A coconut is the edible fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), a tree of the palm family. Coconut flesh can be dried or eaten fresh or processed into coconut milk or organic cold pressed coconut oil.
India ranks third in the world in coconut oil production. Coconut palms are grown or cultivated in India on over 21 lakh hectares (2100000 ha). Based on the area under coconut cultivation, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh are the leading coconut cultivation states in India. They are also the largest producers of coconut and downstream products, accounting for more than 90% of coconuts produced in the country.
Cold pressed coconut oil which is extracted from dried coconuts which is called “Copra”.The best cold-pressed coconut oil is majorly used in the coastal areas of South India.
Health Benefits of Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
In a conventional oil extraction process, the heat of the oil extracted would rise due to hard friction. Such heat will change the natural chemistry of the oil thus reducing the medicinal values. In the Cold pressed method the heat is controlled and does not rise beyond 5 to 6 degrees C than the ambient temperature. This helps in retaining all the natural goodness and all the medicinal qualities. It also helps retain all the essential nutrients.
Health benefits using cold pressed coconut oil
- Improves Metabolism: It has many nutrients that can contribute to your health and to a good diet. It is full of MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) fatty acids that the human body needs and may help improve cognitive function and contribute to good metabolism that results in perfect digestion.
- Quick Source of Energy: Cold pressed virgin coconut oil contains 49% Lauric fatty acids which give fatty acids rapid energy and does not get converted into fats
- Antifungal and Antimicrobial Properties: Cold-pressed coconut oil has antimicrobial and antifungal properties due to its MCT content — specifically, lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that makes up about 49% of the MCTs in organic cold-pressed coconut oil. It acts as a bacteriostatic agent that prevents harmful bacteria from multiplying.
- Helps in Memory disorder: MCTs in the best cold pressed coconut oil helps people suffering from cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s. The brain of an Alzheimer’s patient will not be having the ability to create insulin, the ketones from the cold-pressed coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function. Our body observes MCT very easily and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they fuel our brain cells more efficiently.
- Promotes Heart Health: Best cold pressed coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats.
- Good Moisturizer for Skin and Hair
- Coconut oil for weight loss
- Improves Oral Health: Before the invention of toothpaste, the act of swishing oil around the mouth was a method of protecting the mouth from unwanted bacteria and periodontal diseases. Experts recommend coconut oil pulling three times a week for 20 minutes a day to protect your mouth and its valuable contents.
- Treats Inflammation and Arthritis: An Indian study published in International Immunopharmacology showed that the high levels of antioxidants present in cold pressed virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healing arthritis more effectively than leading medications.
- Treats Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is an age-related bone disease in which bones become weak, brittle and less dense. It is the antioxidant compounds in wood-pressed coconut oil that help maintain bone structure and prevent bone loss due to hormonal changes.
Coconut Oil & Mother’s Milk
Mother’s Milk is nature’s perfect food designed by God to provide all the nutrients the baby requires within the first year of its life.
Mother’s milk and Coconut oil both owe their magnificent antimicrobial qualities to a group of saturated fatty acids called Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA).
There are three MCFAs: Lauric acid, Caprylic acid, and Capric acid. The most powerful of the three is lauric acid.
The ratio of Lauric acid found is mother’s milk is identical to that of MCFAs found in cold pressed coconut oil. This Lauric acid protects the baby from becoming malnourished, disease and illness.
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The unique composition of human breast milk fat includes the fatty acids, lauric acid and capric acid, which have potent antimicrobial properties. These fatty acids offer the nursing infant protection from viruses such as herpes and HIV, protozoa such as giardia lamblia, and bacteria such as chlamydia and heliocobater.
A study published in 1998 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that lactating mothers who eat coconut oil and other organic cold pressed coconut products, have significantly increased levels of lauric acid and capric acid in their breast milk. Thus, the milk supply has increased amounts of the protective antimicrobials, which will give even greater protection to the nursing infant.
Pregnant females store fat to assure successful lactation. Any lauric acid and capric acid in the diet becomes part of the adipose stores. The milk fat of a lactating mother is made up of these stores as well as her current diet. If her diet doesn’t contain lauric acid, then generally her milk fat will contain around 3% lauric acid and around 1% capric acid.
When a lactating woman adds foods rich in lauric acid to her diet, the amount of lauric acid available in her breast milk increases substantially to levels three times the original level and nearly double the amount of capric acid. In countries where coconut oil is a diet staple, levels of lauric acid in the mother’s milk can be as high as 21% and capric acid can be as high as 6% giving her infant even more protection against viruses, bacteria, and protozoa.