Garden of Life™ Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil (CO) is the healthiest and most versatile unprocessed dietary oil in the world. Once thought to be a "bad" fat, coconut oil has been proven to be a stable, healthy saturated fat that can help maintain your cholesterol levels, support your thyroid function, ease digestive disorder symptoms, avert hypoglycemia cravings and provide many other health benefits.
Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil contains lauric acid—the kind found in mother's milk—along with other medium-chain fatty acids. These super fatty acids are quickly metabolized and converted to energy in your body, rather than being stored as fat. Garden of Life Extra Virgin CO is made with only the freshest, organically grown coconuts.
Return to the purity of the world's healthiest oil with Garden of Life Extra Virgin CO.
The Healthiest Unprocessed Dietary Oil
Made from Certified Organic Coconuts
Contains Antibacterial, Antiviral, Anti-fungal Properties
Abundant in Medium Chain Fatty Acids
Improve HDL and LDL Cholesterol Ratios
Shown to Support Healthy Thyroid Function
May Help to Promote Proper Weight Management
Reduce Hypoglycemic Cravings
May Improve Symptoms of Digestive Disorders
Known to promote smooth & supple skin
Withstands Wide Heat Ranges Without Oxidation
Delicious Coconut Flavor and Aroma
What makes Garden of Life Extra Virgin CO different?
Early researchers failed to distinguish between saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They assumed all fats (including coconut oil) were unhealthy because they raised serum cholesterol levels. But in revisiting those studies, researchers discovered that all fats are not created equal. Newer research proves saturated fats rich in the medium chain fatty acids like those found in Garden of Life Extra Virgin CO are very beneficial. In the body, lauric acid, which accounts for 50-55% of the total fatty acids in Garden of Life Extra Virgin CO, converts to monolaurin, a powerful monoglyceride that destroys viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil for thousands of years, and is still a staple in the diets of many people living in tropical areas today. It was once popular here in the United States as well, until shortages of imported oils during WW II created the need to promote local oils like soybean and corn oil. Soon, polyunsaturated fats became the norm in this country; and with it came a rise in obesity, higher cholesterol levels, and degenerative diseases related to aging.
CO has been shown to reduce the symptoms of digestive disorders, support overall immune function, and help prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections. People who consistently use coconut oil, report changes in their ability to go without eating for several hours without experiencing the effects of hypoglycemia.
A study conducted in Yucatan, where CO is a staple, showed that metabolic rates of people living there were 25% higher than in comparable test subjects living in the United States. Increased metabolic rate is a key to healthy weight management and could account for the leanness of people living in areas where CO is consumed on a daily basis. The study further observed that local women displayed none of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause.
Good Fat vs Bad Fat
Research done in the 1950s concluded that all fat was bad! Today, many people still equate fat with weight gain, clogged arteries, and high blood pressure. However, certain fats actually help to prevent those conditions and are essential to good health.
Early researchers failed to distinguish between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats. They assumed at the time, that all fats (including CO) were unhealthy because they raised serum cholesterol levels. But, in revisiting those studies, researchers found that hydrogenated (refined) CO had been used. All hydrogenated oils produce higher serum cholesterol levels, and contribute to greater oxidation and free radicals in the body. In fact, further research has shown that excess amounts of trans-fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils) increase the risk of degenerative diseases and other age-related maladies.
Studies have shown that the amount of unsaturated oil in the diet strongly affects the rate at which wrinkled skin develops. Taken internally and used topically, Extra Virgin CO is effective at slowing down that process.
Extra Virgin CO has tremendous antiviral properties. Lauric Acid makes up 50 to 55 % of the medium-chain fatty acids in CO. In the body, Lauric Acid converts into monolaurin, a compound which is good at fighting viral pathogens, and is also present in large quantities in breast milk, where it protects infants from viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.
Traditional Processing Methods
Extra Virgin CO is produced by the same methods Filipino farmers have been using for thousands of years. Meat extracted from only the freshest, organically grown coconuts is shredded and cold-pressed to make coconut milk. The milk is left to ferment for 24-36 hours, during which time the oil separates. The end product is an aromatic coconut oil that retains its taste and aroma, as well as its nutritional value for a very long time. In fact, Extra Virgin CO has a longer shelf life than any other plant oil.
Aroma and Taste Says It All!
Apart from its healthful benefits, the aroma and taste alone is enough to convince anyone to use Extra Virgin CO. Unsaturated oils go rancid in a fairly short time, imparting a stale odor and taste.
When tested, Extra Virgin CO stored at room temperature for a year, showed no signs of rancidity. Of greatest interest, is its ability to withstand wide temperature ranges during cooking, without the oxidizing effects that occur with other plant-based oils.
Garden of Life® Extra Virgin CO contains NO HYDROGENATED OILS and is not bleached, refined, or deodorized.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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