Raw Virgin Coconut Oil (Vietnam)

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Raw Virgin Coconut Oil (Vietnam)

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Our newest raw virgin coconut oil comes from Vietnam. It is made from coconuts harvested in Bentre province in the Mekong delta region which is referred to in Vietnam as the 'Kingdom of Coconuts'. It is an area that produces the highest quality coconuts in Vietnam.

The harvest for the production of raw, virgin coconut oil is managed to around 7 to 12 coconuts from each tree per month to ensure the coconuts are of a similar age which gives high quality and consistency of product.

The production and bottling process is compete with five days of harvesting the coconuts and uses cold processing and centrifugng to produce high quality raw virgin coconut oil.

In common with a good centrifuged coconut oil this oil is pure and low odour. The production process has been temperature controlled which has preserved the enzymes and functional qualities of the oil.

Think of raw virgin coconut oil as a functional food and a medicinal treasure-chest rather than simply an oil. You can reap some amazing benefits from adding raw virgin coconut oil to your diet:

  • It is thermogenic, meaning it raises your body temperature and metabolism which is one of the reasons why people switching to virgin coconut oil experience weight loss without making other changes in their diet or exercise regime
  • It works to stimulate the thyroid gland and return it to normal functioning for people with hypothyroidism
  • The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil provide you with instant energy because they are synthesised directly by your liver rather than having to be transported into your fat cells and stored for energy release when you are low on carbohydrates
  • It is not an Omega 6 laden monster like the seed oils (coconut is not actually a seed or nut, despite the name, it is a drupe, as in peach, plum etc.) and will not contribute to the Omega 6, Omega 3 imbalance that plagues the modern diet, encourages inflammation and increases cancer risk
  • It is the most anti-viral and anti-protozoal substance known to man. It is so effective against viral infection that it will kill the H5N1 (bird flu) virus and used with HIV AIDS patients reduces the viral count to normal or near normal levels, and
  • Keeps your hair and skin radiant and healthy

This is a fantastic oil for Oil Pulling. Of all the raw virgin coconut oils on the market that I have tried for Oil Pulling (which is all of them) this oil holds its structure and body during the process better than any other oil I have tried. Similarly with roasting vegetables where heat is applied for about one hour there is no visible breakdown or thinning of the oil.

This is a quality oil at a good value price. If you have not tried Oil Pulling and would like to give it a try we are offering the first 30 people to enter the Coupon Code OIL PULLING a 500 ml jar of Raw Virgin Coconut Oil (Vietnam) at half price.

The oil comes with a full money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.

Coupon offer available when product goes live in June.

Raw virgin coconut oil has an amazing array of benefits that extend from bacterial and viral protection through to weight loss and protection against the range of modern inflammatory diseases:

Ageing

Vitamin & Mineral Absorption
One of the effects of ageing is the decline in the body's ability to effectively utilise the vitamins and minerals that are present in the diet.

This is particularly true of the B vitamins and also the absorption and retention of calcium and magnesium which can lead to demineralisation of the bones and osteoporosis.

The addition of coconut oil to the diet slows down or reverses the degenerative process through improved mineral and vitamin absorption which helps protect against a range of conditions including osteoporosis.

Maternal & infant health

Medium-Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA's) in Breast Milk
MCFA's are an important component of human breast milk for a number of reasons:

  • The are quickly and easily digested and provide instant energy
  • They provide enhanced nutrient absorption compared with other fats (the long-chain fatty acids LCFA's found in  polyunsaturated oils are difficult to digest and cannot be metabolised effectively by infants)
  • They are strongly anti-bacterial and anti-viral and work to protect babies from infection before their immune system has properly developed

The MCFA's are routinely used in the hospital environment in special food preparations for infants with digestive orders, have difficulty digesting fats or where there is a malnutrition issue. The rapid absorption of MCFA's mean the delivery of quick nourishment and energy without placing strain on the digestive system.

Nutrient Absorption
A number of studies have shown that the absorption of B vitamins, the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and beta-carotene, as well as calcium and magnesium increase when an infant is fed a diet containing coconut oil.

Coconut oil is particularly helpful in facilitating the utilisation of B vitamins.

Children suffering from rickets (vitamin D deficiency and the loss of bone mineral) have been cured simply through the addition of raw virgin coconut oil to the diet.

Weight management

Weight Loss
The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) in coconut oil are being increasingly studied for their role in weight loss and stabilisation. A number of studies are showing that because MCFA’s are metabolized more directly and quickly than other fats, calories are burned in the process.

The majority of research on humans and animals is showing that after a period of a number of months of consuming MCFA’s, the greater energy expenditure leads to weight loss and fat decrease.

A key in using coconut oil and its MCFA’s for weight loss is the substitution of MCFA’s for other fats in your diet.

A study compared two sets of participants on a coconut oil diet and olive oil diet. In this 16 week study 31 overweight participants consumed 10 grams per day of either olive oil or MCFA’s in muffins. In addition the men consumed an addition 14 grams a day of their designated oil and the women 8 grams a day.

The subjects participated in weekly weight-loss counselling and helped to adhere to the weekly assigned target of consuming 1800 calories a day for the men and 1500 for the women.

At the conclusion of the 16 weeks:

  • The group consuming MCFA’s had lost significantly more weight than their olive oil counterparts
  • The weight loss was an average 3.2 kgs or 3.8% of body mass compared to 1.7% in the olive oil group
  • The MCFA’s group showed a 1.5% total decrease in fat mass (measured through a CT scan) that included a reduction of trunk fat mass and intra-abdominal fat
  • Fat mass was unchanged in the olive oil group

Gut Flora
An integral part of weight management is the composition of your gut flora. Lean and obese individuals have radically different gut flora composition.

Because coconut oil is strongly antibacterial it works to eliminate the unfriendly bacteria from your intestinal tract and is a powerful tool in restoring the body’s intestinal flora to optimum composition.

Conversely a number of studies have shown that a gut flora imbalance or bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine is commonly brought on by diets high in omega-6 oils (particularly oils like rice bran, safflower, sunflower and corn but also canola). A number of studies with mice have shown that the omega-6 unsaturated oils:

  • Inflame the gut and contribute to oxidative stress
  • Disrupt healthy gut flora populations, and
  • Leads to an acute overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine

Skin, hair & eyes

Coconut Oil Moisturiser
Coconut oil is a better moisturiser than any commercial moisturiser I have ever tried. It’s superior moisturising ability comes from a number of properties. It:

  • Is devoid of moisture which means that it penetrates slowly into the skin and does not dry out like many commercial moisturisers which have a high water content and ultimately contribute to the drying out of skin
  • Acts as a free-radical scavener and free-radical damage is one of the major causes of ageing skin
  • Sits in the top layers of the skin and supports the natural elasticity of the skin as it is a saturated fat and forms a protective layer that helps protect the skin and resists oxidative damage
  • Is anti-microbial which means that it keeps the skin bacteria, fungus and virus free while it is moisturising. It effectively fights all kinds of ‘spots’, acne and blackheads
  • Does not oxidise like polyunsaturated oils which go rancid (oxidise) when they come in contact with heat, light and oxygen
  • Not only does not oxidise but also works to assist in stopping the polyunsaturated oils in our body from oxidising, and
  • Is effective against a range of more virulent skin complaints like eczema, psoriasis and verrucae

There are a large number of claims made about the benefits of consuming raw virgin coconut oil but it is helpful to understand the mechanism behind those claims:

Vitamin & mineral absorption

Facilitates Vitamin & Mineral Uptake
The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA's) in coconut oil facilitate the absorption and retention or a range of key vitamins and minerals, particularly:

  • Calcium and magnesium
  • the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and beta-carotene, as well as
  • A range of amino acids

Simply adding coconut oil to the diet enhances vitamin and mineral uptake and is a good protective strategy against the development of osteoporosis

Thermogenesis

Stimulates the Metabolism
Coconut oil has a stimulating effect on the body's metabolism. It increases the level of metabolic functioning which burns more calories. Which means it actually promotes weight loss.

The key to the weight loss effect of the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA's) in coconut oil is that they:

  • Have a lower calorific count than the long-chain fatty acids (LCFA's) in polyunsaturated oils
  • Stimulate the thryoid gland which in turn stimulates the body's metabolic rate, and
  • Contribute to the burning of calories from other fat sources like LCFA's

 There is a range of research on the topic:

  • The thermogenic effect of a diet consisting of 40% fat in the form of MCFA and a diet consisting of 40% fat from LCFA showed that the thermogenic effect of the MCFA diet was almost twice that of the LCFA diet
  • In another study MCFA's given over a six day period increased diet-induced thermogenesis by 50%
  • One study compared single meals of 400 calories composed entirely of MCFA's and LCFA's. The thermogenic effect of the MCFA's over a six hour period was three times that of the LCFA's

Polyunsaturated oils promote weight gain

Polyunsaturated Oil
Among the myriad of dangers posed by polyunsaturated oils is that they promote weight gain.

They have a harmful effect on the thyroid gland which is the primary gland for controlling metabolism. Polyunsaturated oils:

  • Depress the thyroid gland leading to a slow-down in metabolic rate
  • Block thyroid hormone secretion, and
  • Alter tissue response to thyroid hormones

Of all the oils routinely used in the kitchen coconut oil has the lowest percentage of polyunsaturated oil. The percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in the major cooking oils include:

  • Safflower 75%
  • Sunflower 65%
  • Corn Oil 59%
  • Soybean Oil 58%
  • Canola 37%
  • Rice Bran Oil 36%
  • Peanut Oil 32%
  • Lard 12%
  • Palm Oil 8%
  • Olive Oil 8%
  • Butter 4%
  • Coconut Oil 2%

Omega 3 omega 6 balance

Modern Diet Imbalance
One of the biggest problems with the introduction and widespread proliferation of seed oils is that it has fundamentally altered the Omega 3 and Omega 6 balance in our diet.

Anthropological research indicates that our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega 3 and omega 6 fats in the ratio of 1:1. Research on all the hunter-gatherer cultures (including the modern cultures) has shown that they were free of inflammatory diseases like heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Over the course of human evolution there has been a dramatic change in the ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fats consumed in the diet. This change, perhaps more than any other dietary factor, has contributed to the epidemic of modern disease.

The Omega 3/Omega 6 balance of some of the commoner oils includes:

  • Safflower 0%/75%
  • Sunflower 0%/65%
  • Corn 0%/54%
  • Sesame 0%/42%
  • Peanut 0%/32%
  • Rice Bran 1%/35%
  • Soy 7%/50%
  • Canola 9%/20%

The Omega 3/Omega 6 ratio of coconut oil is 0.3%/0%.

The consumption of omega 6 is linked with pretty much all of the inflammation diseases, which are the modern killers, particularly (but not limited to)

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Irriitable bowl syndrome
  • Macular degeneration
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Asthma, and
  • Psychiatric disorders

Utilisation

Energy Uptake
Most fats are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA's) that are digested slowly into the system. LCFA's go through a complex absorption process. As they are absorbed through the intestines (with the aid of enzyme carriers) they are assembled into bundles of fat and proteins called lipoproteins. These lipoproteins are then sent into the bloodstream to be distributed throughout the body, particularly into our fat cells.

The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA's) in coconut oil on the other hand behave totally differently. They do not need the support of pancreatic enzymes to be digested. They are transported directly to the liver rather than into the bloodstream.

In the liver they are converted to fuel and available immediately for use.

What the MFC's in coconut oil don't do is important. They don't:

  • Circulate in the bloodstream
  • Collect on artery walls, and
  • Accumulate in fat cells

Triglycerides & hdl cholesterol levels

Blood Triglyceride & HDL Cholesterol Levels
Elevated blood triglyceride and lowered HDL cholesterol levels are associated with a number of health risk factors, particularly:

  • Atherosclerosis or the build-up of plaque in the arteries
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Diabetes, and
  • Insulin resistance, and
  • Compounding the sensitivity to simple carbohydates and alcohol in sensitive individuals

The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA's) in coconut oil have a demonstrated effect of both increasing HDL cholesterol levels and decreasing the level of triglycerides in the blood.

One study of 20 healthy men given a single dose of either medium-chain triglycerides (MCT's) or long-Chain triglycerides (LCT's) in the form of canola oil showed:

  • A 47% increase in triglyceride levels in the group given canola oil, and
  • A 15% decrease in triglyceride levels in the group given MCT's
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