Our body’s cells are comprised primarily of saturated fats. Regular consumption of Coconut Butter promotes cellular health reducing oxidative damage from free radical exposure. Internal cellular protection translates externally to healthier, more hydrated, younger looking skin.
Medium Chain triglycerides (MCT’s) are abundantly found in Coconut Butter. Unlike other forms of fat, the liver is able to metabolise MCT’s similarly to how it utilises carbohydrates as a fuel source. Coconut Butter’s digestibility means that it is quickly absorbed by our bodies, and not left to circulate the blood stream like other fats. The MCT’s in coconut oil have also been shown to have thyroid supporting mechanisms. Studies that were conducted on the basal (resting) metabolic rate of people who ate MCT’s comparative to those participants who consumed more LCT’s (long chain triglycerides i.e. vegetable oils) were found on average to have a 12% increase in their basal metabolic rates.
An incereasing amount of studies are being done on coconut oil; building a picture of a remarkable health-giving food. Some of the properties attributed to coconut oil include:
- Anti-viral: coconut oil has been shown to be antagonistic to a wide range of viruses including those that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitus C, SARS and AIDS.
- Anti-microbial: attacks bacteria that causes ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease, cavities, pneumonia and some STDs.
- Anti-fungal: antagonistic to fungi and yeasts that cause candidasis, ringworm, athelete’s foot, thrush and nappy rash.
- Anti-parasitic: attacks such parasites as tapeworm, Giardia and others.
- Nutritional: provides a source of quick energy, boosts energy, endurance and athletic performance. Improves digestion and absorbtion of other nutrients including calcium, magnesium, other minerals, vitamins and amino acids. Improves insulin secretion and blood glucose utilisation. Acts as a protective anti-oxidant. Improves utilisation of essential fatty acids. Reduces the body’s need for vitamin E.
- Supports bodily organs and systems: supports thyroid function, immune system, helps prevent liver and kidney disease and bladder infections. Helps dissolve kidney stones. Improves bowel function. Improves cholesterol ratio, reducing risk of heart disease, protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis.
- Helps protect body against: cancers including breast and colon, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, tooth decay and free radicals (which contribute to premature ageing).
- Reduces or relieves symptoms of: pancreatitis, diabetes, gallbladder disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, haemorrhoids, epileptic seizures, prostate enlargement, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammation, malabsorption syndrome, cystic fibrosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Coconut oil is lower in calories than other fats and does not deplete the body’s reserves of antioxidants as some other oils do.
- Weight loss: coconut oil is used by the body as an immediate energy source and is not stored as body fat. Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing thyroid function and metabolic rate. Helps prevent obesity.
- Skin and hair: supports the natural chemical balance of the skin, reduces symptoms of psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis, softens and moisturises the skin, reduces wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. Nourishing for the hair and reduces dandruff.
How to use
The most beneficial way for us to consume Coconut Butter is as a replacement to processed oils and fats. 3-5 tablespoons a day is a therapeutic dosage.
Use Coconut butter as a replacement to margarine and butter on sandwiches, add it to Smoothies for a dose of healthy fats, or spread it on crackers and eat as is.
Coconut Butter is considered to be one of the most stable oils. With a smoking temperature of 232 degrees Celsius, Coconut Butter can also be used for frying and baking. Our Coconut Butter has a light and refreshing taste that will not over power your dishes, making it suitable for a wide variety of applications.