My baby girl has just recovered from her first of the season’s colds. Being a hippy at heart and cursed with an irrational fear and mistrust of doctors and all things pharmaceutical – I blame my mother – I made my way to Whole Foods to see if I could be advised on a natural immune booster suitable for babies. Amelia gets enough vitamins and minerals from the masses of fruit and veg that make their way into her mouth, so I was looking for something other than supplements. The natural remedy specialist at the shop suggested Organic Virgin Coconut Butter. Here’s why:
Coconut oil has Lauric Acid, one of the most redeeming qualities of extra virgin coconut oil. Lauric Acid is a nutritious, antibacterial chain of fats that is also found in breast milk and is recommended for its immune boosting properties.
Both coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil are part of a healthy, balanced diet which involves a moderate intake of saturated fats. Saturated fats, as opposed to Hydrogenated soybean oil and unsaturated fats, help to boost thyroid function, and used in moderation, can even help weight loss efforts. Here are some of the main health benefits of coconut oil:
To fight against viruses such as the flu
As a vitamin E substitute
Skin and hair radiance supplement
Balance cholesterol levels
Energy and thyroid booster
Liver disease preventative
Extra virgin coconut oil also helps in the absorption of calcium, which makes it ideal for bone health and Osteoporosis. Coconut oil can be used as a moisturiser for healthy, shiny hair and roots, and also as a salve for skin ailments of all types, including wrinkles, dry skin, and premature aging.
Higher Nature’s Organic Virgin Coconut Butter contains no added sugar, salt, starch, soya, yeast, wheat, gluten, maize/corn, lactose, dairy products, artificial preservatives, colours or flavourings. It is safe for cooking as it is heat-stable, and can be used instead of butter or margarine – try it in biscuits, cakes, muffins and pastry or add it to pancake batter. It can also be eaten straight from the spoon, and for a baby it can be mixed into milk or food.