Coconut oil has been my go to beauty multitasker for many years – say good bye to frizzy hair and the best super hydrating body moisturiser that nature has given us. Cleaning teeth and oil pulling with this superfood has not quite been for me however this magical fruit has been on my radar as a possibility for the prevention of Alzheimer’s for the past few years. The reason why I have not written about it until now is that it is almost too good to be true! Almost everyday I see a new article or blog post, or an email proclaiming the remarkable benefits of coconut oil. Quite often I see a headline like Discover How Coconut Oil Can Rescue The Brain From Alzheimer’s or an advertisement selling a Coconut Oil Cure for Alzheimer’s. That too me was almost a turnoff although something I can’t ignore especially when I discovered that countries in Pacific Islands where coconut oil is a staple have a lower rate of Alzheimer’s Disease.
So how could coconut oil help your brain? The brain’s primary source of food is glucose (sugar). If sugar is not available, it can use ketones as fuel. Alzheimer’s disease can make it difficult for certain areas of the brain to process glucose and the exciting news is that coconut oil makes ketones available to our brain. So it stands to reason that coconut oil can feed the brain when disease makes its preferred food difficult to obtain.
There are so many ways to bring coconut oil into your daily routine and here are a few that I have adapted.
Day 1. Cooking with Coconut Oil
I have to be honest out of habit I immediately go to olive oil whenever I am cooking but realistically olive oil is great for drizzling on your salad but when it comes to actually cooking your vegetables coconut oil is a better choice thanks to its higher smoke point of 350°F. That goes for coating your fry pan before you scramble up some eggs, too. Make sure you also purchase a good quality organic, non deodorised oil so you don’t have a perfumed taste. I made the mistake which put me off using it in my cooking for a while until this was pointed out to me. To stop this habit of cooking just with olive oil I have put a jar in place of where my trusty olive oil used to sit so I get into the swing of using it.
Day 2. Coconut Oil for your skin
As our skin is our biggest organ you can get amazing benefits from not just eating Coconut Oil but using it on your face and body. Virgin Coconut Oil is incredibly nourishing, rich in Vitamin E, and antioxidants, improves skin elasticity, softness and helps to rebalance the skin’s oil levels to remove impurities and pore blockages. It is also a great little multi-tasker as I mentioned earlier – fantastic for frizzy hair, dry skin, taking makeup off and just so happens to be the hero ingredient in my skincare range Girl Undiscovered. At GU our Virgin Coconut Oil comes from abundant foothills of rural Bali and is gathered by a working collective of families in the Nongan village. We are very privilege to work with incredible women that provide us with the very best coconut oil I think in the world.
Whether you use straight coconut oil on your skin or in a product know you are getting the benefits of this superfood inside and out.
Day 3. Baking with Coconut Oil
There are so many stunning recipes using coconut oil and one of my current favs is Salted Tahini Fudge. This raw salted tahini fudge is super creamy. The combination of sweet & salty and incredibly easy to make with a handful of healthy ingredients. I love how easy it is to make a batch of freezer fudge – you just mix everything in a bowl, pour it into a pan and then freeze it until solid.
Salted Tahini Fudge
- 1 cup tahini
- 4 tablespoons cacao powder
- 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons raw honey, adjust to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Coarse sea salt, to taste
- Line an 8×5 inch bread loaf pan with parchment or wax paper.
- Add all of the ingredients except for the salt into a bowl and mix well. Taste and add more sweetener if needed.
- Pour the batter into the parchment-lined pan, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then put the pan in the freezer for an hour or until solid.
- Remove the fudge and cut into squares. Sprinkle more coarse sea salt on top if desired.
- Store in freezer until ready to serve.
Day 4. Coconut Oil in your Coffee
A new super trend in coffee is Bulletproof Coffee which is not your average latte. According to the makers of this powerhouse drink it has massive impact on your energy and cognitive function
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
- It all starts with the beans. Brew 1 cup (8-12 ounces) of coffee using filtered water with 2 ½ heaping tablespoons of freshly ground coffee
- Add 1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of Bullet proof Brain Octane Oil which is 100% pure coconut oil.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee.
- Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds
It was so gorgeous, light and foamy. I have to say I was a bit worried about how the butter would taste but as long as it is not salted I think you will find the flavour glorious. I was going to ditch the butter until I read that the saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows the absorption of caffeine, which gives you even energy for several hours instead of a caffeine spike and crash. No jitters, either. Perfect! The Brain Octane Oil rapidly converts to ketones, a type of molecule that your brain uses more efficiently than carbs or sugar. Pair ketones with the slowly releasing caffeine and you can literally feel your brain turning on giving you more mental clarity. That one I need in spades! Did it work? I have to say not sure if it was coincidence but I had a very productive day and considering I had a sleepless night previously I achieved a lot. I will be implementing this into my morning routine as a daily must have
Coconut oil is a nutritional powerhouse, but make sure you stick to the a serving size of one tablespoon at every meal. Anything more and your body won’t put to use all the amazing benefits and like any fat too much of it can be dangerous to your health.
I highly recommend bringing the glorious and magical coconut into your life. So now when you go to reach for the cooking oil simply change out to stunning Coconut Oil for a Beautiful Mind.