Research Carried out all over the world have confirmed that any group of people whose diet are prepared with coconut or take lot of coconut product are virtually free of heart diseases. As we are going to see, coconut oil is the healthiest oil any one who desires to be free of heart disease for life should eat.
My grandfather that died at the age of 135 in 1979 told me that he hardly stay for two days without taking coconut in one form or the other. He never suffered any heart attack throughout his life span, never used lenses was very strong and vibrantly healthy. He was not the only one with this trait, any village I travelled to in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria and interact with people of age above 90; I discovered that they take lots of coconut products. Surprisingly, only few of them were consciously aware of the health benefits of coconut oil.
In all the villages in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria where people still live largely on the traditional palm and coconut oil, I have never heard of any case of heart attack. Palm and Coconut tree are abundantly planted in Akwa Ibom State and their products are source of income to most of the rural dwellers.
It is only in developed Akwa Ibom State Township where people have abandoned coconut and palm oil and native food for processed food drink and refined vegetable oil that we start hearing of heart diseases. Coconut has the attribute of supporting strong and excellent physical development, good looking complexion, healthy heart and good eye sight to mention a few.
Dwellers of Pacific Island who use coconut oil in cooking all their meals as well as eat coconut and drink it water were found by European explorers to be very healthy, strong in body and mind with beautiful skin and body. They could not as at then figure out the secret behind such bountiful health and beauty. It was not until modern day researchers carried out research on coconut before they could fathom the health secret of the Pacific Islanders.
How Coconut Oil Prevents Heart Diseases
It was the incredible health, beauty and anti ageing characteristic that goes with coconut consumption that makes it to be referred to as the fountain of eternal youth. European explorers discover to their amazement that the Pacific Islander look younger stronger and enjoyed better health than they did and where affected by what easily killed Europeans. They were equally free from cancer, heart diseases as well as other degenerative diseases.
In general research carried out in several part of the world has confirmed that any group of people who use coconut oil in at least 70% of their cooking or eat coconut or it products daily and feed on high fiber but low in sugar are free from health problems such as heart disease, kidney problems, cancer, digestive problems, hypothyroidism, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol), high blood pressure, constipation, colitis, colon cancer, atherosclerosis, hemorrhoids, ulcers, appendicitis, diverticulosis and indeed all the diseases that coconut can prevent are generally absent among such people and their weight to height ratios as compared to the Body Mass Index used by nutritionist are ideal.
It is interesting to note that some of the Pacific Island dwellers that migrated to Australian cities and adopt western diet and lifestyle soon lost their vibrant health status.
Consumption of saturated fat as found in MCFAs e.g. coconut oil does not increase blood cholesterol but promote good health. Whereas consumption of long chain saturated fats as found in meat increase blood cholesterol endangers health. Coconut oil instead aid in lowering the LDL (bad) cholesterol and increase the HDL (good) cholesterol, by stimulating metabolism.
Coconut oil is known to prevent heart diseases, the question is what is there in coconut oil that make it able to prevent heart diseases and how does it do that?
To answer these questions, we must first take into consideration all the factors that cause heart diseases, such as obesity, high blood cholesterol, clotting, atherosclerosis, chronic infections, free radicals, dental health, to mention but a few. It is interesting to note that coconut oil is able to counter the effects of all of them on the body as well as prevent their occurrence thus preventing heart diseases.
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