The Big C….you know, Coconut!

By Emmie Steig

We have been coached that saturated fats are a “nono” but this is not the case for coconut oil. A spoonful of coconut oil a day keeps everything away, maybe even cancer!

Organic Coconut Oil

Coconut oil consists of medium length fatty acids called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). Because of this property it is metabolized differently, more quickly. Studies show that because of the MCTs in coconut oil, the nutrients are able to travel straight into the bloodstream without having to go through the lymphatic system (Brogaard). This is similar to the way glucose is processed.

Now you need to know:

1. Glucose feeds cancer cells
2. Fats, like coconut oil, are made into ketone bodies

When you process fats they are turned into these ketone bodies, which actually create a “hostile environment” for cancer cells (Brogaard). Cancer cells are not able to use ketone bodies as a source of energy; again they need glucose (sugar from any source). With a ketogenic diet, which is a diet that consists mostly of fats, there is less access to glucose. With a ketogenic diet rich in coconut oil, the coconut oil is quickly introduced to cancer cells but the cells won’t be able to use it.

Basically coconut oil is a quick boost of energy for your body and is a death wish for cancer cells!
Note: When using coconut oil make sure it is Virgin Coconut Oil rather than refined coconut oil, there are many more benefits because of its “higher antioxidant activity” as said in Marina’s article Coconut Oil: Emerging Functional Food Oil.

A few other fun benefits of coconut oil

  • Coconut oil actually has many beauty perks! Check out our Facebook to find some fun “spa treatments.”
  • Coconut Oil can help enhance workouts, giving you an energy boost. Eat a spoonful of coconut oil mixed with chia seeds 30 minutes prior to working out, I do it and boy does it help!
  • Eating a spoonful of plain virgin coconut oil can actually help curb your appetite and help with digestion!

Check out the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil at Whole Foods! Learn More Here!

Brogaard, B. “Will Coconut Oil Shrink My Cancer.” 20 July 2015.
Lockyer, S. “Coconut Oil- a Nutty Idea?” Nutrition Bulletin. 41.1. (2016): 42-54. Web. 16 Feb., 2016.
Marina, A.M., Che Man, Y.B.. “Virgin Coconut Oil: Emerging Function Food Oil.” Trends in Food Science Technology. 20.10. (2009): 481-487. Web. 27 June. 2009.

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