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Jarrow Formulas' Coconut Oil Customer Celebrates 100th Birthday!

Ella Bess Baker Jackson of Laguna Woods, California turned 100 years old on March 12, 2009. Nicknamed "Betty" after the famed "Betty Boop" character, Betty Jackson's story is a purely American one. Born in rural Texas, Betty picked cotton on her family's farm as a youth. She survived influenza, whooping cough, and pneumonia all before the age of 10. As a young woman, she went to teacher's college and spent the next 45 years of her life inspiring and educating America's children. Betty Jackson's story is one of faith, family, and positive attitude. Upon reaching the century mark, she has decided to share her advice for surviving tough times as well as her special secret for living a long life.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) -- On March 19th, 2009 Ella Bess Baker Jackson, known as "Betty" turned 100 years old in Laguna Woods, California. In reaching her hundredth birthday, Betty has taken her place among the ranks of the more than 84,000 unflappable American men and women that now sit at the century mark. Betty has a secret, however. While she has practiced good nutrition all her life, she firmly believes that her strong faith and her use of a very special coconut oil hold the key to her longevity.

Betty was born in rural Texas in 1909. It was the year that Ernest Shackleton located the South Pole, construction began on the RMS Titanic, the US Navy founded Pearl Harbor, the Indianapolis Speedway held its very first event, the NAACP was formed, and Joan of Arc was beatified. In 1909 you could buy a dozen eggs for about $.26, two rolls of toilet paper for a nickel, rent a three room apartment in New Jersey for about $15 a month, and take the train from New York to Chicago for $27 round-trip.

As a child, Betty worked in the cotton fields of Texas but had always wanted to teach. She enrolled in Teacher's College right after high school. It was during her college days that friends began calling curly-haired "Ella Bess" by the name of "Betty" after the popular, animated cartoon character "Betty Boop." She has been "Betty" ever since. She would go on to teach religious education to all grade levels in a one-room, Texas school house.

Betty met the love of her life in the local soda shop! She eloped with Clarence Paul Jackson and had two daughters in the 1930's. As The Great Depression descended upon America, the young family looked to California for new opportunities, a new life, and a new faith.
Clarence's first job in The Golden State was driving a construction truck with bad brakes from the very top to the very bottom of The Hoover Dam. After that, he brought his family to East Los Angeles where he sold Hoover Vacuums, worked in a battery factory, and finally settled with The Richfield Oil Corporation in Wilmington, California.

In 1941, with a $300 down payment, Betty and Clarence bought a home in Carson, California. It had a chicken coup, rabbit pens, and a WWII "victory garden." It was in this house that they would start a church and hold Sunday school classes. Betty would also return to teaching and was soon hired by the US government to teach Japanese-American children detained on Terminal Island in San Pedro, California. She would remain committed to religious education for the next 4 decades.

Betty and Clarence had 19 wonderful years of retirement together until his death in 1987. In 1989 she moved to a new home in Laguna Woods. At 80 years old, she painted her new house and even made her own curtains. It was that same year that Betty discovered "the miracle of coconut oil."

Betty uses coconut oil on her skin, including her face. She also puts coconut oil in hot tea, but it's not just "any" coconut oil. She uses a very special coconut oil made by Jarrow Formulas, a supplier of superior nutritional supplements based in Los Angeles. Jarrow Formulas ( carries an extra virgin coconut oil that Betty claims has an "anti-wrinkle effect, is soothing to skin irritations, and boosts the immune system when taken internally."

Jarrow Formulas' coconut oil is organic and made from the fresh flesh of the coconut palm fruit. It is 100% unrefined and expeller pressed in a controlled, indoor environment … a special process that uses no artificial solvents. It can also be used for cooking and baking.

Known as a highly nutritious and healthy oil, coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA) with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. Researchers also credit the MCFA's found in coconut oil with stimulating the metabolism to promote weight loss. Betty claims that she has been using Jarrow Formula's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil "for as long as they have been making it." Since the company was founded in 1977, that is a considerable amount of time.

And time, is what Betty has had on her side. Her amazing life spans two World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Middle East conflicts, the tragedy of 9/11, the advent of the car, the plane, the television, the internet, the cell phone, Facebook, and Twitter.

She has been a daughter, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a great-great grandmother, a teacher, a painter and a woman of great faith. When asked what she would still like to accomplish after her more a century of life, she says to have her message about the wonders of coconut oil reach thousands of people.

Betty has had a long and colorful journey, and she offers this compelling advice to young people during these difficult times, "have a strong spiritual base, never give up on anything, always maintain a sense of gratefulness … and don't forget the coconut oil."

Betty remains today, the teacher that she has always been. It is up to us to learn from her.

Jarrow Formulas is a nutritional supplement formulator and marketer founded in 1977 and incorporated in 1988. The company markets its products throughout the United States and internationally in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Israel and Latin America. The company offers a complete line of nutritional products that includes vitamins, minerals, probiotics, standardized herbal concentrates, amino acids, enzymes and enteral nutrition formulations. Jarrow Formulas, Inc. is active in regulatory affairs, helping to maintain American's rights to free access to dietary supplements. Its products are manufactured by Jarrow Industries Incorporated, a pharmaceutical quality facility located in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

For more information, contact Patricia Mahon of the Jarrow Formulas' Marketing Department toll free at (800) 726-0886 or access the Jarrow Formulas Web site at

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