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The Tree of Life

"Health Benefits from the Coconut"
By: Maria Paula TolentinoThe Tree of Life

When it comes to healthy beverages, there is a drink that is second best to water and can only be found in one fruit: coconut. Coming from the palm family, the Cocos nucifera has been proven useful for a variety of personal, home, and medicinal purposes.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut is a highly nutritious “functional food” that is rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content and is said to possess healing properties. The coconut palm is so highly treasured both as a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.”

People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows, the people have learned of its importance as an effective medicine. In local folk medicine, coconut products have held a respectable and valuable place.

Only a few people (even doctors) understand the importance of coconut in stabilizing blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, healing, hydrating, and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency. Referred to as kalpavriksha (Sanskrit for “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live”) in ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral, and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.

The Coconut Research Center adds that in traditional medicine, coconut is reportedly used to treat a wide variety of health problems, including: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

The Coconut Research Center enumerates the many medicinal benefits of coconut.

1.     If applied topically, coconut oil helps ward off infection.

2.     If digested, coconut meat and juice help boost energy and endurance, thus enhancing physical and athletic performance.

3.     Drinking coconut juice helps dissolve kidney stones and prevent liver disease.

4.     Coconut does not form harmful byproducts when heated to normal cooking temperature unlike other vegetable oils.

5.     Coconut oil helps expel/kill tapeworm, lice, giardia, and other parasites.

6.     It functions as a protective antioxidant and has no harmful side effects.

7.     The coconut oil helps control dandruff.

8.     Coconut helps control and manage weight problems, reducing health risks associated with diabetes. Coconut improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.

9.     Eating the coconut meat helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay. This is because coconut helps improve calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.

10.   Coconut helps protect against kidney disease, gallbladder infections, osteoporosis, breast, colon, and other cancers. Coconut also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases. At the same time, coconut kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, even SARS and AIDS.

11.   Coconut helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

12.   As an antioxidant, coconut helps protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease. It helps prevent wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots and promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.

13.   Coconut improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, while at the same time improving bowel function.

14.   Coconut improves cholesterol ratio thus reducing the risk of heart disease. It protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.

15.   Coconut kills fungi and yeast, keeping candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections, at bay.

16.   Coconut is good for the skin as it helps reduce symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It also softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking. 

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