Although the surface of our skin already has a protective layer (self-made skin oil) against aging and diseases, it's never strong enough for fighting off more malicious microorganisms that constantly attack our skin and cause aging and diseases. So, you need coconut oil to strengthen your first line of defense to combat aging and keep disease-causing germs at bay. How does coconut oil achieve that?
1. Kill Germs on Your Skin
The skin oil secreted contains some amount of fatty acids that are good at fighting off common types of harmful germs coming into contact with our skin.
But when you apply especially virgin coconut oil to your skin, you'll step up your skin resistance against a broader range of disease-causing bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi as virgin coconut oil comprises 10 different types of fatty acids which are all antimicrobials. They are:
If you make curries, desserts, ice-cream, yogurt, milkshake, pies, cookies or cream-based or pureed soup, I strongly encourage you to use coconut cream (or milk) and use more of it because coconut cream benefits your health so much that you would never have thought of, especially when you've previously been told or taught that it makes you fat, clogs your arteries and raises your risk of stroke and heart diseases, and all sorts of unfounded crap.
1. Improve Your Immunity
I wonder if you've heard about the health benefits of coconut oil. You can find the exact antimicrobial compounds that coconut oil contains in coconut cream too. They're lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, caproic acid, and myristic acid etc.
These fatty acids (with lauric acid as the leader) are effective fighters against viruses that cause flu, hepatitis C, measles, herpes, AIDS etc. They also kill bacteria that cause throat infections, food poisoning, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea etc. Fungi and yeast that cause candida, ringworm, athlete's foot etc are no match for them too.
In short, coconut cream provides health benefits by lightening the ...read more »
Fractionated coconut oil sucks... just because it is not as natural as virgin coconut oil?
No way! We can't simply base on such fact and say that fractionated coconut oil is bad. That's outright unfair to fractionated coconut oil, don't you think?
I would say each has its own benefits on health and skin, and in other aspects. But whether their benefits apply to you or not will depend on what you're looking for. Why not we compare their properties side by side first so that you can make a better decision on which one to choose for your needs?
Less than 1% short-, 64% medium- and 35% long-chain fatty acids
Also known as...
MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil or liquid coconut oil
Unrefined coconut oil or Extra-virgin coconut oil
Degree of saturation
92% saturated, 8% unsaturated
14 to 25 °F (-10 to -4 °C)
76 °F (24 °C)
320 °F (160 °C)
350 °F (177 °C)
Color in liquid state
Color in solid state
Scent of coconut
Skin care products, hair care, massage oil, medicine, special diet for athletes
Skin care, hair care, food for health benefits
Several months to 5 years
It seems that the only common characteristic between fractionated and virgin coconut oil is their color.
High quality fractionated coconut oil should look colorless. Low quality may appear yellowish due to the moldy impurities or other colored contaminants not completely removed in the manufacturing process.
Other than that, everything else is different. And their differences mean that their ...read more »
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 »
Coconut oil may increase your cholesterol level, clog your arteries and then elevate your risk of heart disease and stroke, and make you gain weight... all because of one thing – its high saturated fat content. Right?
WRONG! Actually, coconut oil provides health benefits instead, and more than anyone can imagine.
Health Benefits of Coconut Oil – The Truth Revealed!
Let's take a closer look at the people of traditional cultures who live in the South Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and the Central America where coconut and palm oils are plentiful.
For many generations, they add significant amount of coconut oil to their traditional coconut-based diets but suffer very much lower rates of obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other health problems than those in North America and Europe who don't eat coconut-based food at all. Why?