Coconut (Ye Zi)
Botanical Name: Cocos nucifera
Coconut, coconut milk, water, cream, oil and butter are all highly nutritious, rich in fiber and delicious. The fruit is made up of its shell, kernel (meat) and water. A medium-sized coconut can provide almost all the daily-required essential minerals, vitamins and energy a person needs. Coconuts are full of lauric acid, the important saturated fatty acid that increases good-HDL that helps regulate cholesterol levels in blood. Coconuts are also a good source of potassium and electrolytes. Lactose-free, it is an excellent substitute for anyone allergic to dairy or nut or grain-based milks.
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Also Known As: N/A
Organs/Systems: Digestion, Skin, Muscles, Heart, Intestines
Key Actions: Nutritious, Emollient, Digestive, Hydrating, Anti-aging, Anticarcinogenic, Antioxidant, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral
Medicinal Uses: Aids digestion, iron and mineral deficiency, supports heart health, weight loss, lowers cholesterol, Crohn’s, IBS, rejuvenates skin and hair, improves blood pressure, stabilizes insulin, brain function, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, tooth decay.
Also Known As: Yen Ai (Coconut Milk)
Meridians: Heart, Spleen, Stomach, Kidney, Large Intestine
Key Actions: Tonifies Qi, Nourishes Blood, Tonifies Yin, Tonifies Jing, Promotes Fluids, Promotes Urination, Kills Parasites
Medicinal Uses: Strengthens muscles, aids digestion, builds stamina, supports heart health, aids weight loss, regulates blood pressure, thirst, saliva, reproductive juices and fluids, promotes proper growth and development, malnutrition, lustrous skin, IBS, brain function, memory, Alzheimer’s, constipation, intestinal parasites, promotes urination.
Coconuts require moist, sandy, well drained soil and thrive along saline-rich coastal regions. They are native to the islands of Southeast Asia: the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Meat, Water, Milk, Cream, Oil, Butter, Powdered, Flour, Syrup
Flavors/Temps: Sweet, Neutral to Warming
Caution: Considered very safe.
Key Constituents: Electrolytes, Cytokinin, Enzymes (including: Acid phosphatase, Catalase, Dehydrogenase, Peroxidase and Polymerases), Minerals (including: Copper, Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, and Zinc), B-complex vitamins, Vitamins (including: C and E), Selenium, Potassium, Simple sugars, Saturated fat
History/Folklore: Coconut oil is known for its MCT fatty acid content which many worldwide studies have proven helps to increase good cholesterol while lowering the ratio of bad to good cholesterol in the body. The oil helps treat malnutrition as it is easy to digest and absorb. Because of the antimicrobial properties in MCT fatty acids, coconut oil helps kill disease-causing bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and viruses. It will slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream, boost metabolism and help prevent strokes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s diseases.
Coconut is a unique fruit in that it contains a high fat content. About 89% of the fat in its meat is saturated. Most of these are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are absorbed intact in your small intestines and used by your body to produce energy.
Saturated fats are described as short, medium, or long, depending on their carbon chain length. They all have different effects on health. Saturated fats are sometimes mistakenly grouped with trans fats, a type of fat that is known to cause health issues. For years health organizations recommended reducing saturated fats to promote heart health. However, not all saturated fatty acids have the same cardiovascular effects as MTCs. Do not confuse MTCs as being a saturated fatty acid harmful to heart health, it is not. MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) are distinctly different from the longer chain fatty acids more commonly found in our diets.
New studies are increasingly calling attention to the fact that not all saturated fats are bad for you. Saturated fats are found in meat, cheeze, milk, and coconut and palm oils. Research from around the world supports the health benefits of coconuts and the MTC fatty acids they contain. Few foods contain MTCs, so enjoying coconut oil is an excellent method for including this important fatty acid in your diet.
Research has found that coconut oil also helps prevent tooth decay as it combines with enzymes in the mouth to help kill off harmful bacteria that leads to dental problems.
Coconut milk is not the liquid inside the coconut, this liquid is called coconut water or juice. Coconut milk is made from the expressed juice of grated coconut meat and water. Coconut cream is made from pressing the coconut meat.
Coconut oil is the fatty oil that comes from the coconut meat. Commercial coconut oils can vary dramatically in quality. Low quality oil is produced by chemical extraction and is often hydrogenated, bleached and deodorized. High quality oil is pure, organic, unrefined, and cold pressed.
Coconut meat is calorie-dense, but highly nutritious. It is especially rich in manganese and copper. Manganese supports enzyme function and fat metabolism and copper supports bone formation and heart health.
Coconut trees take 4-5 years, and even longer, before they begin to produce fruit. They will produce 20-150 mature fruits a season.
The enzymes found in coconuts aid digestion and metabolism. Fiber-rich foods like coconut help control your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Coconut milk is added to a wide variety of foods from many parts of the world including: Indonesia, Philippines, India, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. In Indonesia, South India, and Malaysia, rice is steamed in coconut milk with herbs and spices and served with chicken or meat curries. Coconuts were used by early Polynesian cultures on long ocean voyages as a source of water and nutrition.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, coconut milk is particularly known for supporting the heart and aiding stamina. In general, the mainland Chinese do not typically make use of coconuts, but those that live on the coast, where coconuts are easily available, enjoy its health benefits more easily.
The fiber from the husk is used to make ropes, mats, brushes, sacks and fiber for mattresses. In horticulture it is used in potting compost, especially in orchid mix. The palm fronds (or leaves) are used to make brooms and baskets. Dried coconut leaves can be burned to ash and harvested for lime. A dried husk and shell are used as fuel and to buff floors.
Coconuts obscure origin in foreign countries led to the idea of using cups made from the shell to neutralize poisoned drinks. These cups were frequently engraved and decorated with precious metals.
Coconut oil is the main ingredient in Ayurvedic oils. It is also used to make soaps, cosmetics, hair-oil and massage oil. The best coconut oil is unrefined and unprocessed virgin coconut oil.
A coconut is an essential element in Hindu rituals. It is often decorated with metal foil and symbols of prosperity and good fortune. Fishermen will offer coconuts to the sea for good luck and successful fishing. The Hindu goddess of well-being and wealth, Lakshmi, is often depicted holding a coconut.
Many Southeast Asian and Pacific cultures have origin myths in which the coconut plays a key role.
In the Philippines coconut shells are filled with special foods and used as offerings to the deceased and one’s ancestors.
In the movies and on the radio, two coconuts knocked together were used to recreate the sound of horse hooves trotting along.
According to urban legend, more deaths are caused annually by falling coconuts than by sharks!
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