Coconut Oil And Inflammation. How does it help against chronic disease?
Native raw coconut oil and inflammation are quite interesting topics. Coconut oil can very well help with infections due to its active ingredient composition. This applies to external as well as internal use.
High-quality coconut oil contains a large assortment of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. It also harbors the unique spectrum of fatty acids, which cannot be found again in nature.
The medium-chain fatty acids contained have antimicrobial properties.
An untreated and natural raw food Coconut oil, which was produced without heat supply, contains sufficient valuable ingredients to make it eligible to call it a natural remedy.
Fifty percent of the most effective ingredients consist of Lauric acid. Incidentally, there are other unique fatty acids included, as well.
Through this combination, the oil has the upper hand against numerous bacteria, viruses and fungi, which are often the trigger of inflammation in the body.
Inflammatory skin problems? Coconut oil helps!
Inflammations of the skin can be very painful and are often due to bacterial or fungal infections. Even small wounds and scars can quickly worsen. The search for a suitable remedy is often difficult, and conventional medicine commonly recommends cortisone preparations in such cases, which not everyone tolerates well.
Sensitive and affected skin needs special care so as not to be irritated any further. Coconut oil provides valuable aid with its active ingredients. Even with neurodermatitis, one can use coconut oil to provide relief.
The oil supports the regeneration process and strengthens the natural skin barrier. With healthy skin, viruses, bacteria and fungi have little chance of invading and causing mischief. It is essential that one applies oils, no matter the type, only on moisturized skin in order not to dry it out even more.
In this way, the skin stores dewiness. A blend of aloe vera gel and virgin coconut oil is also useful to control inflammatory processes in the skin.
Many acne patients and people who suffer from neurodermatitis swear by the effect.
Coconut oil is also helpful with athlete’s foot, nail fungus and sometimes even different types of warts when utilized regularly. Wherever viruses, bacteria and fungi cause pathological changes in the skin, one can use coconut oil as an adjunct to medical therapy.
Surprisingly, numerous reports from experience show that even where traditional medicine failed, coconut oil improved, sometimes even healed. It is, therefore, worth a try.
Coconut oil for inflammation of the gums and oral mucosa
Yes, one can even fight and stop gingivitis and inflammation of the oral mucosa with coconut oil. The best way is to begin a multi-week oil pulling therapy.
The swirling and squishing of the oil in the mouth removes and flushes out bacteria from difficult-to-access tooth pockets and interdental spaces, as well as from the mucous membranes.
The antibacterial effect of coconut oil relieves infections and can accelerate the healing process. In addition, studies prove that coconut oil kills extremely effectively caries-causing bacteria. Accordingly, brushing with coconut oil can also contribute to oral and dental health.
Coconut oil for internal use in gastrointestinal inflammation
Discomfort, such as Crohn’s disease, stomach ache, irritable bowel syndrome – are usually triggered by an inflamed intestinal or gastric mucosa. Due to damaged or inflamed mucous membranes, the food cannot be properly processed and different symptoms occur.
The valuable combination of vitamins, fatty acids and other nutrients makes coconut oil a cure for inflammation of the digestive system, as well.
The application of coconut oil as a food protects the intestine from unpleasant pathogens, such as bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Even the daily intake of only small amounts of coconut oil protects the intestinal mucous membranes and relieves existing inflammatory processes. One can extend this healing property to many other parts of the body, because this great oil can even put inflammation of the articular apparatus to a halt.
Coconut oil for rheumatism and osteoarthritis
The daily consumption of coconut oil can prevent inflammation. The body absorbs the active ingredients and is, thus, protected from infection. Especially patients with rheumatism and osteoarthritis sufferers can benefit from it, because the oil can reduce the often violent and painful relapses.
Effectively prevent infections with coconut oil
If you take coconut oil as a daily supplement and as a healthy alternative for frying and baking, you can prevent all sorts of inflammation.
Because coconut oil also detoxifies, it can prevent many inflammatory processes in advance. Often there are toxins from the diet, which can lead to chronic inflammation. Inflammation is always a natural reaction of our body and sometimes also essential, as it has the ability ad duty to heal the body.
As the defense reaction of our body activates, pain-messengers are released and we, thereby, automatically protect the affected body part.
It becomes dangerous when an inflammation lies dormant for months, even years, and does not heal.
Such a type of chronic inflammation is now associated with numerous sequelae. Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, various autoimmune diseases, diabetes, heart failure – all diseases that may arise due to an unrecognized chronic inflammation.
Even if there is no inflammation, you can effectively prevent and significantly reduce the risk of illness. The most effective measures are the intake of coconut oil, turmeric and ginger as well as moderate sunbathing to stimulate vitamin D production in the body.
Signs of unrecognized damages in the body
Inflammation doesn’t always come accompanied by pain or fever. Ever so often, it slumbers in us and we notice a hidden focal point through a blood test. In such a case, the blood contains too many leukocytes and the CRP value is too high. Nevertheless, there are usually signs before, which should alert us.
An unrecognized inflammation often manifests itself in chronic fatigue. Are you out of breath after a short spurt, even though you could run a marathon in recent years? This may indicate chronic inflammation.
Even if the overall physical performance wears off and you have no strength left, this may be a sign. Inflammations are energy robbers and one feels already tired after short working time.
Chronic inflamed intestinal mucosae are particularly sensitive to various foods. The mucous membranes are more permeable and unwanted contaminants from food can enter our bloodstream.
This brings the immune system to the scene, and we develop food intolerances.
If you suddenly have a supposed food allergy, then an inflammation of the gastric or intestinal mucous membranes can be the cause.
Do you sleep badly? This, too, can be a sign of dormant inflammation. Our body releases messenger substances, which are responsible for the communication between the brain and defense system. If there is a disturbance here, this can lead to both extreme fatigue and sleep disorders.
Unexplained sweating can also be a symptom of inflammation. The affected parts of the body are supplied with more blood and, thus, one experiences excessive heat within the inflamed body tissue. In order to dispose of that intense heat, one begins to sweat.
Coconut fat or coconut oil?
Most manufacturers distinguish between their deodorized and untreated, native products by the two different names “coconut oil” and “coconut fat”.
Some coconut oil producers offer both virgin coconut oil and deodorized coconut fat in their assortment. You use a fairly straightforward method to help you as a customer to distinguish between natural virgin coconut oil (with coconut scent and taste) and deodorized coconut oil (neutral smell and taste).
Thus, the native and untreated oil is called “coconut oil” and the deodorized variant is called “coconut fat”.
In my opinion, it makes it a little easier for you to choose the product you want and avoid erroneous buying.
If a product is still foreign to you, I advise that you check the item description on typical features before buying.
Features that make it easy for you to determine the difference
There are characteristic features that you will find on every package and in every description text. With them a distinction between fat and oil is quite simple:
Coconut oil, organic with coconut flavor and fragrance usually has the following designations:
– cold-pressed, organic
Coconut fat without coconut flavor and odor usually carries the following information:
– deodorized, fractionated, without flavor
What type of Coconut oil is best?
If you do not like the coconut flavor of virgin coconut oil in your food, there is a pretty good, “tasteless” alternative – namely, steam deodorized coconut oil.
Gentle deodorized coconut oil does not contain the typical coconut oil taste and smell of fresh coconut. You can, therefore, use it in the preparation of all dishes.
An extremely careful steaming process does preserve many naturally contained nutrients. Only the heat-sensitive vitamins (especially vitamin E) in coconut oil suffer from this process.
But there is high-quality organic coconut fat that still has a Lauric acid content of around 50% to 52% despite the heat treatment.
However, it is important to keep in mind that refined, hardened and deodorized coconut oil, as is the case with slab fat, loses a large part of its intrinsic value.
It may, furthermore, even contain trans fatty acids. Thus, you should, if it absolutely has to be unflavored coconut oil, only purchase the unrefined variant.
What is better about virgin coconut oil than deodorized coconut oil?
In contrast, organic, cold-pressed coconut oil also contains the health-promoting vitamins naturally. You can recognize it by the inimitable gentle coconut smell and taste. Only natural, virgin and untreated coconut oil, therefore, still offers all health-related and nourishing benefits.
My personal tips for buying coconut oil
So one distinguishes cold-pressed, natural coconut oil (I personally prefer these variations), refined or hardened coconut oil/coconut fat (not recommended) and gently deodorized coconut oil that was not processed otherwise (heat-sensitive vitamins are lost).
You should, therefore, if you want to buy odorless and tasteless coconut oil, pay attention to the gentle deodorization. It must not be refined or hardened.
If you prefer a natural coconut oil with taste and coconut flavor, then you should look at the terms “organic” and “cold-pressed”, at best, even “raw food”. They press raw food coconut oil at very low temperatures and it is, therefore, even more valuable for the health-conscious kitchen.
You should store coconut oil in a cool, light-protected place, but not in the refrigerator. It is easier to dose in the solid form than when liquid. So, in case you have the liquid form of coconut oil, fill up the required amount and put the jar of liquid oil in the fridge for a short time.
Then it solidifies and you can remove it after a few minutes with the spoon. In contrast, if you want to liquefy the solid coconut oil, it will be enough if you hold the container under the warm stream of water for a short time.
You can also melt the fat in a warm water bath. The water should not boil, in any case, because this can destroy the valuable nutrients of the oil.
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