Is Coconut Bad for Cholesterol- Let’s Clear It Up
The past week we have done quite a few posts across our social media platforms on Cholesterol. Why?
Because we are getting a lot of queries about coconut being high in fat and therefore detrimental to health. So is coconut bad for cholesterol?
Most of the conventional advice relating to coconut oil and cholesterol are false and misleading. Coconut oil has been repeatedly shown to be beneficial rather than detrimental on cholesterol levels and heart health.
It’s been established for over 80 years now that stress, diet, lack of exercise and suppression of the thyroid raises serum cholesterol. Restoring the thyroid hormone can bring cholesterol back down to normal. Coconut oil does both; it balances your thyroid and normalises your cholesterol levels.
“As far as the evidence goes… coconut oil, added regularly to a balanced diet, lowers cholesterol to normal by promoting its conversion into pregnenolone. “Coconut-eating cultures in the tropics have consistently lower cholesterol than people in the U.S.”
Our recommendation…..keep the coconut in your diet and be a lover not a hater.
It’s part of the reason why My Goodness Organics will never get caught up in the whole calorie counting scaremongering. When fats such as coconut have so much good to offer us, why an earth would we want count calories and leave ingredients such as these out?!
All that aside though, Cholesterol isn’t the devil it’s made out to be. In fact it’s actually one of the good guys!
Cholesterol is an indicator of inflammation or stress in the body. Think of cholesterol as the Selly’s No Gap’s filler constantly doing interior renovations to keep our body water tight and in one piece.
So what does that tell you? If you have high cholesterol, perhaps you’re not dealing with other health issues such as diet, smoking, exercise, stress and surprise surprise, your body is trying to hold it all together for you by sending cholesterol to your weakest and most damaged areas.
Clean up your diet, reduce the stress in your life wherever possible, get moving and let your body restore it’s natural balance.
If you do happen to have high ‘bad’ cholesterol, give nature a go before you take the doctors advice and jump on Statin’s which (get this) even the Heart Foundation don’t recommend!
Consumption of Lemongrass oil has shown to sustain healthy levels of triglycerides and reduce the LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. This promotes the unobstructed flow of blood in the arteries and may help protect you against many cardiac disorders.
Lemongrass Oil supports and strengthens the vascular walls and also assists with proper digestion. 3-5 drops a day has been found to show pretty awesome results and there are non of the side effects that drugs like Statins can produce…..such as death for goodness sake. Nobody wants that.
If you would like to find out more information about using Lemongrass to support healthy cholesterol, have a read here.
You can also catch Dr Bruce Fife here talking about how taking coconut oil therapeutically positively affects cholesterol and cardiovascular health in general.
Jenni Madison from Coconut Magic has an amazing recipe book called The Healthy Coconut which is centered around (you guessed it) the coconut, and how to incorporate it into your daily lifestyle in some super interesting ways.
Here’s to a happy heart guys!