Coconut Oil Health Benefits

Once mistakenly categorised as an unhealthy oil due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is now widely known to provide many health benefits and is now recognised as a highly nutritious health food.
You’re probably wondering what makes coconut oil so good? What makes coconut oil so different from all other oils and how can a saturated fat be healthy?

Medium Chain Triglycerides

Well, it’s thanks to the unique form of saturated fats in coconut oil. All fats and oils are made from fatty acid molecules which can be categorised by saturation (saturated fats, monosaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats) and also by molecular size or length of the carbon chain within each fatty acid.

Fatty acids consist of long chains of carbon atoms with hydrogen atoms attached. Each chain can be subcategorised as short chain fatty acids, medium chain fatty acids and long chain fatty acids. The size of the fatty acid determines how our bodies respond and metabolise the fat intake. Almost all of the fats and oils found in our everyday diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long chain fatty acids.

Coconut oil is structured with medium chain fatty acids, also known as medium chain triglycerides, which are now known to speed up the metabolism process and can lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease

Energy Boosting

We now know that thanks to its unique form of saturated fats, coconut oil isn’t stored in the body as fat but is actually used as a direct source of energy. In fact, many athletes and sports enthusiasts are now introducing the oil into their diets as part of their sports nutrition programme as an effective way of boosting energy levels.

Coconoil proudly supply some of the biggest sporting names in the industry including the England Rugby League team! Try boosting your energy by adding coconut oil to smoothies, juice protein drinks and even coffee! It’s will also aid muscle recovery post work out!

Prevent Heart Disease

The Medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil, in particular lauric acid, can help to prevent common heart problems such as high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. There is now a wealth of evidence which indicates that early scepticism about coconut oil couldn’t be further from the truth!
Take a look at populations which consume high quantities of coconut oil, such as those living in Sri Lanka. You’ll notice that they are incredibly healthy people with a surprisingly low level of heart disease.

Aids Weight Loss

Coconut oil is the perfect aid for healthy weight loss thanks to its high content of, you guessed it, medium chain fatty acids. These unique chains allow the body to digest the fat with ease and tackle excess weight. The acids in coconut oil are rapidly absorbed by the liver and provide an instant boost of energy unlike the majority of fats and oils in our diet which are stored as fat. This process helps to stimulate the metabolism and aid weight loss!

Try introducing coconut oil into your diet to speed up your metabolism with just a teaspoon a day, working up to four teaspoons a day.

Healthy Digestion

Coconut oil’s saturated fats contain lots of antimicrobial properties which help the body to fight bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause indigestion. The oil can also boost the body’s ability to absorb important nutrients including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Strong Immune System

With a high content of antimicrobial lipids such as lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, coconut oil has amazing anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits.
In fact, our body converts lauric acid (almost 50% of the fatty acids found in coconut oil are these) into monolaurin, which studies show can help fight diseases such as herpes, flu and even HIV.
“Initial trials have confirmed that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients”, University of the Philippines’ Emeritus professor of pharmocology Dr. Conrato S. Dayrit said.

Heal Wounds

Smooth coconut oil onto a cut or burn and it will form a protective barrier against dirt and bacteria. The oil will also help to speed up the healing process of damaged tissue.
Try it for yourself; clean the infected area first and then apply a small amount of oil over the wound.

Brain Boosting

Experts have found that the ketone bodies in coconut oil supply extra energy to the brain, even to damaged brain cells. A regular intake of coconut oil will ensure that your brain and body will perform at its best. There is also evidence that this oil can also ease the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. An American doctor, Dr Mary Newport, reported that she saw a dramatic difference in her husband’s Alzheimer’s when she gave him coconut oil daily for just two weeks. Indeed, some Coconoil customers have also reported a positive effect on Alzheimer’s.

There are plenty more amazing health benefits too but we thought that this little lot should be enough for you to digest for now! Keep up to date with the latest on the Coconoil blog and don’t forget to connect with us over on facebook and twitter; we’d love to hear from you!

Original Coconut Oil

Original Coconut Oil

Coconoil Original was the first virgin coconut oil product we imported in 2005 from tsunami struck Sri Lanka as part of our effort to help poor farmers return to work and earn some money, both for themselves and through exports for Sri Lanka. Virgin coconut oil is the highest added value nutritional product produced and therefore maximises the farmers’ incomes from this cash crop.

The coconuts we extract Coconoil Original are mostly grown by small independent Coconut Oil farmers, self subsistence farmers, and even householders with coconut palms in the garden. The very best of these coconuts are then bought by our highly experienced buyers who carefully select the finest products they believe will make the finest Virgin Coconut Oil.

Coconoil Original is cold pressed in the same traditional way today as it has been for thousands of years, ensuring that all the truly wonderful benefits of this multi functional oil are completely preserved for our discerning customers.

Coconoil Original is the longest established and most trusted UK brand of virgin coconut oil available today.

Organic Coconut Oil

Organic Coconut Oil

Coconoil Organic is a cold pressed, completely natural Virgin Coconut Oil from the sunny shores of Sri Lanka and was introduced to the range in 2007 on the back of huge customer demand.

The coconuts used are grown on carefully selected organically certified plantations from inside Sri Lanka’s highly acclaimed Coconut Triangle located, predominantly, on the West Coast. These plantations are inspected annually by Control Union, a global organisation involved in the organic accreditation of agricultural products.

On the successful completion of rigorous testing of the soils and growing methods used, the plantation is then granted organic certification. Control Union also inspects all the downstream activities including the extraction, packing, and distribution of Coconoil Organic until it leaves Sri Lanka.

On arrival in the UK the overseeing of the Organic status is passed to The Soil Association who, along with DEFRA and The Port Health Authority, ensure the true Organic status of Coconoil Organic.
Coconoil are inspected annually by The Soil Association to ensure that our products are stored properly and that all our import records tally with our sales records before they then issue Coconoil with an Organic Certificate.

You can be absolutely assured that Coconoil is of the highest quality and that all products conform to a strict and rigorous inspection regime

Coconut Oil from Africa

Coconut Oil from Africa

This wild crafted virgin coconut oil is produced from a sustainable co-operative growing project in Ghana, West Africa, and is the very first African virgin coconut oil to be imported to the UK.

Nearly 200 small holders from 5 villages are involved in the wild harvesting of these coconuts. Unique to this innovative project, the coconuts are cracked and the meat extracted in the jungle itself before transported back to the villages by foot.

The husks remain to mulch the palms in order to improve future yields. Once back at the villages the meat is broken down and then mixed with clean water before being hand pressed to extract the oil and water in to large drums. This mixture is then left to settle for about 24 hours, allowing the best oil to rise to the top. This is then skimmed off by experienced workers before it is sent to the factory for testing, processing, filtering and packing.

As this only accounts for about 20% of the original mixture the remaining 80% is also all used in various beneficial ways. The top part of the mixture is used locally as cooking oil whilst the remaining, which still has a good nutritional value, is drained in to large fish ponds and market gardens.

Any leftover meat mash is fed to pigs and chickens which will later produce bio gas for use in the villages, eliminating the necessity for the villagers to cut down the local jungles.
Coconoil Africa contributes to an improved economy for the villagers involved while preserving and improving their environment. Coconoil Africa consumers can then enjoy all of the benefits associated with a very fine virgin coconut oil from Africa.

Your Coconoil

You are probably aware by now that virgin coconut oil is great for your hair, brilliant to cook with and amazing for your health. But if you are left wondering how to best reap the benefits of this entirely natural product then you have come to the right place!

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Virgin coconut oil is an extremely stable cooking which is highly resistant to oxidation even at high temperatures. You can introduce it into your kitchen as a healthier alternative to traditional oils, butters and margarines.

As more people discover, new recipes are continuously being uploaded to the internet. From coffee to chips, this entirely natural product is truly versatile, adding a light, sweet flavour with a subtle nutty hint.

Health and Beauty:

Thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, it is a brilliant natural beauty product. It has been known to promote healthy skin and hair and is an attractive alternative to commercial beauty products which are often laden with unhealthy toxins. Want to introduce this into your regime?
Here are some of the best ways:

  • Body lotion – Nourish and protect your skin. It is safe to use all over your body and will leave your skin feeling smooth.
  • Hair care – is a brilliant natural hair conditioner and is also great for your scalp.
  • Makeup remover – is an effective makeup remover and will leave your skin feeling clean and moisturised.
  • Natural Sunscreen – Thanks to its antioxidant properties, helps to prevent the skin from burning and blocks dangerous UV radiation.
  • Weight loss – As a medium chain triglyceride, is easy to digest and is sent directly to your liver where it is converted into energy as opposed to being stored as fat. It stimulates you metabolism, leaves you feeling fuller for longer and therefore aids weight loss.
  • Oil pulling – This ancient technique will fight tooth decay, protect your enamel and kill bacteria which may cause infection.