The humble coconut has fed and nourished people around the world for generations. In fact nearly one-third of the world’s population depends on coconuts to some degree for their food and their livelihood.
Coconuts can provide, Oil, Water, Flour, Sugar, cream and milk just to name a few. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a “functional food” because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations.
Coconut in Modern Medicine Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:
Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
- Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
- Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
- Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
- Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
- Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports thyroid function.
- Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.