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Coconut Oil – Everything You Need To Know

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With Coconut oil becoming  the new rage and why you yourself should consider using it. Here we will talk about different health and skin benefits from using coconut oil. Which types of coconut oil there is and how you can save money. Coconut oil ranges from $10-$20 for a jar with that being said you can get so many wonderful uses from your jar of coconut oil which can then save you lots of money from buying a bunch of products you don't need much of and may not work. We love using coconut oil and we use it for everything from cooking, to skin products such as lotions, chap stick, deodorant and more. Buy purchasing your own jar of coconut oil you will be able to make your own conditioners, lotions, lip balm and more which will you money in the long run.

Coconut oil has many great uses and affects for our body inside and out. There are many great health benefits from coconut oil such as hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regular metabolism. It may also provide relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and Cancers, while also improving your dental quality and bone strength. With all these wonderful benefits of the coconut oil they can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and there properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial.

Coconut oil is used a lot in tropical countries especially places such as India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines and more, which have a great production of coconuts for making coconut oil. At one time, coconut oil was very popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but in the 1970s there was strong propaganda and campaign by the corn oil and soy industry against the use of coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to high saturated fat content until the last decade when people started to question the claims of this propaganda.

How much coconut oil should I take ?

Researchers state that the optimal amount for an adult is between 3 and 4 tablespoons per day.  This equates to the amount of medium chain fatty acids a nursing child would consume in one day from mother's milk.  It is best to use coconut oil three times a day at meal times.  We recommend that you begin with a smaller amount and build up to the recommended dosage if necessary.

Why is coconut oil solid?: Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point – about 24 to 25 degrees Celsius or 76-78 Fahrenheit. Therefore it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperature rises considerably. This is why when you buy a bottle of coconut oil and find it solid, don’t immediately assume that there is some problem with it. Coconut oil is often in this form, and obviously, don’t keep it in your refrigerator.

How to use coconut oil?: If you are using coconut oil for topical purposes, especially hair care, just melt the oil (if it is solid) by keeping the bottle in the sun or soaking it in warm water. You can also take some coconut oil out and put it in a small bowl and heat the bowl over a flame (don’t use a microwave). Then, take the oil on your palm and apply it to your hair. If you want to use it for internal consumption, simply replace butter or vegetable oils with coconut oil in your recipes. Remember, you don’t need to completely switch to coconut oil, because then you will lose the other benefits of more traditional oils and dairy products.

Can I use coconut oil for cooking?: Yes of course people always use coconut oil for cooking.

I don’t like the taste of coconut oil. What should I do?: Try using coconut oil in a variety of different recipes. However, if you get nauseated after eating coconut oil, don’t force yourself to eat it. As can happen with any food item, your body may be allergic to coconut oil and it is best not to consume it.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: Among all the varieties of coconut oil, this is the most challenged and controversial variety, as its very existence is doubtful and the name hardly make

Varieties of Coconut Oil

There are primarily 6 varieties of coconut oil that you will find on the market. These are pure coconut oil, refined coconut oil, organic coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, organic virgin coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil.

Pure Coconut Oil: This oil is the most well known, it is extracted from dried coconut kernels, which are also called copra. It is crude, unrefined and without any additives. It is mainly extracted by compression of copra in a mill, either driven by bullocks or by power. However, the variety extracted by bullock driven oil mills is preferred. Pure coconut oil has multiple uses such as edible oil, massaging oil, hair oil, cosmetic usage, as well as medicinal and industrial use.

Refined Coconut Oil: This is sometimes also called the RBD coconut oil, which is an abbreviated form for refined, bleached & deodorized coconut oil. As the name suggests, this type is obtained by mechanically and chemically refining, bleaching and deodorizing the crude coconut oil, to make it thin, colorless, odorless and without any type of particle (such as proteins) suspended in it. What we then get is only pure saturated fats.

Virgin Coconut Oil: Virgin coconut oil is derived from the milk obtained from fresh coconut meat, and not from copra, by processes like fermentation, centrifugal separation and enzyme action. Care is taken to use no or as little heat as possible in the extraction of this oil. Produced in this way, the oil tastes and smells the best and is laden with antioxidants and medium chain fatty acids. It also has remarkable anti-microbial properties. This is one of the most respected and trusted varieties of coconut oil.

Organic Coconut Oil: The coconut oil that has been extracted from coconuts obtained from coconut palms raised only on organic manure and no synthetic fertilizers or insecticides. The production of organic coconut oil is also completed without involving any chemical in its extraction or processing. This is another well-respected variety of coconut oil. Organic coconut oil forms an integral part of a number of organic cosmetic products such as organic soaps, organic skin creams and lotions, organic snacks and thousands of other similar products.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: This type of oil is basically virgin coconut oil produced from the organic coconuts, in an organic way. This is perhaps the best and purest s any sense. Furthermore, there are no set standards for virginity of coconut oil. Moreover, reputed firms and governmental bodies are still hesitant to say anything on the matter, nor are they selling it. Basically, further research is definitely required.

There isn't much difference in the varieties and remain more or less the same. So, think well and make a wise decision before you decide to purchase one of the varieties.

Buying Coconut Oil

First of all, you need to decide why you need coconut oil and where you are going to use it. Your choice should be based on your need, like whether you want it for edible purposes or as a carrier oil to be used in aromatherapy, for massaging, for weight loss, or for medicinal purposes. As you read on you will understand there are different varieties for different purposes. Their properties do not differ much, unless they are mixed with some base or additives that do not contain 100% coconut oil. Below is a list of such purposes and the type of coconut oil to buy.

Purpose————–Preferable Type to Buy

Cooking————–--Refined Coconut Oil

Weight Loss———-Virgin Coconut Oil

As a Carrier Oil—–Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil

Good Health———Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil

Massaging———–-Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil

Hair——————–--Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil

Medicinal uses—–--Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

Furthermore, before you buy coconut oil, you should keep in mind that for edible and therapeutic uses, refined coconut oil is the best as it is hygienic and clean. Unrefined coconut oil is good for external applications like hair care and skin care.

Where to buy from?: You can buy coconut oil from many online stores such as www.well.ca you are also able to find at many large retail chain stores such as Wal-Mart. Your best bet for more varieties and types of coconut oil try your local health food store chains.

How much to buy? Buy only as much you can consume in few months, because despite the fact that coconut oil does not go rancid for a long time, it is not wise to store it unnecessarily. You will get better results with fresh coconut oil.

Storage: After you buy coconut oil, the next question should relate to storage. In colder countries, coconut oil comes in good, broad containers. However, if you get it in a pack (tetra-pack or plastic pouch), after opening the pack, be sure to keep the oil in containers with tight lid and broad mouth so that you can scoop it out with a spoon if it solidifies. Keeping it sealed or lidded is necessary because there are other admirers of coconut oil (ants, cockroaches, other insects and rodents just love it!).

 

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Hair care:

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for you hair. It will help in healthy hair growth and will give your hair a shiny quality. It also has been shown to be highly effective in reducing protein loss which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair.

Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. Most people in those countries apply coconut oil on their hair everyday and after bathing or showering. It is an excellent condition for your hair and will help with the re-growth from damaged hair. It will also provide the essential proteins required for nourish and healing damaged hair. Research had indicated that coconut oil provides better protection to hair.

By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil you will ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It can also help in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs. Coconut oil is therefore used as hair care oil and is used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams.

Heart diseases

There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. When in fact it is actually good for your heart health. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Remember you are only recommend to take 3 to 4 tablespoons a day of coconut oil.

Skin care

Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for your skin. It also acts as and effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. The benefit of coconut il on the skin comparable to that of mineral oil. Fortunately unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of the coconut oil. Coconut oil is a safe solution for treating and preventing dryness and flaking of your skin. It can also help delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of your skin. Coconut oil can also help in treating various skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms a base ingredient in many body care products like soaps, lotions and creams that are used in your skin care routine. Coconut oil may also help in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its well-known antioxidant and properties.

This is why I recommend buying coconut oil and spending $10-$20 on a jar which can be used for all your skin care needs instead of going out and spending hundreds of dollars on products that may or may not work.

Weight loss

Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. With that being said it may also increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. This is why you may find people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Coconut oil and your Immune System.

Coconut oil very good for your immune system. It will strengthen the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Digestion

Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Candida

Candida, also known as Systemic Candidiasis, is a tragic disease caused from excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida Albicans in the stomach. This yeast is more or less present in everyone’s stomach, but it doesn’t manifest any adverse effects since its growth is controlled by the beneficial bacteria which also resides in our stomach. There are many reasons for this uncontrolled growth of yeast. For example, if other destructive bacteria or the use of antibiotics which ultimately end up in eliminating these bacteria, there can be an imbalance of bacteria and a problem like Candida can develop. Also, bleaching or washing of your stomach with medicines or excessive use of chemical laxatives or ingestion of poisonous material can cause the yeast or fungi to start growing very fast and can lead to Candida.

Coconut has been shown to prevent and even cure candida. It provides relief from the inflammation caused by candida, both externally and internally. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Further, unlike other pharmaceutical treatments for candida, the effects of coconut oil is gradual and not drastic or sudden, which gives the patient an appropriate amount of time to get used to the withdrawal symptoms or Herxheimer Reactions (the name given to the symptoms accompanying body’s rejection of toxins generated during elimination of these fungi). But, in the treatment of this condition, people should systematically and gradually increase their dosages of coconut oil and shouldn’t initially start with a large quantity.

Healing and infections

When coconut oil is applied to infected areas of your skin it will form a chemical layer that protects the infected part of the body from external viruses, bacteria, air and dust. Coconut oil is highly effective on bruises because it will speed up the healing process of the damaged tissues.

Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. According to the coconut research center, coconut oil will kill the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks. It will also kill bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea. Finally, coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast  that cause ringworm, athletes foot, thrush, and diaper rash.

Other Heath benefits:

Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of other health benefits that are explained below. Using coconut oils has been shown to mildly help the following:

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental care: Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.

HIV and cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing a person’s viral susceptibility for HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research has shown an indication of this effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load of HIV patients.

Athletes: Coconut oil is often used by athletes, body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains less calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy, and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps boost energy and endurance, and generally enhances the performance of athletes.

What is Lauric Acid and How Does It Work With Our Bodies?

Lauric Acid as a component of triglycerides, comprises about half of the fatty acid content in coconut oil, laurel oil and in palm kernel oil. Otherwise it is relatively uncommon. It is also found  in the human breast milk. Like many other fatty acids, lauric acid is inexpensive, has a long shelf-life, and is non-toxic and safe to handle. It is mainly used for the production of soaps and cosmetics. For these purposes, lauric acid is neutralized with sodium hydroxide to give sodium laurate, which is a soap.

Lauric acid is a saturated fatty acid which includes 12 carbon atoms chain, and which is a dusty and powdery solid matter. It is usually found in coconut oil.  When Lauric Acid is present in the body it works as an antiviral and an antiprotozoal property. It works on organisms like fungus and bacteria and helps our body destroy it. It can be a very effective solution for problems like ringworm or fungal infections. Researchers have also found that most of the people who use coconut oil are more likely to have fallen sick a lot less then people who don't use coconut oil. infections.

Comments (2)

 

  1. Kira J says:

    Thank you didn’t realize there where many different types of coconut oils and never thought about making my own soaps and lotions before to save money. Great idea! Do you guys have any recipes to use for coconut oil?

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