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Benefits of Unrefined Coconut Oil

Updated: Jan 18, 2020

Did you know Fractionated Coconut Oil is subject to bleaching and/ or harsh chemical processing?

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Benefits of Unrefined Coconut Oil

We all know coconuts and its oil has all sorts of benefits, from a body moisturizer to a deep conditioning hair treatment but did you know not all coconut oils are created equal. If you aren't using Unrefined Coconut Oil you may be missing out on key essential nutrients.

Let's take a quick look at what Fractionated and Unrefined, by definition, are:

Fractionated/Refined - Divide into fractions or components.

Unrefined - not processed to remove impurities or unwanted elements.

Fractionated/Refined Coconut Oil goes through a process called fractionation; fractionation is used to separate fats found in oil. Medium long chain fats such as lauric acid is removed/separated during this process, and some fractionated coconut oils are even subject to chemical processing and/or bleaching.

Why is this done? Well, there are a number of reasons companies do this: to prolong its shelf life, to increase its smoke point for cooking, or even to keep the oil in its liquid form - in order to keep it this way fats are removed which become solid at certain temperatures.

We're not here to bash fractionated coconut oil, we're simply making you aware of the difference. Fractionated coconut oil may have some benefits but it is processed. Not to mention, lauric acid - one of the most beneficial fats, has been removed.

Free from additive or preservatives Unrefined Coconut Oil is slightly sweet, and aromatic. It's loaded with polyphenols, phytonutrients, and lauric acid containing all sorts of antioxidants, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Some of the benefits of each are listed below:

  • Polyphenols are micronutrients found in plants.

  • Phytonutrients and antioxidants contained in unrefined coconut oil helps improve the body's overall well-being and prevent pro-oxidant mediated cell death.

  • Lauric Acid has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. These properties have the ability to fight bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and other pathogens.

Your use of each coconut oil will depend on your personal preference and uses but we'd rather go with untouched, unbleached, and unprocessed - yes, yes, we know we're a little bias.

Besides the amazing benefits of Unrefined Coconut oil listed above, here are some way this versatile oil can be used below:

  • A base for your own homemade self-care product

  • Makeup Remover

  • Massage Oil

  • Deep Conditioner

  • Dandruff Treatment

  • Eczema Relief

Whichever choice you make, we always advise you to do your own research to further your knowledge and always conduct a patch test (a test to discover whether a person is allergic to any substance that are applied to the skin). This way you'll be much more knowledgeable, and have glowing skin!

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