Did you know that coconut oil has earned its reputation as the world's only natural, low-calorie fat?
If you pick a few brands of virgin coconut oil and calculate their energy value (calories) contained in one gram of fat, you would have gotten a range of 9 kcal +/- few percent, which has pretty much the same calorie per gram (i.e. 9 kcal/g) as animal fats and other vegetable oils.
In fact, coconut oil carries fewer calories because it contains medium-chain fatty acids that are smaller in size than the fatty acids in animal fats and other vegetable oils.
For example, MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil has an effective energy value of 6.8 kcal/g. It carries only caprylic and capric acids – the 2 medium-chain fatty acids that are also found in coconut oil. But because coconut oil also contains the relatively longer medium-chain lauric acid and other long-chain fatty acids such as myristic, palmitic and oleic acids etc (these fatty acids have energy values ranging from approx. 8 to 9.4 kcal/g), the overall actual energy value of coconut oil becomes ...read more »
Before I show you how you can effectively use coconut oil for acne treatment, I need you to first understand what EXACTLY causes your acne... why you're getting it. This is because IF you're treating your acne with coconut oil but at the same time, you're doing something foolish that offsets the oil's effect on acne, it can cause more breakouts on your face and make your acne worse than before.
I just want to make absolutely sure you're able to clear your acne nicely with the use of coconut oil. So now, let's see why you're getting acne.
Why Do You Get Acne?
You get acne on your face and skin because your liver fails to timely deactivate androgens, which are sex hormones produced by your adrenal gland and sex gland (ovary in females, testis in males).
What have these hormones got to do with acne?
Good question. These hormones can stimulate your sebaceous glands (under your skin pores where hair follicles are) to secrete an oily substance called sebum that helps to lubricate your skin and hair and prevent your skin from drying and cracking.
Actually, there's nothing wrong with the presence of androgens (androgenic hormones) since we need them to help regulate oil production for our hair and skin care, and perform other functions as well.
But problems arise when some of them are not properly deactivated by your liver after they have accomplished their jobs. These "remain-active" hormones then continue to circulate in your bloodstream and stimulate your sebaceous glands to keep producing sebum, resulting in an oily skin or face.
In fact, excessive sebum production doesn't necessarily cause acne on your skin or face unless ...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?