So.. I received a container of Viva Labs' Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to review. I love, love, love anything tropical and coconutty so Coconut Oil is always on my must have list. It is such a well rounded product. You can use coconut oil for beauty, cooking, and healing. I am in Phoenix, so right now- my coconut oil is NOT in solid form. Come winter, it will be but for now it's in a liquid form. The product is FINE if it liquifies, solidifies, and liquifies again. So, if yours does that- do not fret. It's fine.
Viva Labs' Coconut Oil is NON GMO (Yay!), Organic, and from the container:
- free of pesticides, bleach, hexane and trans fat.
- USDA certified organic and non-GMO
- Unrefined, extra- virgin, cold pressed
- MCTs for energy and weight management
- Suitable for Vegans
- Delicious Tropical Aroma and Taste.
Delicous aroma and taste? Absofreakinglutely. I wanted to go to the tropics after one whiff. Also, the container is BPA free. The rest of the points? Perfection. Well, I had NO idea what MCTs were so I went to the handy-dandy Google and searched.
Per Ward Dean, MD on Nutrition Review, MCTs are "Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique form of dietary fat that impart a wide range of positive health benefits. Nevertheless, the potential anti-aging properties of MCTs have been largely unrecognized by many life extension enthusiasts. Dietary fats are molecules composed of individual carbon atoms linked into chains ranging from 2 to 22 carbon atoms in length. Long Chain Fatty acids (LCTs) ranging from 12 to 18 carbons long are the predominant form of fat in the American diet. MCTs, by contrast, are composed of only 6 to 10 carbon links. Because of their shorter chain length, MCTs have a number of unique properties which give them advantages over the more common LCTs"
A lot of information there but essentially, MCTs are awesome and have many health advantages. I suggest reading the article linked above. I learned something new! Always a win!
I like to use Coconut Oil for oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient ayurvedic treatment in which you use a virgin oil (sesame, olive or coconut) to essentially pull bacteria out of your system via swishing (not vigorgously) the oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. You spit it out (full of toxins!) and rinse with clear water for a few minutes. I swear by it! I have a problem with my gums and tend to get infections easily and find that with oil pulling- I can pull these toxins out and I feel better overall. I am just starting this process (only a few weeks) but I feel a difference. Check out these articles:
Oil Pulling Hype?
You can make toothpaste, add it to your lotion, or even put the oil directly on your skin for super moisturizing. Want shiny hair? You can put coconut oil in it!
Of course, coconut oil makes the BEST oil to stir fry in.
All in all, this is a GREAT coconut oil and for a GREAT price on Amazon.com! I found that Viva Labs' Coconut Oil is a high quality coconut oil.
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disclaimer: I did receive the product for free to review but this did not affect my ability to voice my opinion of the product.