Reverse Premature Aging with this Tropical Oil

If you thought that the perks of using organic, extra virgin coconut oil could not get any better, a new study from the University of Copenhagen may pleasantly surprise you. A Danish research team has found that consuming this amazing oil could have significant anti-aging effects.

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For their experiment, researchers specifically focused on mice with a “defective DNA repair system.” These mice were used in order to simulate the effects of Cockayne syndrome (CS), a rare genetic condition which causes cells to age prematurely. Children afflicted with this syndrome often do not live past the age of 12, and sadly, there is no cure.

To test the effects of different diets on mice with defective DNA repair, the mice were assigned to one of four diets: a standard diet, one high in fat, a standard diet plus resveratrol and a calorie-restriction diet. Normal mice were used as a control group, and the experiment went on for eight months.

If you thought that the perks of using organic, extra virgin coconut oil could not get any better, a new study from the University of Copenhagen may pleasantly surprise you. A Danish research team has found that consuming this amazing oil could have significant anti-aging effects.

For their experiment, researchers specifically focused on mice with a “defective DNA repair system.” These mice were used in order to simulate the effects of Cockayne syndrome (CS), a rare genetic condition which causes cells to age prematurely. Children afflicted with this syndrome often do not live past the age of 12, and sadly, there is no cure.

To test the effects of different diets on mice with defective DNA repair, the mice were assigned to one of four diets: a standard diet, one high in fat, a standard diet plus resveratrol and a calorie-restriction diet. Normal mice were used as a control group, and the experiment went on for eight months.

 

After the eight months, researchers found that the mice with defective repair systems on the high fat diet showed increased ketone production. Ketones serve as a secondary fuel to the body when there is no glucose available. The researchers also observed that the defective mice on the high fat diet weighed the same as normal mice on the standard diet. These results suggest that the high fat diet both boosted metabolism and increased brain function.

 

According to Morten Scheibye-Knudsen, one of the researchers, “it [CS] eats into the resources and causes the cell to age very quickly. We therefore hope that a diet with a high content of coconut oil or similar fats will have a beneficial effect, because the brain cells are given extra fuel and thus the strength to repair the damage.”

Coconut oil, as well as palm kernel oil, contain medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs), which have been shown previously to be a wonderful source of energy. They also increase metabolism, aid the liver in dumping fat cells, keep you feeling satiated and support the cardiovascular and immune systems – among many other benefits. The potential of this oil to aid children with this dreaded disorder is exciting.

The study’s leader, Vilhelm Bohr, states, “the study is good news for children with Cockayne syndrome, because we do not currently have an effective treatment. Our study suggests that a high-fat diet can postpone aging processes. A diet high in fat also seems to postpone the aging of the brain. The findings therefore potentially imply that patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease in the long term may benefit from the new knowledge.”

 

 

While more research is performed as far as coconut oil’s therapeutic potential for CS, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, what is already known is more than reason enough to seriously consider switching all of the oils you cook with, and drizzle over foods with, to coconut oil. Just be sure to always choose organic and extra-virgin, as many low-quality imposters exist.

You may just find yourself experiencing more energy, feeling revitalized and enjoying top levels of wellness overall.

Coconut Oil Vs. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is an odorless and colorless substance that is made from petroleum jelly. It is found in many different products such as, baby lotion, ointments, hydraulic fluid, wood preservative, pesticides, facial creams and even electrical transformers. Before synthetic oils were invented, mineral oil was used primarily as a lubricant for mechanical parts and machines that require a gliding motion.

The Environmental Working Group cites mineral oil as possibly containing cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). When used on the skin, mineral oil only keeps the area that it is applied moist while forming an impenetrable seal that prevents your skin from breathing.

Because your skin is the body’s biggest organ, it plays a pivotal role in the removal of toxins. If your skin cannot breathe, it cannot do its job and your health may suffer as a result. Coating your body in mineral oil is like wrapping yourself in plastic wrap. In addition, mineral oil also attracts moisture from cells deep in the skin which causes cell renewal to slow and collagen to break down. This in turn damages connective tissue and can cause premature aging.

There are over 4,000 published studies which link the use of mineral oil back to negative health conditions. According to the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UCLA, workers in an aerospace manufacturing facility who were exposed on a regular basis to mineral oil, were at an increased risk of developing and/or dying from lung cancer, melanoma and cancers of the esophagus and stomach along with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and leukemia.

The Perfect Alternative

Nature has provided the perfect alternative for healthy and vital skin: pure, extra virgin coconut oil. Organic coconut oil has been used for thousands of years medicinally and is clearly a better option than any petroleum based product.

The wonders of coconut oil taken internally and applied directly to the skin are well documented with an ever increasing volume of scientific information accumulating daily. Not only can coconut oil help reduce abdominal fat and help reduce cravings for unhealthy foods, but it can act as a moisturizer for all skin types. Studies (see resources) point to the ability of coconut oil to heal wounds, treat dermatitis as well as serve as a replacement for antibiotic treatment of acne.

Coconut oil helps to clear away dead skin cells and can also be combined with coconut crystals, sea salt or other natural exfoliating substances to make a very useful facial scrub that leaves the skin feeling soft and clean. No need to spend money on special products when you can use coconut oil. A simple scrub can be made by mixing one cup of coconut crystals with 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil.

People living in the tropics have beautiful, wrinkle-free skin and this is due, in part, to their use of coconut oil. This medium-chain fatty acid protects and heals the skin at the same time. Coconut oil is also an effective sunscreen, blocking out 20% of harmful rays.

Coconut oil puts nutrients back into your skin as opposed to mineral oil products that suffocate the skin and provide no nutritional benefits. If you want to use coconut oil as a moisturizer, be sure to start with a very small amount. If you put too much on your skin it will be a mess and your skin will not be able to drink it all in. A little bit goes a long way and this makes it an extremely economical choice for a moisturizer.

Coconut oil is safe for children of all ages, including babies and can help heal up a mean diaper rash in no time.

Will you trust your skin to coconut oil like the islanders have been for thousands of years? We think you will be pleased with the results.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20523108
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19134433?ordinalpos=4&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19387482?ordinalpos=3&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
http://coconutoil.com/
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