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Posted by B Cole (Nixa, MO) on 06/19/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  When I take a certain brand of VCO (one of the most popular brands) I get moody and cranky. It does not matter how much I take Tbl. or teaspoon. I would like to know if anyone else has experienced anything like this. Some of the other brands do not cause this, but I gain weight with other brands.

Posted by Olivia (Brooklyn, New York) on 04/16/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have tried using coconut oil several times and one thing has been consistent: when I take it by the spoon, even a teaspoon full, I immediately feel my heart racing. This does not happen if I cook with it. Sometimes rubbing it on my neck or face induces a reaction in my pulse but not as severe as drinking. Cooking is ok for me. If anyone can think of a reason I'd be happy to hear of it.

Posted by Peter on 04/16/2008

Coconut oil side effects:

1.In the first few days of using coconut oil as a massage oil, it is often the case that the body develops a "sand type overlay " noticeable around the abdomen.

2.When this first happened the reaction was, "how did that sand get into the clothes?".

3. But when it happened to another person, we wised up and realised that it was a salt extrusion from the body and not sand even if it felt like sand.

4. So its a cleansing side effect that occurs in the first few days. After that period it is not longer noticeable.

5. If somebody is experiencing an itching side effect, I would say that that is a side effect of salt extrusion which will disappear as the amount of the salt extruded becomes less.

Posted by Dawn (Mapleton, MN) on 04/14/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have been taking 1 to 2 tbsp of coconut oil daily in my tea, as well as using it as a moisturizer for 5 days. after the 3rd day i started to and continue itch in various spots all over my body. I don't want to stop using CO because of all the benefits but its becoming a pain. literally! :) Has this happened to anyone else? Is this normal, could it be the toxins that are fleeing my body? or am i possibly allergic? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by Gislain (Phoenix, AZ) on 03/08/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I recently posted a comment about Coconut Oil and how eating a tablespoon each day helped my Depression. After two days of taking Coconut Oil internally, I developed a terrible case of Heartburn. I felt better emotionally but physically, my chest was painful and the heartburn lasted all day and night. I thought eating too fast was the culprit initially. I was suffering with this Heartburn for an entire week. I wondered if the heavy saturated fat content of the Coconut Oil was making my body react this way.

Today, I didn't eat any Coconut Oil and my symptoms reduced by over 50%. I love the Oil Pulling, Apple Cider Vinegar, and everything else listed on this site. Unfortunately, eating Coconut Oil didn't work out for me apparently. I do plan on using Coconut Oil externally on my skin.

Posted by Kelly (Brooklyn, NY) on 03/01/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  i found out i was hypo in Sept 07. have never been overweight about VCO so i tried it for a month but have gained weightI went from size 4 to 6 in a short time. i exercise alot and have not changed my eating habits with the exception of adding VCO to my diet. I would have 1lbs on my toast in the morning and then cook with another tbls at night. i started taking it for additional energy and softer skin...but the only thing i got was thicker thighs and stomach. i just had my endo appt this week and still had to increase my meds as the THS levels were still not close to normal. I guess I was the exception!

Posted by Melissa (Miami, USA) on 02/27/2008

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello, just wanted to give some feedback in regards to my experience with coconut oil usage. I took about 1 tbsp. of coconut oil and in less than 1 hour I had intense pain in my stomach along with heartburn ( I never get this). After that I developed diarrea and vomited. Those reactions lasted well through the night and for two days after taking the coconut oil the intense stomach pains persisted. If you are going to try cocunut oil it might be a great idea to use it as a cooking agent as suggested by another reader rather than ingesting it.

Posted by Becky (Bellefonte, PA) on 12/26/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I've started taking Coconut oil, and for the 1st time in my life I get terrible heartburn. What can I do to rectify this? I really want to try coconut oil for a number of benefits to my health, but what to do???

Replied by Dean
Ncr, Philippines
When you take VCO also eat a piece of soda cracker & a glass of water. I have been orally taking this for the past 4 years at 5-7ml per day and have not encountered side-effects. I'm not sure if shipping has some effect on the product once it gets to your area.

Posted by Beverly Anne (Miami, FL) on 12/19/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  Up to two weeks of v.c.o. usage I've got great looking/feeling skin but my face has broken out and experienced dryness. I've also got diarrhea and nausea with usage but am almost certain it is because of candida die-off symptoms as I understand vco has caprylic acid qualities used in fighting candida infection. Otherwise, I've lost weight, thyroid pulsating has subsided quite a bite and no vaginal discharge. Will up the dosage from 1 TBS. to 1.5 gradually during next week.

Posted by Linda (Concord, CA) on 12/14/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I began using VCO on doctor's orders to help combat hypothyroid. My skin, hair, energy levels were all positive results. I also used VCO as a deodorant. However, after a few days I began gaining weight, got dizzy spells and some diarrhea. My blood pressure soared! After continued trials for a couple of weeks, my doctor advised me to stop using it. This was disappointment as I got good results in other areas; however, every attempt made to try it again caused my BP to go higher. I do full body cleanses once or twice a year. Possibly it might help if I did just liver cleanse? I'm 60 years old, exercise daily, eat healthy foods, do drink 1.5 cups coffee in morning and am Blood Type A. Disappointed as not being able to use coconut oil due to HBP. Would appreciate any comments on my HBP problem to be answered on this site. Any insight would be beneficial. Thanks, a CA gal

Replied by Dean
Ncr, Philippines
1-1.5 liters of natural tea (single bag/4-5 pcs fresh leaves) might help. I've been taking VCO for 4 years now with no side effect. I take 5-7.5ml each day and has given me healthy hair, skin & digestive system. My BP has been steady at 130/80 and I'm 42yo. However, I am not limiting myself with VCO. I still stick to my high fiber diet mostly from legumes which is plentiful in my location and my daily 1.5 liter dose of natural green tea in the evening (blumea balsamifera leaves-fresh or bagged), also, I still take my multi-vitamins every day. I suggest you explore other natural products that may counter the side effects of VCO in your body and enjoy its good effects.

Posted by Shane (McManus) (Sunbury, Victoria/Australia) on 11/07/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I've had mixed results taking coconut oil. It cleared my eczema and improved my skin but have been light headed and dizzy after 2 weeks of taking it. Also my hayfever has come back where i was fine before. A herxheimer reaction should have settled after 2 weeks. I'm wondering if others who have had reactions are Blood group O, as according to the blood group diet coconut oil does not agree with type O blood.

Posted by Jess (London, England) on 09/27/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  the many times I tried massaging my head with coconut oil, if I leave it on for too long on my head, I end up with a fever. After many years of not using it, I used it a few days ago. Left it on for many hrs and the next day, I had the worst flu and still am feeling very lethargic, weak.

Posted by John (Virginia Beach, Virginia) on 09/23/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  it has now been over two weeks since i started taking VCO, i had stomach pains and diarrhea at first but the pains have subsided. I havent experienced any weight loss but i havent gained any weight either. It does give me a little bit of energy.

Posted by Dee (Mineral Wells, TX) on 09/21/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have recently taken CO Butter because of the great taste and then taken the VCO later for about for about 4 days, my autistic son was prescribed Caprylic Acid for yeast and bacteria overgrowth, so thought I'd give it a try, although I have had a wonderful decrease in cravings for sweets and an increase in energy it is totally overkill, Not only did I have more energy but TOOO much, I've stopped taking it due to this, I took approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons daily and can't sleep, 2am rolls around and here I am, awake, and the most bothersome thing is now my feet and lower legs are cramping soo much I cants sleep!!! I'm tired but am revved up like the energizer bunny, how long will this last and what can be done about the feet?? Help Me!!!

EC: We wrote to Dee for more information...

Replied by Dee

Hope this helps, Caprylic Acid is Coconut Oil, anyway I did not take Caprilic Acid, I took VCO. Still have insommnia and cramping legs and feet at night, will this wear off anytime soon, its been about 7 days. Im starting to feel tired at night but still cant manage to sleep until 1 or 2 am. Thanks.

Posted by John (Virginia Beach, Virginia) on 09/12/2007

[SIDE EFFECTS]  vco [virgin coconut oil] has been giving me bad stomach pains and diarrhea. I've only been taking it for several days now but i'm hoping these side effects subside in the near future...

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