Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin Coconut Oil –
Virgin Coconut Oil has a myriad of health benefits, and the word is getting out there!
So we are going to answer some questions you may have about this marvelous oil.
How is Virgin Coconut Oil made?
Virgin Coconut Oil can only be made using fresh coconut meat and without chemicals or high heat. This means that it is a very stable, pure and natural oil and has a long shelf life.
There are two main processes that Virgin Coconut Oil can be produced.
A quick drying method, the most common technique used, whereby fresh coconut meat is dried and then the oil is pressed out using a machine.
And then there is Wet-Milling. This is where the coconut meat is extracted but not dried and then coconut milk is pressed out first. The oil is then separated from the water using either boiling, refrigeration, fermentation, enzymes or mechanical centrifuge.
It’s a saturated fat, aren’t they really bad for you?
A lot of the studies that were done in the 1960’s where coconut oil was labeled as unhealthy were done on hydrogenated coconut oil and not the Virgin Coconut Oil that we recommend. Therefore these studies found hydrogenated coconut oil to be full of artery clogging saturated fats. Hydrogenated fats are now closely linked with heart disease.
However Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, also known as your “good fats” which doctors and nutritionist highly recommend. Virgin Coconut Oil is also cholesterol and trans-fat free.
What makes Virgin Coconut Oil so good for me?
Coconut Oil contains something called Lauric Acid, this makes up about half of the total composition of Coconut Oil. Lauric Acid is a rare Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) and has shown to have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties. Therefore we can instantly see the potential health benefits for numerous conditions.. some of which we will outline in a moment.
Does it need to be “Virgin” Coconut Oil?
As we have established in a previous question, Virgin Coconut Oil has not been chemically treated or heat treated and therefore is in a natural state meaning it contains many of the good fats and MCT’s which are essential for so many functions in the body and produce the health benefits and energy boosts that are so sought after!
How can I use Virgin Coconut Oil?
So how can we use this wonderful oil? Some of you will love to eat it straight off the spoon, but for those of you who can’t quite get your head round that idea, we have a few ideas of how you can get your daily dose of Virgin Coconut Oil.
Here are a few ideas for how Virgin Coconut Oil can be used:
- In place of butter in baking
- On your toast in the morning
- Used to stir fry vegetables or meat
- Spread on oatcakes
- When making homemade popcorn
- In mashed potato
Can I cook with Virgin Coconut Oil?
Virgin Coconut Oil is one of the few oils that you can heat up to a high temperature without it changing it’s composition. Most seed oils when heated turn into trans fat whereas Virgin Coconut Oil has a high smoke point meaning that it is stable at a much higher temperature than for example Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil.
Potential benefits to my health?
There are so many potential usages for this oil, but we have chosen a few to show you just how versatile and beneficial Virgin Coconut Oil is:
Alzheimer’s disease –
There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence in the media surrounding Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease recently, potentially helping with short term memory, mood, movement, speech and mental clarity. Recommending 3 tablespoons in the morning and evening, we look forward to there being further clinical studies on this in the future!
Energy Boost –
Sri Lankan universities have held studies which have proven that the fats found in coconut oil have a profoundly different effect on metabolism compared to the saturated fats of animal origin. Virgin coconut oil is much easier to digest and absorb than other fats. Also, the MCTs found in coconut oil do not end up being in fat stores or adipose tissue as much. MCTs provide a longer release of energy and decrease the amount of muscle broken down. This means Virgin Coconut Oil can be of potential benefit to people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or for those with physically demanding careers.
Heart health –
Virgin coconut oil provides greater antioxidant protection than standard refined coconut oil as we mentioned earlier meaning it can offer protection to cardiovascular heatlh. It can also have a positive effect on cholesterol levels
Sports nutrition –
Sports people are more and more likely to be using Virgin Coconut Oil and there’s no wonder why! It is used as a metabolism-boosting aid to healthy weight management and as an extra source of energising MCT’s. Some researchers using coconut oil with professional sports people have shown dramatic results in body fat loss from 24% to 12% in 4 months from using no other fat burning supplements except coconut oil and a few basic lifestyle changes.
Weight management –
We know, a fat to help you lose fat? However the research in a 2009 issue of Lipids Journal states “it appears that deistic supplementation with coconut oil… seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity”. So anyone wanting to lose weight should start to include Virgin Coconut Oil into their diet on a daily basis!
Tooth Decay –
Because Virgin Coconut Oil has antibacterial properties it can be used to help dental health as it targets the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Researchers also found that it can be beneficial in cases of thrush because of the combined antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
This really just scratches the surface of what Virgin Coconut Oil can be used for! We haven’t even touched on what how you can use it topically as a skin moisturiser as well!
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