Our highest quality Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil is a health supplement, natural cosmetic and potent herbal medicine all-in-one due to it containing the highest known source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA's) with more than > 50% lauric acid. Taken internally it has a light fresh taste and on the skin it has superior moisturizing properties with quick absorption.
In the Malay language, the coconut tree, pokok kelapa, is also known as pokok seribu guna, "the tree of a thousand uses". In coastal India, the coconut tree itself is called kalpa vriksha, which translates as "the tree which provides all the necessities of life". In the Philippines the coconut is commonly given the title "Tree of Life".
Rainforest Herbs Virgin Coconut Oil is available in 125ml, 500ml, 1,000 ml glass bottles as well as in a food-grade plastic 500ml bottle for ease of shipping. To learn more about incorporating Virgin Coconut Oil and coconut products into your diet please visit our "Coconut Diet" Page.
To understand the many health benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil one need only research the positive health effects of the main ingredients found within the oil, known as Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA's) in particular, Lauric acid. VCO is composed of more than 65% MCFA's.
These fatty acids are so small that they are digested quickly and the body uses them as an immediate source of fuel rather than packing them away in storage inside our fat cells. MCFA’s are used to produce energy similar to carbohydrates and therefore are not circulated in the bloodstream like other fats (hence they do not increase the bad LDL cholesterol and lead to arterial deposits). Thus they supply energy without the need for insulin and are very suited for preventing blood sugar imbalances. They do not become stored in fat cells or contribute to weight gain (in fact they help to boost metabolism and lose weight) or arteriosclerosis. Furthermore, MCFA's contain powerful antimicrobial effects against many harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses. For a study on the many scientifically documented health benefits of coconut oil and other coconut products from the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine, please click here.
Virgin Coconut Oil is now the being intensively research for its effects on preventing and in many cases reversing the effects of various nervous system diseases, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, epilepsy, dementia, even schizophrenia and autism. Much of the breakthrough work on this subject has been performed by Dr. Mary Newport in her book titled, Alzheimer's Disease: What If There Was A Cure? In this book Dr. Newport outlines how her husbands developing Alzheimer's Disease has led her to finding the cure in virgin coconut oil. The effect is as a result of Due to the groundbreaking nature of this discovery, thousands of people are only now starting to utilize Virgin Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions and the positive patient testimonials are appearing online every day. Alzheimer's disease is considered an incurable disease with no medical solution available, despite billions of dollars being poured into research. To understand how Virgin Coconut Oil is useful in Alzheimer's Disease and other neurological disorders begins with understanding the all important ketones that are produced after Virgin Coconut Oil digestion, please click here for a step-by-step intro by Dr. Newport.
Virgin coconut oil is also being used as a more user friendly replacement for the stricter ketogenic diet in all those neurological conditions which have previously shown benefit from this diet, especially childhood and adult epilepsy and certain forms of cancer.
To understand the difference between medium chain fatty acids found in Virgin Coconut Oil and other oils, click the diagram above to enlarge.
The polyunsaturated oils we commonly use for cooking are primarily composed of Long Chain Fatty Acids (LCFA’s) that require LDL cholesterol (the bad one) to move the fat through the bloodstream contributing to arterial plaque build-up and fat storage because LCFA’s are rapidly altered by free radicals creating oxidized LDL cholesterol which is the main culprit in arterial disease.
Common vegetable oils contain a majority of Omega 6 fatty acids which are excessive in modern diets and play a role in arterial inflammation (not to be confused with the essential Omega 3 oils from oily fish and flaxseed oil which also help to counteract this). Virgin Coconut Oil is made up for more than 65% MCFA’s that are highly resistant to oxidation and with the lowest Omega 6 ratio of all vegetable oils .
It is now being increasingly understood that only oxidized fats can end up as arterial plaque and the composition of 74% of this plaque comes from poly and mono unsaturated vegetable oils. Regularly consuming Virgin Coconut Oil also improves HDL cholesterol (the good one) thus improving the all important ratio between LDL and HDL.
Medical Doctors are now placing increased emphasis on diet as being the single most important factor under our control in health and disease prevention. More and more we see health authorities recommending patients to replace their regular cooking oils with Virgin Coconut Oil to fight obesity, reduce the build-up of oxidized cholesterol in the arteries and to maintain their immune health. We are faced with a dietary crisis globally that has seen a full rethink on the outdated food pyramid model and food recommendations of the past 40 years. Everyone is in agreement that modern diets have excessive carbohydrates, in particular excess refined carbohydrates and sugars. At the cutting edge of this new understanding is the appreciation that Medium Chain Fatty Acids from Virgin Coconut Oil provide an essential component in modern diets and the inclusion of Coconut Milk and Virgin Coconut Oil in many health and dietary publications and cookbooks from the developed world is testimony to this dietary revolution.
In Malaysia, one of the pioneers in recommending VCO is Dr Eng Ji Ba, a practicing thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who obtained his medical degree from the University of Cambridge, England (see article here). In an article entitled "Debunking the coconut milk myth", Dr Kamariah Long of the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has explained that coconut milk has been misunderstood as a contributor to unhealthy cholesterol levels and that scientific research shows the opposite to be true and that "It is high time to correct the negative perception about coconut milk and recognise the importance of this natural heritage that has been bestowed upon us". (See article here).
A recent open clinical study conducted at University Science Malaysia tested the effects of Virgin Coconut Oil on weight loss, safety and blood parameters on 20 obese but healthy Malay (male and female) volunteers. The study was performed for only 4 weeks at a dosage of 30ml per day (2 teaspoons 3 times daily). The complete study paper can be downloaded here. What was interesting for this study was that the participants were instructed to eat normally and not to change normal physical activity. At the end of the 4 weeks, the obese men in particular showed a marked reduction in waist circumference (WC) of more than 1 inch on average (2.86 cm). All other blood parameters were normal. The researchers concluded that VCO is completely safe for use and especially effective for reducing waist circumference in obese men.
Those communities in countries consuming the highest amounts of coconut milk and coconut oil (and less consumption of regular vegetable oils) such as in Polynesia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and the Philippines, have not only lower serum cholesterol but also lower obesity rates and lower coronary heart disease rates, in both prevalence and mortality.
As an Australian who has lived for the past 25 years in tropical Asia (Malaysia, India & Indonesia) I have seen first hand that those traditional Asian cultures that continue to use Virgin Coconut Oil and other Coconut products on a daily basis, enjoy good health, superior skin and hair (in terms of ageing) and freedom from obesity and many modern diseases. This does not however include those Asian cultures where the excess use of margarine shortening and hydrogenated vegetable oils has become the norm. It is commonly seen in this part of the world that as diets change from traditional to modern / processed, then they unknowingly increase their likelihood of suffering from diseases that were seldom seem by their predecessors such as; heart disease, cancers, diabetes, inflammatory, nervous and metabolic disorders. Indeed, the modern proponents of the "paleolithic diet" a.k.a Caveman Diet, are recommending a return to Virgin Coconut Oil, Coconut Milk and Olive Oil in replacement of all other vegetable oils as part of the optimum diet in harmony with our genetic (pre-agricultural) legacy.
Virgin Coconut Oil can be used to replace regular vegetable oil in your kitchen or taken as a food supplement directly or added to drinks, smoothies, yoghurt etc.
Children 2 to 6 years old: 1 teaspoon morning and night.
Children 7 to 12 years old: 2 teaspoons morning and night.
Adults: Take 2 teaspoons 3 times daily. When first taking Virgin Coconut Oil start with 1 teaspoon with each meal. Rarely, people experience diarrhea or loose motions for a few days (this may be a sign of intestinal fungal infection or candidiasis as it is being destroyed).
Virgin Coconut Oil is both safe and recommended for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Used in Cooking: Mix into salads or use as cooking oil, a healthy replacement for all processed vegetable cooking oil. Can also be kept in a container in the fridge and used as a family spread on bread.
Used Externally: Apply as moisturizer to hair & skin or on infected areas. For hair, apply once or twice a week for 20 minutes, then rinse, shampoo and condition as normal.
Virgin Coconut Oil Side-Effects: Virgin Coconut Oil may not be suitable for some people with known nut allergies or allergic reactions to salicylates naturally found in many foods, especially fruits. If loose motion or diarrhea occurs after taking even 1 teaspoon daily for more than 2 weeks then it may be recommended to only use Virgin Coconut Oil externally as a digestive allergy may be present. Alternately, try taking a course of healthy "probiotic" bacteria and after 1 week resume taking Virgin Coconut Oil. The presence of excessive yeasts in the digestive system (such as candida) may also be the cause of the digestive upset from the potent anti-yeast / antifungal effects of Virgin Coconut Oil causing a die-off reaction. Many people around the world report that after getting some mild diarrhea for the first week, the diarrhea then stopped and they can consume Virgin Coconut Oil in larger amounts since that time without any problems.
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Effect of virgin coconut oil (VCO) on lipid levels and regulation of lipid metabolism compared with copra oil (CO), olive oil (OO), and sunflower oil (SFO) has been reported. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed different oils at 8% level for 45 days along with synthetic diet. Results showed that VCO feeding significantly lowered (P < 0.05) levels of total cholesterol, LDL+ VLDL cholesterol, Apo B and triglycerides in serum and tissues compared to rats fed CO, OO and SFO, while HDL-cholesterol and Apo A1 were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in serum of rats fed VCO than other groups. Hepatic lipogenesis was also down regulated in VCO fed rats, which was evident from the decreased activities of enzymes viz., HMG CoA reductase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, isocitrate dehydrogenase and malic enzyme. In addition, VCO significantly (P < 0.05) increased the activities of lipoprotein lipase, lecithin cholesterol acyl transferase and enhanced formation of bile acids. Results demonstrated hypolipidemic effect of VCO by regulating the synthesis and degradation of lipids.
TRADITIONAL MALAY COOKING WITH VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Recipe 1 Rendang Daging