Coconuts, despite their name, aren’t actually nuts. They’re drupes, closely related to peaches, plums, avocados, cherries, walnuts (also not a nut), and a few others. The oil is extracted from the flesh of the coconut by using extreme force to press only the healthy fatty oils out, leaving the sugar-containing fibers behind.
Coconut oil, particularly pure “virgin” coconut oil, has far reaching benefits, inside the body and out. Most of the fat content it contains is healthy for the body, meaning it won’t raise cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and it doesn’t contain any sugar despite its mildly pleasant coco-nutty taste!
Keep reading to learn more about the benefits and many uses for this superfood that’s been gaining so much attention over the last few years.
Top 10 Coconut Oils
|#1||Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil||More info|
|#2||Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil||View|
|#3||Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil||View|
|#4||Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil||View|
|#5||Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil||View|
|#6||Barlean’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil||View|
|#7||Nature’s Lab Coconut Oil||View|
|#8||Spectrum Naturals Organic Coconut Oil||View|
|#9||Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure||View|
|#10||Now Foods Virgin Coconut Oil||View|
Health Benefits of Consuming Coconut Oil Regularly
Coconut oil has zero cholesterol compared to butter and other dairy, which can help prevent plaque buildup in the arteries when you use it in place of dairy products in cooking.(1) 40% of coconut oil is lauric acid, which cleanses the blood and helps to lower LDL cholesterol.(2) Since the majority of the saturated fats found in coconut oil are medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s), there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to excess fat clogging your arteries either – these fats are actually good for you (keep reading to learn more.)
The high fat content in coconut oil makes for an excellent natural moisturizer.(3) The polyphenols, mainly phenolic acid, helps to detox and fortify the skin.(4) Last, it contains vitamin E and K. Vitamin E is essential for skin health; vitamin K is crucial in all healing processes in the body and helps to strengthen the skin when applied topically.(5)
3.Zero Carb Energy for Brain and Body
Coconut oil contains up to 50% medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) within the saturated fat content it contains.(15) These MCT’s are very unique when compared to all other kinds of fat; they don’t have to be digested to be turned into energy and are used by the brain and body immediately after passing through the lower stomach.(7) The body immediately uses MCT’s in much the same way it uses sugar, making them great for weight loss.(8)
Several studies have been performed on MCT’s in relation to weight loss.(11) While they don’t require energy to process in the digestive system, there’s a strange fat-burning effect that takes place throughout the body when they’re consumed with meals.(12) Dr. Laurie Cullen of the Women’s Institute has studied MCT’s for over a decade and had this to say: “When a meal includes medium chain triglycerides, there is a significant increase in the number of calories burned (thermogenic effect). When more calories are used, fewer are stored as fat, which helps to reduce body fat levels.”
The reason why coconut oil seems to be effective in treating this disease is largely unknown. Whether it be the MCT concentrations, the oil’s ability to lower LDL cholesterol, or the antioxidant polyphenols. Nobody really knows, but the research indicates it has a definite effect on the brain, particularly if used in the earlier stages of the disease (16)
6.Stops Cancer in its Tracks
Cancer is a direct result of oxidation damage overwhelming and genetically modifying the cells in our organs and different parts of the body. The protective compounds and antioxidants (antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid)(10) in coconut oil all offer antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, and have shown significant results in the prevention and treatment of cancer.(9)
7.Healthier Immune System
Coconut oil contains several immune boosting benefits in the form of loads of antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid.(13) Each of these ingredients, in addition to a healthy dose of vitamin E and K all help to boost the immune system – increasing resistance to sickness and disease, as well as speeding up the body’s healing process.(14)
8.Endocrine System Health
The endocrine system controls everything related to our metabolism and energy levels, including thyroid levels, stress management, and blood sugar levels. When used as an energy source instead of carbohydrate rich foods like bread, pasta, fruits and sweets, coconut oil eases the burden placed on our thyroid, adrenals, liver and pancreas. Consuming 1 – 3 tablespoons of this oil every day and limiting your carbohydrate intake can prevent common endocrine-related problems like thyroiditis, type II diabetes, adrenal fatigue, and liver cancer (many cases of liver cancer result from “fatty liver disease” which overwhelms it and eventually leads to psorosis and eventual liver cancer.) Fatty liver disease is also the root cause of type II diabetes.
9.Controls Candida Outbreaks
Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid are major ingredients contained in coconut oil. Each protects the body against the ever-present candida yeast that’s constantly ravaging us. Candida outbreaks aren’t just limited to the all-to-familiar vaginal kind that’s believed to effect every woman on the planet at least once in their life. Candida is a major source of inflammation and bacteria and fungal infection throughout the body including the: ears, nose, throat, hands, feet, toes and our entire digestive tract. Candida primarily resides in our gut and intestines, stealing the energy and nutrients from our food, often leading to unexplained fatigue.
10.Healthy Cooking Alternative
2 Main Uses for Coconut Oil in Cooking
1. Butter and Dairy Alternative – Butter and dairy both contain high levels of nasty animal cholesterol. In the case of creams, yogurts and milk, they also contain unnecessary added sugar (lactose) which isn’t good for anybody, but particularly diabetics struggling to find flavorful food that won’t spike their blood sugar. Last, butter burns when used to pan-fry foods and doesn’t smell terribly good when frying with it. Coconut’s high heat point (350 degrees Farenheit) makes it a perfect, even better alternative to cooking with any dairy products.
2. Lard & Vegetable Shortening Alternative – Both animal lard and vegetable shortening are full of unhealthy saturated and polyunsaturated fats. When heated, vegetable shortening becomes toxic to the body and neither is good for your health. You can use coconut oil in place of either, in the same concentrations listed in your favorite recipes.
50 Surprising Uses for Coconut Oil
1. Homemade Energy Drinks
So many energy drinks are loaded with tablespoons of sugar, and enough caffeine to make a horse dance on its back legs for hours (before dropping dead from exhaustion!) The MCT’s found in coconut oil, like sugar, can be used by the brain and body immediately, and the slightly sweet taste means you don’t need to add sugar to gulp it down. Melt it in the microwave and blend/shake it into your favorite preworkout protein shake or fresh-squeezed fruit juice.
2. Non-Dairy Coffee Creamer
You can stir 1 – 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil into your coffee in place of your normal dairy creamer or milk. Blending is much better though, if you have access to one, and the taste will really knock your socks off! Blending emulsifies this concoction best and each extra tablespoon you add will give the coffee an even whiter, creamier look and taste. Best, unless you have a major sweet tooth for loads of sugar in your morning coffee, the coconut oil adds a mildly sweet taste that doesn’t add any carbs to your morning.
3. Skin Lotion
With all the skincare products you’ll find marketed virtually everywhere you go these days, it’s probably hard to imagine that coconut oil can moisturize your skin as effectively as a $10 – $100 bottle of your favorite cream or lotion, but in most cases it can. Mix melted coconut oil with lanolin, shea butter and/or coco butter for an even better, long lasting moisturizing effect!
4. Massage Oil
Massage oils can also be very expensive and a single full-body massage can quickly put a huge dent in a $20+ dollar bottle of your favorite product. Using coconut oil for a massage offers the dual benefits of a giving a warming effect as it absorbs body heat from the skin, and an aromatic extravaganza as the intoxicating smell of fresh coconut hits the air. Use extra virgin if you want to maximize the aromatherapy benefits or an inexpensive processed coconut oil if you’re looking for less.
5. Stretch Mark Prevention and Treatment
The saturated fat content and large dose of polyphenols and vitamin E, all make for an inexpensive stretch-mark-preventative for budget minded pregnant mothers. While stretch marks are much easier to prevent than to remove, several women and men who suffer with stretch marks have claimed to have removed/reduced them using coconut oil on their damaged skin.
6. Diaper Cream
It’s not a far stretch to imagine what a great, chemical-free diaper rash cream this stuff will make. Aside from the moisturizing effects offered by coconut oil, it has two other great benefits to babies. First, it’s an oil, so it stays moist like diaper cream to provide a moisture barrier. Second, applied topically, the lauric acid in coconut oil helps to stave off bacteria from getting into irritated skin and causing infection.
7. Prevent Cradle Cap
Rub a dab or two into baby’s head and cradle cap is gone. The conditioning benefits of this stuff are endless!
8. All Natural Hair Conditioner
Coconut has been proven one of the most effective hair conditioners and protectants available anywhere (17). It can be applied daily, but in cultures where it isn’t customary to bathe daily, it’s effectiveness at protecting the hair and scalp have been shown to last up to an entire week. Lauric acid it also helps to prevent bacterial growth, lice and fleas.
9. Hair Regrowth Treatment
Coconut oil has shown promise in regrowing hair. Unfortunately for the guys, most of the data shows it helps women regrow hair lost due to chemotherapy, certain medications, nutrient deficiencies, and after treatment from diseases known to cause hair loss such as thyroid and adrenal disease.
10. Psoriasis and Eczema Treatment
Coconut oil is the main ingredient found in natural psoriasis and eczema treatments. And for very good reason. It’s ability to not only add moisture, but also seal in moisture, makes this natural oil a perfect and inexpensive way to ease the irritation caused by debilitating and unsightly skin conditions.
11. Non-Toxic Deodorant
The pleasant scent of the coconut, plus the concentrated lauric acid make coconut a perfect natural deodorant. Some have claimed that it works to prevent sweating too, but there’s no lab-based studies to back the claim. It’s best to keep a small chunk set aside just for this purpose and spread it sparingly as you would your favorite deodorants.
12. Vegetable Oil Alternative for Mayonnaise
Mix together your own homemade mayonnaise using 1.5 cups melted coconut oil, 3 egg yolks, a dash of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of salt. If you’ve never made homemade mayo before, check out this or any other guide for tips on technique. Simply substitute coconut oil for whatever amount of vegetable oil is recommended in the recipe you choose.
13. Nipple Cream for Breast Feeding Mothers
Just like any other part of the skin, coconut oil makes for a highly-moisturizing nipple cream to put on both before and after breastfeeding. Note: some babies may not care for the taste, meaning you’ll have to rub it on after breastfeeding and make sure to clean your nipples before their next feeding.
Sunscreen is perfect if you just plan on sitting in the shade and making an occasional foray into the sun. It provides an SPF4 rating which is great protection for a 30 minute tanning session. Apply it to a sunburn for increased moisture too.
15. Poison Ivy Treatment
Coconut oil will help to soothe the infected skin, but it won’t make the poison disappear any faster. Applied before exposure to the poisonous oils of the plant, it provides a barrier that prevents the poison from seeping into the skin.
16. Hemorrhoid Treatment
Hemorrhoids are located in the most uncomfortable area imaginable. The lauric acid in coconut oil helps to kill of bacteria and viruses in the region, while the moisturizing effects of vitamin E and oleic and linoleic acid help to calm and soothe.
17. Yeast Infection Treatment
Lauric acid helps to fight candida throughout the body. It fights yeast in the gut, intestines and bowels when consumed regularly. It’s equally effective when applied to the genitals during an outbreak, or used as a mouthwash for thrush (yeast infection of the mouth.)
18. Homemade Acne Treatment
Coconut oils antibacterial properties from the lauric acid and vitamin E content has helped thousands of people get rid of unsightly acne. No studies have shown that daily application can prevent an outbreak, but it’s not a bad idea if you’re prone to this condition.
19. Shaving and Aftershave Lotion
With a heaping dose of vitamin E in every spoonful, this is one of nature’s best anti-irritation shaving lotions and a soothing aftershave too! Rub it on your whiskers after applying a hot, wet towel and rub it in like you would a stick of deodorant. Allow the moisture to soften the whiskers for a few minutes, then shave to your heart’s content!
20. Treatment for Varicose Veins
Coconut oil has shown effectiveness at treating minor varicose veins in the beginning stages of the condition, in non-elderly patients (ie., overweight people or pregnant mothers). No studies back up this claim, but several have claimed it effective.
21. Cleaning Grimy Pots, Pans and Slow Cookers
No need to use harsh soap or chemicals to clean grime caused by burned foods. The high fat content in coconut oil allows it to penetrate and soak up burned organic material on your favorite pots and pans. Put the coconut oil in the pot, pan, etc., and allow it to heat on the stove at low temperature until the grime lifts easily.
Dab your toothbrush into some coconut oil, then another quick dab in some baking soda and you have yourself a fluoride-free toothpaste that’s great for both the teeth and gums.
23. Homemade Candle Wax
Coconut oils tallow-like fat content makes it a fragrant alternative to using traditional candle wax. The fragrant smell of the coconut will last until the entire wick has burned too, unlike many store bought scented candles.
24. Homemade Soap
Coconut oil makes for a safe, chemical-free laundry soap (19) or hand soap (20). This stuff makes an excellent lather and will soon dispell any myths you’ve heard about the need for harsh chemicals being needed to clean our body or clothing effectively.
25. Natural Safe Makeup Removal
Coconut oil is safe to use on the face and eyes, even safer than the pads and creams you can buy in the store. Coat a cotton ball with a small amount and it takes your eye makeup right off.
26. Oil Pulling
This practise is a little controversial. Some say the Ayurvedic practice of “oil pulling” works, some say it doesn’t. (21) Place a pinch of coconut oil into your mouth and let it melt. Alternate swishing it around like mouthwash and “pull” the oil through your teeth and “push” it back through them several times for up to ten minutes (or as long as you can stand.) Whether this works for improved health or not, nobody will argue that coconut has to be the best candidate for oil pulling: loads of fat to capture bacteria, combined with lauric acid to kill bacteria and viruses.
27. Bug Repellent
Nobody knows exactly why bugs are turned off by the pleasant scent of coconut oil, but they are.
28. Sore Throat Soother
Put a teaspoonful in your mouth when your throat is sore and slowly let it melt while swallowing to give your ragged, inflamed throat some much-needed moisture.
29. Leather Conditioner
Use coconut oil on your leather coats, shoes, couches, car seats, etc. It shines while it conditions, just like the expensive and toxic leather conditioners you can buy in the store.
30. Makeup Remover
Works just the same to soften and lift dried on makeup as commercial products do. Using coconut oil offers the added benefit of moisturizing while it lifts the makeup.
31. Cleaning Makeup Applicators
Coconut oil is just as effective at cleaning makeup off of applicator brushes and pads.
32. Furniture Polish
The fatty composition of coconut oil makes it just like any other furniture wax out there, such as the ever-popular commercial product “Pledge”. Mix two parts melted coconut oil with one part lemon juice to get the lemony scent you’re used to, or use the oil on its own.
33. Metal Cleaner/Polisher
There are many household cleaners and polishes that aren’t safe to use on stainless steel countertops and appliances. Coconut oil eliminates bacteria and leaves an impressive shine on all your steel and stainless steel appliances.
34. Tire Shine and Conditioner
There are no toxic chemicals in coconut oil and it penetrates and conditions rubber just like the commercial products do. The only difference is that commercial products eventually begin to rob rubber tires of moisture with repeated use, whereas coconut oil provides 24/7 conditioning.
35. Cord Care
Treat charging cords and other household power cords (after unplugging them first) with a light coating of coconut oil to keep them flexible and to prevent drying and cracking.
36. Sweeten Dry Pet Food
Most dogs and cats would prefer a wet food over a dry, if we could ask them! The mild coconut taste adds extra flavor to dry pet foods without being over-whelming and the MCT energy boost is great for our little carnivore friends as they get most of their energy from fats naturally.
37. Safe Fat Loss Supplement
Use a tablespoon or two of coconut oil before exercising and before going to bed at night time to boost your metabolism and give you energy so you’re not tempted to eat the sweet stuff.
38. Non-Toxic Lice Remover
Mix equal parts coconut oil and apple cider vinegar for instant relief from lice.
39. Breast Milk Enhancement
Many tropical cultures have always known this and now science is catching up to the fact that coconut milk really ups the nutritional value of a mother’s breast milk. (22)
40. OTC Diabetes Control
Use coconut oil to help control sugar cravings and satisfy your body’s energy demands. It provides instant energy to the body that directly mimics glucose, without spiking blood sugars (18).
41. Arthritis Rub
Many arthritic people swear by coconut oil rubbed on the skin as a wonderful pain reliever for their condition. Add some Mentholatum for even more relief from symptoms.
42. Athlete’s Foot Treatment
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to melted tablespoon of coconut oil and rub on affected area. Use as a preventative to by rubbing on at night before bed.
43. Ring Worm Treatment
Coconut oil helps to kill fungi of all kinds, including ring worm. Rub it on the affected area several times daily until the infection is gone.
44. Sex Lubricant
Use your imagination with this one, but it’s perfectly safe and works flawlessly! (as with all oil-based lubricants, it should not be used with condoms).
45. Lip Moisturizer
Instead of using pricey lip balms, rub a little coconut oil on instead. A dab’ll do ya!
46. Canker Sores
The fat contained in coconut oil, along with its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial properties makes for a pretty effective natural canker sore treatment. Try to clump as much as you can onto the sore, as smaller amounts will melt away too quickly.
47. Acid Reflux Treatment
Take two teaspoonfuls of coconut oil before, or at the onset of reflux symptoms. This isn’t an ideal treatment for more severe forms of reflux such as GERD.
48. Soothing Bath Additive
A half cup or more of coconut oil will leave your skin feeling extremely refreshed and moisturized. Mix with your favorite bath salts and bubble products for a truly nourishing experience for the brain and body.
49. Gum Remover
Whether in your hair, clothing, furniture or cloth car interior, coconut oil will loosen the sticky stuff right up and allow you to remove it without leaving any behind.
50. Squeak Remover
Add a little coconut oil to hinges, drawers, rollers, and the wheels on your kids toys to get rid of annoying squeaks.
How to Choose the Best Coconut Oil
1.Virgin Coconut Oil
Look for 100% virgin organic coconut oil to ensure no dangerous chemicals such as pesticides or herbicides find their way into your body. Non virgin coconut oil will be over-processed and contain very little nutritional value other than skin moisturizing. There is no difference in the quality between “virgin” or “extra virgin” varieties generally.
Cold-pressing takes longer to extract the oil from the coconut. The process is more expensive but the end result is more nutrition in the form of MCT fats, antioxidant rich polyphenols, lauric acid and vitamins E and K.
Expeller presses use added heat to warm up the coconut and extract the oil faster. Excessive heating causes a reduction in all the nutrients and complete destruction of any polyphenols or lauric acid. Some companies (see list of recommendations further down) use low heat expellers designed to warm the coconut just enough to improve extraction speed, without damaging vital nutrients. Such manufacturers are far and few between.
It’s best to avoid no-name manufacturers when sourcing your coconut oil. Those who don’t take pride in the freshness and nutrient content of their products will generally use any old coconut, long fallen from the tree, in their oil and aren’t likely to have terribly high standards when it comes to extracting the product in a clean, modern, industrial environment. A good example of this would be to view the picture of an exposed ox-powered extraction mill in the middle of a field in Seychelles on the wikipedia page for coconut oil. Not the most sanitary environment to make coconut oil in, right?
Potential Side Effects of Coconut Oil
There’s only one major side effect of eating coconut oil and it’s all about weight gain. While the MCT’s and lauric acid have been proven to help people lose weight, there is a point of diminishing returns where taking in too many extra calories from any food source will start to pack on the pounds.
Keep in mind that a tablespoon of coconut oil (14 grams) weighs in at 117 calories, meaning this delicious and healthful oil isn’t a “free food” by any means. Getting a few tablespoons a day is great for you. Any more than that and you might start to pack on the pounds.
Avoid overdoing things by using a measuring spoon or food scale to weigh the coconut oil you’re using.
Coconut Oil Reviews
1.Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
If value and quality are your main concerns when it comes to getting your coconut oil, Nutiva’s 54 ounce jar is a great value. While it cost a few dollars more than the next best thing (Carrington Farms shown below), Nutiva’s virgin coconut oil is unsurpassed in the taste and quality department. This is one of a few “extra virgin” coconut oils you find and it’s perfect for topping your favorite toast and crackers. It doesn’t have a mild taste, so you have to be one who likes the taste of coconut to enjoy this product. As the leader in coconut oil manufacturing, you can be sure the MCT and lauric acid content is as high as possible in every tablespoon of this product. They give back 1% of all their profits to the farmers who produce their crops, to expand and improve their farms for the highest quality end result.
2.Carrington Farms Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Cold pressed coconut oil is the very best way to extract the maximum MCT count from a mature drupe. Carrington Farms is an authority name when it comes to organic nuts, nut oils, and in this case “drupe oils”. They never use genetically modified crops in any of their products. This jar might seem a little pricier than others listed on the page, but you have to look at the weight listed on the jar. Each Carrington Farms’ jar gives you a full 54 ounces of untainted coconut oil. If you’re averse to the “coconutty” taste of some coconut oils, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Cold pressed coconut oil has a stronger taste than non cold pressed.
3.Viva Labs Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
This is a non-GMO, hexane free and 100% virgin coconut oil from Viva Labs. For the purists out there, who don’t want to eat over-processed foods; this product is certified organic, kosher, and gluten free by the USDA. At just under $7 a pound for a completely organic, pesticide free product, you can’t go wrong. This oil isn’t cold pressed, but the temperature of the expeller pressing machine they use is kept at a safe 104 degrees at all times, to preserve the nutritional content as much as possible. Not as good as cold pressing, but the taste of this product is much more mild too.
4.Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
Nature’s Way always makes their products just the way nature intended them to be. This is another coconut oil product that’s 100% organic and non-GMO. They’ve rated the oil at 62% MCT’s which is very likely inaccurate (typical MCT content in coconut oil rarely exceeds 50%). The great advantage of buying anything made by Nature’s Way is that they don’t add unnatural preservatives to any of their products. The extraction method isn’t listed on the jar, but it’s safe to assume this one isn’t cold pressed either, as many users claim the coconut taste to be very subtle.
5.Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Nutiva Organic has the distinction of being the highest selling organic coconut oil on the market for the last 10 years running. They cold press all their oils and are 100% organic, non-GMO, kosher and gluten free. The really nice thing about Nutiva is that they donate a portion of their profits toward creating sustainable crop farms with all the growers they work with. When you buy with these guys you’re helping to create future crops and help struggling farmers in impoverished countries. This purchase comes with two 15 ounce jars which is better for maintaining freshness (throw one in the freezer for later.)
6.Barlean’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Barlean’s could easily make the top of any list, surely when you look at the price (they’re around $0.10 more per ounce than many other top competitors.) They do put their organic coconut oil in a really sharp-looking jet black container though, and their reputation is untarnished after 20+ years of business. Their reputation for offering the best quality fresh cold pressed coconut oil might have something to do with the fact they hand select each and every coconut that goes into their oil to ensure maximum freshness and health benefits. Not to mention they don’t sell anything but coconut oils and extracts. Barlean’s guarantees 100% satisfaction with all their products.
7.Nature’s Lab Coconut Oil
Nature’s Lab offers perhaps the best price value of all the quality manufacturer’s listed on this page. Though this relatively new company doesn’t have the worldwide reputation as many of those listed already on this page, the reviews they’re getting are spectacular! Reviewers claim Nature’s Lab coconut oil is lightweight and spreads on the hair and skin better than others they’ve tried. This is an organic, non-GMO product, batch tested regularly to ensure no jar leaving the facility contains any pesticides or herbicides
8.Spectrum Essentials Organic Coconut Oil
This one from Spectrum Naturals makes the list because of all the satisfied customers who’ve used it. According to reviews, it’s virtually tasteless with barely a trace of coconut smell at all. Keep in mind that the lack of taste/smell means you’re trading MCT and Lauric Acid content away. This product is expeller pressed and sadly, refined using heat over 120 degrees. It’s made mostly to be a healthy cooking and skincare alternative, as opposed to something that will deliver all the superfood benefits you’ll get from cold-pressing used by most top-level coconut oil producers, or the low-heat expeller processes used by Viva Labs and Nature’s Way.
9.Cococare Coconut Oil 100% Pure
This product entry from Cococare is listed as “external use only” though it’s very safe to consume too. It’s formulated specifically for external use by leaving a little natural milk from the coconut in with the oil, so it’s easier to spread topically on your skin. The liquid consistency also makes this product great for using as a hair and beard conditioner, as well as for mixing it with other natural oils and butters like shea and coco. The price is a little more than you’ll pay for the more solid variety, but reviewers claim to get more long-lasting moisture benefits from this one too.
10.Now Foods Virgin Coconut Oil
If you just can’t stand the taste of regular coconut oil, these capsules are a great way to get the digestive benefits offered by this superfood. Taken in small amounts by capsule, coconut oil helps relieve stomach, intestinal and bowel upset. This capsule formula from Now Foods is perfect for those of you who suffer from constipation. If you like the taste of the oil, it’s a far better value to buy it by jar, as you’ll only get trace amounts of MCT’s or other healthy fats from this capsule product.
Coconut oil is one of a few “superfoods” that’s actually proven its benefits beyond a shadow of a doubt with consumers. It fights disease throughout the body, provides sugar-free fat burning energy, increases your metabolism, and is a great natural food substitute and skin/hair moisturizer.