Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Origins Pacific virgin coconut oil is 100% natural and unrefined, free from pesticides, solvents, preservatives and contaminants.  There are many benefits of including virgin coconut oil in your diet, as part of your healthy lifestyle.

  • Boosts energy levels & helps maintain healthy body weight.  The abundance of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) in virgin coconut oil means it is efficiently metabolized by the body to produce energy, rather than being stored as fat.¹  When MCFAs enter the body they are quickly digested and converted into ketones (high energy molecules) which our cells can efficiently turn into ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a compound which stores and releases energy which our cells are then able to use.
  • The richest natural source of Medium Chain Fatty Acids, including Lauric, Caprylic & Capric Acids, which are an important component of sports nutrition, infant formula, and hospital intravenous fluids to improve nutrient absorption, aid digestive function, help regulate blood sugar, and aid the body’s natural antibacterial & antiviral defenses.²
  • A natural antioxidant oil, which helps protect our bodies against the damaging effects of free radicals.  Because virgin coconut oil is extremely stable it is less susceptible to oxidation and rancidity, and therefore does not require the addition of synthetic antioxidising agents, as some oils do.³
  • Helps our bodies absorb essential vitamins and minerals.  Virgin coconut oil assists our bodies to absorb fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A, D, E, K and beta carotene, vital for a healthy immune system.
  • Does not contain cholesterol.  Virgin coconut oil can have a neutral or even beneficial effect on blood cholesterol by lowering ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and maintaining an optimum level of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, important for a healthy blood cholesterol ratio4.
  • Does not contain trans fats.  Trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are produced when an oil is hydrogenated (a process used to produce margarines & a large number of commonly used vegetable oils) or highly refined.  Trans fats are particularly damaging to cell tissue, and have been linked to many health problems including an increased risk of heart disease5.  Our oil is cold-pressed and unrefined, so no trans fats are present.
  • Does not contain any preservatives, solvents, bleaching agents or artificial additives.  Our oil is 100% unhydrogenated and unrefined.


Source Literature (for health benefits of virgin coconut oil)

1. St-Onge, M.P., Ross, R., Parsons, W.D., Jones, P.J., “Medium chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men.” Obes Res. Mar 2003; 11(3): 395-402
2. Bruce Fife, N.D. The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil (Colorado Springs, USA): Piccadilly Books, Ltd. 2003. pg27-34
3. Bettelheim, F.A., March, J., General, Organic & Biochemistry (5th ed.); Adelphi College; Harcourt Brace College Publisher, USA; 1998; pg 564
4. Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. “Health and Nutritional Benefits from Coconut Oil: An Important Functional Food for the 21st Century”. Presented at the AVOC Lauric Oils Symposium, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam, April 25, 1996.
5. FDA website: www.fda.gov

Further Reading - Books
- Know your fats: the complete primer for understanding the nutrition of fats, oils and cholesterol (Bethesda Press) by Mary G. Enig, Ph.D
- The Cholesterol Myths (New Trends publishing) by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, Ph.D
- The Coconut Diet: the secret ingredient for effortless weight loss (Thorsons Publishing) by Cherie Calbom
- The Coconut Oil Miracle (Avery Publishing) by Bruce Fife, N.D
- Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut (Piccadilly Books Ltd) by Bruce Fife N.D
- Heart Frauds: Uncovering the biggest health scam in history (Piccadilly Books Ltd) by Charles T. McGee
- The Coconut Odyssey: the bounteous possibilities of the tree of life (Australia Centre for International Agricultural Research) Mike Foale

Links
www.coconutresearchcenter.com
www.gococonuts.com
www.coconutoil.com
www.mercola.com
www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats

Disclaimer
This literature is intended for information and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for personal consultation with your medical practitioner. The content is reproduced from previously published sources or peer review.


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