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Coconut Benefits: Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Updated on June 19, 2011

Health Benefits of Coconut

Coconut is one of the uniquest fruits that reside on our dear planet. It's unique in many way, some obvious, some not so much. Protected by a hard exterior coconut juice isn't easily attained - anyone seen Cast Away? - but when it is, it has a very enjoyable taste. Coconut juice contains many elements which, inconsequently, are used to better ones health.

Some general coconut health benefits are:

  • It prevents simple goiter, which is an enlargement of the thyroid gland.
  • Contains elements which rebuild muscle - extract is found in most workout supplements.
  • Good for the intestines, and constipation.
  • A reliever of stomach ulcers.
  • Famous for coconut oil which is generally used as massage oil, as well as has a tendency to remove wrinkles.
  • Found in some hair shampoos.
  • Maintains cholesterol levels.
  • Weight loss.
  • Dental and bone care.

Many of these coconut benefits occur due to the presence of lauric acid in coconut. In simple science terms, the lauric acid is transformed in our body into a chemical which aids in the fighting of viruses and diseases. Coconut oil is basically an extract of the lauric acid.


Unrefined coconut oil has a wide array of benefits.
Unrefined coconut oil has a wide array of benefits.

Coconut Body Oil

One of the most popular uses of coconut is coconut body oil.  It's so popular because it's so effective.  The oil, when rubbed into the body, is quickly abosrbed by the skin.  As the moisture enters the skin, it expands the tissues, and thus reducing wrinkles which are on the skin.  In layman's terms:  it makes you look younger

Coconut Benefits - Unrefined Coconut and the Lauric Acid Solution

As mentioned above one of the greatest coconut benefits is the lauric acid component of it. The lauric acid is transformed into monolaruin in the body,which is then in turn used to fight off viruses and diseases. Most notably the monolaruin from coconut is used to fight off diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus and even HIV. Although the exact mechanism as how this coconut benefit works is unknown, it has become an established therapy in many medicines.

The greatest source of lauric acid comes in what is called unrefined coconut oil. The difference between unrefined -or pure - coconut oil and refined coconut oil, is the unrefined version comes right from the source; in other words nothing is added to it in any kind of chemical process. The only downfall of having unrefined coconut oil opposed to refined is that you run the risk of ingesting other kinds of containment.

The general benefits of unrefined coconut oil are:

  • Has a better taste/flavor. Unrefined coconut oil is much better tasting than its refined counter part.
  • Has much, much more nutrients. By avoiding the refining process unrefined coconut oil has a larger array of nutrients; its much richer in proteins, vitamins, and anti oxidants.
  • It is much more natural and defined than refined coconut oil.
  • The lauric acid content is higher, and thus is better for your body.

Unrefined coconut oil has many more coconut benefits than the refined version, but is also much harder to find and much more expensive. You are most likely to find refined coconut oil in stores - stuff which has been heated, treated, and tampered with - than unrefined coconut oil. Also, unrefined coconut oil cannot be ingested; therefore, even though it has a higher content of lauric acid, the amount that is transfered into your body isn't has high as the content itself. The best use of unrefined coconut oil, and the best way to attain the most coconut benefits out of it, is to use it in hair shampoo, as well as massage oil and soap.


For years people have known of the benefits of coconut oil.
For years people have known of the benefits of coconut oil.
Not just difficult to get because of their hard exterior, but because of where they are found.  They are the rare candies of the world.
Not just difficult to get because of their hard exterior, but because of where they are found. They are the rare candies of the world.

Other Coconut Benefits

Stress Relief

One of the greatest killers of the human race is stress. It's intangible, yet very tangible. Coconut oil, when massaged into the body, is a great way to reduce that stress. It relaxes the skin, expanding it - it literally reduces stress on the body.


Skin Care

Coconut oil is one of the best things for the skin. It acts as a great moisturizer, filling up the skin like a balloon, and even reducing wrinkles. It is great for treating various skin infections, such as psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. Coconut oil is already found in many body skin products, but if you can get your hands on the pure, unrefined oil, then your set for life.


Heart Diseases

There are many misconceptions that there are no coconut benefits when it comes to helping the heart. This is not true at all. The theory is is that coconut oil contains saturated fat - something which is not good for the heart - and although this is true, the amount of saturated fat is so minimal that it's not damaging at all. In fact coconut oil contains lauric acid, something that once in the body, acts as agent which fights heart disease.


Weight Loss

Although should never be considered a diet, coconut oil is very beneficial when it comes to your weight. It contains many compounds which improve the functioning of the thyroid gland, as well as various enzymes. Furthermore it increases the bodies metabolism and thus helps you reduce weight.



One of the coolest coconut benefits is its healing attributes. When coconut oil is rubbed over a cut or a bruise it forms a protective layer - like a band-aid. This layer protects the infected area from any kind of dust, air, bacteria or virus. On bruises it speeds up the healing process by, in a metaphor words. calling to arms the bodies nurses.



Coconut oil can act like the middleman. Everything likes coconut, including many of the minerals within your body. Coconut oil can improve the ability of your body to absorb other minerals such as calcium, and magnesium, which are essential to have strong bones.


Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

The main type of coconut oil, the one that is most widely used for all the above mentioned treatments, is Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Notice the key word, 'extra'. There is a difference. You can purchase normal virgin coconut oil and will see some nominal results; however if you buy the organic extra virgin coconut oil, you are almost guaranteed results.

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is obtained by the wet-milled method. This is done by extra the 'green' from the coconut and placing the extract into a centrifuge. Once spun the oil will be removed from the extract; the oil that remains is pure, unabolished by any heat or other filtering techniques. This helps the enzymes, as well as the abundance of lauric acid, remain intact.

Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is mainly used for three health reasons, although the others mentioned above are still applicable.

They are:

  • Stimulate the thyroid gland.
  • Lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.
  • An amazing anti-oxidant skin moisturizer.

Now that the truth about coconut benefits is out, well, what are you waiting for. Go buy some today.



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      Paula 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      I am in the process of learning more about extra virgin coconut oil, and appreciated reading your hub here, thank you.

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia

      Great Hub. Was using the EVOlive Oil on my eczema, it doesn't seems to work as expected. Will now try the VCO

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      Marc Woodard 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I'm a strong believer in healthy properties of extra virgin olive oil. As of a matter of fact, it's the only cooking oil I use. Now I'm more informed with your lauric extract from coconut oil info. I will now go to purchase and try organic extra virgin olive oil. And as one fit-healthy person to another like mind... I'm now following you. Great hub and thanks for the info!