Fractionated coconut oil actually comes in 3 different types, one is labeled fractionated coconut oil, the other two MCT oil and liquid coconut oil.
Although they're produced from roughly the same manufacturing process (hydrolysis followed by fractional distillation then esterification) and hold essentially the same medium-chain fatty compounds – caprylic and capric acids, not all 3 types are edible.
That's because the one labeled fractionated coconut oil is primarily manufactured for external use only (hair care, skin care, body care). This type has not passed the quality assurance to be sold as food (not FDA approved). Hence, you should not eat it.
If you fear you might eat the wrong type of fractionated coconut oil, just bear in mind that fractionated coconut oil comes with a ...read more »
More and more people are getting aware of the health benefits of coconut oil, particularly virgin coconut oil. It is indeed very good for us because I've proven its power of healing myself. Upon flu infection, taking virgin coconut oil out of the jar plus adding more (than usual) to meals help me recover in 3–5 days. My wife has tested. My cousin has tested. So are the many people around me who have used the tropical oil for other antimicrobial treatments.
However, coconut oil can cause "bad side effects" especially in the detox aspect if you use it in the wrong way or you're unaware of its detox prowess.
Side Effect #1 – Diarrhea-Like Symptoms
Apart from the fact that coconut oil cures constipation (lots of "constipators" said coconut oil works extremely well on stimulating their bowel movement), it may also trigger the opposite reaction – diarrhea-like symptoms if you suddenly ...read more »
Have you been sleeping badly in the past few nights, or worse, not able to sleep a wink on some nights? Don't you dread those sleepless nights?
You flop heavily into bed after an awfully exhausted day. But your active mind refuses to rest. You keep rewinding today's events. You're worried about tomorrow's work. You cannot stop new ideas racing through your mind.
You lie there staring at the ceiling in the dark for what seems like a long time, unable to sleep.
Just when you finally drift off to slumberland (or worse, you didn't catch a wink at all), your alarm clock goes off and... it's time to reluctantly drag yourself off the bed. How tiring!
You are not alone. Experiencing hateful sleepless nights now and then is pretty common. But if you suffer from having trouble falling asleep consistently for 3 or more nights in a week, you're in for a severe sleep disorder – insomnia.
Imagine you manage to sack out but you tend to wake up frequently during the night with difficulty falling back to sleep. And you feel tired, listless, irritable and sluggish the next day. That also signifies insomnia.
What Cause Insomnia?
Insomnia doesn't come uninvited – there must be a cause for it to turn up at your bed step. Scan through the below points ...read more »
Do you crave snack late at night even though you don't feel hungry at all? You just want to have something sweet to nibble on, right?
You're not alone. I was like that too, especially when I stayed up late burning the midnight oil working on projects or watching my favorite late night TV programs.
Actually, eating snacks isn't a bad thing at all. But late night eating is definitely bad. It can evoke hormonal disorder, lead to insulin resistance and cause weight gain which can turn into diabetes or other nightmarish health problems.
To prevent my health from getting into a fix, I managed to beat my bad habits and stop late night snacking effectively. Now I'm sharing the techniques and strategies here and hope you'll find them useful.
1. Eat a Satisfying Dinner
A satisfying meal at dinner can help curb your cravings for late night snacking. By satisfying, I don't mean BIG portion but rather, a balanced (containing adequate carbs, fat and protein), nutrient-dense and fiber-rich meal that will put your true hunger off till the next morning.
No matter how good something is, it will carry at least one or few drawbacks for us to ponder upon, always. Despite its powerful healing properties and massive health benefits, coconut oil is no exception.
Disadvantage #1 – No Effect on "Cold"
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, the president of the Coconut Research Center in his book, The Coconut Oil Miracle, there is one common ailment (close to flu) that coconut oil has no effect upon.
Symptoms of cold and flu may look alike, but they're triggered by different viruses. The most common virus that causes cold is known as rhinovirus while the one that causes flu is called influenza virus. Only our own immune system can defeat cold virus. MCFAs in coconut oil can't do anything to the cold virus, hence you'll be down with cold even if you consume coconut oil regularly.
When cold strikes you, your immune system immediately sends white blood cells to combat the virus. This natural defensive response causes the overall immune system guard to weaken and become vulnerable to the invasion of other harmful germs. They'll enter and proliferate in your body, thereby aggravating your cold condition and might even lead to other problematic illnesses or diseases.