16 benefits of coconut: why eat it?

16 benefits of coconut: why eat it?

  1. Food contains several fatty acids in different proportions and these have different impacts on cardiovascular health. In coconuts, about 90% of the lipids are in the form of saturated fatty acids, which is particularly high for a food of vegetable origin.
  2. Like proteins from other plants, coconut proteins could have a beneficial effect on blood lipids. Indeed, total cholesterol and blood triglycerides would decrease in animals having consumed an extract of this protein. These effects could be linked to the low lysine and high arginine (two amino acids) content of coconut protein, a ratio which is found in other vegetable proteins with similar lipid-lowering properties.
  3. Coconut contains a high amount of dietary fiber (a set of substances found only in plant products and which are not digested by the body). In addition to preventing constipation, a diet rich in fiber can help reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease, as well as control type 2 diabetes and appetite.
  4. Coconut oil has gained popularity in the past few years. Some attribute benefits even to the point of contributing to weight loss. One of the hypotheses raised is that coconut oil contains one type of fat, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which would be easier to use by the human body than other types of fat. MCTs would provide 1 to 2 calories less than other types of fat. Although consumption of TCM increases the body’s ability to use fat, the increase in energy expenditure caused by consumption of TCM is temporary. Indeed, after about two weeks, the body adapts and uses MCTs in the same way as other types of fat.
  5. Coconut milk is an excellent source of iron for men and a source for women, while desiccated coconut is a good source of iron for men and a source for women, their needs being different. For its part, raw coconut is a source of iron. Each body cell contains iron. This mineral is essential for the transport of oxygen and the formation of red blood cells in the blood. It also plays a role in the production of new cells, hormones and neurotransmitters (messengers in nerve impulses). It should be noted that the iron contained in plants (such as coconut) is less absorbed by the body, compared to the iron contained in food of animal origin. Its absorption is favored when consumed with certain nutrients, such as vitamin C.
  6. Coconut and coconut milk are great sources of manganese. Manganese acts as a cofactor for several enzymes that facilitate a dozen different metabolic processes. It also participates in the prevention of damage caused by free radicals.
  7. Desiccated coconut and coconut milk are great sources of copper, while raw coconut is a good source. As a constituent of several enzymes, copper is necessary for the formation of hemoglobin and collagen (protein used for the structure and repair of tissues) in the body. Several enzymes containing copper also help the body’s defense against free radicals.
  8. Coconut milk is a good source of phosphorus, while coconut is a source. Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body after calcium. It plays an essential role in the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. In addition, it participates among other things in the growth and regeneration of tissues and helps to maintain normal blood pH. Finally, phosphorus is one of the constituents of cell membranes.    
  9. Desiccated coconut is a good source of selenium, while raw coconut and coconut milk are sources. This mineral works with one of the main antioxidant enzymes, thus preventing the formation of free radicals in the body. It also helps to convert thyroid hormones to their active form.
  10. Desiccated coconut and coconut milk are sources of magnesium. Magnesium participates in bone development, protein construction, enzymatic actions, muscle contraction, dental health and the functioning of the immune system. It also plays a role in energy metabolism and in the transmission of nerve impulses.
  11. Desiccated coconut and coconut milk are sources of potassium. In the body, it is used to balance the pH of the blood and to stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid by the stomach, thus promoting digestion. In addition, it facilitates the contraction of muscles, including the heart, and participates in the transmission of nerve impulses.
  12. Desiccated coconut and coconut milk are sources of zinc while raw coconut is a source for women only. Zinc participates in particular in immune reactions, in the production of genetic material, in the perception of taste, in the healing of wounds and in the development of the fetus. It also interacts with sex and thyroid hormones. In the pancreas, it participates in the synthesis (production), the storage and the release of insulin.
  13. Coconut milk is a source of vitamin B3. Also called niacin, vitamin B3 participates in many metabolic reactions and contributes particularly to the production of energy from the carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and alcohol that we ingest. It also collaborates in the DNA formation process, allowing normal growth and development.
  14. Desiccated coconut is a source of pantothenic acid. Also called vitamin B5, pantothenic acid is part of a key coenzyme that allows us to adequately use the energy present in the food we eat. It is also involved in several stages of the production of steroid hormones, neurotransmitters (messengers in nerve impulses) and hemoglobin.
  15. Desiccated coconut is a source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, is part of coenzymes which participate in the metabolism of proteins and fatty acids as well as in the synthesis (manufacture) of neurotransmitters (messengers in nerve impulses). It also contributes to the production of red blood cells and allows them to transport more oxygen. Pyridoxine is also necessary for the transformation of glycogen into glucose and it contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system. This vitamin finally plays a role in the formation of certain components of nerve cells and in the modulation of hormone receptors.
  16. Coconut milk is a source of folate. Folate (vitamin B9) is involved in the production of all cells in the body, including red blood cells. This vitamin plays an essential role in the production of genetic material (DNA, RNA), in the functioning of the nervous and immune systems, as well as in the healing of wounds and wounds. As it is necessary for the production of new cells, adequate consumption is essential during periods of growth and for the development of the fetus.
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