Virgin coconut butter (a liquid oil in warm temperatures) is one of the most important health-building foods one can consume. Studies have shown that this uniquely curative oil has innumerable health benefits, ranging from disease prevention to anti-aging.
Coconut butter consists of over 90% saturated fat - a very important building block of every cell in the human body with each cell membrane consisting of 49% saturated fats on average. Lauric acid, the major component of coconut butter, is strongly recommended in all anti-fungal, anti-candida and anti-cancer healing programs. The only other source of such high concentrations of lauric acid is mother's milk. Coconut butter and mother's milk are by far the richest food sources of medium chain fatty acids available.
Short to medium chain fatty acids are more water soluble than longer chain fatty acids and thus require less energy for the body to absorb and utilize. They are freely absorbed into the bloodstream and are thus an important source of energy, raising the metabolism of the body and assisting in weight loss. They also help to protect the liver against alcohol damage and improve the immune system's anti-inflammatory response.
Coconut butter's cholesterol-lowering properties are a direct result of its ability to stimulate thyroid function. In the presence of adequate thyroid hormone, cholesterol is converted by enzymatic process to the vitally necessary anti-aging hormones, pregnenolone, progesterone and DHEA. These substances are required to help prevent heart disease, senility, obesity, cancer and other diseases associated with aging and chronic degeneration.
Coconut butter is the most heat-stable of all known oils, and for this reason it is the only butter that should be used for cooking. At high temperatures, all other vegetable oils (including olive oil) oxidize, creating trans-fatty acids which cause free radical damage to the cells of the body. This is not the case with coconut butter.
All cooked, saturated animal fat and hydrogenated saturated fat is toxic to the human body, and consequently all saturated fat gained a bad reputation due to research done on hydrogenated coconut oil over 40 years ago.
The inclusion of the right types of fats and oils in our diet is crucial if we are to assist our body in healing and repairing itself from the cellular level upwards.