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The drama behind coconut

Kalpavriksha is another name used to address the coconut tree. Not only is each item of the tree useful in some or the other way, it is also rich in a lot of nutrients which are imperative for a healthy state and mind. Unlike earlier when the coconut was looked down upon because of its high calorie and high fat food, today it is looked up to, to cure various health related problems.

It is a source of various natural products which are used for the development of various medicines against various diseases. They have many medicinal properties like antimicrobial, antibacterial, antioxidant, hypoglycaemic. In India, the use of coconut in Ayurvedic medicines were documented 4000 years ago. Lets us run through some of the advantages coconut has to provide:

Coconut water is one of the highest sources of potassium. In order to regulate the blood pressure, the sodium and potassium in the body play a vital role. The potassium content works very well for people suffering from high blood pressure. Another component Arginine, one of the components present in coconut meat is responsible for producing nitric oxide. Nitric oxide has the property of dilating the blood vessels to ensure smoother flow of blood through the arteries
Coconut comprises of lauric acid another component found in the mother’s milk. Lauric acid has the property to fight various forms of infections like gingivitis, cardio- inflammatory process by killing the free oxidants that might otherwise prove to be artherogenic. Lauric acid is also a key element used to help individuals suffering from obesity.

The coconut oil as compared to other oils has a very unique way of digesting in the body due to the type of fat it contains. Yes, it is saturated fat but medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Inclusion of MCT has proven not only to reduce the fat mass but also proven to reduce the risk of heart attack. As the MCT does not require the entire gut for its digestion, the process of energy emission is faster in comparison to any other disease. Especially people suffering from liver disorders, coconut oil can be easily used to increase the energy intake of the individual.
If you are suffering from urinary infection or urethral stones, coconut comprises of monooctanoin which is responsible in dissolution of gallstones in 50% to 75% of the cases.

The virgin coconut oil has been proven to favour the reduction of waist circumference and increase the HDL- C turning out to be a boon for people at a high risk of coronary artery disease.

Arginine present in the coconut meat is responsible for improving the insulin sensitivity in diabetics. They are also responsible for the improving the pancreatic activity and release of insulin from the pancreas.

Nature created amazing food ingredients that can work like an elixir in ways unimaginable. However, the researches and superficial understanding has only misconstrued the magic each creation of nature has for man. With so many health benefits, how can this Kalpavriksha possibly be a forbidden food? Incorporate them today in your diet and reap the maximum benefits irrespective of the calories or the fats it has to provide.