Health Benefits of Coconut Oil – My Journey

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.

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!





About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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2 Responses to Health Benefits of Coconut Oil – My Journey

  1. Sharon L. Clemens says:

    I’m getting feedback and support. Did I mention I need to increase my exercise regimen? I made a cake for Sunday dinner company and substituted LuAnn Coconut Oil for the vegetable oil in the cake and used the virgin coconut oil [more concentrated flavor] in the frosting. Delicious! Same results as baking with other oils, as the packaging promises. Coconut oil can be substituted for butter, vegetable oils, and shortening in recipes. I’m curious to try it in pie crust. But then, all desserts in moderation… Also, the LuAn Coconut Oil at Walmart was $6.99 for a large container. That is more like it! Of course, it is not the organic/virgin oil from the healthy food section of Kroger. Everything organic is much higher in price.

  2. It is extracted from the dried sections with the meat from the coconut, also called copra.
    Unsaturated fats play a role in the advancement
    of colon and breast cancer, whereas saturated fats like
    coconut oil can decrease the incidence of these types of cancer by a wide margin.
    Be sure to speak with your pharmacists and your doctor to see
    what they say before consuming any kind of supplement just for health purposes, because vitamins
    that are good for one may not be for another.

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