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The secrets of coconut supplements

PhotobucketWhen you think of coconut, swaying palm trees on the beach and scented body lotion come to mind. You may even associate it with “unhealthy” things like pina coladas and gourmet chocolate that hide sinfully sweet shreds of its fiber.

In fact, coconut milk has got a bad reputation, particularly in Asia, as a source of high cholesterol and is considered very fattening. Its juice is cool and refreshing in hot weather but doesn’t seem to provide a lot of nutritional value.

But the other parts of the coconut can actually help certain health conditions and have no dangerous side effects. Then you may wonder if this gentle fruit could be effective — after all, it doesn’t hog the headlines like super berries goji, acai, and pomegranate.

Let’s take a look at what coconut supplements can do.

Coconut oil and weight loss
Considered as a healthy fat, coconut oil can be used as a “support” supplement to a weight-loss diet. A few spoonfuls a day in between meals could help create a feeling of fullness on a limited calorie program, which is similar to consuming small amounts of olive oil or sugared water on the famous Shangri-la Diet. Coconut oil as a supplement is reasonably cheap, but do check if it is of high quality and properly pressed.

Coconut as dietary fiber
Unlike pysllium husk and oat bran, coconut fiber is flavorful and appetizing. You would be surprised to know that coconut has four times higher fiber content than oat bran and twice as much as wheat bran or flaxseed meal. You can add it to desserts, beverages, and even savory dishes. As a dietary fiber, it improves intestinal problems like constipation, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and removes intestinal parasites.

Dietary fiber helps to slow down the absorption of sugar into the body’s system and so coconut fiber can help improve blood sugar control in diabetics. When taken with meals, it helps to lower the glycemic index of the food consumed and reduces their effect on raising blood sugar levels.

One advantage of choosing coconut dietary fiber over other types is that it does not contain phytic acid, which combines with important minerals, like iron, zinc and calcium, in the digestive tract and pulls them out of the body.

Coconut oil strengthens immune function
The essential fatty acids in coconut oil have antibacterial, anti-cancer, and antiviral properties that fortify the body’s immune system. Though there has yet to be a published research study to prove this in humans, tests have proven positive in test tubes and in animals.

Related links:
The Coconut Diet
The Coconut Oil Miracle

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