5 Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin

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:

  1. Caproic acid
  2. Caprylic acid
  3. Capric acid
  4. Lauric acid
  5. Myristic acid
  6. Palmitic acid
  7. Stearic acid
  8. Arachidic acid
  9. Oleic acid
  10. Linoleic acid

This is one of the greatest benefits of using coconut oil for skin.

2. Penetrate Your Skin Easily

As most of the fatty acids (~ 64%) in coconut oil are ...read more »

How to Gain Maximum Health Benefits from Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil has tons of benefits that cover you not only on the inside (health), but on the outside (skin) as well. However, not many people know how best to use this oil from the "Tree of Life" in order to truly improve their health and make their skin glow for the rest of their lives.

Of course, eating coconut oil is one way to reap its health benefits, but... how do you eat it so that you can gain the most out of it?

1. Eat Coconut Oil Raw

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

Yes, you should eat 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 molecular structure, 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 Cream Vs Coconut Milk

When a recipe calls for coconut milk, can you use coconut cream instead, or vice versa?

1. Difference Between Coconut Cream and Coconut Milk

The difference between coconut cream and coconut milk lies mainly in the different concentration of their fat and water content that cause them to have different consistency.

Properties Coconut Cream (per 100 g) Coconut Milk (per 100 g)
Total fat 34.68 g 23.84 g
Water 53.9 g 67.62 g

As you can see from above, coconut cream has more total fat but lesser water than coconut milk, which is why coconut cream has a thick consistency while coconut milk appears thin and runny. This also means that coconut cream has a richer flavor.

That's why when a recipe calls for coconut milk, you should not use coconut cream or the texture and flavor of the food will become different. Same goes for recipes that call for coconut cream to make dishes that require creamy texture and if you use coconut milk, the outcome will be more watery instead of creamy.

Of course, if you don't mind the texture you can use them both interchangeably. That's totally up to you.

But if you do mind and want to make sure you're using either of them correctly to make perfect dishes, you can ...read more »

3 Ways to Eat Coconut Oil for Health Benefits

Do you know how best to eat coconut oil to reap its health benefits?

1. Raw

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

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

Though coconut oil is very stable due to its predominant saturated fat characteristic, 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 remove the distinctive coconut scent in order to produce a coconut oil that is odorless and flavorless.

I mentioned in Health Benefits of Coconut Oil that it is some intrinsic phytonutrients that give coconut oil its natural odor. So, if you need the odor removed, you definitely have to sacrifice the nutrients that give off the odor.

On top of that, don't forget that coconut oil contains about 8% unsaturated fats that are unstable and may oxidize even at low heat. It's true that they're surrounded and protected against heat by the 92% saturated fats, but the protection is never perfect as long as heat is present and particularly when it reaches certain temperature levels like 220 °F (104 °C).

So, the best way to eat coconut oil for health benefits is just add ...read more »

5 Health Benefits of Coconut Cream

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.

Coconut cream splash

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 »