Some interesting facts about Coconut
The origin of the coconut is in the South Pacific, New Guinea. The term refers to the entire coconut palm. The term is derived from Portuguese and Spanish word “coco”. The sailors on the Vasco de Gama’s ships gave the coconut its name.
Coconut is known for its great versatility, it has many traditional uses, ranging from food to cosmetics. It is also part of the daily diet of many people.
Coconut Oil contains the fatty acids that are powerful healthy properties
Coconut oil is rich in saturated fat, almost 90% of the fatty acids in it is saturated. Many think that saturated fat is bad, however, some studies has shown that saturated fats are mostly harmless. They found no linkage to heart disease.
On top of it, the coconut oil doesn´t contain normal saturated fats like the ones you would find in, for example, cheese. They contain Medium Chain Triglycerides, these are medium- chain fatty acids and they are metabolised differently. What does it mean? Well, from the digestive tract they go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy and are turned into ketones. Ketones can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders.
Coconut use in traditional and modern medicine
Coconut palm tree has had big importance as an effective medicine. In traditional medicine it is used to treat variety of health problems like for example: asthma, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, flu, rash, skin infections, sore throat, toothache, etc.
Modern medical science also confirmed that use of coconuts provides a range of health benefits, like for example: kills viruses and bacteria, provides a nutritional source of quick energy, improves digestion, reduces inflammation,improves cholesterol ratio, helps prevent obesity and overweight problems, etc.
Natural coconut water has sweet and nutty taste. It contains easily digested carb in the form of sugar and electrolytes.
It´s low in calories and less sodium. It is better than any other sugary drinks. It contains lot of potassium. You need potassium for your brain and nervous system to function. One serving of coconut water will cover about 13% of your daily potassium needs.
Coconut water contains a lot of antioxidants, which help prevent the damage to our bodies caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced by your own metabolism, so there’s no other way to neutralise the damage, except making sure you consume enough antioxidants in your diet.