Last Modified on Apr 11, 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.
Do you take coconut oil? Please let us know if it has cured you of anything!
Remedies for Coconut Oil
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"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.
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.
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Megan (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States) on 09/14/2009
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.
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Posted by Gail (North Bend, WA) on 04/13/2008
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.
Posted by Roszczynski (Madison, In) on 09/01/2013
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
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(San Fernando, Philippines) on 10/22/2011 | 1230 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...
Posted by Bill(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 02/10/2011 | 1230 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
* Epstein-Barr virus
* Influenza virus
* Leukemia virus
* 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
* Gram positive organisms
* Gram negative organisms if first pre-treated with a chelator.
Research and evidence sources :
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San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines
Posted by Shiva (Hyderad, Andhra) on 03/26/2009
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
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.
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Posted by Mary (Boston, MA) on 10/30/2014
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
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Posted by Tinkerbell (Austin, Texas) on 03/07/2010
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.
Posted by London (Sandusky, Ohio) on 08/08/2010
I massaged coconut oil once a day on my foot for a week and got rid of athlete's foot.
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Klamath Falls, OR, USA
Posted by Shelly (Medford, OR) on 03/22/2006
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!!!