Frequently Asked Questions About Organic Coconut Oil
1. What is organic coconut oil good for?
Rich in vitamins and healthy fats, organic coconut oil has a host of health benefits:
Prevents and mitigates health conditions: Organic coconut oil can lower the risk of certain health conditions such as type II diabetes. This is because it reduces obesity and protects the body against insulin resistance, which are both factors that contribute to diabetes. Coconut oil also raises the amount of HDL cholesterol in the body, which helps remove other bad cholesterol from your bloodstream to prevent cholesterol buildup in the blood vessels. This consequently reduces individuals’ risk of suffering from heart conditions and high blood pressure. In the case of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, organic coconut oil can mitigate the condition. Alzheimer’s disease hampers the brain’s ability to use glucose, affecting brain functions closely related to the efficient usage of this energy source. However, coconut oil promotes the production of ketones, an alternative energy source for the brain cells, thereby moderating the damage caused by the disease.
Weight loss: Organic coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) that increase satiety. Additionally, MCTs can be metabolised and utilised by the body quickly to boost body metabolism. This ability to curb the intake of calories while simultaneously encouraging the body to burn more calories makes organic coconut oil helpful for weight loss.
Skin and hair benefits: Organic coconut oil has strong antibacterial properties that hamper the growth of microorganisms, making it beneficial for specific skin conditions such as fungal infections. When coconut oil is applied topically, the lauric acid content can also deeply moisturise the body and restore the lustre in dry hair.
2. What is the difference between pure coconut oil and virgin coconut oil?
Both organic virgin coconut oil and organic pure coconut oil are fully unprocessed and unadulterated forms of organic coconut oil that preserve all the benefits of the coconut. However, while pure coconut oil is extracted without heat, the method of extracting virgin coconut oil may or may not involve heat. Thus, all pure coconut oils are virgin oils, but not all virgin coconut oils are pure.