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Virgin Coconut Oil: For Health and Wellness

P. Rethinam (Author) V. Krishnakumar (Author)

Contents: 1. Virgin Coconut Oil for Health and Wellness. 2. Global Coconut Situation. 3. Consumption of Coconut and Coconut Oil. 4. Global Coconut Products. 5. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). 6. Health Benets of VCO. 7. Who can use VCO? 8. The Need for Human Study. 9. Global VCO Market. 10. Machineries for VCO Production.


Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is a miracle oil obtained from matured coconut kernel. Apart from its beneficial role in the nutrition, health, and beauty, VCO provides abundant utility in functional foods, infant foods, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical and cosmeceutical products. VCO is a niche colourless and tasteless product with high content of vitamin E. It differs in its nutritional benefits from the traditional coconut oil (CNO), which has to undergo chemical refining, bleaching and deodorisation (RBD) process. VCO, well known for its Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) as well as high content of LA (> 48 %), exhibits anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoal properties. Other than VCO, high concentration of MCFAs is naturally found only in mothers’ milk (colostrum), an essential nutrition that provides newly born babies the immunity to infections.


Health-conscious people all over the world are now using VCO as nature cure. Practically anyone, at all ages and sexes right from infant to elderly people, irrespective female or male, can consume this oil. One serving of VCO as a dietary supplement (e.g., 1 tablespoon,15 ml or 14.5 g) can provide saturated fatty acids amounting to 67% of the recommendation of the World Health Organization of <20 g/ day (WHO, 2003). A daily intake of 15 ml-20 ml of VCO is the recommended dosage for adults including pregnant and nursing mothers. Two ml twice a day added in the milk is recommended for infants

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About the author

P. Rethinam

Dr. P. Rethinam obtained his graduation and post-graduation in agriculture from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. He started his career as Research Assistant in 1963, Assistant Lecturer and Assistant Professor up to 1976 at TNAU, Coimbatore and then joined Agricultural Research Service in ICAR in 1976. He became Project Coordinator, (Palms) in 1982 and was responsible for research coordination and management of palms. He was selected as Assistant Director General (Plantation Crops), ICAR, New Delhi in 1988 and coordinated the research on Plantation Crops, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops and Betel vine. He introduced the concept of irrigated Oil Palm as small holders crop. He was founder Director of the National Research Centre for Oil Palm at Pedavegi, A.P. and developed infrastructural facilities in a short time. Dr Rethinam was selected as the Chairman, Coconut Development Board, Kochi, Ministry of Agriculture, and Government of India in the year 2001. He has published 215 articles, co-edited two volumes of books on Recent Advances in Plantation Crops, edited 37 books and many technical bulletins, APCC Proceedings, COCOTECH Proceedings, Noni Search Proceedings and reports, DVDs, CDs of APCC intellectual database, etc.

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Title Virgin Coconut Oil: For Health and Wellness
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.08.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390757183
length 467p.