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 Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss?

Coconut oil benefits weight loss by:

  • Reducing your calorie intake.
  • Increasing your metabolism.

Coconut oil helps to lose weight

How Coconut Oil Reduces Your Calorie Intake

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 »

How to Use Coconut Oil for Acne Treatment?

Coconut oil drips on pimple for acne treatment

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 Benefits: 3 Powerful Elements You Need for Amazing Health

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 becomes 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 »