Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) gained acceptance two years ago when it demonstrated beyond doubt its miraculous properties. Scientists and health experts conducted extensive research on its medical properties and its ability to heal. Studies concluded that the lowly Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is rich in antioxidants or cancer-fighting nutrients such as Vitamins A, C and E. It also contains ample amounts of Lauric Acid. If that is not enough, it is the world’s only available low-calorie fat. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) concluded in its findings that it is “generally regarded as safe”. It also considered VCO as the healthiest oil on earth. The humble coconut tree has truly lived up to its moniker the “tree of life”. The public is being warned though for the increase of various versions of VCO that leads to the destruction of the miraculous properties of the oil. Most VCO comes in liquid form although it could come in softgel capsules. The public are warned about choosing VCO products that have been wrongly extracted or encapsulated. Dra. Teresita Melo Espino, Research Professor at the University Philippines Los Baños explained VCO in the United States during World War II were extracted then hydrogenated to make the oil stable which lead to producing trans-fatty acid which causes heart disease. But the human body needs Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) found in VCO which easily hydrolizes and produces energy. “It is only now that we are reaping the benefits of coconut oil, especially in the prevention of heart diseases,” says Dr. Thaddy Averilla of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and Clinica Manila. “Because of the MCFA, this helps lower down your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol contrary to the claims 20 years ago.”

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