Top Health Benefits of Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

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Top Health Benefits of Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Out of all the types of coconut oil in the market, cold pressed coconut oil has been touted as one, if not the best kind there is.

From skincare to weight loss, this oil offers countless health benefits that other oils simply can’t provide.

Is cold pressed coconut oil really all that?

Or is it all just a hype? Let’s find out!

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What is cold pressed coconut oil?

Cold pressed coconut oil is exactly what its name suggests: coconut oil derived from coconut meat without any heat.

Coconut meat (flaked and usually from mature coconuts) are shredded then pressed.

The yield is what you call coconut milk, which you can also use to cook or add to smoothies.

But to make cold pressed coconut oil, you’d have to let the coconut milk sit until it divides into 3 layers: the cream on top, the coconut oil in the middle and the water at the bottom.

The coconut oil is then filtered and left to sit for days (covered, with a tiny bit of opening) to get clean cold pressed coconut oil.

Cold pressed coconut oil vs. refined coconut oil

You might be wondering…

What’s in cold pressed coconut oil that you can’t find in fractionated coconut oil?

And is the former better than the latter?

The answer to both boils down to one element:

Heat

As I mentioned above, cold pressed coconut oil is extracted without adding heat or any other chemicals (except water).

All the processes that coconut meat goes through are purely mechanical and natural like pressing, letting it sit for hours to naturally settle, etc.

Fractionated coconut oil, on the other hand, has gone through several processes including heating, bleaching and deodorizing.

Heating alone destroys and diminishes the nutritional content of coconuts.

In this case, the antioxidant property of coconuts is significantly reduced.

Bleaching and deodorizing also takes away flavor from coconut oil.

If you’ve noticed, fractionated coconut oil is almost odorless and flavorless but cold pressed coconut oil has that distinct nutty flavor profile and familiar coconut scent.

Another difference between cold pressed coconut oil and its fractionated sibling is that the cold pressed version is free from additives.

Fractionated coconut oil is refined oil that undergoes a refining process.

This refining process usually makes use of additives to take away impurities and “clean” the oil, so to speak.

Given the differences between both types of coconut oil, it’s clear that if health benefits are what you’re after, cold pressed coconut oil wins in so many aspects.

But that’s not to say that fractionated coconut oil is bad and useless.

Both types of oil serve a purpose and you may need one over the other depending on the situation.

For example, fractionated coconut oil is most often used for cooking stir-fries and sautés due to its high heat point and barely-there flavor.

Refined coconut oil is also very popular as carrier oil and is often used in aromatherapy.

Cold pressed coconut oil is great for baked goods and dishes in need of mild coconut flavoring.

And since this unrefined coconut oil still has most nutrients intact, it is also the go-to of many who want to reap its numerous health benefits.

Top Health Benefits of Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one heck of a superfood that’s bursting with health benefits.

I know I won’t be able to exhaust all the goodness it can give you but here are a few:

Powerful antioxidants: Because cold pressed coconut oil didn’t go thru any heat treatment, its antioxidant content is intact. 

Compare that to fractionated coconut oil which underwent heat and filtering processes, damaging coconut’s natural composition, including Vitamin E, Vitamin K and the mineral iron.

Of course, polyphenols and phenolic acids are also found in cold pressed coconut oil, making it a powerful antioxidant that can help prevent oxidative stress and fight harmful free radicals in the body.

Antimicrobial and antibacterial properties: Cold pressed coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). 

Also known as triglycerides, they are made up of 3 immune-boosting acids, namely lauric, caprylic and capric.

These MCFAs have naturally-occurring antimicrobial and antibacterial abilities that can help your body and skin fight off infection.

Disease-fighting properties: Lauric acid, one of the medium-chain fatty acids found in cold pressed coconut oil, has been proven to effectively fight cancer on a cellular level. 

In 2013, a study found that lauric acid kills off colorectal cancer cells.

Another study in 2017 showed that the growth of breast and endometrial cancer cells can be thwarted by lauric acid.

Although both tests demonstrated success in fighting cancer, it should be noted that the studies mentioned used cells, as opposed to people suffering from cancer.

Still, the results are very promising!

Naturally moisturizing: Cold pressed coconut oil has become one of the holy grails of natural beauty.

And I dare say it truly deserves the spot! For one, coconut oil is naturally moisturizing, making it a perfect, all natural moisturizer.

Filled with skin-friendly medium-chain fatty acids, it can bring to life extremely dry skin sans chemicals.

Coconut oil has a very quick absorption rate, effectively moisturizing your skin from within.

Boosts metabolism: Here’s something that coconut oil has to solve your metabolism woes: medium-chain trigylcerides or MCT for short.

Most fats and oils like olive oil and soybean oil contain long-chain fatty acids but not coconut oil.

Cold pressed coconut oil is teeming with MCTs which serves as the body’s source of instant energy.

And I say that because MCTs are used by the body quite differently.

Unlike longer-chain fatty acids, the shorter chain length of MCTs allows it to be broken down faster and absorbed more readily. 

That means that MCTs go straight to the liver where they can either be burned and used as instant energy or transformed into ketones, an alternative source of energy in the absence of glucose.

As you can see, these MCTs are quite efficiently used by the body, making cold pressed coconut oil very popular among bodybuilders and those who aim to lose weight thru the keto diet.

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Conclusion

Cold pressed coconut oil clearly has a lot to offer.

It has numerous health benefits and is also great for your skin. 

It can help boost metabolism which could aid weight loss.

It is all natural and in some cases, organic.

Free from additives, toxins and chemical traces due to refinement, I am not surprised that it has won so many fans!

Still, I believe the use of cold pressed coconut oil for anything health-related should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

That is especially true if you are taking regular medication, have illness/es and/or sensitivies.

It isn’t because cold pressed coconut oil is harmful but the effects of consuming or applying it could affect your body or interact with any medication you’re currently on.

That aside, cold pressed coconut oil is a definite winner in my book!

It’s one of the many gifts from nature you really shouldn’t pass up!

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