This coconut oil that we bought here in Uvita is cold-pressed and elaborated from fresh coconuts. In less than 48 hours from their collection, they are pressed and processed ensuring the freshest high quality coconut oil. Here in Costa Rica, coconuts are not treated with any chemical or solvent, so they grow free of pesticides and herbicides resulting in organic coconut oil.
Although coconuts have a high level of saturated fat, it’s a necessary fat for optimal nutrition. There are 3 types of saturated fat and the coconut contains the healthiest one: medium chain fats can help you to lose weight while increasing your health at the same time.
Coconuts are rich in medium chain fatty acids and the body uses them differently than the other fats. While other fats are stored in the body, the medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) is sent directly to the liver where it is converted immediately into energy.
It is the MCFA, found in the coconut, which makes it so special. These fatty acids do not have a negative effect on cholesterol, the exact opposite is the case. They are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis.
There are only a few dietary sources of MCFA and one of the best source is coconut oil. Thanks to its quick and easy absorption, it relieves the workload of the pancreas, liver and digestive system. The oil contains high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates. It also contains folic acid, vitamins, minerals, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Coconut oil is the ideal oil to cook with; it is the only one that does not oxidize when it’s heated. The coconut itself is practically the only food that contains short chain fatty acids, so unlike other fats, they don’t need pancreatic enzymes nor bile for digestion. This makes it ideal for people who have had their gall bladders removed and therefore find it difficult to digest fats. In general people with digestive problems or liver problems can take advantage of the unique relief the coconut provides.
Just like the coconut itself, the uses of its oil are extremely diverse. It is perfect for personal hygiene. You can use it as body lotion, eye cream and for dozens of other beauty treatments. Coconut oil helps to heal the skin. Mix it with sugar or sea salt oil and use it as a body scrub for the entire body. You can even put drops of coconut oil onto bruises and insect stings as it reduces the swelling. It is also used by mothers for diaper rash and to ease their babies’ cradle cap by just spreading a little oil on the baby’s scalp every day. Massaged into adults hair it helps to get rid of dandruff, or simply be used as a conditioner or hair mask on healthy hair Coconut oil can brighten your complexion and serve as a face wash. It is also known as being a natural way to reduce and prevent wrinkles, minimize pores, heal stretch marks, strengthen nails, remove makeup, add a light layer of protection from the sun, act as a natural deodorant and of course a great smelling massage oil.
Coconut oil is not just for beauty! It is also a miracle worker for all around health and wellness. Do you want a boost of energy, stress relief and an overall stronger immune system? Take a shot of coconut oil each day or simply enjoy it in a smoothie. Rubbed on the inside of the nostrils it can give quick relief from allergy and hay fever. Athlete’s foot can be treated as well as back pain or sore muscles. Just a few drops put on the inside of the ear can cure ear infections. Used as toothpaste, coconut oil can support the healing of diseases in gums and gingivitis. It can also calm the irritation caused by eczema and other skin problems.
Even serious health problems can be fought with coconut oil. It has been shown that coconut oil prevents colon and breast cancer. Arteries and lesions that cause heart diseases are protected, as well as helping to stabilize blood sugar levels making it an ideal treatment for diabetes. Even epilepsy can be treated because the oil reduces the length of the seizure. Coconut oil can also be used to treat migraines, asthma, menstrual cramps and parasites.
As you can see, fresh coconut oil seems to be like an all-round remedy not just for beauty, but also for serious health problems.
Easy access to an abundance of organic coconut oil is simply another reason why we love Uvita! We appreciate all the healthy things nature has to offer and want to share them with every guest visiting us at Vista Celestial