CocoTherapy® Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is made from the purest, fresh organically grown coconuts. The coconuts are grown in a USDA certified organic coconut farm.
CocoTherapy® virgin coconut oil is 100% pure and natural. It is non-GMO (genetically modified organism), cold pressed, hexane-free, unrefined, non-bleached and contains no trans fats and no hydrogenated fats.
Benefits of incorporating coconut oil into your pet's diet:
- Reduces or eliminates odor and bad breath in dogs
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, itchy skin, etc
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy, improves digestion
- May help with arthritis or ligament problems
- Can also be applied topically to cuts, wounds, infected ears, bites and stings.
Numerous benefits of coconut oil for pets have been reported and the growing evidence is impressive. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. In dogs, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog's skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.*
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:
Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,
and itchy skin
Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and
hair, bites and stings
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support."
Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, NMD. Integrative veterinarian & Naturopathic Medical Doctor
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Aids in elimination of hair balls and coughing
Immune System, Metabolic function, Bone health
Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents that prevent infection and disease
Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Helps reduce weight, increases energy
Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
As always, before giving any new treat or supplement, talk to your holistic veterinarian about incorporating coconut oil and coconut chips in your pets' diet. See Amazing Coconut Oil to learn more about coconut oil. See Coconut as a Dietary Fiber to learn why coconut is the best form of dietary fiber, and the health benefits of adding CocoTherapy Coconut Chips to your pet's diet.
|Size||8 fl oz or 16 fl oz|
Recommended dosage: 1 teaspoon (5ml) per 10 pounds (5kg) of body weight, or 1 tablespoon (15ml) per 30 pounds (13.6 kg) of body weight. Start slowly, for example, start at a quarter of this and build up slowly. Use similarly for cats and other animals.
Our favorite method of dispensing: Simply place a tsp or so in the cupped palm of your hand and let the warmth of your hand melt the oil. Then let your pet lick the oil directly from your hand! Our pooches and kitties love it, and what a wonderful way to bond! Then rub any remaining oil on your own skin, and begin enjoying the benefits of soft, silky, skin! As with all new supplements, start with small amounts, such as 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon per day for small dogs, puppies, cats and kittens and 1 teaspoon for large dogs. Gradually increase the amount every few days.
CocoTherapy® virgin coconut oil is 100% pure and natural
1. Why is Coconut Oil Often Considered the Miracle Oil?
Virgin coconut oil is the richest natural source of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which is a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA). Most of coconut oil's health benefits come from medium-chain fatty acids. Medium-chain fatty acids consists of caprylic (C8:0), capric (C10:0) and lauric (C12:0) acids. Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, and the only other abundant source found in nature is in human breast milk. The value of lauric acid has been widely studied and has shown multiple health benefits. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother's milk and have similar nutriceutical effects.
2. Isn't coconut oil a saturated fat, and isn't saturated fat bad for you?
Yes, coconut oil is a saturated fat, but not all saturated fat is bad for you. It is not the kind doctors warn you about. Coconut oil is one of the world's few saturated-fat vegetable oils. Recently, saturated fats have been getting a second look, because it turns out that not all saturated fats are the same. The saturated fatty acids found in butter, cream, and some meats are palmitic acid and myristic acid, and have been linked to a higher risk of heart disease. However, coconut oil does not contain these fatty acids, and instead contains lauric acid, stearic acid (also found in dark chocolate), capric and caprylic acid. Unlike palmitic acid and myristic acid (the saturated fat culprits) these acids behave differently in the body, and research show that they do not raise heart disease risk. In fact, it has been proven to be good for you. CocoTherapy® coconut oil is all natural and pure, and is not hydrogenated, and is rich in lauric, capric and caprylic acids.
3. Does CocoTherapy® contain Trans Fat or Hydrogenated Fat?
CocoTherapy does not contain Trans Fat or Hydrogenated Fat. Virgin, natural coconut oil is not hydrogenated coconut oil. Unfortunately, coconut oil often found in today's processed foods is the hydrogenated version of coconut oil. Because of this, coconut oil has gotten a bad rap. However, not all coconut oil is the same, and not all is hydrogenated. Hydrogenated oils are molecularly changed oils by processing, heat, solvents, and other chemicals. CocoTherapy is NOT hydrogenated, nor does it contain any Trans Fat.
4. What exactly is in coconut oil that is good for me and my pet?
Coconut oil is abundant in a Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid. Lauric acid is responsible for many of its health benefits. The only other abundant source found in nature is in human breast milk. Dr. Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University emphasized the value of Lauric Oils. The medium-chain fats in coconut oil are similar to fats in mother's milk and have similar nutriceutical effects. Babies make monoglyceride monolaurin from the lauric acid they get from their mothers' milk and is the same substance that keeps infants from getting viral, bacterial, or protozoal infections.
5. What do the experts say about the health benefits of coconut oil?
Dr. Mary Enig, a Ph.D. nutritionist/biochemist and one of the world's leading authorities on fats and oils, goes on to say, "Lauric acid in coconut oil is formed into monoglyceride monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of lauric acid." In addition to protecting the body against infection, medium-chain fatty acids are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. These fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats, but are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy, just like carbohydrates. The body uses the fat in coconut oil to produce energy, rather than be stored as body fat.
Coconut oil also contains capric and caprylic acid, which have similar properties and are best known for their antifungal effects. Like lauric acid, capric acid helps balance insulin levels
6. Is it true that coconut oil can promote weight loss and increase metabolism?
Yes, coconut oil can promote weight loss by increasing metabolism naturally. Researchers now know that weight loss associated with coconut oil is related to the length of the fatty acid chains contained in coconut oil. Coconut oil primarily consists of medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs). These triglycerides can speed up the metabolism because they are so easily digested and converted into energy. These medium chain fatty acids are different from the common longer chain fatty acids found in other plant-based oils. Most vegetable oils are composed of longer chain fatty acids (LCTs). LCTs are typically stored in the body as fat, while MCTs are burned for energy. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that medium-chain fatty acids were three times more effective at raising the metabolism than long-chain fatty acids. Researchers concluded that replacing long-chain fatty acids with medium-chain fatty acids was an effective method for weight loss. Another study from the same journal showed that eating medium-chain fatty acids increases metabolism and also helps burn off stored fat. Metabolism was evaluated before and after a meal rich in these medium-chain fatty acids. On average, metabolism increased by 48 percent. In obese individuals, the increase was as high as an astounding 65 percent. MCTs promote thermogenesis (the burning of calories to produce heat). Thermogenesis increases the body's metabolism, producing energy. Studies have shown the thermogenic effect of coconut oil can last for 24 hours.
Coconut oil can support a healthy weight in other ways as well. It slows down the digestion of food, which helps one feel fuller after a meal. Many people notice that after adding coconut oil to their diet, they are less prone to snacking. Because it slows digestion, coconut oil also helps prevent blood sugar fluctuations after a meal by slowing the rate carbohydrates are broken down into blood glucose. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil destroy candida, a condition of yeast overgrowth in the body which triggers symptoms of weight gain, carbohydrate cravings, fatigue and many others. Eliminating candida is an important part of achieving permanent weight loss.
7. Is coconut oil a good source of antioxidants and Vitamin E?
The unsaturated oils in some cooked foods become rancid in just a few hours, even at refrigerator temperatures, and are responsible for the stale taste of left-over foods. Coconut oil that has been kept at room temperature for over a year has been tested for rancidity, and showed no evidence of it. Because of this, coconut oil has been shown to have powerful anti-oxidative effects. It is well established that dietary coconut oil reduces our need for vitamin E, and provides a significant source of antioxidants. As an antioxidant, it is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E, 15 times more potent than carrots, and 300 times more potent than tomatoes.
8. So coconut is good for people, but is it good for my pet(s) as well?
Numerous benefits of coconut oil for pets have been reported and the growing evidence is impressive. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. In dogs, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog's skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions. Read the article in The Whole Dog Journal to read about coconuts and dogs.
9. How is CocoTherapy coconut oil produced? How does your production differ from the other commercial coconut oil brands?
CocoTherapy® organic virgin coconut oil is superior to other coconut oils in the market today.
We know that there are other coconut oils available in the market, but we also know that there are many different ways to produce and manufacture coconut oil.
CocoTherapy® Coconut Oil and CocoChips™ come from fresh organically grown coconuts. The coconuts are grown in a USDA certified organic coconut farm. The coconuts are harvested fresh and are opened between four to eight hours of harvesting. The fresh coconut meat is then air-dried in a cold dry environment, and cold-pressed to express the healthy and pure coconut milk. The oil is separated from moisture in a process called vacuum drying, with low processing temperatures that are approximately 100 degrees F.
Usually, coconut oil that is considered "excellent" has a 0.04% - 0.11% moisture content. Higher moisture content not only lessens the oil's shelf life, but also makes the oils more susceptible to oxidation, bacteria, and the breakdown of triglycerides. CocoTherapy® coconut oil has a moisture content of only 0.02% - 0.08%. Other coconut oil brands contain a much higher moisture content.
10. How do you determine an organic product vs. a non-organic product? How do you certify that your products are truly USDA Organic?
Our organic coconut oil comes from coconuts that are grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In addition to this, chemicals are not used through out the entire production process. In organic coconut oil manufacture, the coconut flesh is not dried using chemicals. Extraction is done at low temperatures and only through mechanical means, without the use of chemicals or solvents. In addition to this, chemicals are not used for refining process. The entire process of manufacturing organic coconut oil does not involve the use of chemicals. CocoTherapy® is certified organic by Global Organic Alliance, Inc, a USDA Accredited Certifying Agent, and bears the USDA Organic seal on its labels.
11. Why does CocoTherapy®use glass jars as opposed to plastic for the coconut oil?
Most experts recommend storing coconut oil in glass jars rather than plastic. CJ Puotinen, in her article on coconut oil in The Whole Dog Journal states ""Assuming the oil is correctly labeled and properly prepared, virgin organic coconut oil in glass rather than plastic is the favorite of most experts." Most soft plastic products are made with PVC. The chemicals which comprise PVC, have been known to leach into water, and food products. For this same reason, experts have advised consumers to purchase glass baby bottles instead of plastic. There is concern with the plastic chemicals leaching into the oil. Oils can swell polyethylene, and therefore some of this substance may leach into the oil. Unless you are 100% certain that the oil is in a high quality food-grade HDPE non-leaching plastic container, it is safest to purchase coconut oil in glass jars.
12. What is "Virgin" or "Extra Virgin" coconut oil? Is there a difference?
There are many coconut oils on the market that are labeled as "Virgin Coconut Oil" or "Extra Virgin Coconut Oil." The term "Extra Virgin" when used in coconut oil, is more a marketing ploy from manufacturers to increase the appeal of their products. Virgin coconut oil simply refers to coconut oil that is prepared using mechanical means without the addition of any heat or chemicals. The oil must come from fresh coconut meat as opposed to copra. Chemicals and high heating are not used in further refining, resulting in a natural, pure coconut oil that is very stable.
According to the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community, which has provided APCC Standards for Virgin Coconut Oil, "virgin coconut oil is obtained from the fresh and mature kernel of coconut by mechanical or natural means with or without the application of heat, which does not lead to alteration of the oil". The APCC does not mention anything about extra virgin coconut oil. There is no difference between extra virgin coconut oil and virgin coconut oil.
True virgin coconut oil has a shelf life of several years. One of the main differences between virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oils is the scent and taste. Virgin coconut oils retain the fresh scent and taste of coconuts, whereas the copra-based refined coconut oils have a bland taste due to the refining process.
13. Is CocoTherapy® coconut chips the same as the shredded dehydrated coconut found in the baking aisle in the supermarket?
No. CocoTherapy® coconut chips are not the same as the shredded dehydrated coconut found in the baking aisle in the supermarket. The shredded dehydrated coconut in the supermarket aisle is not from organic fresh coconut meat. Often times, it is dried in kilns or heat. They often contain preservatives, chemicals, or sugar. Do not feed dehydrated coconut found in the baking aisle to your pet
CocoTherapy Coconut Chips are made specifically for maximum digestibility, while the traditional dehydrated coconut chips are not. CocoTherapy Coconut Chips are uniquely developed to be easily digestible for animals, and easily assimilated in the body, while providing all the beneficial nutrients from medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). Unlike other dehydrated coconut chips or flakes available in your grocery aisles or even health food stores, CocoTherapy coconut chips break down easily and quickly with just water.
14. Can I eat CocoTherapy® coconut oil and chips?
CocoTherapy® coconut oil and coconut chips are 100% all natural, human-grade, and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Safe and delicious for human consumption, the coconut oil and chips can be used as a food supplement, in salads, as cooking oil, for baking or snacking right out of the bag.
15. I would like to take CocoTherapy®Coconut oil as well. How do I start taking the oil as a supplement?
Start small. If you've never taken coconut oil before, start with one teaspoon a day and slowly work up to 3-5 tablespoons per day. This will help your body adjust to the beneficial effects of coconut oil. The kind of coconut oil you choose is very important. Organic, unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil is the best choice since it preserves all the natural goodness of the oil. As always, consult your doctor before beginning any new supplement.
16. Are there any side effects, or dangers of over-dose?
Coconut oil and coconut chips are not a drug. There are no records of side effects or cases of overdose reported. If your pet appears unusually tired, uncomfortable, or has diarrhea, reduce the amount temporarily. Detoxification symptoms may occur because coconut oil kills harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi. Headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms are common in humans who consume too much too fast, and similar symptoms can occur in animals. As with all new treats and supplements, start slow, until your pet becomes accustomed to the new food.
17. I give my dogs coconut oil regularly. Is it safe to give on a regular basis and long-term? Can coconut oil elevate triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood and cause hyperlipidemia when given long term?
There have been numberous studies on this done on lab animals as well as humans. Coconut oil is unique as a medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) in that it is synthesized in the body differently from other fats. The smaller medium chain triglyceride molecules are easily digestible and absorbable. They do not need bile to be assimilated, nor do they need pancreatic lipase to be digested. Typically the blood has triglycerides as well as cholesterol. These triglycerides are long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) being transported from the liver to the peripheral tissues and cells. LCTs are long chain fatty oils from saturated animal fats or from unsaturated fats from vegetable oils.
The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut oil are not found in the systemic blood; they go straight to the liver and they are rapidly metabolized to liberate energy. So in short, coconut oil will not elevate triglycerides and cholesterol in human or animals with long term use.
Numerous studies have shown that coconut oil: prevents ischemic heart disease, lowers elevated total serum cholesterol levels, stimulates the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels, lowers LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, lowers VLDL (Very-low-density lipoprotein – “bad”) cholesterol levels, lowers elevated serum triglycerides levels.
Also, well-known holistic vet, Dr. Becker states that coconut oil does not elevate triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood and does not cause hyperlipidemia when given long term. It is a very healthy oil when given long-term!
18. If my dog is allergic to peanut butter or tree nuts, will he be allergic to coconuts?
Coconuts and coconut oil is considered hypoallergenic, which is why most soaps, shampoos, and lotions that are created for people with allergies contain pure coconut oil. Coconut is not a commonly allergenic food and is not on the list of restricted foods for those who have allergies to tree nuts. It does not fall under the same category as peanuts or tree nuts (the types of nuts that experts recommend excluding from the diets of young children).
Many people say that coconut is a seed (in fact, it is the largest seed in the world) and others describe it as a fruit (Coconut is the fruit of the coconut palm). Technically, its closest relations are fruits like cherries and peaches (known as drupes). Because coconut is rather less juicy than other drupes, it is known as a 'dry drupe' or 'fibrous drupe'.
Coconut oil is essentially a nontoxic food. It is considered safer than soy, which many people eat by the pound. The FDA has included coconut oil on its list of foods that are "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS list). This is an exclusive list. Only those foods that have passed stringent testing and have a history of safe usage can qualify for inclusion on the GRAS list.
19. If applied topically, will coconut oil irritate my dog's skin?
Applied topically, coconut oil will not irritate your dog's skin. MCFA (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) in coconut oil help to prevent fungal and bacterial infections in the skin. At least one type of bacterium feeds on the sebum of our skin, breaking down the tryglycerides of the coconut oil into free fatty acids. When they are broken apart into free fatty acids, they become powerful antimicrobials, killing disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
The combination of the slightly acid pH of the skin and the MCFA provides a protective chemical layer on the skin that prevents infection from disease-causing organisms. When you bathe your dog, ordinary soap or shampoo tends to wash off the acid mantle of the skin. Applying coconut oil helps to restore the protective layer of your skin. Coconut oil penetrates quickly, keeping skin soft. It helps to reduce any inflammation and is healing to wounds, blood blisters and rashes. Herbalists have been known to use coconut oil as an ingredient to prepare healing salves and ointments.
20. I give my pet Salmon / fish oils and flax seed oil. Isn't this enough?
Salmon or fish oils, and flax seed oil is do not contain Medium Chain fatty acids, Lauric acid, capric and caprylic acids. The only other supplement rich in Lauric, Capric and Caprylic acids is coconut oil. Therefore, fish oils and flax seed oil will not provide the same benefits found in coconut oil.
For more information about the differences between Fish Oils and Virgin Coconut Oil, click here.
21. Can I give coconut oil and coconut chips, along with Flax and fish oils?
Yes, you may give coconut oil along with Flax and fish oils. Some veterinarians recommend rotating oils, as some animals may develop sensitivities and allergies to fish oils, especially if given daily, over long periods of time. Some cats are sensitive to Flax seed oils and have trouble digesting Flax seed oil. It is always best to provide as much variety as possible when giving your pets supplements and treats, to ensure your pet is getting as much nutritional support as possible. Alternating coconut oil with fish oils and flax seed oil will provide your pet with the best possible variety, as well as adding coconut chips to his repertoire of treats. Talk to your holistic veterinarian about incorporating coconut oil in your pets diet.
22. Are CocoTherapy products manufactured or processed in facilities that process and uses dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, trea nuts, or wheat?
No, CocoTherapy products are NEVER manufactured or processed in facilities that process and uses dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. If you or your pets are allergic to any of these products, you can be assured that CocoTherapy is safe for you and your pets.
My 8 dogs weren't sure when I first gave them a taste of CocoaTherapy Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.. They ended up loving it. I also used it as a rub on one 2 of my dogs that had hot spots. Within a few days the red rawness had started healing. I also used it to cook their eggs in as a treat. I would recommend this product for the overall health and well being of your pet.
My dog has skin issues and dry eye and doesnt walk well. he is 10 now and the oil made him 2 years younger in 8 days. his dry eyes have been a terrible problem that meds didnt take care of anymore and now he is so much better.
As good as everyone said it was
I have a 13. 5 year old german shepherd/akita/great dane rescue pup with chronic skin conditions. After a week on the Coco Therapy, his hair started filling in in patches that were becoming bare and he sheds less. He and his mama love it!!