Antioxidant Benefits of Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
Our Fair Trade virgin unrefined coconut oil, from the fresh fruit of the coconut palm (cocos nucifera) is traditionally extracted by hand in Togo, West Africa, just as it has been done for hundreds of years. Coconut trees have been cultivated in coastal West Africa and been part of the local diet and skin care for centuries.
Most coconut oil products on the market are refined. Refined coconut oil has been stripped of naturally-occuring antioxidants, making it prone to the generation of free-radicals, which are believed to cause damage to skin cells, cause premature skin aging, even cancer. The natural antioxidants in virgin coconut oil not only prevent free-radicals from forming in the oil, but also help protect against skin exposure to other environmental free-radicals.