Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Natural Cures

Last Modified on Apr 16, 2014

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Saturated Fat in Coconut Oil

02/08/2010: Robert from Moreno Valley, Ca: "Ive just started trying the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and have read quite a bit here on your website and have read almost every single letter/email or comment. But Ive also read on another site that the oil is pretty high in saturated fat which is normally very bad for you and can cause heart disease and high cholesterol so how is it that so many people have claimed that it does the exact opposite? Is there a difference between the fat is from a fruit versus from an animal? Thanks and Im looking forward on seeing in the next few days how it will affect me."

06/29/2010: Graham from Englewood, Florida, Usa replies: "The saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chain rather than the long chain version in meats. Saturated medium chain fats are very healthy."
06/29/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Graham: Not true!

You are confusing terms, and also propagating another myth as bad as the cholesterol myth, and one that goes back even farther.

A glycerol or glycerine 'backbone' can attach one (mono), two (di), or three (tri) fatty acids, and each of those can be any degree (short, medium or long; un-, mono-, poly-)of unsaturation. Saturated fats are NOT bad for you in any amount or way or shape or form, and there are zero properly conducted scientific studies ever done that show them to be bad! If they were bad, then there would have been no 'primitives' living on the tropical islands for Dr. Weston Price to study in the 1920's for their superior health! They used coconuts almost exclusively for their dietary fat.

Coconut has MCTs, medium chain triglycerides, which are shorter than 'long chain', and MCTs are burned preferentially by the cells for energy. The reason is that the body uses the saturated fats as an essential building block in such things as cell membranes. But note that in the table in the link, coconut oil is very predominately composed of saturated fatty acids (over 90 %)!

Yet the tropical residents whom Dr. Price studied were among the very healthiest he'd ever seen,and especially compared to the First World people in the USA, Britain, etc. Of course since then the average First Worlder diet has gone way downhill, and there are almost no peoples extant still living the simple unprocessed food life that Price found quite common in the 1920's."


Approval Ratings

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  06/17/2009: Holli from Kansas City, MO: "When I found out the long list of benefits for coconut oil, i bought some. Primarily for my 5 yr olds seizures, but figured we'd use here n there. My acne is clearing up- by moisturizing with it. My hair looks better-hot coconut oil treatment. And best yet, my 5 yr old has had noticibly fewer/calmer seizures this week! I'm just a geek on the net, not trying to sell anything, but wow. read up on it's versatility."

03/01/2010: Faithinhealing from Forest Park, Ohio, Usa replies: "Three years ago I started using raw coconut oil for my seizures after reading about the ketogenic diet which has helped people control their seizures. I kept my seizures away for three years until one day I stopped to detox with smoothies. That day I had a seizure and have since then gone back on a high fat diet to control them! I use coconut oil, olive oil, and real butter."

Shelf Life

05/12/2011: Evelyn from Denver, Co: "Hi. I just read a whole lot about 'oil pulling' here on your site, what a strange idea... But with lots of valid uses! So, while considering giving this a try, I remembered that I still have a whole gallon of virgin coconut oil that my Dad bought, after much research on it's benefits, he never used it at all. You know, he was "old school". I believe he likely opened it, saw it as a gallon of really pricey fat, not quite remembering all the good claims it had made to it's use... Felt rather ashamed he'd probably been ripped off... Through no one's fault but his own, and closed it back up thinking... "~no way! ~"
The thing is... This was a few years ago. He has since passed, & adding that my daughter is highly allergic to coconut, I just felt it was better left alone, for the time being. (to rot?) OK, my daughter has now moved out. This gallon of fine virgin fat has been with me this whole time. I have been storing this gallon of (quite expensive) coconut oil, .. And yes, still I have it, sitting on the floor of my pantry.
OK, so I just now finally opened it up... yes, in the middle of writing this... But thought if it were rancid, I could save the trouble of asking/posting, here... But to my surprise, it was just as fine as could be. The surface hadn't even been touched! (I'm SO thankful that little furry green coconut babies didn't come oozing out..!! & I'll bet I've just stirred my dear old Dad's soul when I too, noticed that it looks just like a tub o' lard! ) Sorry, I don't mean to delay my point, or question, rather. I'm just in one of those writing modes, I guess...

So my question is: No harm in trying it out... Is there? Even being "aged", as it is? It doesn't smell like anything at all, but when I dipped some out into a smaller container & rubbed it into my hands and arms it got a light coconutty sweet smell to it, but not strong at all... Quite pleasing, really. Not at all rancid, sour or otherwise spoiled. I almost feel silly even asking, now that I've tested it out topically... & I suppose, if nothing else, I could make some kind of skin preparation from it! But since I've gone and typed all this out .... Maybe it will save someone else from having to ask. Or... Otherwise let the world know that it is probably ok to use even "aged" for... Ok, 2007, is when he floated on outta here, so... I'd give a likely guess at probably 6 or 7 years old, now. That's quite a long shelf life! Only due to its appearance, am I almost already comfortable with its future use, but, really, I know nothing about any kind of longivity for its health benefits to remain... I still value the opinion of an expert or knowledge of experience... Whichever...

So, please, do let me know if you see any adverse reasons for using this product!!! While I can't yet see myself spreading it on my toast, I don't forsee any harm if I were to swish it and spit it! I must say, it feels good to have that feeling of, "I just KNEW I'd find a use for ~that~.. someday! " I Thank you so much in advance for your consideration, and subsequent opinion/advice."

05/13/2011: Anon. from Uk, Europe replies: "It would be a real shame to use the coconut oil for pulling (use sesame or sunflower oil instead) - you should use the coconut oil neat on your skin like moisturizer or better still as you would vegetable oil. It melts at 75 degrees F and, unlike many other oils, it can withstand the high temperatures undamaged. If you like the taste, you can eat it any way you like."

Side Effects

Approval Ratings

[SIDE EFFECTS]  09/13/2013: Sunny from Ca, Usa: "I have been talking coconut oil for about a month I take Virgin Cocout oil, ( good brand)( Organic) cold pressed, unrefined, 1000 mgs per 3 softgels. Softgels, started w 3 w meals, then stayed at 5 for a month 2 morn., 1 midday, 2 dinner. I took this for an infection I have been having. I have had a strange side effect of like cloudy eyes. I get these clouds on my eyes, where I see blurry and I have to blink my eyes a lot till it takes off. ( maybe my eye mucus got thick???? dry??) I was wondering if this has been a side effect for any of you?

I am only taking this so it cannot be other things.. Have been eating the same, and my infection is not on my eyes ok.

The positive that I did notice is not much constipation. But not much difference with my infection either :(

I plan on decreasing the dose, to see how I feel. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks!!!"

06/23/2013: Dee from Mel, Australia: "Hi am a big fan of this amazing site. Recently I came up with a strep throat and I was in pain. Tried apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper but no relief this time. So I thought it must be bacterial then. Went to the doctor and she said it bacterial infection so had no choice but to take antibiotics which I hate taking them.. Am on pencillin for 12 days. Hate it but now I have already started so have it finish the whole course..

My question is that I had just started taking two teaspoon of coconut oil everyday and after a week I got sick with this throat infection.. Can it be related? And can I continue taking coconut oil while on antibiotic or is not safe to take it together??? Please help me am confused."

06/25/2013: Art. from Vancouver Bc., Canada replies: "Dear Dee, I don't know about your condition but I do know that Coconut Oil can cause a plaque build up in your arteries causing a heart attack.


06/25/2013: Sara from The Beach, Canada replies: "Coconut oil is among the few plant-based foods that contains saturated fat, yet unlike the saturated fat found in meat and dairy that increases your LDL cholesterol and builds up plaque, the saturated fat found in coconut oil differs in chemical composition and protects against cardiovascular disease. Consult your doctor about the benefits of including coconut oil in your diet."
06/26/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Art, it seems that specifically Coconut Oil, does the opposite. Other saturated fats, like animal fats do build up plaque if taken in excess."

[SIDE EFFECTS]  03/28/2013: Natali from Moncton, Nb: "I am trying to put coconut oil in daily cooking. But as soon as I made tortilla with coconut oil instead of crisco, my husband complains of having heartburn. Will this heartburn go away or should I look for other alternatives beside coconut oil? Thanks."

[SIDE EFFECTS]  02/21/2013: Nicole from Melbourne, Australia: "Hi everyone, I have been taking 1 tsp of extra virgin coconut oil organic cold pressed about 3 days before my menses and I also drank coconut water on those days as well.

On the first day of my menses I drank 2 bottles of coconut water and about 4 tsp of VCO it was really light and the pan wasn't so severe, I was happy because nothing else seemed to work for me, not the ACV with mother, not the unsulphured BSM or the cayenne pepper, they all just made my period heavier for some strange reason.

I had hope for once but then that night I started to bleed like crazy and clotting more than usual, I don't understand why this keeps happening to me. Please if Ted or anyone could help me, did I take too much VCO? Is the VCO and coconut water making my menses worse?

I'm on my second day now and it's still heavy I'm lying in bed trying not to move, I'm drinking some coconut water but I haven't had anything else for today please help me I would like some answers. Thank you."

02/21/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nicole, you can try sage tea twice a day. Yep, sage the spice. Just put a teaspoon or less in boiling water and let steep a bit."

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  10/07/2012: Brezilda from Cebu, Philippines: "Hi! My husband has been taking 2 tablespoon of VCO and oil pulling with VCO for about 3 weeks. I have just been oil pulling with VCO for 3 weeks. We both seem to have lost weight, teeth seem whiter. However, the side effcets have kicked in. I started with excrutiating headaches for 2 days and then loose bowel movements. My husband felt tired, then had very runny bowel movement over 2 days, fever, and exhaustion. As of now, we are experiencing loose bowel movement still.

Question : is this the die-off effect?

Do we continue after this diahrea calms down?

Do we lower the dosage of VCO taken and number of oil pulling?"

[SIDE EFFECTS]  09/25/2010: Vacoffee Drinker from Fairfax, Va, Usa: "Started taking coconut oil about a week ago, 3tbs each day with meals. Not much gain on the energy level, definitely diarrhea/loose stool which I've read about on multiple sites. What about the weight? I'm going up, is this normal in the beginning? Would appreciate some insight."

09/26/2010: Lisa from Lafayette, La replies: "You are taking in an additional 300 calories per day. If you are not cutting out the same amount of calories, you are going to gain weight, to the tune of about 1 pound every 12 days."
09/27/2010: Jules from Denver, Colorado replies: "Coconut oil has 120 calories per tablespoon. Your taking in an extra 360 calories daily which is like eating an extra meal. One pound is equal to 3500 calories. Every 10 to 12 days you will gain a pound if you don't work the extra 360 off. The oil is beneficial, just x out your morning bagel or evening dessert, or run for 20 minutes daily. Best of luck"

[SIDE EFFECTS]  08/22/2010: Juan from Houston, Tx: "The other day I took 1 teaspoon of Organic Coconut Oil and a day later this red "C" shaped thing appeared on my arm. It itches and has a burning sensation and I also have the sudden urge to scratch my body, mostly on my legs. I went out and bought anti-fungal cream but it didn't do any good. I then tried ACV, tea tree oil, ginger on the "C" shaped thing but it's still there. Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it? It has tiny red bumps, if that makes any difference. Thanks"

08/24/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "As with any living organisms, they tend to run away from the source trying to kill them. This happens even in cancer. My favorite solution is to get a magnesium chloride solution and apply to the red unknown area and apply that as many times as possible. However, there is other possibilities, such as applying vinegar, or lugol's solution to the area. You need at least apply this 6 to 8 times a day for it to begin working. However magnesium tends to work almost immediately in some cases. Vinegar tends to work against virus and some fungus, but you need to keep getting vinegar long enough, or with the solution such as 20 minutes at least. The lugol's works best against virus, but also the fungus.

If I am dealing with the fungus issue, it is best to keep the body alkalized as the best approach in general, as fungus can't exist in more alkaline condition. At the very least the simplest of all solution, is 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda taken 30 minutes after meal, preferably three times a day. If it is taken for about two weeks, the fungus will begin to subside, not in every case, because yeast and fungus may still persist in certain areas of the body. The reason why they won't completely die off is that they will survive on one more thing: sugar either from fruits, sweet drinks and any sugar. Thereafter they may persist on wheat, white bread and flour. A person with a mineral deficiencies, such as chromium, selenium, molybdenum, copper and manganese tend to be low in people with this condition. A simple vitamin to reduce some candida that I know is niacinamide vitamin B3. If the red thing on the arm is indeed a fungus, a strong solution, say 50% vitamin B3 niacinamide apply to the skin should kill them. The same is true if 250 mg of niacinamide is taken 4 times a day, for about a week or so. The chemical properties of niacinamide seems to prevent the fungus from attaching to healthy cells, hence kill it off that way, technically it kills by disturbing the fungus metabolism. However, I do find people with fungus issue are also low on B1 thiamine, and B2 riboflavin.

04/25/2012: K from Mobile, Al replies: "The "C" shape is usually indicative of hives, which means your body is treating the coconut as an allergen, and releases histamine which form in little raised formations. The hives can go away in one spot, then come back in another spot. Try taking an antihistamine for symptoms and get an allergy test done before further use."

[SIDE EFFECTS]  04/24/2010: Sara from Sacramento, Ca, Usa: "I have been using coconut oil for more than weeks now. My whole body is itching. I am just wondering if itching is the side effect of coconut oil?"

EC: Hi Sara,

Are you taking coconut oil internally, applying it topically or oil pulling with it? Please send us more details!

[SIDE EFFECTS]  03/22/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France: "Coconut oil - questions for Bill or someone else.....

I started to use coconut oil in my cooking a few days ago and also taking a few spoons in my tea. To my surprise although my intestines have worked wonderfully for the past number of years I am now constipated. I thought that coconut oil would regulate the intestines or even cause diarrhea? As I have been drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices since December almost every day my intestines even worked a bit too much, not really diarrhea but almost but now I am constipated. Today I have tried Detox tea which mostly makes them work and I am also taking dessicated coconut and eating more fruit but nothing seems to happen. Is it possible that I seem to be constipated just because the oil is regulating my intestines?

Another question, in my book about coconut oil I have read that you can't heat it up too high but that you can use it for normal cooking and also in the oven because the moisture in the food will lower the temperature. What about grilling in the oven or barbecuing? Will that spoil the oil?"

03/23/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Francesca...Regarding using coconut oil for cooking, her is what Wikipedia has to say:

"Coconut oil is very heat stable so it makes an excellent cooking and frying oil. It has a smoke point of about 360°F (180°C). Because of its stability it is slow to oxidize and thus resistant to rancidity, lasting up to two years due to high saturated fat content."

"Coconut oil is commonly used in cooking, especially when frying. In communities where coconut oil is widely used in cooking, the unrefined oil is the one most commonly used. Coconut oil is commonly used to flavor many South Asian curries. It does not create any harmful byproducts when heated"


I am not sure exactly why the coconut oil should cause your constipation -- it did the opposite for me and cleared my own constipation quickly, although if your pancreas was not producing enough bicarbonates or your liver was not producing enough bile, this too could also cause constipation issues. Whilst I was doing my own Candida remedy and taking coconut oil(and other remedies), I also took Milk Thistle capsules which helps support the liver as well as to help stimulate the liver's production of bile.

Perhaps the secret here is to also drink plenty of water with your meals too, and I would beware of eating too much dessicated fruit as this would definitely tend to reduce the moisture of the faeces."
03/24/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Sorry Bill, two more questions. Is there a test for Candida? I ask this because a while ago a guy contacted me about eye floaters and he told me that he was convinced that he had Candida and was being tested for it but my natural doctor says that you can't really test for Candida or else you would have to test everywhere where you could have it. Another question is supposing that I have Candida (no idea so far, just guessing) is it good to take molasses? I have no idea what kind of molasses it is, here they don't tell but I buy it in a good health shop.

As far as the coconut oil I looked on Wikipedia and couldn't find anything about grilling or barbecuing but I suppose that you shouldn't do that because the heat is too high. A pity because when I feel like a simple meal I often grill a bit of meat or fish in the oven.

I still have constipation but today and yesterday I have been doing a juice fast. Tomorrow I will start eating fruit first thing in the morning, it usually helps me. I do have a bad digestion so maybe that is what caused it when I started cooking with coconut oil and taking it in my tea."
03/25/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Francisca...There are well over 20 symptoms of Candida, and I've read much evidence how candida can lead to a multitude of other serious ailments including cancer. I've just recently read some research that found to their amazement, in a research trial of diabetics, that all the diabetic participants had candida.

But these days even doctors can be fooled by candida, very difficult to diagnose, especially if it is hidden and masked by symptoms of another major ailment.

As to your question:

"Another question is supposing that I have Candida (no idea so far, just guessing) is it good to take molasses?"

No, it isn't so good to take ordinary molasses. If you want to take molasses as an aid to health then you must use only BLACKSTRAP MOLASSES(BSM) -- not the same as ordinary molasses.

BSM is made from the third boiling of sugar cane juice -- which has much less sugar than ordinary molasses, and BSM contains more iron, potassium and other minerals. Ordinary molasses is made from the first or second boiling of sugar cane, and has too much sugar, and is not as good for you as BSM. I took BSM as part of my regimen for Candida because I wanted extra potassium from a natural source. But I wouldn't say that BSM was an essential part of my candida regimen, you don't have to use it if you'ld rather not do so.

I just use a spoonful of BSM in my coffee every morning just to get the minerals, which is a tasty way to take BSM."
03/26/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Bill, I assume that the molasses you buy here here BSM because it is only sold in halth shops, not refined, very black and quite bitter. In this part of Europe people just don't use molasses so it is not available in supermarkets.

By the way, coconut oil is horribly expensive here! Maybe five times more expensive than olive oil.

So... if I understand well there is no test for Candida which is a pity. I don't know why that other guy contacted me to tell me that he was being tested for Candida because of eye floaters. In the past few days I was on a juice fast and the itching in my eyes stopped completely so maybe it is indeed related to Candida. In my Coconut oil book the author talks about a coconut detox, do you have any experience with it or maybe someone else?"
03/28/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Francisca...Blackstrap molasses isn't really essential to my diet protocol -- it's just a nice convenient way to ingest minerals -- and they grow sugar cane here in the Philippines, so its cheap.

Yes, I know how much it costs in UK to buy VCO. But again, here in the Philippines every third tree is a coconut tree...LOL, so this too is pretty cheap.

Yes, there is a test for Candida -- called the Spit Test, but I don't know how reliable it is. Check this site:

I confess that I've never heard of the coconut detox that you mention. I just use it for all my cooking now."

[SIDE EFFECTS]  03/13/2010: Cpn from Panther Land, Usa: "Hi Bill! I always find your post interesting.

I have a question for you. I have been consuming VCO 1 Tablespoon 2 or 3 times a day and baking soda 1/2 Teaspoon 2 or 3 times daily for about a week now.

Most of my stools have yellow liquid mixed in and some mucus. I was wondering if this is yeast die off??? Did you have this yellow liquid at anytime???

The reason I think it is yeast is because, back in the day, when I use to drink alot of beer. If I were to drink to much or sometimes just after a night of drinking, I would have stools similar to this. One of my friends said it was yeast that was in the beer coming out.

I hope it is yeast die off, but I have no flu like symtoms at all. Although most of the stools have water with them, I still would not say it is diherra, but rather just a loose stool. Most of the time just one or two a day, but space out like normal bowel movements would be.

I also take a probotic when I can remember to. I have lost a small amount of weight also. I still eat most anything, but have cut out alcohol, sugary drinks and most anything that resembles bread for the most part.

Thank you."

03/13/2010: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Cpn...I think your protocol is fine as it stands. But the yellow stool might also be due to problems with bile production from your liver, so I would just buy a good liver herb for some liver protection and take that.

I religiously used all of Ted's alkalizing remedies, at one time or another, every day for my own anti-candida protocol, even the bare 1/2 tps baking soda on its own with water at times. I also took a good brand of Milk Thistle herb capsule to protect my liver. I also took molasses in my coffee every day and avoided all foods containing standard veg oils like canola, and avoided all food containing sugar or sweeteners.

I also made up my own tri-herbal remedy as a general tonic, but you've probably read about that anyway. Other than that, I ate fairly normally and had the occasional glass of wine to make it all bearable..LOL."

[SIDE EFFECTS]  03/04/2010: Heather from Readig, Pa: "I need desperate help and I don't know where to start! For the past month i have had horrible reactions to all my shampoo, soap, face wash, bubblebath, etc. I knew of my allergy to coconut however always avoided ingesting it, just now, it is affecting me topically. All my products have a form of coconut oil in them. My symptoms are upset stomach and extreme itching all over my body, sweating, and maybe others that i don't notice as being related. I started using products without any(which is very hard to find) yet i am still experiencing this extreme itching all over. Antihistamines are not helping and i'm absolutely baffled on how this has flared up only this past month when it seems to be in everything i have used in past years. Please give me any info you can!!!!"

03/04/2010: Heather from Ortonville, Michigan, Usa replies: "have been there. one constant was lack of exercise. when i was exercising all itching went away. when i stopped it came back. body can not eliminate toxins easily with out it. believe me tried all the stuff you did too. so bad woke me up at night some times. if your itching is around the torso area at its worst, mine always started around the breast area and then would move further out it is because i think one of the places where lymph tissue is trying to unload waste is located in the pit area. drink lots of water and try to get some exercise. serious. i suffered for months and tried everything!!!"
03/04/2010: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "you could try soaking in an epsom salt bath - 1-3 cups of epsom salts in warm water.

and definitely STOP using all of your products.

perhaps one day you can try new products but until you get this under control STOP.

you can wash yourself fine in the epsom salt water - i have even used this in the past for hair washing.

if you absolutely need soap you can use some natural olive oil soap like kiss my face which has no coconut oil in it.

after you get out of your bath you can use olive oil or any other oil you are not allergic to all over you body.

hope you feel better soon.

drink LOTS of water."

[SIDE EFFECTS]  03/03/2010: Juno from West Hollywood, California, Usa: "A few weeks ago I posted a question regarding the possibility of being allergic to coconut oil? I got many good responses, mostly praises for the wonderful qualities of this oil and the fact that most people with a reaction to it probably have detox issues, mainly candida. So I tried it again. This time I did not attempt to ingest it, but used it on my face and some on my arms. My face glowed and my arm skin was supple and soft, however, my neck started developing red dots which soon became red patches of raised swollen skin.

My neck was itchy and very sensitive. Today, the day after (I did not use the coconut oil) still, neck very red swollen patches, and after the morning shower it looked like my neck suffered a burn.

Does this mean I have Candida? is this a die off reaction? and if so, why only my neck?"

EC: Hi Juno,

Allergic reactions to topical coconut oil application have been reported on another website forum:;topic=5868.0



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