Saturday, September 02, 2006

Silky, healthful Coconut Oil!

I only just recently discovered the wonderfulness of coconut oil. Did you know that it is used for hair, skin and cooking? It's healthy for the liver and easily digested. Organic virgin coconut oil makes an excellent butter and margarine substitute for baking and is also great for sauteing. Here are some highlights of the excellence of this health food...

Healthy for your heart
~ Prevents heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and strokes

Helps balance blood sugar and body fat
~ Prevents diabetes and relieves its symptoms and health risks, and promotes loss of excess weight

Anti-viral
~ Kills viruses that cause mononucleosis, influenza, hepatitis C, measles, herpes and HIV

Digestive tonic
~ Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers

Disease preventive
~ Fights free radicals and protects the body from breast and colon cancer, kidney and liver disease, pancreatitis and osteoporosis

* FOR INDIVIDUAL DOSHAS
Coconut oil is the most cooling of all oils. Vatas can consume it for cooking, especially with heating spices. Pittas do very well with coconut oil! And Kaphas should use all oils as sparingly as possible, and also cooked with heating spices.

The best coconut oil to consume is virgin and organic. Here are two websites that sell virgin coconut oil and have lots of health and use info: Tropical Traditions (US) and Peter Paul (Canada).

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