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Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera). Throughout the tropical world, it has provided the primary source of fat in the diets of millions of people for generations.
The majority of coconut oil produced in the world derives from copra. It is a completely different oil to virgin or extra virgin coconut oil and because of the way it is produced, it has to be Refined, Bleached and Deoderised (RBD) to make it fit for human consumption. Rest assured that Lucy Bee Coconut Oil is NEVER produced in this way.
Our unrefined, raw coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconuts and is of the highest quality.
Lucy Bee is a replacement for processed cooking oils and when heated does not produce free radicals.
You can use it to replace all processed oils, butters and margarines.
Whilst coconut possesses many health benefits, due to its fibre and nutritional content, it's the oil that makes it a truly remarkable food.
Once mistakenly believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, it is now recognised that the fat in coconut oil is unique and different from most other fats and possesses many health giving properties.
The difference is in the fat molecule. All fats and oils are composed of molecules called fatty acids. Coconut oil is composed predominately of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).
The vast majority of fats and oils in our diets, whether they are saturated or unsaturated or come from animals or plants, are composed of long-chain fatty acids (LCFA). Some 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are LCFA.
MCFA are very different from LCFA. MCFA are thought to have a positive effect on cholesterol, helping to lower the risk of both atherosclerosis and heart disease.
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Coconut oil is an amazing source of short and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).
Because MCFAs are absorbed directly from the portal vein into the liver and converted immediately to energy, no bile or pancreatic enzymes are needed for digestion.
Nearly 50% of coconut oil MCFAs are lauric acid, the richest source naturally available. This converts to a substance called monolaurin in the body. Lauric acid in coconut oil has been shown to be useful in increasing immunity and fighting viruses and disease.
Monolaurin is found in abundance in human breast milk, part of Mother Nature’s immune support that is passed from mother to child. Anything in breast milk must be very gentle on the baby, yet effective at boosting immunity.
Coconut oil is a saturated fat but not all saturated fats behave in the same way in the body.
Coconut oil is natural nutrition for hair. It may help in the healthy growth of hair, providing a lovely sheen. Regular massage of the scalp with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care.
It is an excellent conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. This is why it is used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.
Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It can act as an effective moisturiser on all types of skin including dry skin.
Coconut oil often helps prevent dryness and flaking of skin and some believe that it delays wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age.
Many people use coconut oil to treat various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc. used for skin care.