How Healthy Is Coconut Oil
If you are not from a tropical country where coconut milk and oil is used for many purposes then you are curious to know what the benefits of coconut oil are.
Alright before I begin explaining the benefits of coconut oil, let me inform you that when you are looking to buy coconut oil don not be surprised to see a solid form of the oil because coconut oil at room temperature becomes solid and when the temperature goes above 80 oF then it becomes liquid. coconut oil is unlike any other oil, so do not get worried and think coconut oil is good only if it is in liquid form.
Coconut oil for the skin is great as it gives the skin the moisture it needs and it also fights of the free radicals that destroy connective tissues that our skins are made up of. When these connective tissues become weak due to the attack from these free radicals they lose their elasticity and that’s when we notice our skin beginning to wrinkle.
Many people prefer using lotions with coconut oil in it but the thing with lotions is that they have a higher content of water than coconut oil, so in the beginning of application the skin feels good but in the due course when the lotion is completely absorbed by the skin and the water dries up the skin gets back to its normal wrinkly form.
Like coconut oil is good for the skin so is coconut water good for the body’s metabolism. Drinking a lot of coconut water will help in digestion and keep you hydrated.
Furthermore, coconut oil also seems to help people with thyroid, heart, diabetes and blood sugar problems. It is found that coconut oil actually reduces the absorption of sugars in our blood stream and also helps the pancreas in secreting the right amount of insulin.
It is a misconception that coconut oil will clog the arteries and interfere with blood circulation but in fact the opposite is true; it improves the circulation of blood. People with diabetes particularly complain about losing feeling in their feet and hands but after they consume coconut oil they do see significant changes and begin to feel with their feet and hands once again.
1. What is virgin coconut oil?
Virgin coconut oil is defined as “oil obtained from the fresh mature kernel of the coconut, by mechanical or natural means, with or without the use of heat, without undergoing chemical refining, bleaching or deodorizing, and which does not lead to the alteration of the oil”.
It is called “virgin” due to its pure, raw, pristine and unadulterated state.
2. What will virgin coconut oil do for me?
This is actually quite a hard question to answer on the website, simply because we are not allowed to make claims about the benefits of VCO, regardless of whether they are true or not.
The UK Food Labelling Regulation 40(1), Schedule 6, Part I (1) & (2) states; ” A claim that a food has the property of preventing, treating or curing a human disease, or any reference to such a property, is prohibited”. This claim is unacceptable……..WHETHER IT IS TRUE OR NOT.
So what can we do? We can really only ask you to do a little research yourselves, apparently we are not even allowed to use quotes from books.
Let us just state a few facts that should not be breaking any laws.
Virgin coconut oil does not contain any trans fatty acids and does not break down at high temperatures.
Virgin coconut oil is known as a lauric oil, due to its high quantities of lauric acid. When synthesized in the body, lauric becomes monolaurin, which is found in abundance in mother’s milk.
Millions of people around the world use coconut oil as a conditioner for their hair, invariably in countries where people have the most beautiful, strong and silky hair.
Virgin coconut oil does not contain any cholesterol.
I am really sorry for the lack of information in this section, but laws are laws, and we have to abide by them.
3. How do I know if your virgin coconut oil is organic?
The simple answer is, you don’t. The same as you don’t know about any other product either. Companies that are certified organic can change their GMP the day after they get the certification, or change the supplier of their ingredients. I am afraid you have to take our word for it.
Let me explain that over 80% of the coconuts grown in The Philippines are grown organically. The farmers can’t afford fertilizers and pesticides, even if they were needed, which they are not.
The reason small companies in poor countries are not certified organic, is purely down to money…..Isn’t that always the case……Big companies can afford to buy organic certification, small companies in poor countries can’t. For us to get certification from US, European, or Australian organic certifiers, would cost well in excess of $5000. We would have to pay for them to send a representative to the Philippines. (Other countries do not accept organic certification by organic certifiers based in The Philippines, so there is absolutely no point in taking the cheap option.)
The big factory producers can afford to pay for any certification they want. Our oil is far superior to theirs, purer, more natural, produced using better coconuts, but they buy the organic certification which we can’t afford……..Even though, we, like the vast majority of VCO producers in the Philippines, use organic coconuts.
4. Is your oil 100% pure?
It is honestly the most natural oil you can find. It is cold-processed, ( ANH Absolutely No Heat ), filtered by hand up to 8 times, using 8 and 5 microns filter paper. We are happy to show analysis reports, to prove how good this oil is. (It is definitely NOT refined, bleached and deodorized oil, passed off as VCO).
5. What does ANH stand for?
Having read the previous question, you now know the answer to this one, however, it deserves explanation.
Most people recognize that cold-processed VCO is the best, most natural and most potent VCO. As producers who use the cold-process method of production, we are extremely proud of the final product. We are delighted to inform customers that it is cold-processed oil, hoping they will know that it is by far the finest VCO available.
Unfortunately, other companies are quite happy to confuse the public, by labelling their oil “cold-pressed”…..and believe me it works…….Cold-processed, cold-pressed, you go to any of the forums on coconut oil and people genuinely do not know the difference. Let me just tell you that cold-pressed oil is invariably heated after the pressing, of course the companies will not tell you that.
So the producers who do not heat their oil had to come up with something to counter the confusion, and ANH is the outcome. Absolutely No Heat is used during production of our oil, so that is what we put on the label, and that is how the finest virgin coconut oil will become known………..ANH.