Thursday, March 15, 2007

Coconut Oil and Babies!

I found this great article about coconut oil and breast milk - I thought I would share...

Coconut Oil Increases Beneficial Properties in Human Breast Milk
by: Cori Young

The unique composition of human breast milk fat includes the fatty acids, lauric acid and capric acid, which have potent antimicrobial properties. These fatty acids offer the nursing infant protection from viruses such as herpes and HIV, protozoa such as giardia lamblia, and bacteria such as chlamydia and heliocobater.

A study published in 1998 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that lactating mothers who eat coconut oil and other coconut products, have significantly increased levels of lauric acid and capric acid in their breast milk. Thus, the milk supply has increased amounts of the protective antimicrobials , which will give even greater protection to the nursing infant.
Pregnant females store fat to assure successful lactation. Any lauric acid and capric acid in the diet becomes part of the adipose stores. The milk fat of a lactating mother is made up of these stores as well as her current diet. If her diet doesn't contain lauric acid, then generally her milk fat will contain around 3% lauric acid and round 1% capric acid.

When a lactating woman adds foods rich in lauric acid to her diet, the amount of lauric acid available in her breastmilk increases substantially to levels three times the original level and nearly double the amount of capric acid. In countries where coconut oil is a diet staple, levels of lauric acid in the mother’s milk can be as high as 21% and capric acid can be as high as 6% giving her infant even more protection against viruses, bacteria, and protozoa.

Coconut oil can be used instead of butter in cooking and baking. You can stir it into oatmeal or even use it as a spread. Also, this oil's antimicrobial properties are beneficial for the skin. Pregnant women in many cultures the world over rub cocnut oil on their expanding bellies to keep skin soft and prevent itching.

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About The Author
Cori Young is an herbalist living in the Pacific Northwest. For more information on healing with herbs, visit her website, Herbal Remedies Info (

Monday, March 12, 2007

Have you ever thought of coconut oil as fuel for your car?

There are a couple of places around the world that are using/testing coconut oil as an alternative fuel. Crazy but very interesting:

- coconut oil burns cleaner
- coconut oil is really cheap
- coconut oil does not cause the sputtering that is often caused by regular diesel and gas
- we will not be held hostage by current oil producing countries

Coconut oil ceases to amaze me with its uses and health properties. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could one day get to a point were we have a readily available product to replace current oil issues in the U.S. economy? I for one would love to see us using some alternative resources that are natural.

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