmmmmmm.
According to Organic Facts, the health benefits of coconut oil go beyond the hair and skin care column. Listen to this: Stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss [I liked that one], increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases [also a plus plus], high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. SERIOUSLY? Sounds like a miracle drug! The benefits can be attributed [its proponents claim] to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. These acids have properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc. http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil
Here’s the bad news: One 14 oz. jar [414 mL] was $13.99 at Kroger, a local grocery store with a healthy food section. Yes, it is less expensive on-line. [Isn’t everything?] But I want to try out this super food before linking up with an on-line supplier.
Here’s the rest of the bad news: One tablespoon is 120 calories!!!!! How does it contribute to weight loss, you ask? That remains to be seen… My friend Mary also warned me that “it tastes like coconut.” That’s O.K. in lots of recipes but not so much for others. Still, I’m intrigued enough to try it in cookies, bars and muffins. Maybe an Indian stir fry. Perhaps a fudge recipe. I’ll let you know how those work out. Mary recommends using it to pop popcorn, by the way. She says it is yummy. Come to think of it, didn’t they use coconut oil to pop theater popcorn at one time? Did the health police shut that down? Were they right? Inquiring coconut minds want to know.
So, my dear cardiologist is letting me “experiment” with supplements and diet for two months. About mid-May, I will take another lipid blood test to see if that nasty LDL cholesterol is within the normal range. If you have had a good experience with coconut oil, drop me a comment. If the LDL doesn’t come down, it won’t be a complete loss. My hair will look great!