Coconut oil has the healthiest benefits of all the oil that exist, it can be used for many purposes and it is very healthy. Coconut oil has been the subject for over 1,500 studies, and they have showed that it contains numerous medicinal properties, because it has very specific and unique compounds.
Also, coconut oil contains caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid – which are consisted in the medium-chain fatty acids which are the healthy fats.
Each of these acids is very beneficial for our body, and they present the 62% of the total content of coconut oil, and healthy saturated fat is about 91% of the total fat in coconut oil.
These fats from coconut oil contain powerful antifungal and antimicrobial properties – and they are must healthier than long-chain fatty acids. These fats are made into energy instead of being stored as body fats, they are digested very easily, and they help the easier cell permeability for energy.
Coconut oil can treat cancer, relieve skin issues, helps weight loss, improves digestion, protects the liver, treats Alzheimer’s disease, boosts the immune system, hinders hypertension and heart disease, boosts the energy in the body, treats inflammation, and treats kidneys infections.
It also has other healthy benefits and purposes like it can be used as deodorant, dandruff treatment, night cream, massage oil, cream for stretch marks, under eye cream, breath freshener, shaving cream, remedy for lice, lip balm, makeup removal oil, body scrub, itch relief, body oil and other great beauty products.
But if you want to benefit from all the healthy properties of coconut oil, it is important to use the right kind of this oil. There are two types – refined and virgin.
Here is the most important information of these two types of coconut oil:
1. Virgin Coconut Oil
Virgin coconut oil is made with fresh coconuts, which are non-GMO and are certified organic, and this oil is not refined. This type of coconut oil can be heated at a temperature up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and it also has the original flavor of coconut oil.
In the process of making this coconut oil, they scoop out the coconut from the shell and after that they cold press it. When the process is done, the oil is the final product left.
2. Refined Coconut Oil
This type of coconut oil is produced from a dried coconut milk, and it is non-GMO and certified organic, and it is also refined. This oil can be heated to temperature up to 400 degrees, and it has a neutral flavor. Its neutral flavor is because it is steam refined during its preparation.
These two types of coconut oil are highly nutritious so you can choose each of them, which one you prefer. They have 50% lauric acid out of the 63% of medium chain fats in their content.
So when you want to use coconut oil, always use the one which is verified non-GMO and certified organic. If you decide for the type that has been refined, you must use the one that does not have any chemicals and it is steam-refined.
And if you decide to use the virgin coconut oil, do not buy the cold-pressed, bleached or deodorized, and make sure that it does not contain hexane.