Fossilized remains of the coconut have been discovered in South Asia dating back 40 million years. It is not known for certain where the coconut originated, but remains have also been found in the Americas. The coconut has been used medicinally for ages to remedy skin problems, aging issues, and digestive ailments. All of the fruit is utilized, from the palm fronds to the skin and seed.
The coconut has been studied extensively for its anti-carcinogenic effects. Other studies describe its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Still, other studies conclude that coconut consumption has a positive outcome on aging, Alzheimer’s, and ALS. Consuming coconut oil did not cause weight gain according to one study, and it actually brought about the loss of belly fat over time. Coconut oil has been found to actually increase ‘good’ cholesterol due to its lauric acid content. Ongoing studies continue into the health benefits of coconut.
Coconut water and milk (derived from juicing coconut meat) as well as the oil and fruit, are brimming with nutrients such as vitamins C and B-complex, as well as the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, zinc, and magnesium. Coconuts are abundant in enzymes, amino acids, electrolytes, healthy fatty acids, simple sugars, plant hormones, and phytochemicals such as cytokine, which is a plant protein.
The B-complex compounds found richly in coconut are thiamin, niacin, folic acid, and pyroxidine. Coconuts are also very low in sodium, and rich in protein, carbohydrates, Omega-6 fatty acids, and fiber. The wealth of enzymes in coconut promote a healthy metabolism and digestive system.