How to Choose the Best Quality Virgin Coconut Oil

I've tasted numerous brands of virgin coconut oil from various countries over the past 10+ years.

All claim on their labels that their virgin coconut oils are of the finest quality. The thing is, I don't smell anything close to coconut and I would get either a peculiar or somewhat bland flavor from some brands. Are they really virgin?

Of course, I did lay my tongue on some truly good quality or even the best as far as I'm concerned.

That said, not all virgin coconut oils are created equal.

However, I do have my ways of identifying top quality virgin coconut oil after so many years of trying different brands. You can take these guidelines to help you choose the best virgin coconut oil for maximum health benefits.

1. Color

At temperatures below 76 °F (24 °C), virgin coconut oil starts turning snowy or cloudy (it's not a sign of rancidity, take note). And at even lower temperature, it becomes as hard as rock and looks snowy white. When in absolute liquid form, it should look crystal clear like water.

If the oil shows yellow or even brown tint (it's easier to notice this in liquid form), then either it has been contaminated with bacteria and molds or it actually is just a ...read more »

How to Use Coconut Oil for Maximum Health Benefits

Charger maximizing the use of coconut oil

To gain health benefits from coconut oil, it's not just about eating it and that's all about it.

Of course, eating coconut oil is one way to improve your immunity. But you can leverage the health-promoting properties of coconut oil to the fullest potential to take your health to a higher level. How?

Let me show you.

1. Use a Coconut Oil with the Most Health Benefits

We're focusing on making you healthier, right? So, it makes perfect sense for you to use the best coconut oil that offers the greatest health benefits.

In that case, choose virgin coconut oil from the various types of coconut oil available on the market.

It's the best among them all because it is cold pressed and goes through as minimum processing as possible, hence, it gets to retain most of its beneficial properties .

However, this unrefined coconut oil will give off an odor that is naturally present in it. It's aromatic to many of us but you may not like it.

If that's the case, then your next best alternative would be RBD coconut oil. It's a type of refined coconut oil that has its natural coconut odor removed but yet get to preserve as much health properties as possible.

On top of that, go for the organic one to free your body from additional toxic load.

2. Eat Coconut Oil the Right Way

I did mention that you can gain health benefits from eating coconut oil earlier, right?

But you can't just eat it anyhow because eating it the wrong way can make you suffer.

Oh, really?

Yes, many first-timers, unaware of what it actually does to their body, get to "taste" the side effects of eating coconut oil – diarrhea.

Okay, not really diarrhea, but diarrhea-like symptoms.

How did they get that? They eat it straight from the jar on an empty stomach.

When your stomach is hollow and nothing else is inside except coconut oil, you're in for a vigorous intestinal muscle contraction. Simply put, strong bowel movements.

Unless you desperately need coconut oil for a constipation relief, don't take it when your stomach is empty.

Always add coconut oil to your food or beverages and mix them well before you swallow. This way you have something in your stomach to help slow the breaking down of the oil into its bowel-loosening components so that you won't easily get the diarrhea-like effect.

3. Apply Coconut Oil to Skin

Ingesting coconut oil allows it to go right inside your body so that your cells can quickly and directly access to its abundant supply of saturated fats, medium-chain fatty acids and antimicrobials which are the keys to defending your body against health-damaging germs.

But if you can "bathe" in coconut oil as well, so to speak, you'll gain even greater health benefits from it because by daubing coconut oil on your skin from head to toe, you're actually protecting not just your skin but preventing the super germs from gaining entry into your body via the pores of your skin.

"But our skin has already had its own natural protective layer", you might say.

That's true, no doubt. But our skin is the largest organ of our body and hence it has the largest surface area interacting with the surroundings.

Because of that, harmful germs can easily "stick" to our skin and colonize on it and then break through the barriers and enter our body to create havoc.

This is especially true when you're in places like hospitals or dirty streets where bacteria, viruses and other aggressive germs are easily "available" and in abundance.

Imagine your skin is attacked by an army of germs and 10% of them succeed in storming into your body, the amount of coconut oil you have ingested may not be enough to fight them off. 10% may sound little but it's huge enough to infest your body and take it down completely if your immunity is very weak.

Don't forget that inside your body, particularly your liver itself already has plenty of viruses, parasites and bacteria to deal with. So, after helping your liver to get rid of those micro-bugs so that it (your liver) can continue to perform its functions without much glitches, what's left of coconut oil might appear too insignificant for that 10% of germs that penetrate into your body via your skin.

What's even worse is that you can't take too much coconut oil in one shot or your bowels might become too loose (as said earlier) and you'll have to keep visiting your "lovely toilet" multiple times within couple of hours.

Even if you spread the intake over a day, the max for most people in general is only about 4 tablespoons daily.

That's why besides eating it, you should also apply coconut oil to your skin every day as well to make sure you're harvesting more benefits from coconut oil.

And when you apply, remember, just coat a thin layer on your skin will do, and then re-apply as often as you deem necessary.

Too much coconut oil slathered on your skin in one go can easily saturate your skin and cause your skin to look oily instead of soft, smooth and supple. Wait till the first layer has absorbed before you apply the second layer and so on.

4. Coconut Oil Pulling

Heard of oil pulling?

Oil pulling is a technique that you hold a tablespoon of any vegetable oil in your mouth and swish it for 15–20 minutes and then you spit it all out.

By doing so, it helps to reduce the number of bacteria, parasites and other germs that cling onto and grow on your teeth, gums, tongue or anywhere they can live on inside your mouth as long as there are food residues.

If you never do oil pulling, chances are you'll swallow those bacteria, parasites and other germs with the food into your stomach. And you know what's going to happen next.

Though our gastric acid can kill them, not all will be killed. Some will intelligently hang on to spots where the corrosive acid cannot reach like your esophagus or anywhere along the food path and then conquer the area and attack you when the time is ripe.

So, oil pulling is vital to keep your mouth free of harmful microbes so as to reduce the germ load your body has to handle.

And if you use coconut oil for oil pulling, the cleansing effect will be even stronger since coconut oil does not simply "bundle" bacteria and other germs together for you to purge them out in a spit, it kills them without mercy as well.

To top it off, using coconut oil for oil pulling can also strengthen your gums so they won't bleed when you brush your teeth.

That's not all. Stronger gums can grip teeth more firmly so that your teeth will not fall off easily as you age. It's no surprise to still have a complete set of teeth holding steadily onto your gums even at the age of 90 (I have witnessed that with my bare eyes).

So, to retain your beautiful smile and gain as much health benefits from coconut oil as possible, start oil pulling using coconut oil today.

Oh, be sure to brush your teeth to remove any sticky food residues before pulling with coconut oil to boost the overall effectiveness of oil pulling.

How Best to Eat Coconut Oil for Health Benefits

3 ways of eating coconut oil for health benefits

Everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon to gain better health from coconut oil. But do you know how best to eat it to reap its health benefits?

1. Eat Coconut Oil Raw

When I say 'raw', it means uncooked or in its most original form.

Yes, you should ingest coconut oil this way so that you can obtain the greatest health benefits out of it.

Though coconut oil is very stable due to its predominant saturated fats, heat (especially the one with temperatures around 220 °F or 104 °C) may mark down its health benefits a bit because this is the temperature that manufacturers use to ...read more »

Coconut Oil Benefits: Why Coconut Oil is So Powerful

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.

Benefits of coconut oil

Let's go to the South Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and the Central America where coconut and palm oils are plentiful.

Look at those people who live there. 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?

Simple. Because their coconut-based diets are healthy.

If that's the case, then why are there so many voices lambasting the health benefits of coconut oil, even today?

The Ugly Truth

I remember vividly that moment... I lost my yummy coconut snack (the crunchy, puffy coconut balls) overnight. Can't remember the brand but I would buy a large can every couple of days because sometimes I could finish off one large can in a day. That was in the late 1980s.

As usual, I gobbled up a can one day and then went to the supermarket hoping to get a replacement to satisfy my palate for coconut-flavored snack. To my surprise, I couldn't even find a single can on the usual shelf I bought from. I scavenge at other shelves thinking that the shelf stockers could have re-arranged the goods.

So much stock I just saw the other day and they simply got off the shelves in just a day or two, I couldn't believe!

Well, no luck. I was thinking perhaps they were suddenly selling like hot cakes and thought I could return the following day to get once they replenish the stock. Day after day I got disappointed and I even tried other grocery stores and supermarkets at other places. After a month or two, I finally gave up. I didn't know what exactly happened but I knew something was not right.

Then somewhere in 2006, my girlfriend, Laura (now, my wife) handed me a book called The Coconut Oil Miracle. I flipped the first few pages and suddenly "Tng", a light bulb went off in my head. At last, everything became clear. I finally understood why I couldn't find my favorite coconut-based snack 20 years back.

So, it was all because of a well-orchestrated conspiracy led by the American Soybean Association (ASA). You know what they did? ...read more »