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Oct 18, 2016

Dispelling Coconut Oil Myths, Investigating Health Benefits

Coconut oil got a bad rap based on science that only investigated the cheap stuff (hydrogenated coconut oil), but virgin coconut oil is a genuinely healthy food that can be an effective skin care treatment and overall health supplement. Cold-pressed coconut oil is full of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are quickly processed into energy, will not be stored in adipose tissue, and that may improve insulin efficiency among a host of other natural health benefits.

Selecting cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is the essential thing here, as the cheaper hydrogenated oil is indeed harmful for your health (but ignore the claims of "Extra" Virgin Coconut Oil. There is no "extra" to be had, and this is just a marketing gimmick). As for use of virgin coconut oil in cooking, it is acceptable for use at all temperatures unlike with olive oil which should only be used with low temperature cooking.

Virgin Coconut Oil Benefits

Virgin coconut oil is a cholesterol-free saturated fat that is more than 40% composed of lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid well-regarded for potential potential benefits. For lauric acid and coconut oil overall, these health benefits include increased energy and metabolism, reduction in waist size, potential weight loss benefits, antibacterial effects, anti-parasitic effects, and thyroid benefits.

Responsible Coconut Oil Consumption

Coconut oil is a wonderful natural remedy and delicious food. As its popularity as a health food and home remedy for many conditions grows, the problem of supply and demand increases. For this reason, responsible consumers will be judicious in their coconut oil use as well as making wise choices about which coconut oil to purchase.

Often as products are mass products, more chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are used to keep production high, without regard for the effect on the ecosystem or on the farmers who are doing the work. Choosing organic coconut oil products will ensure farming methods that are safest for the farmers, the ecosystem and the environment.

Buying coconut oil that is "fair trade" gives you the peace of mind that that the farmers were fairly compensated for their work, and that the farming practices took into account the needs of the local ecology. Dr Bronner's is one of the rare companies that sells fair trade coconut oil.

Do you take coconut oil? Please let us know if it has cured you of anything! Continue reading for wonderful feedback from our readers on how they used coconut oil to cure their ailments.

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Posted by Dan (Elsewhere, AZ) on 09/30/2008
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Cathy Wrote:

"09/03/2008: Cathy from Medford, Oregon replies: "For acne, coconut oil is not recommended, it will actually plug your pores and cause more breakouts. Jojoba oil is a long known remedy for acne. It is almost exactly the same composition as our skin's natural oil, so when you apply it, it will actually slow the production of sebum, which causes acne. I didn't believe any oil could help acne..but jojoba does..and removes wrinkles too..try it on the frown marks!"

I'll certainly give Jojoba a try, but I wholly recommend virgin coconut oil for acne. My wife has had a terrible problem with acne all her life. After I learned about coconut oil, I finally talked her into trying it. If she begins to break out, she dabs some coconut oil on the bump before going to bed, it will shrink overnight. It works every single time. The pores on my nose are large, coconut oil completely cleans and opens the pores.


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Posted by Dani (Sydney NSW) on 02/27/2006
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Better But With Side Effects

Been taking this for over one month so far. Unfortunately, i wasn't aware of the "side-effects" when i started, and started taking the standard 3 - 5 tbsp daily, thinking this is good for me. The nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting were not pleasant. I would become nauseous around 8 - 10 hours later, diarrhea would follow, and sometimes i'd wake in the middle of the night to vomit. It took a while to work out these symptoms were caused by the coconut oil. I kept thinking it was food poisoning. I stopped taking coconut oil temporarily, and the symptoms disappeared. Started the coconut oil again, and the symptoms returned -- just like clockwork. I found the trick is to start off with smaller doses, say 1 tsp the first week, then gradually increase. Wish i'd known this prior to starting, would've saved me nearly a month of continually feeling nauseous and ill. On the plus, it has helped with a few things -- it's diminished cravings for sweets and alcohol. And that's great! I'm hoping the longer i take this oil, the more i'll receive some of the other wonderful benefits that i've read about.

Replied by Michael
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

If after you take the oil, it is mobilising the toxins in your body, thats why your body wants to get it out, once the side effects start you should mix a teaspoon of activated charcoal, with water and drink it, the charcoal will soak up all the toxins and you will notice the side effects aren't as bad, you can use ghee as well as coconut oil for the same toxic flush

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Posted by Megan (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States) on 09/14/2009
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I have been using extra virgin coconut oil for awhile now. I use it both topically for acne and moisturizer/conditioner as well as take 3 tablespoons per day. I also use it in soaps, shampoos, etc. I would recommend EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) to anybody! I also use it for adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. It has been one of the best things I have done as far as treatment of my symptoms goes. I am only taking supplements and treating my disease naturally. Coconut oil is my number one and apple cider vinegar. Both used for adrenal/thyroid problems in addition to my supplements.

Replied by Beverly
Phyllis, Ky

Megan, Could you please explain more about your use of ACV and coconut oil for thyroid trouble. I am hypothyroid and thought ACV worked against your thyroid in this case? I love the benefits of ACV otherwise and would like to know how you use it? Thanks, Bev.

Replied by Megan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Beverly, for the ACV: I use 1-2 tablespoons in 10-12 ounces of water. Put in some honey or pure maple syrup to help it go down easier. Just something to naturally sweeten it. The reason it has helped me mainly with my thyroid problem is my puffiness and weight gain. It has drastically reduced my overall "puff" as I call it. Also, it really helps to energize plus has an overall cleansing effect. I really felt so light and energized within just a few days of using this. I have had no other side effects, so I'd say give it a shot. It can't hurt that's for sure. However, I will note that I take no prescription medications, but on the same note, I have never known of it interfering with thryoid problems. I hope that helps you!

Replied by Megan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Beverly, I am sorry I forgot the coconut oil part! I have been using this about the same amount of time as ACV and I think it's helped drastically. With the thryoid issues I have had really awful looking skin. Not just acne trouble, but overall my skin just looked terrible. Since using it, I have had a few people complient my skin! I was so excited! I still have some acne, but as far as skin tone, it's amazing. Also, it's helped with acne scarring. For my thyroid, EVCO (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil) will definitely help boost thyroid function. I've read that it helps people with a sweet tooth and it will help you lose weight if you're looking to do so. Also, since I started having thyroid trouble, I always got cold hands and feet and just seemed to have poor circulation. It has really helped with this. I have started cooking with it, taking it, using it topically, etc. I really use it for everything! Give it a try too if you've got any of those symptoms: cold feet and hands, weight gain and puffiness, headaches too-used to get one every single day, skin problems, etc. I really have nothing bad to say about ACV or EVCO. Again, might read up on it if you take prescription meds, but overall, I don't know that it would interfere. I hope that this helped you.

Posted by Gail (North Bend, WA) on 04/13/2008
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VIRGIN COCONUT OIL FOR HYPOTHYROID AND ADRENAL EXHAUSTION SYMPTOMS. I have been experiencing hypothyroid symtoms as well as adrenal exhaustion symptoms for 6 months. My Medical Doctor did blood and urine tests as well as an MRI because I was experiencing headaches, low body temperature, extreme fatigue, earaches, muscle and joint pain. All tests came back normal. Liver function normal, thyroid normal, B12 normal, iron normal. Naturopath did allergy testing, autoimmune and thyroid tests. Thyroid TSH, T3 and T4 all were in optimal ranges. No allergies to foods. Negative to autoimmune test. I began on my own taking nutritional support for my Adrenals. I purchased a book and took all the recommended supplements for Severe Adrenal Fatigue. My morning temperatures were consistently in the lower 97 degree F. I ate well, eliminating junk food and sugary foods. My morning temperature dropped into the 96 degree F range. In desperation, I began taking Virgin Coconut oil, starting with 2 teaspoons on day 1, then 3 teaspoons on day 2. 3 Tablespoons on day 3. After 4 days of VCO 3 tablespoons a day I was able to do light exercise. Before that I was barely able to make it through a day. My legs felt like lead. I worked 4 days a week at a sitdown job and would be in bed for 3 days. After 9 days of 3 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil a day I had nerve zapping in my right leg and right shoulder at night. Since that time I have had no nerve zaps and the pain in my left shoulder due to Adrenal Fatigue is 98% better. I have been able to exercise vigorously. If I reduce to 1 tablespoons a day my body aches. At 3 tablespoons a day I have energy and have no body aches. My morning temperatures have gone up a degree, 97-98 F. I've been taking Virgin Coconut Oil for a month and a half.

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Posted by Roszczynski (Madison, In) on 09/01/2013
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My father was placed on a low-cholesterol, lowfat diet after a visit to a doctor. Within a month, he was losing his ability to find words, could not complete sentences, his sense of humor was leaving, and his personality was being altered. I am finalizing my doctorate in psychology and was listening to a lecture by Dr. David Perlmutter (author of Grain Brain) wherein he discussed the impact of lowfat diets on the brain when our brains consist 95% fat. I called my mother immediately after the lecture and we started my dad on 3 TBS a day of coconut oil.

In TWO weeks, he is able to complete sentences, he rarely searches for words, his sense of humor has returned and his IBS has subsided. Additionally, his hearing has also improved, which was an unexpected development. I am fully convinced as a researcher and someone who has seen the impact of coconut oil, that this marvelous oil can provide the nutrients that are missing in our bodies and resolve many health issues that we are facing today.

Posted by Hasshiaussie (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 04/08/2012
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My mother is 80 years old and in the 7th stage of Alzheimer's disease. I found out about coconut oil on this site & did the research & looked at giving it to her even though it may be 'too late'. She is in full-time care, immobile and almost baby-like now so feeding her coconut oil is not so easy. We began about three months ago and we have had tremendous success.

We use coconut cream made up as a cosmetic cream and bought from the natural cosmetics section of the health food store. It smells like coconut and is quite cheap. My mother laughed the first time we put it on her arms. Members of my family each have a pot and we put it on her face, arms and chest every day now and her skin which was mottled very badly with large purple black blotches has improved greatly. Everyone reports that she definitely 'perks up' in 10 minutes or so after the cream has been applied. We get many smiles and she is watching what is going on in the room to a much greater extent. The nurses and doctors are very impressed and are looking at getting some coconut oil into the cooking regime for the rest of the people there. Just goes to show it is never 'too late' and worth it to see my elderly father still catching 'that smile'. Thanks Earth Clinic.

Posted by Bill Donate
(San Fernando, Philippines) on 10/22/2011 1245 posts

Here is a most interesting study on the benefits of simple coconut oil in the diet helping to prevent/cure Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Many of the reasons are explained and presented in detail.

This study was carried out by Dr Richard Veech a senior researcher at the NIH. The ketones or ketone-bodies that this article talks about are derived from MCT's in coconut oil. Ted from Bangkok has also written widely about the many benefits of coconut oil containing MCT's and the advantages of using ketone bodies for energy in the body.

"While the hunt for the genetic basis of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's continues, and 'cure' in the form of foetal cell transplant turned into nightmare, senior NIH scientist Richard Veech is developing a promising approach that will involve dietary intervention.

A team, headed by Richard Veech, senior scientist in the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), has made discoveries that may lead to a simple, effective treatment for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. A molecular shunt that feeds into the core metabolic cycle, can protect cultured neurons from the kinds of damages involved in those neurodegenerative diseases...


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Posted by Bill Donate
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 02/10/2011 1245 posts

Some clarification and further research evidence for any doubters concerning the true benefits of virgin coconut oil (VCO).

The most useful protective ingredient by far in VCO is lauric acid -- a medium chain triglyceride fatty acid(saturated fat) which, after it enters the body is easily converted to monolaurin -- a monoglyceride and the active and protective form. VCO contains about 50% lauric acid. By comparison, mother's breast milk contains only 20% lauric acid which works to actively protect babies who feed on the milk.

As far as I'm able to work out, monolaurin acts on lipid coated viruses and bacteria in much the same way as BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and Hydrogen Peroxide. Monolaurin has several weak hydroxyl(OH) chemical bonds which react with all lipid (fat) coated viruses and bacteria in the same way to disrupt their hydrogen bonds, thus fluidizing the lipids and phospholipids in the outer envelope of the virus and completely exposing their DNA for recognition and direct attack and removal by the body's white blood cells, antibodies and neutralase enzymes. Monolaurin additionally also seems to adversely effect signal transduction during replication of these lipid coated pathogens.

To keep it short -- here is a simple list of Viruses and Bacteria that are already known to be destroyed by VCO:

Viruses killed by VCO

* HIV 1 and HIV
* Measles Virus
* Herpes HSV 1
* Herpes HSV 2
* Herpes Viridae (all)
* Human lymphotrophic viruses(type 1)
* Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)
* Visna virus
* Cytomegalovirus
* Epstein-Barr virus
* Influenza virus
* Leukemia virus
* Pneumonovirus
* Sarcoma virus
* Syncytial virusr
* Ruboela virus

Bacteria killed by VCO

* Lysteria monocytogenes
* H. Pylori (gram negative)
* Hemophilus Ibnfluenza (gram negative)
* Staphilococcus aureus
* Streptococcus agalactiae
* Groups A, B , F & G streptococci
* E. Coli
* Salmonella
* Gram positive organisms
* Gram negative organisms if first pre-treated with a chelator.

Research and evidence sources :

Replied by R
Dallas, Texas

Bill thanks for this informing article. How much VCO would you think is needed, daily, to kill a Virus thats on your list (specifically hiv). I have taken it in the past, and had to stop because I was heavily detoxing, and maybe should have just cut my dosage back. I would like to restart, but dont want to over do it again. Any suggestions? And thanks in advance!

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
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I forgot to add that VCO also contains both caprylic and myrysitc acid triglycerides(saturated oils). VCO contains 5% Caprylic acid and about 18% myristic acid -- and both these triglycerides provide significant defense either topically as well as internally against fungal and yeast infections. I know first hand how useful VCO is against candida. VCO cured my candida constipation rapidly but gently and my bloating symptoms disappeared within a week of starting to take VCO which was a significant player in my own candida cure.

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San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
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Hi R... I normsally take a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil (VCO) 2-3 times a day with my coffee. You also needn't worry about VCO clogging up your blood or being stored as fat in your body. The fatty acids in virgin coconut oil are mainly medium chain triglycerides(MCTs), whereas vegetable oils are wholly made up of mainly long chain triglycerides(LCTs). LCTs (veg oils) in excess are normally always stored as body fat and can cause problems in the blood and intestines, whereas MCT's are handled completely differently. MCT's are more easily absorbed into the lymph from the intestines and then all of the MCT's are taken to the liver where some MCT's are converted to glycogen and any excess MCTs are then immediately and directly excreted back into the intestines via the liver. MCTs are not stored in the body tissues as fat like LCTs. Whenever energy is needed by the body, the liver glycogen is quickly converted into ketone bodies and then converted and used in the cells eventually as glucose. No insulin or any glucose regulation involved, the liver controls it all. This is why VCO is so useful for diabetics -- and virgin coconut oil never gets stored as fat in the body. In fact, when I used VCO in my own candida cure, VCO was one of the major reasons why I lost weight. I've been cooking with and using VCO now for over 4 years. My wieght has not and increased and I've never felt healthier.

Regarding HIV therapies, perhaps the best, simplest and one of the most successful is Dr Foster's Selenium HIV therapy. Dr Foster discovered that a major and important enzyme in the liver -- Glutathione peroxidase (protects the liver and body from oxidant damage) -- was heavily depleted in all HIV AIDS patients because the AIDS virus uses it, along with Selenium, amino acids Glutamine, Tryptophan and N-Acetyl-L-Cysiteine (which all become depleted when you have HIV AIDs). Read his free ebook on his HIV AIDS remedy: "What Really Causes AIDS" by Harold Foster

With some small alterations and additions, Dr Foster's therapy is essentially the same as Dr Berkson's therapy for Hepatitis B & C, Cirrhosis and liver disease etc. This therapy simply involves taking Milk Thistle, Selenium, Magnesium and R-Alpha Lipoic Acid daily and is essentially a Triple Antioxidant Therapy to revive and greatly boost the liver, blood and immune system.

A third option is to just take the Chanca Piedra herb everyday (1000 mgs or twice a day). Chanca Piedra is currently undergoing trials against HIV AIDs and has been fairly successful at greatly reducing the viral load. Chanca Piedra is easily obtainable from any health shop and succesfully works to inhibit the reverse transcriptase enzyme in the HIV virus thus completely inhibiting viral reproduction. I know alot about Chanca Piedra -- one of my favourite herbs -- and is another herb that greatly boosts both the liver and the kidneys -- I can personally vouch for this. I grow Chanca Piedra in my garden and I have already used it quite successfully for treating friends and locals who had gallstones, bloating, diabetes, edema, gout, candida and arthritis.

All the above therapies have few if any side-effects and can be combined without problems.

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
1245 posts

Hi R... I forgot to fully address your heavy detox problems.

Whenever you have a detox overload problem -- more properly recognized as a Herxheimer Reaction by medical science -- it really doesn't matter whether you successfully kill alot of the pathogens causing your ailment if your liver is over stressed or becoming diseased because it cannot cope with removing and excreting the debris and toxins from the body. An example of this is Stage 4 cancer. You can successfully kill billions of cancer cells but if you liver is diseased and cannot clear the debris or poisons and toxins, then the liklihood is that the cancer victim may well die of cachexia(starvation), morphine overdose or from the cancer. All three of these outcomes can result from a weakened or diseased liver.

Various alternative therapists have recognized this as key to healing the body. If your excretory pathways are clogged and polluted, you're immune system will remain depressed and you will never heal. Dr Gerson from the Gerson Cancer therapy wisely recognized a healthy liver as a key factor in his cancer and tuberculosis therapies.

Dr Gerson did a famous experiment with two rats. One rat had bone cancer and the other rat was completely healthy. He connected up the arteries and veins of both rats so the blood of the healthy rat ran through the sick rat and vice versa.

The outcome was spectacular. Instead of the healthy rat catching the cancer as you might think, the reverse happened and the sick rat was completely healed.

This proved outright that with a healthy immune system, even cancer will be defeated. And the major organ that he focused upon to tune up the immune system was the liver -- which is the chemical factory of the body.

Which is why I have advised treating your liver with various simple but effective therapies in order to boost your immune system while simultaneously attacking and removing your pathogen problems. This will boost and quicken healing time as well as boost the immune system.

Source reference

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines
1245 posts

Hi Louise... To find out whether you are allergic to virgin coconut oil (VCO) spread some VCO on a small patch of your skin on say your forearm. If you are allergic to virgin coconut oil, the skin area will eventually become red or itchy.

If you are taking VCO, it is quite likely that your reaction is due to a die-off in your body. Sometimes, when the liver is insufficient or stressed, eruptions may occur on the skin to compensate because the skin is also an excretory organ like the liver. This can also be a way for the body to express and get rid of excess toxins. Your racing heart problems may also be due to the excess toxins released from any die-off or Herx reaction.

So if you want to continue with virgin coconut oil, I would try and give your liver more support by taking the Alpha Lipoic Acid(300 mgs twice a day at meals), Selenium (200 micrograms twice day at meals) and Milk Thistle (1000 mgs twice a day at meals) at the same time. Or simply take 1000 mgs Chanca Piedra capsules twice a day at meals. Both these are protective therapies for the liver and will act to help remove excess toxins from the blood quickly and will also spruce up proper liver function.

I would also begin the VCO therapy with a reduced dose, to help you cope with the die-off more easily. Stick to whatever dose you are happiest with. Start by taking one teaspoon VCO three times a day with meals --and work up slowly to at least two tablespoons a day(6 teaspoons) if you can. This should be enough to help provide benefit to your body.


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Posted by Shiva (Hyderad, Andhra) on 03/26/2009
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drink two spoon of pure coconut oil which helps u to increse the apatite and helps u to cure thyroid .. it is my own experience.

Posted by Jenna (Vineland , New Jersey) on 06/15/2007
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I have been taking Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for only 3 days now, and let me say my apetite has decreased already. I was one of those people that would eat just because i was bored or because i was stressed out. Not anymore, even if i wanted to eat, i cant, because the oil creates a full feeling. True it is hard to swallow at times, but i grit my teeth and bare it. Sometimes i'll mix it in just a little bit of Organic Apple Juice to mask the taste a little bit. I cant wait to see other things improving.

Replied by Karen
Little Rock, Arkansas

I've found that it all depends on the brand you buy. I bought Jarrow at first, and gagged every time I ate it. Bought Nature's Way brand the next time, and it is SO much better! I could literally drink it, it is so good!

Replied by Noelle
Minneapolis, Mn, Usa

There are lots of great brands of organic virgin coconut oil out there. You might find one you like if you go to, look under Coconut Oil, pick out several brands of organic virgin coconut oil and read the tons of reviews from people who've actually used the product. People will definitely tell you if it tastes and smells good (or not), and if it was effective for what they were using it for. Then you can search for that product at your local health food store, coop, market or superstore. Looking up stuff and finding out about other people's experiences -- that's what the internet is for! Have fun!

Replied by Rick Z
Pueblo, Co

Did major research on why I was having digesting problems and learned bad foods like fast food and what not decreases the good bacteria in the stomach thus leaving the bad bacteria to roam freely. I tried prilosec which didnt help much, I even tried changing my diet and finding that waking up on an empty stomach I will burp uncontrollably even drinking water. So I researched on the why's, how's and what are my options? I found Colloidal silver to help eliminate any toxins or unhealthy bacteria, but that was not enough! I had to also give Acidophilus a try. I repopulated the good bacteria and taken Colloidal Silver precautiously. I started to see great progression with the belching, indigestion and heartburn. Then I ran out of my Acidophilus awhile back and have purchased Coconut Oil and said "Maybe I should give it a shot" What won't kill me will make me stronger, right? So I taken a teaspoon and notice within a few minutes of ingesting it with food I noticed I wasn't burping or getting that sharp pain in the chest which I compared to a heart attack (scary stuff right there) Since I stopped taking Acidophilus and Colloidal Silver, I just stuck with the 1tspn per meal to maintain a healthy digestive tract. I narrowed it down to either I encountered Candida Albicans or H.Pylori which both are in comparison of many symptoms. Gradually reducing the indigestion, heartburn, and other various problems I see going away and not at a slow rate or fast. Everyday I notice a better progression. I'm only 26 and been eating unhealthy for at least 15 years. Sad America teaches us to stuff our face with fastfood instead of serving more healthy alternatives besides a salad or bottle water. Additives and antibiotics and horomones being injected in our cattle and other food eating products and hydrogenated products which in time will lead to dire situations. Yes I am young and shouldn't have these problems but yes People who don't eat right or exercise is heading down a dark road and might not come back, Jack!

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Posted by Mary (Boston, MA) on 10/30/2014
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Better But With Side Effects

I have two tablespoons of coconut oil a day in my morning smoothie which also includes greens, coconut water, a fruit and coconut milk.

It really cuts my appetite for the day (noticed big time when I missed two days and had a ravenous appetite those days)

There is one draw back though that maybe you can answer. Following the smoothie, about 10 minutes later I get really nauseaus and it lasts a good 20 minutes. I know it must be the coconut oil ...what makes that happen and why and should I make it two smoothies with half the oil. Thanks


Replied by June
Charlotte, North Carolina

I suspect the nausea is your gallbladder reacting to too much fat. I get the same response from coconut oil and any rich, fatty foods and generally have to avoid them. I suggest you stop for a day and then lower the amount of coconut oil and see if that helps. If not, try another supplement.

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx

Try taking coconut capsules separate from your juice. They go into the intestines and open up. I believe they bypass the gallbladder. I have trouble ingesting straight coconut oil and the capsules are fine for me.

Replied by Sandi
Wichita, Kansas

I am overweight and I know that if I will not do anything about losing the excess pounds, it's going to cause more health problems in the future. I would like to try coconut oil to suppress appetite. Is there a normal daily dose for this? Should it be taken before or after meal? How many times a day? Is there any side effects that I should look out for?

Beverly Hills, California

Sandi - I don't personally use coconut oil for weight loss, but it appears just from reading several topics in here that people start with one teaspoon and go on from there, up to a couple of or a few tablespoons, for whatever it is they're taking it for. I don't know if this is helpful to you or not, but I hope you get some help in losing weight.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Us

THE GUT ENZYMES are what makes us fat or thin, and then we feed them with what we eat, they affect our hunger hormone. This article is long, but educational.

I eat charcoal capsules at bedtime and my gut is improving . I also eat coconut oil daily and kefir .

I hope you find what works for you , we are all in the battle to overcome health issues


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Posted by Tinkerbell (Austin, Texas) on 03/07/2010
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I have been taking coconut oil mainly because I heard it helps UTI's and i got them chronicly. I never expected it to help my asthma! Iv been taking it a few months and I noticed I wasn't useing my asthma meds. I couldn't believe it. Iv been studying coconut oil like crazy for a week now and found that this stuff is incredible! I eat a lot less cause the oil suppress my hunger, my chronic UTI's are gone, I have way more energy, my asthma is going away, my skin is clearing up, dry skin is gone, candita symptoms are gone, chronic headaches are gone. Coconut oil has given me hope for a new life! Don't take it from me! Educate yourself. There is a ton of science behind this stuff, and research that can help you understand what it does and why.

Athlete's Foot  

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Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 08/08/2010
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I massaged coconut oil once a day on my foot for a week and got rid of athlete's foot.

Posted by Dianne (Mansfield, MA) on 07/02/2006
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within 2 days of using my athlete's foot has totally cleared. My husband has also had the same results.

Replied by Jim
Klamath Falls, OR, USA
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I had a very similar experience with the EVCO. I also use it for an underarm deodorant, along with ACV. I first apply the ACV and let it dry and then apply a very light amount of the EVCO. If I happen to get too much under the arm, I just dab it with a tissue. It does not stain and the light odor of coconut is gone within 1 hour max.

My athletes foot problem cleared in 3 days usage. Amazing how effective it is as an under arm deodorant. I just started to use it 2-3 times a day in hope that it will have a similar effect on my gastritis.

This is a great web site! Thank you all.

Posted by Shelly (Medford, OR) on 03/22/2006
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I had a stubborn case of athlete's foot for several months. Tried every kind of natural/herbal cure that I could think of, but there was no relief. I read about coconut oil bringing healing to skin rashes, so I decided to try it. After a week of applying the oil, twice a day, the rash is gone. I'm also feeding it to our dog every morning with his food. He LOVES it! He 's a young dog with no apparent health problems, but I look at as a preventative measure and I anticipate that it will also help him with flea and tick problems. It's great to have such wonderful natural remedies!!!

Replied by Lisa
London, UK

i am very intersted to know how coconut oil would help with autism. thank you.

Replied by K
New York, New York

Epsom salts is magnesium (magnesium sulphate). Transdermal application of magnesium is more effective than oral ingestion, though magnesium chloride is better than magnesium sulphate. Magnesium has a significant impact on a variety of major health issues such as ADD, brain function, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart problems, athritis, migraine. Magnesium also protects the cell from poisonous metals like aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel, which can contribute to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases multiple sclerosis, and learning retardation.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 processes in the body. Most people are severely depleted of magnesium. Just search magnesium on the web and you will see how crucial it is.

Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid, which both increases transdermal uptake of the magnesium sulphate and is beneficial to the brain and nervous system.

Good health primarily requires healthy saturated fats, adequate levels of magnesium and vitamin A & D in concert. There is a great deal of excellent information at The Weston Price Foundation, which is where I first learnt about the benefits of coconut oil.