Video: The Health Benefits of Coconut & Its Oil

Many of you may be aware of the benefits of coconut water and may already be enjoying the amazing hydrating benefits of that beverage. But what some of you may not know that coconuts have a whole host of health benefits that come from the fat and the meat contained inside.

Coconut oil is one of the best fats to cook in not only because of it’s high smoke point, but also because of it’s health benefits. Research shows that coconut oil can help to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, making it a healthy cooking fat for cardiac function. It also, more recently, has been shown to be a great alternative fuel source for the brain other than glucose. An aging brain can often times have difficulty in absorbing glucose, which is it’s primary fuel source and when this happens memory and cognition decline, as seen in Alzheimer’s. By using coconut oil, you offer the brain an alternative fuel source that it well absorbs and in turn brain function can stabilize and in some cases improve. Additionally, coconut oil is excellent for hydrating your skin and your hair! All great reasons to incorporate coconut oil into your diet. You’ll also hear about great ways to include coconut flakes into your diet for a delicious, healthy kick to some of your favorite recipes.

As always, I welcome your questions and feedback in the comment section below!

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10 comments on “Video: The Health Benefits of Coconut & Its Oil

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Salvatore~ I am not sure I understand your question but I believe you are asking if coconut oil can help with MS. If so, in and of itself, coconut oil won’t have a real significant effect, but is best used in conjunction with a healthy, anti-inflammatory diet that helps promote healthy immune function. The coconut oil can provide an alternative fuel source for the brain, and therefore the central nervous system and in this way may be nourishing for those with MS. But a sound diet is key. That should be your first priority and from there you can begin adding on supplemental foods or vitamins that can help move you along. I hope this helps~ Best to you~ B

  1. AvatarVanessa

    Great piece! Loved the tip on storing fresh coconut water and using it after a workout. Doesn’t come close to mass manufactured coconut water which loses a lot of its integrity due to the oxidation process that unfolds by the time it is bottled and put on a store shelf. Again, thanks for the tip! Never occurred to me to do that!

  2. AvatarKate

    I love coconut oil. I actually buy both kinds, one which does have a lot of coconut aroma and flavor and it tastes great, and then the one that’s flavorless for times when I’ve OD’d on coconut.

  3. AvatarJorge and Iraida Mendez

    Loved, as usual, your video. We, surprisingly, as you are our daughter and therefore should have known better, did not have real knowledge on the benefits of coconuts. We knew about coconut water being good for your kidneys, but for the most part kept away from the meat and fat, erroneously thinking they were bad for your cholesterol and general well being,
    One more thing we have learned from you ! It is never too late.

    The Units

  4. AvatarJon Sheppard

    Very informative video Barbara!! I’ll be sure to incorporate more coconut into my diet, especially cocnut water for rehydration.

    Thank you for keeping me motivated.


  5. AvatarMelissa

    Coconut oil is fantastic. I have multiple sclerosis and when I’m having inflammation in my body, and my old symptoms are getting active, I eat coconut oil and I can literally see an improvement (the inflammation is in the optic nerves!).


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