Friday, April 4, 2008

Caribbean Enters Virgin Coconut Oil Market

Being a person of Caribbean extraction, I have to say that I'm excited that one of the CARICOM nations is now entering the market. I know nothing of the quality of the product and if someone were to send me a bottle I would gladly review here. See the link above to the article. I have high hopes for this Jamaican virgin coconut oil

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Marico of India Making Coconut Oil Sexy

Rejuvenate yourself with Parachute Advansed hair massager

India Infoline News Service / Mumbai Nov 03, 2007 12:25

Use it post oiling your hair with Parachute Advansed to get the "Perfect Champi". Not only does it nourish your scalp and hair but it also relaxes you

Parachute Advansed brings to you a unique personal massager to help you make your ‘Champi’ personal and convenient. This personal massager comes to you as a combination pack with the Parachute Advansed 300 ml bottle. Use it post oiling your hair with Parachute Advansed to get the "Perfect Champi". Not only does it nourish your scalp and hair but it also relaxes you.

Parachute Advansed coconut hair oil from Marico has been made especially keeping in mind the needs of your hair. It penetrates the hair roots better than other hair oils, strengthening your hair from within. With regular use of Parachute Advansed, hair strength is known to increase by up to 16%. What’s more, when applied pre-wash, Parachute Advansed reduces protein loss up to 28% and restores the health of hair.

Use the Parachute Advansed Massager along with Parachute Advansed oil to loosen key pressure areas on your scalp, lulling you to a world of calm. The result – beautiful hair and a relaxed, beautiful you. The combo pack is specifically designed to cater to the needs of the modern woman. Now, be assured, you have a personal massager to help you beat that stress and keep you looking truly Gorgeous Hamesha!!!

This combination pack is available at select outlets at just Rs. 99/- (MRP incl. of all

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Filipina Beauty Guru praises VCO

Cory power

By Nicolo F. Bernardo

IMAGINE being a granny and still gorgeous with an hourglass figure, flawless cream-white skin, clean health bill, and engagements here and there like a young busy-body. You’re never to go under the knife, exploit chemicals, or be like Snow White’s step mom. You need only time-tested wisdom and natural potions you could scour from your backyard.

Sounds like old maid fantasy?

Ask Cory Quirino, the country’s top beauty guru, who must have found the ambrosia to eternal youth despite being a lola. Indeed, she must be “naturally gifted,” and she credits that to her motto: “Go natural.”

Her advice: exercise, laugh, pray, take fruits and veggies, natural products, and her latest discovery: cracking the miracles of the coconut tree.

“It is the tree of life. The healthiest and most nutritious food you can eat,” the host of Studio 23’s The Good Life and dzMM’s Ma Beauty Po Naman shares. “The coconut is central to my advocacy.”

This presidential granddaughter of the late Elpidio Quirino happens to be the namesake of another president, Cory Aquino of the People Power Revolution. But eschewing politics, Quirino (real name Soccoro Alicia) is launching an all-Filipino beauty revolution through natural products she herself use and prove effective. She tells all with Standard Today.

Bearing fruit

It was 20 years back when Quirino found herself overweight. In “panic,” she hit the gym and committed herself into fitness courses. Eventually, Cory loved the works, mastered the how-to’s, and forever changed her lifestyle and eating habits.

“I lost 15 pounds in two weeks as I went vegetarian and hit the gym daily,” she remembers. “I have learned to be kinder to my body.”

About a decade after, her head-turning physique would call the attention of her gymmates who would eagerly ask her advice. She would meet them every after aerobics class until she decided to write them a book, Forever Young. From there she started her career as a beauty and fitness guru.

“I did not realize that this book inspired by a few ladies would address the common problems of thousands of Filipinas who were waiting for guidance. Eventually, it became a bestseller,” the former IBC-13 and RPN-9 broadcaster recalls. “Needy, helpless women inspire me. They are the ones who give me the motivation as I believe all Filipinas are beautiful and if they don’t feel that, I will show them how.”

Quirino’s regimen is simple: low fat, low sugar and sodium, low carbs, and high fiber such as fresh fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, or white meats like chicken and fish (boiled not fried). Drink soy milk and 10 glasses of water daily. Observe six hours of sleep. And exercise three times a week for at least 20 minutes.

“The foundation of beauty is health,” she quips.

In the latest edition of her book, Cory advises using natural remedies within every Filipino’s reach: banaba as blood cleanser; guava as mouthwash; garlic as antibiotic; yerba buena as analgesic; apple as tonic; pineapple as energy drink; citrus fruits for good skin; pansit-pansitan for rheumatism; ginger for stomach and throat problems; sambong for kidney stones; ampalaya to lower sugar levels; lagundi to cure cough, asthma, and fever; papaya to control bowels; carrots and tomatos to fight cancer; and introducing, the coconut.

“Because they are natural, they have no side effects and have no restrictions. In fact, my youngest follower is 10 years old, and the oldest, 70,” she says. “Interestingly enough, when they did a survey on my show Ma Beauty Po Naman, I got almost equal male and female audience.”

Secrets in a (coco)nutshell

Quirino endorses the coconut not only for its healthy meat and milk, but also for its all-in-one therapeutic oil, which is said to be so effective, it has promising cures for HIV/AIDS.

“The virgin coconut oil is without equal. It has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties,” she says. “What’s more, because of its lauric acid content, it’s almost like being given mothers’ milk. Our immune systems are boosted, metabolism jumpstarted, and our energy levels sustained.”

Three years ago, Quirino with Nutra Medica arranged to try concoctions and applications of VCO products that now bear her name: “Cocozen by Cory Quirino” in “Forever Young Kits.” She tried these on herself even before they could be approved for market.

“VCO is great for all skin types. The only difference is the amount one should use. Liberal for dry skin, minimal for oily.”

With VCO, one does not need separate anti-allergy, anti-aging, sunblock, skin whitener, moisturizer, and relief lotions. These are all properties of VCO. Its medium chain fatty acids fight harmful microorganisms. It also keeps connective tissues strong and supple to prevent skin sagging and wrinkling as it removes dead cells to restore damaged or diseased skin. Further, it protects from solar rays and reduces inflammations.

“It is the coconut (products) that will resurrect the Philippine agricultural economy and give hope to millions of Filipino coconut farmers and their families—easily, 15 million lives can be uplifted,” Cory stresses. “It is 100 percent Filipino. We should patronize it and make it part of our lifestyle.”

Quirino does so with her routine: hair care with Cocozen Hot Oil pack, Cocozen Body Oil after baths, Cocozen Facial Oil as moisturizer and make-up cleanser, Cocozen Hand and Foot Cream for softer hand and foot skin, Cocozen Roll-On rose (antiseptic) and citrus (aphrodisiac) scents for perfume, and the Cocozen Massage Oil to bust stress. The latter bagged the Best Product Award from the 4th National Coconut Festival and the 9th Cocoweek Celebraion in 2005. Cory Quirino’s coconut kits are now available in beauty carts.

But besides pampering her body, Cory is no vain. Living a primadonna lifestyle is not in her list.

Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to be the director of the Philippine General Hospital Foundation and the Volunteers for Crime and Corruption, vice president of Streetwatch Dial 117, fundraiser for Tuloy sa Don Bosco Home for Streetchildren, active member of the Rotary Club and El Shaddai Catholic charismatic community, and more. She takes her civic engagements as her means to be holistically healthy, mentally active, and quintessentially full of life.

“Wellness is the harmony of body, mind, and spirit,” she advises. “Therefore, what you believe you will become. So think healthy, think beautiful. And be happy.”

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Coconut Oil and Milk Included in Hair Loss Remedy

Home Remedies for Hair Loss that are both Easy and Safe
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October 24, 2007

Many of us are concern about a common topic - hair loss. In this article I have tried to cover some of the common hair loss treatments that you can try even at home. These home treatments help in controlling your hair fall. Try them as they natural and safe.

Home Remedies for Hair Loss

• Soak fenugreek in deep pot of water throughout the night. Massage the liquid into the scalp and wrap with a cloth for three hours. Repeat everyday for one month.

• Massage the scalp with uncooked egg yolk, leave for one hour and wash.

• Boil one cup of water, add one teaspoon of mustard seeds, cook for five minutes, cool and drink.

• Boil rosemary leaves in water, strain and keep the liquid in a glass bottle. Use it to wash your hairs daily. You can also put rosemary water in a sprayer and spray your hairs every morning.

• Massaging scalp with coconut milk will nourish the hair and promote hair growth. Coconut milk is prepared by grinding the coconut shavings and squeezing them well.

Herbal Treatments for Hair Loss

• Amla oil - Amla helps in rejuvenating the hairs and promotes hair growth. It helps in redefining the root of hairs by facilitating the nutrition to them. It also helps in improving the circulation in the scalp when massaged on it as oil.

You can prepare amla oil by boiling dry amla pieces in coconut oil. It is considered as a valuable hair tonic for enriching hair growth. A mixture of equal quantities of fresh amla juice and lime juice used as a shampoo stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss.

• Aloe Vera - It is believes that the regular use of aloe vera gel activates the production of nitric oxide and contains an enzyme known as superoxide dismutane. Some experts feel that these two substances combine to stimulate hair regrowth in those suffering from male pattern type baldness.

• Red pepper (Capiscum) - It helps to draw blood and nutrients to the scalp and encourages the release of histimines to stimulate cell division and hair regrowth.

• Safflower oil (Carthamus tinctorious) - Safflower oil applied to the scalp acts as a vasolidator that dilates blood vessels. This allows more blood to deliver nutrients to the hair follicle thus helps in promoting hair regrowth.

• Dong Quai - It is a traditional Chinese herb that contains phytoestrogens that reduces the formation of DHT. Hence, this herb is believed to stop hair loss and even regrow hairs.

• Saw Palmetto - It is a small creeping palm containing free fatty acids and phytosterols, which block the formation of DHT and by inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that contributes to androgenetic alopecia.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

Know more on Home Remedies for Hair Loss and various other ailments at for easy and effective home remedies for all common health problems from acidity to yeast infection.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Author misinformed about saturated fat and coconut oil.

How To Reduce Saturated Fat
Nikhil Jain


October 23, 2007

To reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diets, many people choose foods and snacks whose labels say they are made with "100% pure vegetable oil" or "pure vegetable shortening." The assumption is that because it is a pure vegetable oil, it is free of saturated fat and healthier.

Several vegetable oils are more highly saturated than lard and beef fat. Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are the worst. They contain 86% and 81 % saturated fat, respectively, and they are widely used in snack items, such as crackers, chips, cookies, cake mixes, and granola bars. Individuals should look beyond the "vegetable oil" banner displayed prominently on many snack packages and scan the ingredients list for the words "coconut," "palm kernel," and "palm oil." Many items outside the snack aisle also contain palm or coconut oil. For instance, cool whip contains both palm kernel and coconut oils, making it more highly saturated than real whipped cream.

Experts recommend a diet that achieves a total fat intake of 30% of total calories or less, with 10% coming from each type of fat (saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated), and a cholesterol in take below 300 milligrams per day. For a person on a 2200 calorie diet, 73 grams of fat are allowed. Average levels of fat consumption of 116 grams per day for men and 75 grams per day for women are substantially higher than the DRV.

Because many foods, such as vegetables and fruits, have little or no fat, other foods can provide more than 30% fat and still fit into a healthy diet. Fortunately there is no need to calculate the percent of fat in each food item consumed. an occasional moderate serving of a high fat food favorite with low fat foods. Remember, the 30% fat-calorie recommendation is a maximum; aim for less fat grams, on average.

Suggestions for meeting these recommendations are as follows:

Limit meat, seafood, and poultry to no more than 5 to 7 ounces per day.

Use chicken or turkey (without the skin) or fish in most meals.

Choose lean cuts of meat, trim all the visible fat, and throwaway the fat that cooks out of the meat.

Substitute meatless or low meat main dishes for regular entrees.

Use no more than 5 to 8 teaspoons of fats and oils per day for cooking, baking, and preparing salads.

Choose foods that contain less than 3 grams of fat per 100 calorie serving.

Use low fat dairy products.

To control cholesterol, the following can be used as guidelines:

Use no more than four egg yolks per week, including those used in cooking.

Limit consumption of shrimp, lobster, sardines, and organ meats.

Avoid fried foods, substitute a cooking method other than frying (baking, grilling, broiling, roasting).

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Jamaican man treats a AIDS patient with Coconut Oil.

It's good to see more of this stuff coming out now.

From A raw deal
Published on: 10/14/07.
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"Our first AIDS victim, who came in on a stretcher, was a dance teacher who was brought to us and he came into my office and I analysed him for two hours. We decided we needed to strengthen his blood first of all.

"We did that with an infusion of chlorophyll. Every half an hour, we pumped him with a glass of chlorophyll and within the first half hour, he was able to sit up. We continued with that and we started him on our anti-AIDS programme which is very simple: four tablespoons of pure coconut oil – it is done in the East.

"We gave him the coconut oil every 15 minutes with the chlorophyll. He was able to stand up, and in two hours he was on his way to Montego Bay to conduct a three-day dance workshop." said Sherrill, who further explained the healing power of the oil.

"We have an institute at university called the Tropical Research Institute and we ran a programme about 25 years ago on malnourished children from our innercity who were eating chicken backs and rice every day, which have no nutrition.

"What they did was cook the rice in coconut milk and oil. That study went on for two years and every single child's nutrition went up. They were no longer malnourished.

"All the vitamins, proteins, chlorophyll were in their systems, and the enzymes in their bodies became healthy.

"Coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-fungal and antibacterial. What we do is add garlic to our coconut oil and you have a perfect antidote for whatever.

"So the AIDS virus, which is an acquired immune deficiency, cannot live in a well oxygenated body that is full of coconut oil."

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

CSU Nutritionist Slams Coconut Oil

If you should feel so inclined to drop her an e-mail after reading this article, her e-mail address is at the bottom of her article. People like her need to be corrected. Be nice so that she will become an ally.

Choose popcorn snack wisely and limit portion size
By Shirley Perryman
Article Last Updated: 10/16/2007 08:25:20 PM MDT

October is popcorn month, so consider this eye-popping fact: In 1957 popcorn came in a three-cup bucket at the movies. Today the large bucket holds about 16 cups!

Movie theater popcorn is likely less healthy to consume than the microwave variety. The larger the container, the more we're likely to eat. A large movie popcorn may contain 1,650 calories.

Ask at your local movie theater what kind of oil they use to pop their popcorn. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, and partially hydrogenated oil is loaded with trans fat, so neither is recommended for people who want to eat heart-healthy.

Popcorn might be the world's oldest snack food, dating back at least 4,000 years. However, in those early years it was more likely eaten as a fine meal mixed with water. Today we consume 16 billion quarts of popcorn as a crunchy snack that comes in many forms including plain, sweet, savory and salty.

On the plus side for popcorn: It's a whole grain, which means it is loaded with fiber - 3.6 grams of fiber in three cups. Three cups of popcorn equals a 1-ounce whole-grain equivalent serving from the grains group, and 90 calories if air-popped, 165 calories if popped in oil and considerably more, around 300 calories, if topped with butter. Once it gets mixed with chocolate and caramel and all those other yummy, sugary add- ons, the calories go out of sight.

If you can't face eating dry popcorn, try this: Spray air-popped popcorn lightly with an oil spray and then sprinkle it with parmesan cheese, any plain or flavored salt, chile powder, garlic powder, dry ranch-style seasoning mix, lemon pepper or your favorite herbs. For a sweet twist try cinnamon, brown sugar or nutmeg.

You may have concerns about microwaving popcorn after hearing the recent news report about the man with "popcorn lung." Diacetyl flavoring is added to some butter-flavored microwave popcorn. When the diacetyl is heated and becomes a vapor and if it is inhaled into the lungs over a long period of time, it can cause the small airways in the lungs to become swollen and scarred. This appears to be an isolated case for a consumer who ate at least two bags of popcorn daily and inhaled the fumes of freshly popped microwave popcorn.

Err on the side of caution and do not breathe in the steam when opening the bag after microwaving. Diacetyl occurs naturally in foods such as cheese, cocoa, coffee and certain fruits. Diacetyl flavoring has also been approved for food use in foods besides popcorn and may be found in ice cream, beverages, candy and baked goods. However, the leading manufacturers of microwave popcorn are removing diacetyl flavoring from their products.

Keep in mind popcorn pitfalls before you indulge:

At the supermarket, choose light varieties to save on fat and calories. Read the nutrition facts label and the ingredient label to note the fat source. Choose those made with oils other than palm or coconut oil or partially hydrogenated fat.

Multiply the numbers for fat grams by the number of servings you are likely to consume. Just because the serving size as listed shows zero grams of trans fat, if you're likely to eat three times that amount, your saturated or trans fat intake can quickly go past zero to 1.5 grams. A manufacturer can show zero grams of trans fat per serving if it is less than 0.5 grams. Both saturated fat and trans fat are on the list of things to avoid or limit for heart health.

Regardless of what kind of popcorn you choose, keep your focus on portion size whether you're eating at home, at the theater or elsewhere. Deprivation isn't any fun, so if your portion size is large, consider sharing or saving some for later. Chosen wisely, popcorn is a healthful snack you can enjoy year round.

Shirley Perryman, M.S., R.D., is an extension specialist with the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition: