Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil For Health and Beauty

While most of us are familiar with coconut oil often described as the “healthiest oil on earth”, virgin coconut oil is rapidly gaining popularity throughout the world in comparison to ordinary coconut oil and is known for its fragrance, taste, antioxidants and loads of benefits. The lists of its merits are endless

Extracted from the fruit of the coconut tree known as "Kalpavriksha" in Sanskrit which means a wish-fulfilling divine tree, Wicked Spoon Confessions lists the many benefits of using virgin coconut oil.


What is Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)?

VCO is quite different from ordinary coconut oil mainly in the source, method of extraction and the benefits that are a direct consequence of this process. While ordinary coconut oil is extracted by fermentation of dried coconut kernels with a moisture content of around six percent and may involve application of heat, VCO is extracted from the fresh and mature kernel of coconuts by cold compression methods, without application of heat and is not refined. This process ensures the natural goodness such as high content of vitamin-E and minerals are preserved which are otherwise almost completely lost in ordinary coconut oil due to processes which are done to make it colorless and odorless such as heating, filtration, refining, and bleaching. The shelf life of virgin coconut oil is much longer than any other edible oil and does not go rancid easily.

Benefits:

Health and Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. A diet high in coconut oil reduces the risk of heart disease as it is nature’s richest source of lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. The high lauric acid content in VCO also supports the immune system and helps keep diabetes in check by improving the secretion of insulin.

An interesting fact is that though VCO is a Fat, the healthy medium chain fatty acids in VCO unlike other fats do not circulate in the bloodstream and are directly sent to the liver and processed into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat and VCO actually aids in reducing weight.

Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in VCO help in eliminating Candida albicans – an opportunist fungus that causes infections in humans. 

VCO, when applied externally to bruises, forms a protective antibacterial layering and protects the body part and expedites the healing process by helping in repairing damaged tissue.

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Swishing VCO in your mouth for several minutes a day may have benefits including whitening your teeth and preventing tooth decay, bleeding gums, and cracked lips.

Studies reveal that consumption of VCO nourishes the brain by improving cognitive function, and stalls, or even reverses neurodegenerative diseases in their early stages. Adding VCO to smoothies or homemade energy bars is a good way to start its intake. One can also try taking a teaspoon of VCO everyday on its own.

According to research, due to the presence of high amounts of Lauric in VCO which is formed into monolaurin in the human body, the prospect of using VCO in aiding the treatment of AIDS is also being explored since monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human body to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria.

Beauty and Virgin Coconut Oil

Virgin coconut oil can replace quite a few things in your beauty kit. It is very effective as a moisturizing agent and also serves as a lip balm, makeup remover and Frizz fighter as VCO retains moisture.

Mix VCO with oatmeal and create a gentle facial scrub or you can mix VCO and sugar to create a body scrub.  VCO can also be used as an improvised shaving cream.



VCO has anti-aging properties as it is rich in antioxidants and also used for cuticle care as the emollient nature of the coconut oil keeps the cuticles soft.

Applying VCO to the head followed by gentle massaging helps relieve stress and therefore very popular as a massage oil.

Love rosy lips? We suggest a fun D-I-Y lip balm. Crush a few pomegranate seeds & strain into a small clean pot, add some VCO and mix thoroughly and refrigerate. This natural and organic lip balm stays good for up to a week.


Hope you enjoyed reading the many benefits of this newly declared power food used for thousands of years in cuisine and medicine throughout Asia and the Pacific. We look forward to hearing from you in the comments section and our FB page.

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