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Coconut Oil Health Benefits and Natural Cures

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12/23/2011: Pinks from Mumbai, India: "Hi, I luv this site. I have started oil pulling, but wanted to ask if I can use parachute coconut oil that everyone uses for the hair to ingest it. We have a whole variety of coconut oils here. They all say they are pure. They are but have never drunk them. Waiting for your feedback. Thanks"

12/23/2011: Tina from Princeton, New Jersey, Usa replies: "Hi Pinks! I don't if I would use Parachute oil for OP. You need to use organic coconut oil for optimum results. Do you have a company called Mother Earth in any of the Mumbai malls? I bought organic coconut oil from them in Bangalore this summer- Mother Earth had a large store in Meenakshi mall. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer as well, and this was so good that I stocked up. Try Fab India too, they often carry a range of organic oils. Hope this helps!"
12/23/2011: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Pinks, This oil is ok for oil pulling but is not recommended for taking it internally. For internal use you should have extra virgin coconut oil which is cold pressed and not processed.


12/17/2011: Simon from Somewhere, Usa: "Which is the lesser of 2 evils? Potentially irradiated coconut oil or dead (pasteurized) local butter? The coconut oil seems to have so many health benefits. Since it's often imported, it may be irradiated. They find loopholes to not have to tell us things. People still seem to rave about it here, irradiated or not so I reckon it still is effective. Anyway to neutralize the possible effects of irradiation? Does Lugols work for this?"

12/09/2011: Shai from London, Uk: "I recently bumped up on this web page and it's quite amazing.

I have a question to ask on use of which Virgin Coconut oil- what is best 'Pukka' or 'Tiana' in UK and which one is more effective. Any guidance on this selection will be very much helpful.



11/29/2011: Sarah from Denver, Colorado: "Reply to JB of New Iberia, Louisiana: about the LouAna company--they DO make coconut oil but also make the oils that you mentioned. The local groceries decide what oils go on their shelves according to popular demand.

Also, being a "foodie" I have recently learned a little about our nation's food history. Bananas and coconuts have been coming into our ports even as our nation was being formed. I don't know when the tradition started but... "Ambrosia" is a fruit salad which includes coconut and has been served at Thanksgiving in the South for many, many years.

From what I've heard, I think baking with coconut oil--pure or not--may be preferable to using butter, which is what I do now (except for those few recipes that use a liquid oil, then I use canola)."

07/11/2011: Maggy, from Canada: "I have used coconut oil for most of my life for cooking and other uses. Most people in fiji make their own oil at home which is virgin. It is not a good oil. Doc in fiji recommend us to use corn oil instead."

05/11/2011: Andreea from Grimsby, On, Canada: "Hello

I read a lot that was written on this site about the possible effects of VCO and decided to get some for myself. I went to the healthfood store and bought a jar and noticed on the back under the Nutritional Values that 1 tablespoon contains 22% of the recommended daily fat intake and 67% on the saturated fat intake. Given that the recommended dosage is 2-3 tablespoons a day is that normal and healthy? I am just a bit apprehensive about all that fat.

Thank you"

05/11/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Andrea why don't you google the "truth about saturated fat". Saturated fat is needed by our brain, by our lungs, by our kidneys. Butter, animal fat, cream, hard cheeses are the most healthy things you can eat. Cholesterol is necessary for the brain as well.

On the other hand margarine and vegetable oils are like rubber in our arteries.

Eating a meal with animal fat satisfies our hunger. Low fat diets only make our bodies scream out for more and most people then eat carbohydrates to fill the void. The end result is obesity and many many health problems. Many children have learning disabilities because their brain is starving.

If you didn't have carbohydrates and ate animal fats, coconut oil, Cod liver oil you would be very healthy. Govts have not been truthful about what is healthy and what is not.

There are some great books out there you can read as well. Nourishing Traditions is one."

05/11/2011: Bill from San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Andreea... I used virgin coconut oil in order to help successfully cure my own systemic candida 4-5 years ago. In fact, VCO helped me to lose weight as well. I now don't use any form of veg oil at all, I cook only with with VCO now and my weight has stayed off.

I also know that when you ingest VCO -- even though it is called a saturated fat(which is why everyone is scared of it) -- the VCO is handled completely differently in the body as compared to polyunsaturated vegetable oils(PVO). PVO's are Long Chain Triglycerides which are absorbed into the lymph system and are eventually stored as fats throughout the body.

However, since VCO consists mainly of Medium Chain Tryglycerides(smaller fats than PVO's), these are absorbed directly into the blood and all of it is taken to the liver where only some of it is stored and the excess is always excreted into the intestines through the liver bile. Medium Chain Tryglycerides are never stored throughout the body as fats like PVO's.

Also, the stored VCO takes a completely different pathway than fats or sugars when energy is needed in the body. When energy is needed, the VCO stored in the liver is released into the blood as ketone bodies which are directly absorbed by all cells and easily converted to glucose to provide energy. This VCO energy pathway is completely independent from control by insulin, which is why VCO is so useful to diabetics.

VCO is an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal:

Read more about the benefits and research of VCO here:"

05/12/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "Excellent post Debbie, I wonder if the governments are just misinformed by nutritionalists who follow scientists who research for big brand food companies. Cheers Lily."
05/12/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Hi Andrea, Debbie is absolutely right! I haven't read Nurishing Traditions yet but I can advise you two books, Trick and Treat which I have reviewed on the book review section and Fat and Cholesterol are good for you which I will review shortly, both excellent books. I hadn't realised how important saturated fats were till I came to this site! I have to thank the knowledge I have now to Bill in the Philippines.

By the way, EC, the spell check is not working!"

05/12/2011: Stacey from Triad, Nc replies: "Hi,

My experience with coconut oil is that it did cause me to gain weight and did not help decrease my appetite. I am within the upper range of "normal" bmi for my size, and was hoping to benefit from the oil for candida issues. I tried to decrease my caloric intake from other foods while taking the oil, but since I was already consuming a low-calorie, low fat diet, I gained weight and riddled with hunger pangs. This was really unfortunate, as I have to be within a certain BMI to retain 80/20 health insurance through my employer.

I found that coconut oil did help with fatigue, so I was very dissapointed that I gained so much fat in such a short time (~2.5-3.0 in around the abdomen). Because of my health insurance issue, weight is actually more important than the rest of my health for retaining medical coverage, so I discontinued use.

If you are already on a low-calorie, low fat diet, and the issue of weight gain is significant for you, it is posssible to gain weight."

05/12/2011: Andreea from Grimsby, On replies: "Thank you for your reply. Perhaps a little bit more background was called for. I had my cholesterol levels checked recently and they came back at 4.5. This is way above the high limit. However, the HDL is 2.2 (so almost equal to LDL) so the ratio is good... The doctor told me I have nothing to worry about, but I still do

I also suffered an acute pancreatitis attack one year ago. Nobody knows what caused it. I am thin and have a healthy diet. I eat lots of veggies, good fats (avocados, some butter, etc) some meat, fish, I don't smoke, I don't drink So, as you can imagine - I am scared of anything that might trigger pancreatitis again.

I will look for the books and read them

Thank you again, Andreea"

05/12/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Andrea, here is an excellent video by Dr. Natasha McBride on why cholesterol is vital for our health & the brain.

Pancreatitis in the past may indicate that you have trouble breaking down fats and are deficient in enzymes so maybe digestive enzymes would be beneficial (or maybe you are already taking them)."

05/12/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Stacey, you said

"I tried to decrease my caloric intake from other foods while taking the [coconut] oil, but since I was already consuming a low-calorie, low fat diet, I gained weight and riddled with hunger pangs".

A low fat diet will cause hunger pangs because your body needs the fat. Most people eat lots of carbohydrates to compensate for being hungry. That is why the obesity levels are skyrocketing.

Our grandparents ate a high fat diet and mostly were not fat.

Here is a great website - Weston Price and a page entitled "know your fats". Heaps of info. Great website. Fats are also loaded with nutrients."

05/12/2011: Andreea from Grimsby, On Canada replies: "Thank you Debbie,

I watched the video, and it is interesting, will definetily go deeper into this..

I don't think I have trouble digesting the fats, I don't have any of the signs for this. After having the attack I was put on a low fat diet and I was miserable on it. I decided I was feeling that bad because I wasn't getting enough fat and started re-introducing it into my diet. I immediately felt better. That being said, I'm still afraid I might trigger something. I guess I will start with a low dose and see how it goes.

Thanks for your help


05/13/2011: Stacey from G-boro, Nc replies: "Hi Debbie,

I had made two previous attempts just introducing coconut oil into my diet without any change. I had the same weight gaining respose and no decrease in appetite. With the exception of when I had severe food poisoning, I am the sort of person who is always hungry. I have tried everything on the market to surpress my appetite, but other than diet supplements with ephedra, nothing works.

I was feeling tired walking around feeling like I was starving to death and blacking out (yes, I am hypoglycemic and do not eat sugars or statches), so I was really hoping coconut oil would work for me, but it just didn't."

05/14/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Or maybe governments have their own agendas!"

[YEA]  05/04/2011: Patty from Naalehu, Hawaii: "Aloha, we are a family that are in the coconut business in Hawaii. We have been harvesting and processing coconuts for over 20 years. We sell fresh chopped up ripe coconut at a weekly farmer's market, and also make a yummy coconut candy, simmered with raw sugar.

Before coconut oil had made such a comeback, we always knew it was good. When we are chopping the fresh ripe coconut two or three days a week, we always make sure to eat some.

Anyway, I have now incorporated the oil also in to our diet, as my husband has been diagnosed with early Alzheimers. (Yes he ate coconut, but probably not enough to keep it at bay)

I just put in on toast in the morning with a bit of jam or honey.

As for myself, I am a 56 year old woman that has had coconut as a part of my diet all these years. I also have a different diet than my husband, he was raised local style, alot of good fish etc. but lots of meat and oils. Personally I have always said that it is the coconut that keeps me so full of energy and so healthy. (I also eat lots of local fruit and vegetables)

Coconut rules, I always knew that!"

05/03/2011: Andrew from Charlottetown, Pei, Canada: "Was wondering if one can consume both sesame oil and coconut oil daily? I do the Oil pulling twice daily with Sesame oil and in the morning after Oil pulling I take one tablespoonful of Coconut Oil.. Would like to consume Sesame oil in the evening. any info is great thks....."

04/16/2011: Jeannine from Depew, Ny: "I recently went to the store to buy another bottle of ACV. On the shelf to the side was bottles of coconut vinegar. Needless to say I purchased it & _____ ACV. I like to put 4tsp in my gym water bottle normally of ACV 4-5 times / week. Curious if there are any postings on the benefits of coconut vinegar. I love to cook with the Coconut oil as well. Hope to hear back from you soon. Thanks for the info in advance."

[YEA]  05/20/2012: E from Queens, NY replies: "I have never heard of coconut vinager but I know coconut oil is great for your hair! It is a wonderful deep conditioner! Here is a great video on how to use it best"

03/24/2011: Pabst from Carpenteria, Ca: "I just started taking ACV about 2 wks ago and today I read about OCO. I want to start having a better health from here on and I will give you my results of my improvements... On dry skin, itchy parts, breath and gas problems, , , , , you know I just started the OCO this morning and I have been going to the bathroom already like 3x. I feel like that guy from dumb and dumber, but I assume that I am being detox..."

02/03/2011: Eve from Ocean City, Maryland: "I bought a small tub of Coconut oil. It was rather expensive. It says it is "natrually refined. " What does that mean? Is that not as good as unrefined? It is from the Philippines and was $50. Can I still use as a cream and as a food?"

02/03/2011: Carly from Seattle , Wa - Usa replies: "How many ounces did you get for that price? It seems exceptionally high cost to me, unless you got a LOT of it!

I don't know about refined vs unrefined... But I do know it needs to be virgin, or extra virgin, and organic. The whiter it is the better too...."
02/03/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Oh, and one more thing - I pay about 20 dollars for 56 ounces.... Check around on the web. There are online health food stores selling good quality VCO for MUCH less than you paid!"

[YEA]  01/27/2011: Sue M. from Worden, Il: "It's amazing to me that if you live long enough you will see how things turn around with the truth of how one can benefit from "natural" foods. Dr. Oz had a segment on his program of just 3 of the benefits of coconut oil. So, now with his endorsement of of coconut oil, I'm sure everyone will try it. With myself, it's been a very slow process(on and off for a year). I started out taking too much and felt terrible. I'm sure I had candida. What helped me the most was introducing a good probotic and then getting on a coconut regime. Between the two, I cannot tell you how good I feel. Now I'm taking the VCO 3x's a day. Not everyone can handle taking a tbps or more of the VCO right out of the gate. So, start small and work up. The benefits are wonderful."

01/28/2011: Carly from Seattle , Wa Usa replies: "Hi Sue... Yes, I saw that Dr. Oz show!

Coconut oil is apparently very theraputic to Altzheimers patients when given at the dose of 5 tbsp a day. (You would NEVER start out at this amount however, always start slowly and build up! )

I was so glad to see someone as main stream as Dr. Oz giving out such wonderful advice! Half of the housewives in America Know of / or like Him, so this is a very good thing in my opinion!

I have been taking 2-3 tablespoons of organic VCO (Virgin coconut oil) every day for over a year now. Someone on here posted that it kept them awake at night after taking it at 5pm.... Oh yeah, this WILL happen! This is why I only take it before noon. It will wake you up!

Always remember... START SLOW, so you don't get the dreaded "Herx" reaction (google it if you are new to all of this "natural stuff" people! ;-)

You didn't get to the point you are at in a week... So once you turn to natural things to feel better, don't expect to be "cured" or feel better in a week. It is a process that takes TIME. :)"

10/19/2010: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, Usa: "I have been reading a lot of your instructions on food and the use of oils, I find it all very informative and have been on a vegan diet and low fat and low sugar diet, and like it: but my question is: is it healthy to use small amounts of Lard to stir fry in a iron skillet or use olive oil to stir fry in the iron skillet. I do use coconut oil in my vegetables when steaming and sea salt, Thank you from Merryanne"

[NAY]  12/10/2007: Indigo from Atlanta, GA: "I see some people have had some issues with coconut oil not working for them. For me coconut oil has been a God send! However its not some magic elixer that is going to fix every ailment for everybody. Apple cider vinegar has done wonders for a lot of people, but I have my own personal uses for it b/c it does not do for me ALL the things some people claim it does. For instance, I know that my skin will go crazy if I'm not on birth control pills. And I also know a little bit of coconut oil (and I do mean a LITTLE bit) is an excellent moisturizer for those with problem skin. Although Virgin coconut oil is WONDERFUL (I put it on just about anything I eat at home) its not a cure all. If you have something off balance in your body,all the coconut oil in the world may not be able to help you. Go to the doctor for pete's sake! VCO is great for prevention, but once the damage is done, you're better off seeking professional help. Oh and make sure you are taking Extra Virgin Coconut oil.And not just coconut oil. the right one solidifies 77 degrees...I just put it on hot food to melt it."

01/13/2010: Maggie from Springfield, Il replies: "Sorry you feel the need to use birth control pill for your acne. The pill is conected with breast/uterin cancer and heart disease, as well as just messing up our system the way it is beautifully intended to work. As for acne, I found that pure lemon juice used on a cotton ball for an astringent works great for acne. Pure olive oil as a follow-up moisturizer is great and absorbs quickly with no greasy feal. I use a cotton ball to apply that as well. I hope this helps. It's a whole lot cheaper all around."
06/30/2011: Barbara from Toronto, Ontario replies: "For the person taking the birth control pill for acne instead you should try Tumeric spice or tumeric capsules (main ingredient must be curcumin and nothing else) fortified with black pepper to help absorb it. Tumeric is also a miracle herb in which it eliminates many ailments almost within 30 minutes depending what exactly you are suffering from. For alergy sufferers 1 tsp of tumeric powder spice mixed with 1 cup of milk will clear up your sinus, pain and watery eyes completely and you will breath again. Tumeric is a pain reliever because it eliminates inflammation and cures a lot of other problems too. I found a lot info about tumeric on this site as well."
08/24/2011: Cheryl from Summerville, Sc replies: "In my experience, most acne is a virus and an imbalance in good bacteria in the colon. It's often not enough to take probiotics or coconut oil because it does not kill it entirely. The best one thing for acne is black walnut because it is very good at killing all the things that cause breakouts AND will balance the good/bad bacteria at the same time. And yes, cleansing and supporting the liver is important too, but if you're not killing things when they come out, you're just re-circulating everything. I suggest working with a professional on this one because killing stuff is not an easy process most of the time and it's hard to know if it's die-off or you need to back off because your organ are in overload.... Because that's what probably caused the problem in the first place. There are different parasite killing herbs for different parasites, viruses, etc... So if you're going to get the job done... You need to know which one you have... Get tested.... Muscle testing is best and I'm an advocate of nutritional response testing.... Good luck!"
01/13/2012: Sharyg from Miami, Fl, Usa replies: "Ditto on the turmeric. It really does work great for skin. There is also an indian Turmeric cream which will clear your complexion super fast and make it beautiful as well. It is called _______ Turmeric cream. Try it. You will keep buying it forever."

Genital Warts

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[YEA]  04/30/2007: Mike from San Francisco, CA: "After extensive research on the web when I discovered I had genital warts I decided to give coconut oil a chance. I couldn't bare the thought of going to a doctor and asking them to look at a growth on my butt, worse, there were some just inside my colon (which is typical with genital warts on the anus). After 6 weeks of 2xdaily enemas and massaging in a tablespoon of coconut oil over the warts... they are completely gone. A lot of information on the web says genital warts don't go away without serious treatment (burning off, laser, freezing, etc). I am a believer in coconut oil. It worked on me. It also made my skin glow and feel baby soft. I found myself caressing my skin, amazed at the pleasant silky feeling. Rubbing it in my hair made it super shiney and healthy. I want to fill my hot tub with coconut oil and marinate in it for days."

07/09/2008: Katie from San Jose, CA replies: "I also heard castor oil helps too!"
02/14/2012: Jennywren from Perth, Western Australia, Australia replies: ".. And apple cider vinegar. Dab on affected area several times a day for a week or so. Works for me!"



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