10 – Coconut oil and arthritis
A study has revealed that antioxidants extracted from virgin coconut oil were more effective in reducing arthritis inflammation than a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug called Indometacin, which is often prescribed for arthritis.
Nutrients in Coconut
The fat in coconut is nearly all the immune boosting medium chain saturated fat. The flesh of a coconut consists of around 50% water and about 35% coconut oil, 10% carbohydrates, and 3.5% protein. Coconuts are a great source of molybdenum, manganese and copper. Coconut also is a good source of zinc and selenium.
Where Does Coconut Oil Come From?
The coconut palm is believed to have come from someplace in the Malayan archipelago and was soon spread by nature and man. Herb infused coconut has been made use of in Ayurvedic medicine for nearly 4,000 years as an effective parasitic skin disease treatment.
Approximately 20 billion coconuts are harvested every year, and even though the Philippines, Indonesia and India are the major producers, the coconut palm also grows in the tropical regions of Asia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands and East Africa.