Coconut oil is a saturated fat and for that reason, had a bad reputation in the past.   However, more research closely looked at the type of saturated fat in the coconut oil and nearly two-thirds of it consists of medium-chain fatty acids.  It means, they act very differently from the long-chain fatty acids such as the ones in vegetable oils.  They are easily digestible, are not stored in the body as fat, but are immediately converted into energy.  It also stimulates metabolism.

Coconut oil is made up of approximately 50% of Lauric acid that helps strengthen immune system and has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.  Mother’s breast milk is the only other source rich in Lauric acid.   The followings are other health benefits of coconut oil.

  •       Protects you from heart disease
  •       Supports the thyroid function
  •       Helps stimulate your metabolism, therefore, promotes weight loss
  •       Improves your digestion
  •       Helps control diabetes
  •       gives a rapid energy source

Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil is in its purest and freshest, therefore is the healthiest form of coconut oil without any GMO ingredients.  It also has not been processed, refined or hydrogenated.

Here are some of the ways I use coconut oil in my daily life;

Cooking

Coconut oil is very heat stable and is resistant to rancidity, making it a healthier alternative to other polyunsaturated vegetable cooking oils such as canola, corn, and sunflower oil.   These vegetable oils are heat sensitive and they release damaging free radicals.  Only other oil I use in my kitchen is Extra Virgin Olive oil, but only in a non-heated form such as a salad dressing.  Olive oil is also very susceptible to oxidative damage when heated.  I have been using the coconut oil in stir-frying, baking and adding it to smoothies and to hot oatmeal.  It can be used over salad and popcorn, and can also be used like butter as a spread.  I very much enjoy its fresh, light flavor.

Skin and Hair

Coconut oil also has skin-nourishing effect.  It is anti-aging, protecting the skin from sun damage and wrinkles, and makes the skin smoother.  I personally love using it as a moisturizer after my shower.  It melts into my skin and really nourishes the dry skin.  Once in a while, I also use coconut oil as a deep conditioning treatment for my hair.  It helps the healthy growth of hair, prevents any dandruff or dryness of the scalp.

In addition, I have been recommending coconut oil to be used topically to my eczema patients.  It has helped them to relieve the itchiness and dryness of the skin without any fragrance or chemicals.  Having the antimicrobial properties, it helps to heal and to repair the skin.

Next time you are shopping for an oil of your choice, you know which one to reach out for!  Make the healthy choice for your health both in your kitchen and in your bathroom.