[sgmb id=”2″]Coconut & Diabetes – What Are The Benefits?
Diet and Diabetes
Diet plays a major role in the development of Diabetes. Diabetes management focuses on avoiding high-sugar foods. I have a family history of Diabetes. My mother developed Type 2 Diabetes and so did her siblings. My parents are from the Caribbean where the typical Caribbean diet consists of root vegetables, grains, white rice and beans, plantains, breads and sweets, in short, foods high in starch and sugar that cause a considerable spike in insulin levels. The coconut is a healthy saturated fat, low in carbohydrates and high in fiber.
Benefits of Coconut on Type II Diabetes (MCFA’s)
The coconut consists of three healthy fats known as medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s). These fats are lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. In a nutshell, though they are a fatty food, coconuts are easy to digest and immediately turn into energy compared to other sources of fats that have a more complex process during there breakdown.
Insulin resistance is when the cells are no longer working like they should to produce energy. The cells are unable to use the insulin because it has built up a resistance to it.
The Pancreas tries its best to overcompensate by pumping out more insulin.http://www.diabetesreversed.com/letter.php
What has caused the resistance? God alone knows. None the less, insulin resistance is what happens before one develops diabetes.
Dr Josh Axe, clinical nutritionist and owner of Exodus Health Centers, writes “The MCFA’s in coconut oil helps balance the insulin reactions in the cells and promote healthy digestive process. They take off the strain on the pancreas and give the body a consistent energy source that is not dependent on glucose reactions which can prevent insulin resistance and Type II diabetes.”
Other Health Benefits of Coconuts
- lowers cholesterol
- Gives you energy
- Improves digestion
- Regulates thyroid
- Good for your heart
Coconut Water Health Benefits
- Reduces food cravings
- Regulates hormones
- Improves digestion
- Good antiseptic for the urinary tract and urinary tract infections
- Refreshing and keeps you hydrated
Coconut Oil Benefits
Studies show that Coconut oil benefits are known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-carcinogenic, great for weight loss and have many other benefits and dozens of uses. Coconut oil can be very beneficial for diabetics because it stabilizes blood sugar levels and balances hormone levels. It is a natural skin moisturizer that nourishes the skin second to none. Coconut Oil can be added to recipes, smoothies, used in cooking to replace butter and other oils that may not be as healthy.
Eat More Coconuts
The bottom line when it comes to coconuts and your diabetes is to begin consuming more coconut for better health. The fresher the coconut the better. The solid white of the coconut makes a great snack. Just be careful when breaking it open. The shell can be razor sharp and can easily cut your hand. Fresh coconut water, especially in green coconuts, are refreshing and very good for you so drink as much as you can.
Source : Wikipedia and Dr Josh Axe