Wellness

The benefits of coconut oil

coconut oil

It seems that the whole world has switched on to the benefits of coconut oil. A bit of a miracle worker, it is able to do almost everything, solve everything and possibly do the ironing too.

Seriously, it has health benefits, both internally and externally, you can cook with it, treat your hair , nourish your skin use it as a moisturiser, rub it into your feet and of course – eat it.

Coconut oil is a healthy fat (yes, there are healthy fats) and it can be added to loads of recipes. When purchasing look for a raw 100% organic virgin coconut oil which is the best you can find and it is from the flesh of the coconut. Rich in essential fatty acids which are important for maintaining healthy skin, topically, it can be used as a facial or all-body moisturiser, rubbed into feet, hands and hair to nourish and ease dryness.

I’ve been trying the Viridian 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil, sourced from the Philippines and certified organic by the Soil Association it lasts forever as its a huge tub. My preferred method? A teaspoon melted into porridge and served with a handful of blueberries. It acts as a sweetener (so no honey or sugar needed) and gives a silky, smooth texture. I’ve even dispensed with milk and just use water for the porridge.

Cooking:

Coconut oil can be used in cooking instead of olive oil or butter. It is highly heat resistant
making it ideal for cooking, baking and frying. It can be easily blended into smoothies, dips, and also used in many raw food recipes.
Health and Beauty:
Coconut oil has been shown to help significantly as a skin conditioner, being rich in antioxidants and fatty acids that penetrate into the underlying tissues. It can help with the appearance of stretch marks and can help prevent premature ageing of the skin. Coconut oil absorbs very readily into the skin and keeps it soft but not greasy. It can be used as an all-over body moisturiser. It helps to reduce chronic skin dryness and aids the removal of the outer layer of dead skin cells, making the skin softer and smoother. The small molecular structure of coconut oil allows for easy absorption through the skin.
Viridian 100% Organic Raw Coconut Oil
500g – £15
www.viridian-nutrition.com
For an alternative brand?
Chi 100% Raw Organic Coconut Oil is made from only natural and fresh Thai coconuts that are unrefined and unbleached.  Available from Whole Foods, Amazon.co.uk, www.chidrinks.co.uk, Planet Organic and other health food stores nationwide.
500ml – £9.95
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2 Comments

  1. Hi Mark,

    I would have to disagree on the claim about coconut oil being rich is essential fatty acids. Mono and poly-unsaturated fats account for only 8-9% in coconut oil, in comparison with sunflower for example which has over 80%. I also have to disagree on the highly heat resistant property; its smoke point is 177 degrees C, which makes it no better than most other vegetable oils.

    I have to agree on the benefits. Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) are for the most part mainly found in coconut fat. It has been shown that in conjunction with the natural sterols coconut fat can help with cholesterol reduction. MCFAs are readily absorbed by the body and used as energy instead of being stored.

    I have used coconut oil in aromatherapy massage for years. Its silkiness makes it agreeable for the patient, and it dissolves some resinous essential oils (frankincense, myrrh, vetiver and absolutes) better than other oils like sweet almond.

    I hope I am not being offensive. I really like reading your reviews 🙂

    Best regards,
    Nic

    • The Spa Man says

      Hi Nic,

      I thought it was higher in essential fatty acids. I suppose any are better than none. I’ve found this good to cook with and improves the flavour of cooking, especially Asian and Thai food. AND – I love it in porridge. Glad you like the story and good to have debate! M

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