VCO could contain up to 7 times more polyphenols than coconut oil in the form of ferulic and p-coumaric acids, which are good anti-oxidants. One study showed VCO with a phenolic content of 7.78 to 29.18 mg per 100 grams of oil vs. 6.14 mg per 100 grams of oil for coconut oil. (Although this works out to almost 5 times more). Ferulic acid is a very effective anti-oxidant, more powerful than Vitamin E, that can prevent skin aging, reduce age spots, and help repair light and radiation induced damage. It penetrates skin to soften and moisturize, soothes wind chapped and sun burned skin, and reduces itching and inflammation. P-coumaric acid is a good anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenol.
VCO doesn't contain a lot of Vitamin E, again around 36 ppm, but it has great anti-oxidizing power due to the ferulic and p-coumaric acids, just like coconut oil.
Why use VCO? Some websites claim it will never go rancid - this is not possible as there are still some unsaturated fatty acids, however small an amount. It's safe to assume it has a shelf life of 18 to 24 months.
You can use VCO wherever you might use coconut oil - in body, bath, and hair products! A lot of people leave these products unscented because the VCO smells so lovely!
Join me tomorrow for fun with sea buckthorn oil!