Is Coconut Oil Good For High Blood Pressure? - Grace Ngo Foundation

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Is Coconut Oil Good For High Blood Pressure?



                                                                                                                                                       
COCONUT OIL AND ITS BENEFITS

More and more facts are emerging pointing to the fact that truly, Coconut oil is the healthiest oil both for managing ailments like diabetes and blood pressure  and staying healthy naturally.  The Power and secret of this oil is mainly in its saturated fat content which was misconstrued over the years to be bad for our health. Yes, we all agree that saturated fat is bad for our health however the one found in coconut oil has been found to be healthy.

Truly speaking, there is a lot of confusion  and contradictions on the subject of saturated fats, even among health care professionals.  The fact remains that all saturated fats are not created equal.  Some saturated fats are occurring naturally, while other fats are artificially manipulated into a saturated state through a man-made process called Hydrogenation.

About 50% of fats found in coconut oil is rarely found in nature such as lauric acid.  Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram negative bacterial destroyer and coconut oil is said to contain the most lauric acid of any substance on earth.  Another important substances in coconut oil are papric acid and medium chain fatty acids.  These are what make up the saturated fats in coconut oil.



Coconut oil has numerous health benefits such  as Weight loss, antibacterial, antifungal,  antiviral, anti inflammatory and  antimicrobial properties.  These all work together to make it popular as both food and medicine, great for ulcers, boils, staph infections, Gingivities, dental cavities, Ear infections, neurological disorders, trauma, yeast infections, digestive health, liver problems you just name the disease.   However, one of the aspects that makes coconut  oil so unique especially for diabetes is the fact that it does not produce insulin spike in your blood stream., another of its best benefits  lies in its ability to help stimulate your metabolism.  Now with all these benefits, does it affect blood pressure positively or negatively is the big question before us now.  Firstly let us look at what blood pressure is.

What is Blood Pressure?

According to one of our trusted websites www.livestrong.com.  "Blood pressure is caused by the restricted flow of blood through narrow arteries, This restriction causes the heart to pump harder and at a faster rate giving it a little time to rest.  Consistent blood pressure causes the heart to weaken and even close completely."  Normal blood pressure is 120/70 anything higher requires attention and monitoring.

Causes of Blood Pressure

Definitely some cause may be attributed to worry and other factors, however the most common factors responsible for raised blood pressure are poor diet, family history, obesity, stress and general lifestyle such as doing a sedentary job with little or no exercise.  Apart from prescription medications, there is not much a physician can do after prescription to lower the blood pressure, the next and best is to rely on God and follow proper nutrition more of plant source and moderate exercise.


IS COCONUT OIL GOOD FOR BLOOD PRESSURE?

One important nutrient to take seriously when managing blood pressure is the oil, the type and effect of the oil consumed by the person is so important and critical in managing blood pressure, we all know that olive oil is good for blood pressure, however coconut oil is another oil being studied due to its positive effect on the entire body, blood vessels, arteries, and bacteria and parasites.

Coconut oil is a Top  Yeast Destroyer

No matter what ails you, the presence of yeast in the body will make the condition worse, this includes blood pressure and the activity of blood vessels and arteries.  The ability of coconut oil to kill yeast and bacteria and reduce their activity is definitely a plus for blood pressure sufferers.

Coconut Oil Improves Metabolism

Both diabetics and blood pressure cases will benefit positively from this benefit.  A good metabolism will reduce the body's ability to store fat.  If the body does not store fat, then the incidence of obesity will be reduced thereby reducing overall pressure on the blood vessels and arteries.

Coconut Oil Contains Medium Chain Fatty Acids

The consumption of polyunsaturated fat, such as omega 6 found in soyabeans  and other vegetable oils causes your blood vessels to constrict, however the omega 3  fatty acids in coconut oil  do not have the same effect, infact, they widen your blood vessels and relieves inflammations of the arteries.

No Fear of Heart Disease

Multiple studies on pacific Island populations who get 30% - 60% of their total calories intake from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non existent rates of cardiovascular diseases.

Research in Favour of Coconut oil on Blood Pressure

According to Sciencedaily.om, Researchers working at the Biotechnology Centre at the Federal University of Paraiba set out to test the hypothesis that a combination of daily coconut oil and exercise training will restore baroreflex sensitivity and reduce oxidative stress resulting in reduction in blood pressure.  They published their findings in the Journal Applied Physiology,  Nutrition and  Metabolism.

Their experiments were performed on Spontaneously hypertensive rats. They found that both coconut oil and exercise training  were able to reduce weight compared to rats that were given saline and were not exposed to the exercise training protocol along the five weeks of study.

Including coconut oil or exercise was shown to reduce blood pressure, only combined coconut oil and exercise training  were able to bring the blood pressure back to normotensive values according to the research, The reduction in blood pressure  caused by the combination of the coconut oil supplementation and exercise training might be explained by the improvement in  the reduced baroreflex sensitivity and by the reduction in oxidative stress in the serum heart and aorta.

In Conclusion, Coconut oil when used moderately will definitely show a more positive effect towards managing blood pressure as against other oils.

It is important to add that heat and sunlight overtime can make coconut oil go rancid,  The toxins that develops as a result of the exposure  isvsaid to be more deadly that omega 6 containing oils.  Better to be used withing few months of purchase and or store away from heat and sunlight.





Ref:  www.livestrong.com
         www.sciencedaily.com



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