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For centuries, the communities in the tropical regions have used virgin coconut oil as a source of food, health and general well being. New research is verifying these traditional beliefs that the coconut palm has many health benefits and that organic virgin coconut oil has the potential to cure many of the ailments which have manifested in our bodies through the highly refined diet of modern society (ie cholesterol levels). In the past coconut oil has received bad press due to its saturated fat content, but research shows that not all saturated fats are the same and that coconut oil is unique in its structural makeup. Coconut oil is not the highest source of saturated medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) of any naturally occurring vegan food source. Further, around 50% of these MCTs are made up of lauric acid – the most important essential fatty acid in building and maintaining the body’s immune system.

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Maca is a root-like vegetable shaped much like a radish in appearance. It grows in the mountains of the Andes. Natives use it both as food and medicine.

The Maca plant is packed with natural plant sterols, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Maca does not contain any hormones as such, but its action on the body supports the body’s endocrine system, stimulating the pituitary gland (the body’s master hormone gland) into producing precursor hormones thus helping to balance the adrenals, thyroid and pancreas and so naturally increasing energy and vitality. Having suffered terribly from adrenal exhaustion this interested me and it was for this reason that I first started to look into Maca.
The benefits of Maca are varied:

• Enhances fertility in both men and women
• Improves libido
• Provides an energy boost
• Helps with stress
• Changes hormone levels during menopause
• Help control irregular menstrual bleeding
• Helps with bone regeneration (osteoporosis)
• Increases stamina (so, used by athletes)

I’ll let you do your own research on this amazing plant, but having sourced a raw organic Maca powder, I’ve only just started to use it hoping that it will help with adrenal fatigue. Watch this space and I’ll update readers on any improvements which come my way!

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