Coconut oil is omnipresent these days, and for good reason, it’s literally “one of the healthiest foods on the planet”. Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products; it’s naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Coconut oil is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and smells great. While available in a number of different forms, for therapeutic uses, we recommend unrefined organic coconut oil. Organic coconut oil is the gold standard, and we always use pure, unrefined organic coconut oil as the base for our TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve.
The Health and Wellness Benefits of Coconut Oil
If I asked you to name a “superfood,” would coconut oil come to mind? If it didn’t make your list, you might want to reconsider, and prepare to be surprised by the amazing benefits of coconut oil.
When you think about the health benefits of coconut oil, we’re going to guess that the last thing that comes to mind is rubbing the edible plant grease all over your face. Or your arms. Or coconut oil for your hair. But a growing body of research, countless experts, and an army of natural-beauty devotees swear by the stuff for just about everything. Are they onto something?
Yes, according to our experts. Coconut oil is used in many natural beauty products, and for good reason: It’s naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil for skin is an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better than other oils, and, well, it smells like cookies.
“Yum,” says Tieraona Low Dog, MD, director of the fellowship program at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. “Is there anything more luscious than coconut oil?”
Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not …
To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize, as coconut oil — made copra or dried coconut flesh — is a true superfood.
Research has finally uncovered the secrets to this amazing superfood: namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These unique fats include:
- Caprylic acid
- Lauric acid
- Capric acid
Around 62 percent of the oils in coconut are made up of these three healthy fatty acids, and 91 percent of the fat in coconut oil is healthy saturated fat. This fat composition makes it one of the most beneficial fats on the planet, as the USDA nutrient database shows.
The Different Types of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm, which can last up to six months at 24 °C (75 °F) without spoiling. It can be purchased in a number of different form, but in our opinion there is really only one choice – Organic Coconut Oil.
That’s why we always use pure, organic coconut oil as the base for our TheraJoy CBD products.
Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil
Considered the gold standard. This type of oil offers the most of the benefits listed above. It is extracted from fresh coconut using a wet-milled fermentation process that protects the beneficial properties of the coconut. This type of coconut oil has been found to have the highest antioxidant levels. This process does use heat but studies show that it does not harm the oil or reduce nutrient levels. In fact, the heat may be beneficial and create a higher quality oil.
“Extra Virgin” Oil
The gold standard for olive oil but not coconut oil. This is produced by cold-pressing the oil and does not preserve the antioxidants as well:
In 2013, a study that compared “cold extracted virgin coconut oil” (CEVCO) with “hot extracted virgin coconut oil” (HEVCO) and standard refined coconut oil (CCO) was conducted in India, and published in the journal Food Science and Biotechnology. This study, like many others, showed that virgin coconut oils actually lower LDL cholesterol, while raising the “good” HDL cholesterol.
This study also confirmed that virgin coconut oil produced with heat produced the highest amounts of antioxidants: “The antioxidant activity in the HEVCO group was 80-87%, 65-70% in CEVCO, and 35-45% in CCO.” The researchers went on to comment why heat is necessary to produce the highest amounts of antioxidants in virgin coconut oil. (source)
Refined Coconut Oils
Refined coconut oil is often tasteless and has no coconut smell. It is usually heated, bleached and deodorized. Healthy options are available but many refined coconut oils do not have the benefits of unrefined.
Fractionated Oil or MCT Oil
Fractionated oil or MCT oil is a liquid oil that does not get solid below 76 degrees like unrefined oil does. It doesn’t contain all of the beneficial properties of unrefined coconut oil but is higher in brain-boosting fats.
The following list of 20 coconut oil benefits comes from Dr. Axe, in his article “20 Coconut Oil Benefits for Your Brain, Heart, Joints + More!“.
- Proven Alzheimer’s Disease Natural Treatment
- Prevents Heart Disease and High Blood Pressure
- Treats UTI and Kidney Infection and Protects the Liver
- Reduces Inflammation and Arthritis
- Cancer Prevention and Treatment
- Immune System Boost (Antibacterial, Antifungal and Antiviral)
- Improves Memory and Brain Function
- Improves Energy and Endurance
- Improves Digestion and Reduces Stomach Ulcers and Ulcerative Colitis
- Reduces Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease and Pancreatitis
- Improves Skin Issues (Burns, Eczema, Dandruff, Dermatitis and Psoriasis)
- Prevents Gum Disease and Tooth Decay
- Prevents Osteoporosis
- Improves Type II Diabetes
- Coconut Oil for Weight loss
- Building Muscle and Losing Body Fat
- Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair Care
- Candida and Yeast Infections
- Coconut Oil for Anti-Aging
- Coconut Oil for Hormone Balance
For more details on each one, I recommend Dr. Axe’s article, it’s a good read.
In order to get the impressive health benefits outlined in the our article, then always remember to choose organic coconut oil; we always use pure organic coconut oil in TheraJoy Organic CBD Salve. We offer purity you can trust, guaranteed, and we are always made with 99% CBD derived from medical grade, non-GMO hemp, sourced directly from Switzerland. If you use CBD and want an organic, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher product, then you need TheraJoy. Make it part of your daily regime to maximize the benefits.
Remember, always consult your doctor before you begin taking a supplement or make any changes to your existing medication and supplement routine. This blog post is not intended to be medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your doctor at your next appointment.