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Coconut oil and cholesterol

KJ Staff
KJ Staff

Does coconut oil increase bad cholesterol level in your body? Leading Biochemist Dr.N.Gopalakrishnan says a big NO. He says, no vegetable product has cholesterol. Cholesterol is available only in animal-based products, mainly that of butter, ghee, egg, meat and fish. A normal person’s daily need of cholesterol is that of 950 mg. The body will produce it in any way. One egg has 60 mg of cholesterol. In chicken and mutton,it will be higher. The body can make cholesterol, but can’t decompose. Cholesterol otherwise is converted into lipoprotein and is used for making skin and membranes. Cholesterol got medical discussion after the postmortem study of the hearts of the pows who died of a heart attack during the second world war in 1944-46 at Denmark. The accumulation of cholesterol was high in the heart fats of those soldiers. Then doctors came to the conclusion that cholesterol is a major cause of heart attack. Later, they withdrew the findings but that has already damaged the medical concepts on heart and heart diseases.

There are mainly three types of lipoprotein. LDL(low density lipoprotein – 0.94gm/cc) HDL(high density lipoprotein) and VHDL ( very high density lipoprotein- 1.2gm/cc). Lipoprotein will form when cholesterol joins with 18 carbon fatty acids(a phosphatase) and it makes a compound called ester. This joins with protein and makes lipoprotein. Normally, saturated fats have low density. Its melting point will be 40-42 degrees celsius. Our body temperature is 37.3 degree Celsius. So this fat in the blood will remain as solid globules and on its circulation through blood vessels, it may stick to the wall of the vessels and block the movement of the blood. That may cause a heart attack.

According to Dr.Gopalakrishnan,the best oil for the body is sesame oil. It has omega 3 poly unsaturated fatty acid having a melting point of below 9 degree Celsius. Most of the oils available in the market are spurious. If one gets pure sesame oil, it can be taken as a medicine. Oil is dangerous only when we boil it. Its boiling point is 160-170 degree Celsius. Water in the raw materials we boil joins with salt and oil to form peroxides and hydroperoxides. They are cancerous. Continuous use of boiled oil is poisonous also. We can experiment it at home. Use the same oil for frying pappad continuously for five days and keep it for two more days in normal temperature. It became a poison. Take two grams of the sediments of the oil to a chick, it will die soon.

The false campaign against coconut oil was begun by the American Oil Chemist society members to sell their surplus palm oil and other oils. Later, many scientists and social activists went to court for compensation for false propaganda against coconut oil . Then the oil chemists company apologized and withdrawn their false propaganda, but the damage made to coconut oil was irrecoverable till now.

We can cure 60% of diseases through hydrotherapy, says Gopalakrishnan. Drinking 4 glass water in the morning can clean our blood polluted through the food we eat. It is just like washing out the waste from stagnant water, he asserts.

-------- Excerpts from a speech by Dr.N.Gopalakrishnan

Prepared by V.R.Ajith Kumar

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