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Lilac64
Apr 1, 08, 05:32
Coconut (Cocus nucifera) is the most grown tree in Kerala. Apart from many hundreds of plantations, there are also coconut palms in almost all homes of Kerala. Coconut trees however are not abundant in the colder areas of high-ranges. It is found abundantly in the coastal to central regions. This tree grows straight up without branches and with an umbrella like crown, with several large leaves spread from the top.

The tree requires abundant rainfall and tolerates the high salinity of sea shores.

Though the fruit is called coconut, it is not a nut. It is a dry, fibrous drupe. The husk protects the internal part, which is hard like stone. Inside the hard stone is the usable part of coconut, which is scientifically, called endosperm. The white meat of coconut is edible and used in the preparation of almost all kinds of dishes in Kerala. Inside the endosperm is a large area, filled with water in unripe coconut. As the coconut becomes ripe, the most of the water gets absorbed by the fruit and only a little water remains. Tender coconut water drinking is a new fad among the people of Kerala. There are different advantages for this natural healthy drink. It is suggested for people with dysentery, vomiting etc as a means to prevent dehydration. It is also cool, energetic and refreshing.

Every part of coconut tree is useful in different ways. The fiber from the coconut husk is used to make coir, mats etc. Coconut leaves are used for thatching. The wood is good for furniture. All dried parts make good firewood, also used in ayuryogashram.com. That is why this tree is called the Kalpavriksham (an auspicious tree that can give anything you ask) of Kerala. For India, the kalpavriksha is Banyan (Ficus bengalensis).

Cocus nucifera belongs to the family Arecaceae.

jass.pett21
Nov 23, 09, 17:37
Nice article about the coconut tree and its very useful also.

cathyv
Nov 24, 09, 10:53
Thank you for useful artical.Yes it is 100% ,every part of coconut tree is useful in different ways.

shelly.weel
Mar 19, 10, 07:07
The Tree of Life

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means "monkey face" because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means "nut-bearing."

The coconut provides a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. On many islands coconut is a staple in the diet and provides the majority of the food eaten. Nearly one third of the world's population depends on coconut to some degree for their food and their economy. Among these cultures the coconut has a long and respected history.

Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is classified as a "functional food" because it provides many health benefits beyond its nutritional content. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties far beyond that of any other dietary oil and is extensively used in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as both a source of food and medicine that it is called "The Tree of Life." Only recently has modern medical science unlocked the secrets to coconut's amazing healing powers.

Coconut In Traditional Medicine

People from many diverse cultures, languages, religions, and races scattered around the globe have revered the coconut as a valuable source of both food and medicine. Wherever the coconut palm grows the people have learned of its importance as a effective medicine. For thousands of years coconut products have held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine.

In traditional medicine around the world coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems including the following: abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis, toothache, tuberculosis, tumors, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and wounds.

Coconut In Modern Medicine

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:


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Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
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Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
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Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
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Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
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Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
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Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
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Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
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Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
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Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
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Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
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Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
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Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
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Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
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Helps protect against osteoporosis.
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Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
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Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
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Improves digestion and bowel function.
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Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
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Reduces inflammation.
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Supports tissue healing and repair.
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Supports and aids immune system function.
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Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
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Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
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Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
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Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
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Functions as a protective antioxidant.
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Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
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Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
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Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
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Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
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Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
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Reduces epileptic seizures.
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Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
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Dissolves kidney stones.
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Helps prevent liver disease.
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Is lower in calories than all other fats.
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Supports thyroid function.
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Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
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Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
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Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
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Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
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Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
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Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
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Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
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Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
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Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
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Provides protection form damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
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Helps control dandruff.
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Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
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Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
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Is completely non-toxic to humans.

nicodemusliam
Aug 3, 10, 10:05
Most people will tell you it will die, as most of them do here in california. There is one that has been in Newport beach, CA for about 23 years and has a trunk, but that one is onje of the very few that actually survive longer than 3 years. Problem is the pro-longed cool weather.

Partizannka
Aug 6, 10, 10:59
Lots of natural herbs and fruits have thousands of positive influences on humans, we should just learn to use them right!

sophiatristin
Dec 3, 10, 09:58
It helps to protect from all cancers. It is very best to improve cholesterol ration and also reducing risk of heart diseases. The best helpful thing is that it protect arteries from injuries also helps to prevent periodontal diseases and teeth problems.

mohin
Apr 8, 11, 05:27
The data provided by the Shelly is much informative one and useful.... Really awesome work done by Shelly to acknowledge all the community of the forum with this knowledge and data.... Coconut is really beneficial in all the aspect you have shared here.... thanks for your post.... Nice post buddy keep sharing more one's with all of us....

seducom
Apr 23, 12, 09:29
Thank you for useful artical.Yes it is 100% ,every part of coconut tree is useful in different ways.

MikeHeath
May 3, 12, 07:35
Coconut tree, I think it is not easy to grow it in the areas where there is warm temperature conditions. It needs some cooled conditions like on beache sto grow.