5 Health Benefits of Coconut Cream

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If you make curries, desserts, ice-cream, yogurt, milkshake, pies, cookies or cream-based or pureed soup, I strongly encourage you to use coconut cream (or coconut milk) and use more of it because coconut cream benefits your health so much that you would never have thought of, especially when you've previously been told or taught that it makes you fat, clogs your arteries and raises your risk of stroke and heart diseases, and all sorts of unfounded crap.

1. Improve Your Immunity

I wonder if you've heard about the health benefits of coconut oil. You can find the exact antimicrobial compounds that coconut oil contains in coconut cream too. They're lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, and myristic acid etc.

These fatty acids (with lauric acid as the leader) are effective fighters against viruses that cause flu, hepatitis C, measles, herpes, AIDS etc.

They also kill bacteria that cause throat infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea etc. Fungi and yeast that cause candida, ringworm, athlete's foot etc are no match for them too.

In short, coconut cream provides health benefits by lightening the burden of your immune system so that your body can concentrate more on other critical tasks like repairing cells and tissues, and keeping your organs like kidney, heart, liver and lungs etc optimally functional.

2. Give You Energy, Not Fat.

About 60% of the fatty acids in coconut cream belong to the medium-chain group. Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are smaller in size than long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs). For this reason, MCFAs can easily penetrate cell walls and supply quick energy to cells. LCFAs, because of their longer chain, are slow to digest and transport. That's why our body tends to shove LCFAs into fat tissues as fuel reserve.

When your cells receive energy in time, they perk up and become active. Active cells step up metabolism. This means your body goes into fat-burning mode.

Having fatty acids doesn't mean it'll make you fat. It all depends on the type of fatty acids you're taking in. Most of the fatty acids in coconut cream are fat-burning, which is one of the greatest health benefits of this coconut product.

3. Slow Aging

Approximately 90% of the fatty acids in coconut cream are saturated fat. And saturated fat is a natural antioxidant by itself. This means that saturated fat stops free-radical activity.

Free radicals attack connective fibers that hold the skin tissues together and make our skin firm and bouncy. When these connective fibers break down as a result of free-radical attack, our skin sags and looks old.

Stopping free-radical activity is one good way to keep your connective fibers strong and healthy. And saturated fat does the job.

Another great benefit of coconut cream on skin is that it contains 17–18 amino acids and of which, 10 of them are essential since our body cannot make them. They are histidine, arginine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, valine, threonine and tryptophan.

We need these amino acids (together with the standard ones such as tyrosine, alanine, glycine and proline etc) to help us build and repair cells and tissues timely and effectively to minimize the damaging effect of free radicals and germs on our skin.

Though coconut cream may not carry them in large quantity, it does provide a good supplementary source of these essential and standard amino acids as the building blocks of proteins for our skin.

4. Hydrate Your Body

Next time after a sweaty workout, try sucking a popsicle or licking ice cream made of pure coconut cream. I did that before and it does pretty well in replenishing the loss of water and electrolytes through sweating.

The most important electrolytes contained in a typical isotonic drinks are sodium and potassium (some don't even have potassium). We need some sugars as well. And coconut cream has them all and in pretty good amount.

In other words, you probably don't need isotonic drinks at all as long as you have enough coconut cream in your food. But for a better hydration, coconut water is better since it contains a lot more sodium and potassium.

Note: Do not take in cold stuff immediately after workout or your blood vessels may suddenly constrict and upset the normal blood flow. Take it only when your body has cooled down, like after 30 mins or so.

5. Stimulate Bowel Movement

Depending on the brands, some coconut cream may contain a few percent of fiber. But this little amount of fiber is not the leading role in loosening your bowels though it does help to certain extent.

Remember earlier I said that the fatty acids in coconut cream provide quick energy?

Yes, when your cells get energy, every single part of your body gets motivated, including your bowels.

When your bowels move faster, your stools tend to become more watery and hence, softer because your bowels do not have enough time to extract much water from the watery waste. For this reason, your stools are able to "slide" out of the "exit" more effortlessly.

Which is why curry or cream-based soup added with coconut cream helps to detox especially when you've added lots of coconut cream to make the curry creamier, smoother and tastier.

Conclusion

If you're on a healthy diet like a whole food diet (meat-free), coconut cream provides your health with proven added benefits.

On top of that, substituting coconut cream for dairy cream particularly benefits those who are lactose-intolerant. But you do really have to watch out for some brands that add guar gum to make the cream creamier. Guar gum is not easy to digest. So, if you have digestive problem, choose the brand that comes without guar gum.

Another thing worth mentioning is that people always associate coconut cream with high-calorie and so it will make you fat easily. Here's the fact: 50–70% of coconut cream (depending on brands) contain water. And 15–35% contain fatty acids. What's more, most fatty acids in the cream convert easily to energy rather than being stored as body fat.

So, which are you going to believe... the fact stated right in front of you or fiction as parroted by the ignoramuses?

Last but not least, if you need to strengthen your immunity to an all-time high so that your body will become more capable of fighting even cancers and pathogens, coconut oil is what you need for stronger health protection since coconut oil has 3–5 times as much medium-chain and saturated fatty acids as coconut cream. Moreover, coconut oil is more versatile than coconut cream since you can literally add coconut oil to all kinds of food (and beverages if you don't mind having the oil floating on the surface).

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23 thoughts on “5 Health Benefits of Coconut Cream

  1. whats your take on the levels of saturated fat in Coconut cream? are you saying that saturated fat is okay as long as its from coconut cream?

    • Hi Aaron, 15–35% of coconut cream are fats, and about 90% of these fats are saturated fats, which means, coconut cream has about 13.5–31.5% saturated fats, depending on the brands.

      As long as they come from coconut products, be it coconut oil, coconut butter or coconut cream, yes, these saturated fats are good for your health since 60% of them are medium-chain fats, which convert to energy quickly. Saturated fats from animal sources are all long-chain fats, which are hard to break down and convert to energy and hence, easily deposited as body fat.

      If you want to gain more health benefits from these medium-chain saturated fats, eating coconut cream is not enough. Take coconut oil as well.

  2. where people run into trouble is when they eat these higher fats and then also eat a lot of simple carbohydrates with them.... this is problematic for your system!

  3. Its also fantastic in porridge, coffee and tea. I blend the coconut then pass it through a sieve, heat it for 4 minutes before adding it to my latte. I don not use cow's milk and I feel better. Cow's milk prevented my digestive tract from working properly. I am free from constipation.

  4. In fact when someone doesnt understand then its up to other visitors that they will help, so here it takes place.

  5. I just tried using cream of coconut as whipped topping. SO good. In fact, it is SO good that I am still not sure it can be ok for me to eat if I need to lose any weight!
    Moderation - I know. But to be clear - ARE we talking about the thick stuff that is on top in the cream of coconut can? For the whipped topping, we pour out the watery part and save it for another use and then whip the thick cream and flavor with vanilla or maple syrup in a small qty. I have used coconut oil for cooking. Have never purchased coconut butter so not sure what that actually is.

    • Hi Julie, eating coconut cream does help to burn some fat, but the result is not as encouraging as when you take coconut oil because coconut oil has much more medium-chain fatty acids than coconut cream (the layer that floats on top in the can) and coconut milk (the watery portion that's below the thick cream).

      It's medium-chain fatty acids that will kick your metabolism to high gear. So, if you want weight loss, coconut oil is better. Since you're using coconut oil for cooking, you can add some more to the cooked food before serving to help increase your intake of medium-chain fatty acids.

      Coconut butter is actually made from puréeing dried coconut meat. Because of that, whatever nutrients coconut meat contains you'll find them in coconut butter as well. It tastes sweet because of its natural coconut sugar in it. You can spread it over your bread or use it as a filling for puffs or sandwich cookies. It's gonna make you drool (slurp!) if you love coconut flavor like me.

      We use Artisana Organic Coconut Butter and Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna (actually, butter also), both are great but my wife feels that Artisana Organic Coconut Butter is a bit finer and so the texture is better. You can give it a shot.

    • Hi Marc, they're not wonderful claims, but facts. If these are just hoax, it would have been backfired when people take coconut cream.

      The best source is personal experience. Go eat a lot and test for yourself and you'll understand. If coconut cream (or milk) doesn't help you loosen bowels or protect you from flu or other infections, or after a sweaty (but not too strenuous) workout it doesn't help to replenish your body's loss of electrolytes, get back here and shoot!

  6. Going to surgery. I use a heaping tablespoons of coconut cream in my coffee every morning. Is it a blood thinner? Heard it also naturally contains Vitamin K. This helps blot clot I believe. Confused, as don't know if there is enough oil in Coconut Cream to thin the blood. Help!

    • Hi Susette, coconut cream contains only trace amount of vitamin K if there is. Many brands of coconut cream you buy from store may not even hold a least bit.

      You should take more spinach, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts or other leafy green vegetables since they can give you a whole bang lot of vitamin K. But take them in moderation to prevent over-thinning your blood.

      Oil in coconut cream does not help to thin blood. But the oil in the cream does motivate cells to improve blood circulation thereby helping to prevent blood clotting.

  7. All my life I have averaged 2 lots of flu a year, going into Winter and going into Summer. However the good news is, I haven't had the flu, sore throat or any sign of a cold for the last 3 years. During which time of course my friends have. The only thing I have done different is to have a desert spoon full of coconut cream on my Kornies every morning. I am aged 80.

    • Hi Ian, I long for input like yours because your experience can really help a lot of people to avoid unnecessary ailments. Thank you so much and I hope more people will stand out to share their experience on coconut products so that more people will benefit and stay ill-free. Appreciate your time and effort a lot. 😀

    • I am 69 and nice to hear from an 80 years old , I started using coconut cream , I put it on my rolled oatmeal topped by differrent kind of berries n coconut cream , so delivious , and I did not know thst it is good for lactose intolerance and I am .

  8. Recently, many ... many people have been talking about how the coconut health craze is not real and that final answer... it's actually bad for you. Naturally freaking out, I went online and found numerous articles saying the same.... not good for you and that the fat is not good fat. I LOVE your article and it's given me that hope I had. But also sounds so good to be true. I noticed you updated your article on 8/27. Can you tell me what that was all about and what was thought to be newly discovered as bad, actually not true? I want to hear your take on this....and why they would say such.... I LOVE your article!! Did I mention that???? It's so clear and makes total sense

      • Hi Helen, first off, those people that you heard from are the ones who choose what they want to believe. Which is why they strongly refuse to accept what they have been believing for so many years are actually just a hoax. Time will tell.

        In fact, the increasing trend that more people are started to use and consume coconut oil has already proven that. A fact will always be a fact. Nothing can change.

        Actually, this coconut craze is not all about something newly discovered (although it may seem so to many people). As a matter of fact, as far back as the 1950s, medical researchers have already discovered the benefits of medium-chain fatty acids (the major components in coconut oil) and use them extensively to treat patients with malabsorption, digestive problems and other metabolic health conditions.

        If you look further into the use of coconut oil in India, you would have discovered that many of them use this tropical oil for almost all illnesses, and for thousands of years already.

        Coconut oil's benefits on health (and skin) only begin to surface in recent years and this is due mainly to the effort of those people who have personally used coconut oil started to realize the goodness of it and then shared their experience.

        Like me, I'm merely sharing my experience with the people I know and those who want to know, like you. I understand the concern of "this sounds too good to be true". And I also found that many people (especially those who are heavily promoting their products) have overly touted the benefits of coconut oil.

        After using coconut oil for over 10 years, I can tell you that it is not a cure-all, but it does produce a formidable impact on boosting your immunity.

        Look, our body is constantly (almost every second, in fact) attacked by free radicals, bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and various other germs. The reason why coconut oil is so good for us is mainly because its saturated fats can immobilize free-radical activities. Its fatty acids have antimicrobial properties. Which is why when you consume coconut oil you get very well protected against these micro-renegades. And when you're well-protected, you barely fall sick. It is just that simple. Nothing so incredible that you'd find hard to believe.

        Have you read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil? I just updated the part where it talks about why coconut oil got slammed for decades few hours ago. I edit my articles regularly to keep them up to date so that visitors like you can always get the latest info.

        After reading the article, you can try out coconut oil on your own and see how it does to your body. Before using coconut oil, you must read Side Effects of Coconut oil. This will help you avoid the adverse effect that coconut oil might bring upon you.

        Did I answer your questions? Thanks for dropping by. 😉

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