Coconuts are rich in medium-chain triglycerides and rich in dietary fiber, with one cup of shredded meat yielding 7 grams.
A serving of fresh coconut meat provides high levels of several minerals, such as copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. Together, these minerals help maintain normal body functions and promote health.
Health benefits of coconut:
- Aids in weight loss management
- Helps to prevent mood swings
- Improves bowel movement
- Helps to protect against diabetes
- Supports the immune system
- Aids in reduction of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
Coconut oil is safe for most people if used in amounts commonly found in foods. It also appears to be safe when applied to the scalp in combination with herbs. Coconut oil is used for diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Alzheimer’s disease, thyroid conditions, increasing energy and boosting the immune system.
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