26 Sep All You Want To Know About Virgin Coconut Oil
Oil usage is inevitable to humankind. Starting from the age of the Stamer press method to the latest era of robotic technologies, it has traversed long to be an unavoidable item on our favorite food lists.
An indispensable item today for any meal, it has been widely used across India with different states using traditionally owned oil.
If it is mustard oil for northern and eastern India, groundnut for Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh; sesame and groundnut for Tamil Nadu; Kerala clung on to its favorite agro commodity-coconut.
The popularity of coconut oil has soared in recent years because of its impressive health benefits. It can blast away belly fat, curb appetite, strengthen the immune system, prevent heart disease, and stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The sweet-smelling oil is also said to slow aging, ensure thyroid health, protect against illnesses like arthritis and diabetes, and even help you lose weight. Well, that’s reason enough to embrace coconut oil as healthy oil?
Here’s more to it!
The product one step ahead of coconut oil is Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). Yes, you heard that right, virgin coconut oil.
What is virgin coconut oil?
Usually, coconut oil is made by heat-drying the white fleshy part to later crush and squeeze out the fat. On the other hand, VCO is cold-pressed to extract liquid from the white fleshy part and then take out the oil from a milky complex. This process helps to preserve all-natural goodness in it. And this form of coconut oil is said to be completely natural without any bleaching involved. It has higher vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and medium-chain fatty acid content besides being more tasty and fragrant than the regular coconut oil. For its indispensable nutritional benefits, the world today is leaning more towards this innovative product than ever before.
Let’s see some of the benefits of virgin coconut oil!
Benefits of Virgin Coconut oil
The not-so-clear to see liquid is a battery of medicinal and therapeutic repository. VCO has a whopping amount of essential fatty acids and antioxidants that also offers unique taste and fragrance.
The majority of it is fat. Got scared? Relax. It is one of the essential macronutrients needed to perform several bodily functions like assimilating fat-soluble vitamins, vitamin production, maintaining body temperature, safeguarding vital organs, etc. Doesn’t that make VCO an essential food? Yes, it does.
VCO is also rich in Medium Chain Fatty Acids/Triglycerides (MCFAs/MCTs) that are essential to maintain a healthy body. MCTs are build of Lauric acid, needed for the well-being of our immune system. Other than VCO, only mother’s milk has such high concentrations of Lauric acid.
We just discussed that it has fat. And for 13.5 grams of fat, it takes only one tablespoon of VCO. 9 calories is what one gram of fat provides. Now, you do the math. Isn’t it 120? Well, that’s a pretty good number.
The fat in coconut oil brakes easily and gets converted to an instant source of energy. Besides, it does not lead to accumulating fat in the heart and arteries. That said, VCO is widely in use by athletes, bodybuilders, and weight watchers. It’s also an athlete’s best choice for its capabilities to boost energy, provide endurance, and enhance overall athletic performance.
Help reduce body weight
The MCTs in VCO is easily converted to energy and not to fat deposits. Therefore, it provides seamless nourishments to the body besides helping maintain the ideal body weight.
Better, stronger hair
VCO is a one-for-all solution to hair problems. Besides being an excellent natural conditioner to all hair types, it also helps in maintaining scalp health. It works better than any of the hair products available in the market today as it does not contain any harmful chemicals, preservatives, or artificial enhancers that boost hair growth.
It significantly promotes protein re-growth of hair as it contains surplus Vitamin E and other fatty acids. Additionally, VCO enables moisture retention and effectively prevent hair dryness. And for dandruff, its anti-fungal properties turn effective remedy alongside protecting the scalp from other bacteria/viral infections.
Coconut oil, in general, is known for its anti-bacterial capabilities. And VCO is much better than the regular coconut oil in this regard. Its Luric acid content and other fatty acids efficiently prevent fungal and bacterial infections when applied externally. VCO is also an excellent moisturizer for skin, prevents dryness, and helps maintain supple, soft skin.
These factors qualify VCO as an effective medicine to treat skin disorders like Eczema and Psoriasis, besides reducing inflammation and soothing skin itches.
Baby care with no harmful effects
VCO is ideal to use for baby massaging due to its strong anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. Regular coconut oil was traditionally in use for such purposes, and thus, VCO is sure to deliver better results in this space. It also cures nappy rashes naturally.
Keto diets support very low carbs and a high rate of fats to treat various disorders, including weight gain. One of the best known therapeutic applications of the keto diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children. It is known to reduce seizure rates in children with epilepsy. VCO, with its high concentration of MCTs, significantly increases the number of ketones in the blood, which induce ketosis and help treat epilepsy.
Apart from the above-mentioned, VCO has a list of other benefits that are worth considering. Customers before buying VCO should look for reputed product manufacturers who sell quality products without artificial ingredients.
World-class enterprises like COCO-OK provides premium-grade VCO, produced from farm-fresh coconuts. COCO-OK uses the best-in-class extraction process and is among the few companies that lean on the utmost quality, customer trust, and their well-being. A sister concern of Aspinwall group of companies, COCO-OK bags in centuries-old reputation in serving customers right and with honesty. To that end, COCO-OK’s VCO ensures all the goodness from nature in it, besides offering the purest form of VCO to all customers.
Some of the feature highlights of COCO-OK VCO
- Unrefined and non-bleached virgin coconut oil with no artificial components added for aroma
- Ensures healthy cooking or frying even at high temperatures without harmful chemical reactions
- Make your skin smooth and supple. Applied regularly, it improves hair health, making hair roots strong
- Supports maintaining good cholesterol (HDL) levels in the body besides boosting calorie burning processes
- COCO-OK VCO is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial
- Help improve heart health, fight arthritis influenza, and Alzheimer’s disease. It also prevents tooth and mouth ailments
Is virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oil very different?
Virgin and refined coconut oil are almost similar in their consistency. However, they might vary depending on the temperatures to which they are exposed. At normal temperatures, both the coconut oils are naturally liquid and solid at cold temperatures. Upon becoming solid, both your coconut oils increase shelf-life and maintain quality without fail. Good quality coconut oils stored at the right temperatures can remain safely edible without the need for harmful preservatives.
The bottom line
Customers should check for the quality of VCO to see whether the product is certified organic and verified Non-GMO. Ensure that the VCO is cold-pressed and processed without the inclusion of hexane, deodorants, or bleaching.
At COCO-OK, we are committed to our promises of delivering excellence and quality products to our customers all through our journey so far. Specifically, we support organic coconut farming in Kerala and encourage farmers to cultivate high-grade coconuts to offer the purest form of VCO. We provide premium-grade VCO, which has all the qualities that Mother Nature would want with any oil in its real state.