Dr. Marks tells us that the early Spaniards named our familiar coconut, “coco”, which translates to “monkey face” - since the 3 indentations look like eyes and a nose, along with the hairy coating looked like a monkey. Almost 1/3 of the world depends on coconuts for some amount of food source, using its milk/juice, meat and oil. It has minerals, vitamins, & fiber. Its main claim to fame is that it is has healthy healing benefits in addition to its nutrition. So it is used not only for food, but also for medicinal purposes.
Most of us have been lead to believe that coconut oil is not very healthy since it has a large amount of saturated fat. However, this particular fat is not the same as most other fats, and has many healthy attributes. It is considered nutritiously healthy. As a matter of fact, it is considered the most healthy oil that we can consume.
Most of our food oils contain long chain fatty acids. The fatty acids in our coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which have a protective effect by lowering bad cholesterol and lessening risks of atherosclerosis, and therefore on heart disease. Coconut oil is one of the only oils that can do this. It kills many of the bugs that infect humans, and heals the bad effects of many illnesses. It recently has been reported to prevent and reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Marks emphasizes the dental benefits by saying- Yes, Coconuts can help strengthen your bones and teeth and prevent osteoperosis by increasing the absorption of magnesium and calcium! It also does away with bacteria that precipitate infections of the throat, gum diseases and cavities.
So feel free to drink and eat coconut products, and drink VIRGIN pina colada drinks. If you have any questions about your gums or teeth, call or click to contact us for a free consultation!