Liquid coconut oil (LCO) is good for you due to its pure contents of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).
What’s so good about MCTs?
MCTs are relatively smaller fat molecules that our cells can easily absorb and convert to energy.
Long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), on the other hand, require the aid of insulin to transport them into cells. This tax on our insulin reserve. Not only that, most LCTs do not readily convert to energy.
If you’re insulin resistant, MCTs can still provide energy for you but not LCTs. Which is why many diabetics have reported an improvement on their diabetic condition after eating coconut oil regularly.
But regular coconut oil has only 60% of MCTs whereas its liquid counterpart carries purely MCTs. So, you can imagine how good this coconut oil (LCO) is for people who are insulin resistant.
Adding Lauric Acid
Lauric acid, among the MCTs, provides the strongest antimicrobial properties.
It can help you kill a variety of lipid-coated viruses and bacteria such as HIV, HSV, measles, sarcoma, leukemia, influenza, H. pylori, chlamydia pneumoniae etc.
Knowing the benefits of lauric acid, some companies have started to pump lauric acid into their LCO products. This is definitely good for you because it provides better health protection.
How do you know which brand of LCO contains lauric acid? The product label will tell you.
Why Liquid Coconut Oil?
Regular coconut oil easily hardens in cold weather. This is due to its inclusion of other LCTs. By carrying only MCTs, liquid coconut oil can stay watery even at 32 °F (0 °C).
This provides great convenience for people who live in regions where cold climate is inevitable.
Benefits of Liquid Coconut Oil
Because it carries only MCTs, liquid coconut oil is much lighter and thinner than regular coconut oil.
For that reason, you can use it to dilute essential oils for massage therapy. You can also apply it directly to your skin for skin care. Your skin absorbs it pretty fast.
On top of that, all MCTs are saturated. This means that they can help deactivate free radical activities on your skin.
Free radicals are renegades that cause your skin to sag and wrinkle. Free radicals also promote sunburn when you over-expose your skin to UV.
Unlike the non-food grade fractionated coconut oil that you can only use externally, you can also consume liquid coconut oil as a healthy food. (Learn more about the differences between fractionated and liquid coconut oil.)
But not all brands of LCO are edible. You have to examine the label carefully. If it says something like “cooking”, “energy”, or “supplements” etc, then that’s the type of liquid coconut oil for both consumption and skin care.
You can drink it straight from the bottle or cook your food with it. Or you can simply pour it over your food or beverage.
Most are flavored with a delicate coconut scent while few are not. It’s shown on the label so you can make a sound decision. And a good quality liquid coconut oil should look colorless.
Liquid coconut oil is good for you because it provides the key benefits of coconut oil and yet, without causing inconvenience for you during winter.
Because of its capability to remain in liquid form at low temperatures, you can literally use it anytime you need it.
And if you get one that is edible, you can consume it for health benefits besides applying it to your skin.