"... if there was an oil you could use for your daily cooking needs that helped protect you from heart disease, cancer and other degenerative conditions, improved your digestion, strengthened your immune system and helped you lose excess weight, would you be interested?..."
Dr. Bruce Fife, N.D., Author of 'The Coconut Oil Miracle'
For anyone who believes "health is wealth", you may want to look closer into Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). With the advent of modern day diseases such as osteoporosis, hemorrhoids, cancer, diabetes, psoriasis, gall bladder disease, bladder infections, flu and many other health problems, a search for a miracle worker has never been stronger, and VCO may just be the solution. At COCOLAB, we strongly encourage everyone and anyone to include VCO into their everyday diet, and we strive to share the knowledge why to our customers.
What Makes VCO That Good?
VCO is a dietary oil rich in medium chain fatty acids and lauric acids (don't be alarmed! Not all fatty acids are bad) which have a host of health benefits. These acids are known for their anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. High concentration of medium chain fatty acids is also naturally found in mothers' milk, a nutrition essential for the development and nourishment of young babies. VCO is cholesterol free and trans-fat free (these are the ones you should watch out for!).
What is a Medium-Chain Fatty Acid (Medium Chain Triglyceride, MCT)? And Why Would Size Matter?
Most of all the fats and oils consumed in our diet are composed of long-chain fatty acids, whether they're saturated or unsaturated. These long-chain fatty acids take longer to be broken down by our body system, travelling from our intestinal tract and then into our bloodstream. This is when they start to clog vessels and arteries.
A medium-chain fatty acid (MCT), unlike the former, is smaller in size and is therefore easily broken down and digested quicker. They are transported via the portal vein into the liver and broken down into medium chain free fatty acids. This process releases instant energy (ketones) which is much needed by the body, while at the same time improves the health of the liver. The free fatty acids are then transported through the systemic circulation where their antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties are realised. VCO promotes greater energy production and metabolic rate without the worries of artery-clogging fat.
Learn more about Medium-Chain Fatty Acids here!
MCT Boosts Your Liver's Production of HDL!
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is important for those looking to combat cholestoral-related diseases such as:
- Coronary heart disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
Consumption of VCO which contains the MCT will promotes an active production of HDL to effectively balance out the bad cholesterol effect in our system. You can now reduce the chances of clogging artery walls in your body the most natural way.
"... Coconut oil is a most important oil because it is a lauric oil. The lauric fats possess unique characteristics for both food industry uses and also the uses of soaps and cosmetics industries. Because of the unique properties of coconut oil, the fats and oils industry has spent untold millions to formulate replacements from those seed oils so widely grown in the world outside the tropics. While it has been impossible to truly duplicate coconut oil for some of its applications, many food manufacturers have been willing to settle for lesser quality in their products. Consumers have also been fed so much misinformation about fats and oils..."
Mary G. Enig, PhD, F.A.C.N. 'Coconut in Support of Good Health in the 21st Century'
Lauric Acid. Something You Would Only Obtain Consuming VCO
Lauric Acid is formed from the conversion of the C12:0 Fatty Acid, composition-rich in VCO. These fatty acids pose the all powerful anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties much needed to attack lipid-coated viruses. Lipid-coated viruses include:
- Rubeola (Measles)
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Lauric Acid works effectively in your body by targeting and breaking down the cell membrane of these viruses. By dissolving these fat-coated walls, many have experienced their tremendous recovery towards tip top health.
VCO, a Powerful Anti-Oxidant
One of the miraculous features of VCO is its anti-oxidant properties, much needed to fight against free radicals in our body. Free radicals are continuously produced in our body system and a diet rich in anti-oxidants will slow down the aging process exacerbated by degnerative diseases and even cancer.
Who Would Benefit From VCO?
VCO consumption benefits an array of people, be it young or old. It caters to the active, the sick, nursing parents and for those looking to improve overall health. Why should you start taking VCO?
- Promotes a healthy heart
- Strenghtens the immune system
- Promotes a healthy metabolism and helps in weight loss
- Promotes proper functioning of liver and thyroid glands
- Energy booster
- Promotes digestive health and better nutrient absorption
- Healthy and youthful skin
- Heals cuts and burns faster
- Effective remedy for skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes, stretch marks, blisters, athlete's foot, diaper rash, and other skin ailments
- Beneficial for pregnant women, nursing moms, the elderly, athletes and the health conscious
For more health benefits, click here!
"... Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is not new, its preparation and curative properties were known to Ayurvedic medicine practitioners of India 3 to 4 millennia ago... The resurrection of VCO started slowly in the '80s with the discovery of long hidden research findings of several investigators which were disseminated through the free-wheeling, peer-review independent internet. The many health benefits and curative properties of coconut oil were thus revealed. But because of the oil's bad reputation among doctors as causing heart disease, it took years for the truth to sink in. Cooking oil from copra was not at all attractive as medicine. But when VCO with its superior physical qualities re-entered the market in 2002, coconut oil as a medical cure literally exploded into the market and into mass consciousness."
Dr. Conrado S. Dayrit. 'The Truth About Coconut Oil - The Drugstore In A Bottle.'
The Controversy Behind A Miracle
If you find yourself with doubts regarding coconut oil and its bad association as a saturated fat, this has been a result of strong marketing ploys, often placing a bad impression on coconut oil. Not all saturated fats are bad! The saturated fat in coconut oil is made up of the good Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (C8, C10 & C12), not to be confused with harmful Long-Chain Fatty Acids (C14 and above) found in animal fat. It is unfortunate that associations with saturated fats have conjured up a negative light onto coconut oil.
How Did it All Start?
Back in the mid-1980's, concerns over saturated fats and its association with high cholesterol levels made a window of opportunity for the soybean industry to profit from. Marketing gimmicks attacking all saturated fats as bad came about with millions of dollars spent on anti-saturated fat and anti-tropical oils campaigns.
Unfortunately, coconut oil was greatly referred to as the bad oil as a result of the soybean's industry misleading campaign. However, many areas in tropical countries continued a coconut-rich diet and population health in these areas have been remarkable.
As more research is being done on the coconut oil properties, it is no wonder that the truth is slowly revealing itself to the world.
Find out more about coconut oil with these few links:
- Things you probably didn't know about coconut oil
- What is Virgin Coconut Oil? (Philippine Coconut Authority)
- What if fat isn't so bad?
- Eat Fat! Your life depends on it!
At COCOLAB, we concern ourselves with the duty to shed the light on this truth
for the health benefit of all