"Castor oil has been shown to improve circulation, which helps hair growth," Ron Robinson, cosmetic chemist and CEO of BeautyStat, tells us. Jamaicans have sworn by it for years as well, often considering it an "all-purpose healer" according to Lois Hines, founder and CEO of Tropic Isle Living. "The oil is anti-fungal and antibacterial.
Now, the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that this supposed miracle oil is not as healthy as many think. On Thursday, the AHA updated its advice surrounding saturated fat, which makes up 82 percent of the fat in coconut oil, instructing that saturated fat is known to raise “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, which can be deposited on arterial walls and cause plaque buildup and blockages that lead to heart attacks and stroke. Instead, the AHA recommends eating no more than 6 percent of total daily calories in saturated fat for those who need to lower their cholesterol.
The Chew cohost explains how she clears her sinuses and ear canals in the morning using this ancient Ayurvedic practice. (PHOTOGRAPH BY DISNEY ABCTV/GETTY)
Turning brown rice into white rice removes phytate – an anti-nutrient that stops us from absorbing minerals – and leaves both a clean source of starch and an excellent base for several easy meals. It also reduces arsenic – brown rice was found to have up to 80 times more arsenic than white rice. White rice is the perfect vehicle for all kinds of tasty things: bacon, grass-fed butter, veggies…the list goes on. Your body converts white rice to glucose quickly, which is why too much of it, like too much of any carbohydrate, can trigger insulin resistance, fatigue, weight gain, and a host of other issues.
By David Zinczenko “I’ll have the garden salad with fat-free dressing,” my friend Kelly told the waiter. The right kinds of fats and oils help quash hunger, maximize your metabolism, and speed nutrients through your body. To lift the fog from the fats—and set you on the path to quick weight loss—I’ve created this essential countdown compliments of my new book, Zero Belly Diet, ranking oils by their most important quality: their “fat profile.” These oils have the highest levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats, and lauric acid (all good for you), lower levels of omega-6 fatty acids and saturated fats (not so good for you), and zero trans fats (avoid at all costs). Enjoy as directed to blast fat immediately—and for a complete and rapid weight loss plan, read this special report: 14 Ways to lose your belly in 14 days.