What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is an edible oil created from the flesh of fresh, matured coconuts. It has been used for many years by the people of various tropical countries fortunate enough to have this amazing fruit growing in abundance… so it will come as no surprise that some nations hail this as a miracle food due to its many differing beneficial uses.
If we break it down, the coconut gives us fuel, food and water, just for starters! Before we even touch on the other amazing health and beauty properties it provides.
Bouoli Virgin Coconut Oil is cold-pressed, unlike some other non-virgin coconut oils which are made from dried coconut flesh, where the oil is extracted with the use of chemicals, refined, bleached and then deodorised (RBD) in order to enable human consumption. We do not use these methods of extraction at Bouoli. We believe in retaining as much of the natural goodness that a coconut provides as possible, and we endeavour to always use the most effective natural extraction processes
We may have been a little slow to catch onto the natural health benefits of coconut oil, perhaps because of years of mis-information. But now, we are rapidly embracing the amazing nutritional values this wonderful oil has to offer.
Around 90% of coconut oil is formed from saturated fats, and since many of these saturated fats are medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the body can put them to extremely good use, metabolising them quickly and absorbing pretty much every nutrient going. And up to 50% of that saturated fat is lauric acid. Other MCT’s include Caprylic acid and Capric acid, both of which are proven to enhance health.
Because Bouoli Virgin Coconut Oil is 100% pure, unrefined, organic and entirely natural it is ideal for your skin, your hair and your health. Of course it tastes great too, because it is a Superfood! Ideal for the whole family.
What is Saturated Fat?
What is Lauric Acid?
Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human body to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid.” There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. Its main content – 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. It is important to know that Lauric acid kills coated bad bacteria but does not harm the beneficial bacteria in your intestinal. As studies reveal the downsides of consuming too many Omega-6 vegetable oils with their saturated fatty acids, coconut oil is making a comeback. We suggest consuming 3 tablespoons of Bouoli virgin coconut oil a day.
Coconut Oil Benefits In Medicine
The Asian and Pacific population have been using and utilizing the healing properties of coconut oil for many years and to great effect. Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. Many cultures have now embraced and understand the benefits of coconut oil and how it can be used in modern medicine to treat a variety of conditions. Here’s why coconut oil is so highly regarded: Coconut oil contains high levels of anti-oxidants which help to protect the body from free radicals and prevent degenerative diseases and premature aging. Coconut oil is actually good for your heart despite the bad press it has received over the years. It contains up too 50% lauric acid, which helps to prevent various heart related problems such as high ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. It kills viruses that have a lipid (fatty) coating, such as herpes, HIV, hepatitis C, the flu, and mononucleosis. Coconut oil isn’t a cure in itself, but it does contain the essential properties that fight against such ailments. It also kills the bacteria that causes pneumonia, sore throats, dental cavities, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhoea, food poisoning and many more bacterial infections. It also kills the fungus/yeast infections that cause candida, ringworm, athletes foot, thrush, nappy rash. Coconut oil is able to boost energy levels and endurance. It is not stored like other fats and actually breaks down much quicker within the liver and is used like a carbohydrate. Athletes and bodybuilders use it as a natural supplement in sports drinks and protein shakes. It also increases your metabolism which is great for anyone wanting to lose weight. In fact there is a whole industry devoted to losing weight through coconut products and recipes.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Hair
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair and your scalp. One of the ways it helps is by strengthening the hair strands and reducing the amount of protein loss during washing. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. It acts as an excellent shampoo or conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is of no wonder why it is used by so many different manufacturers in their various hair conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil can also help reduce hair damage (protein loss) by up to 39%, helping to stop your hair from falling out. Click for more detailed information on how to use coconut oil to prevent hair loss.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Digestive System
Coconut oil is able to help with improving the digestive system and the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, minerals and amino acids therefore helping prevent various stomach and digestive related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. Coconut oil fights unhealthy bacteria in the digestive system and it also assists in nutrient absorption within the body. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi and parasites that can cause indigestion. Its high content of Short & Medium Chain Fatty Acid especially Lauric Acids makes it unique in helping to preserve the natural immunity of the body (via Monolaurin formation) plus stimulation metabolism and delivering high energy levels in terms of the Monolaurin supply to the human body.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Weight loss
Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight. Coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. Using coconut oil increases your metabolism. This is the low fat food that helps you lose weight. The fats in coconut oil, unlike all other fats, do not circulate through the blood looking for places to be stored. They go directly to the liver and are turned into instant energy. One food that can rev up your metabolism even more than protein is coconut oil. Organic coconut oil is great for weight loss and really burns fat without the need of calorie counting.
Coconut Oil Benefits for Skin
Moisturizing your skin is the key to keeping it youthful and healthy and coconut oil is an excellent natural, healthier alternative to skin care products produced with additives and chemicals . Bouoli Coconut Oil acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. It helps fight bacteria and other skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, eczema, and psoriasis. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. But unlike mineral oil, there is very little chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin. Ideal for bites, stings, rashes, sunburn any kind of skin irritation, just rub a little coconut oil on the skin to soothe the inflammation and reduce the symptoms.
Cooking with Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a “functional food”, defined as a food that provides a health benefit above and beyond the basic nutrients. It is an immune-system enhancer. Virgin coconut oil is one of the few oils that is not damaged when heated to temperatures used in cooking, frying, and baking. Corn, soy, sunflower, canola, and safflower oils undergo detrimental changes when heated whilst cooking, frying, or baking. Consuming virgin coconut oil, whether cooked or not, helps protect you from cancer, heart disease, and many degenerative and autoimmune diseases. It also strengthens your immune system, helps you lose weight if you need to, and improves digestion. These are just some of the reasons why virgin coconut oil is a healthy cooking oil choice. We think it’s one of the healthiest!
Other uses for Coconut Oil
Anti-Itch Cream: Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory, so it’s possible it would bring some relief from bug bites, as it promotes healing. Healing Balm: Since it’s anti-inflammatory, coconut oil might be useful as a salve to speed healing of bruises, strains, and sore muscles Mosquito repellent: Coconut oil is used in many mosquito repellents as a natural product, rather than using Deet. Just by eating it or using it as a shampoo or face cream etc., could ward off annoying insects! Stress Relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue.