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I like homemade beauty recipe, as it is natural that we don't have to worry about chemicals and side effects. For example, natural hair dye, handmade soap & shampoo. For mouth consumption, I will also choose something organic & natural. As a regular consumer of pure virgin coconut oil, I would say it is a real natural beauty products, for improvement of skin condition and antioxidant. I also use VCO externally for hair & face. Virgin Cocout Oil (VCO) is not only limited to women, but it also brings many health benefits to men as well as your fur pets which is outlined further in this article. So What is Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)? VCO is coconut oil at its best, cold pressed and naturally processed from freshly harvested organic mature coconuts. It has a very light delicate flavourful aroma which could be consumed directly by a spoonful for health benefits, and can also be applied externally for vanity purposes. It is also organic without any added preservatives. VCO is different from cooking oil as it contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid all of which are good compounds that not only promotes general well-being but also helps in losing fats in the abdominal area! One would think that regular consumption of any kind of oil would only increase ones’ cholesterol level or belly size; however, this is not true and is only a misconception. As VCO is made up of small molecular size MCFAs, it’s easily penetrable into the membrane cells and upon digestion, the fat-soluble nutrients is absorbed rapidly and converted into energy. Regular consumption has proven to improve in blood cholesterol profile, boosts immune system and metabolism, relieve external infections associated with bacterial, fungal and viruses. For General Well-Being, Application Or Daily Consumption Of VCO Helps In: For Consumption - 2 Tablespoons a Day 1. Weight loss - Decreases the abdominal size area due to MCFAs as it increases metabolic rate from 4% to 12% 2. Better Digestion - Helps fight unhealthy bacteria in the gut which could prevent Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Constipation and Indigestion 3. More Efficient Thyroid - MCTs assist to raise Thyroid protective hormones, progesterone and pregnenolone in eliminating cholesterol and assist to increase metabolism 4. Healthier Heart - Reduce the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack due to Lauric acid that is heart-friendly For Daily External Application on Hair, Body or Affected area 1. Healthier Skin, Hair & Scalp - Acts as Moisturiser and sun block for the skin - Helps in skin problems – bacterial infection, rashes, dermatitis, acne, wrinkles, eczema, psoriasis - Delay signs of premature aging, wrinkles and dry skin - Can be used as a massage oil - Rub a little VCO on the hair and scalp after wash for a shinier, stronger, tangle free hair Helps in re-growth and provides essential proteins for nourishing damaged hair 2. Other benefits of external applications - Treats skin fungal infections like eczema, candida yeast growth - Disinfect and heals cuts and wounds - Cleansing of sensitive skin instead of soap - Reduce stretch marks - Eye make-up remover - Natural remedy for diaper rash - Used as lip balm for crack or bleeding lips - For oil pulling swishing around the mouth daily for cleaning teeth and bacteria control Benefits of VCO for your Pets - A healthy diet mixed with your pet’s food - Helps in skin problems – disinfect cuts, wounds healing - Deodorized your pet’s skin - Ward off fleas - Conditions your pets hair Other Practical Uses of VCO In the Kitchen - Cooking – use in place of other oils - To add to your protein shake - As a glaze to cold desserts - Baking – use as a healthy alternative to vegetable shortening Around the Home - Furniture Polish – use in place of toxic dusting sprays to provide a clean sheen to your furniture - Car detailer – use to condition the leather, vinyl, plastic parts of your vehicle Retrieved from the full article at Natural Connection Resources website, title: What is Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)?