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Coconut Oil Benefits, Side Effects and Reviews

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Posted by Warren (Costa Mesa, California) on 09/23/2007

It seems odd that so many people have side effects from using vco. I've been using it for oil pulling since the taste is so pleasant. I use at least one tablespoon with a little honey with a jigger of ACV in the morning. No side effects for this 76 year old kid. Now if I could only cure my emphysema.

Replied by Jenneffer
(Middleburg, Florida)

I have heard that Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy is great in helping emphazema, just something you may want to look into. Google "Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy"

Replied by Cured
(Niceville, Fl)

It is great that you did not experience any side effects. I have read more in other sections what causes side effects--"candida die-off". My personal opinion is every american within the last 2-3 generations is probably affected by some degree of candida overgrowth even young children (myself at 31). I have been using Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) for just over a month now. I use it as a mositurizer after a shower and before applying make-up (even with very oily skin I have great results) and have used it a few times in my hair; all of which I absolutely love the results. I have eaten it once in eggs--it will be awhile before I do it again. They tasted better than my old recipe but within 2 hours I was in the restroom with a bad case of #2.

After researching the die-off symptoms I have self diagnosed myself with this. VCO has antifungal properties--killing disease-causing bacteria and leaving good bacteria alone, it will also kill candida and other fungi in the intestinal tract, further supporting a healthy intestinal environment. The road may be a little bumpy for some. The best advice in beginning VCO is start out small and listen to your body. If symptoms occur--back off the VCO. Around about week 2 and 3 was when I was having to back-off. Somewhere in week 4 and I know all last week I used as a moisturizer everyday after a shower. I might still have some minor flu like symptoms coming up but I think i'm in the clear of most the bad stuff that I was experiencing. I have also used it to oil pull but nothing on a regular basis. OP does not require you ingest VCO and you spit out most of it.

Go easy getting started and I wish everyone a sucessful experience with VCO in the long run. Dosages for this one is difficult as each person is different you kinda have to find your own dosage. Internally use less than 1/2 teaspoon. Externally on a small portion of your body say hands and face. Either way start small and increase as needed in a week-2 weeks. This will help reduce die-off symptoms if one were to have this existing condition and not know as was the case for me. I love VCO and this site. Thank you Earth Clinic!!

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Posted by Jann (Sydney, Australia) on 04/29/2007

i have only just started tacking vco and with starting anything new for the first time i would highly recommend starting on the smallest dose possible to see if you have any negative reactions (healing crisis included). the desire to be healed quickly unfortunatley means we have a tendacny to take the maximum doseage first up. While this may be alright for some people, i would still proceed with caution. i have a very sensative digestive system - ibs, and have only started taking 5mls daily and have had no negative reactions.

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Posted by Mel (Waterford, Connecticut, USA) on 04/16/2007

I feel a better understaning has to be presented in regards to how much EVCO should be ingested at the very start of using this product. As I believe the best way to start using this product is in cooking only to see if you can tolerate its effects. After a couple of weeks, try weaning on a 1/8 tsp in food for a few days, then up it to 1/4 tsp, then eventually to one teaspoon. Move up gradually to a maximum of one tablespoon once a day. I feel once a day is enough to get the benefits of EVCO. Please make sure it's Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ONLY! You will be safe if you will take these precautions. If you still have a problem digesting EVCO, you may be allergic to coconut products.

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Posted by Christine (San Diego, California) on 04/06/2007

I have been suffering with the symptoms describing hypothyroidism. Last week I started the EVCO and added the ACV, of course, decided to throw in the molasses. I will keep you all posted on my progress, trying to feel better and lose the 40 pounds I have picked up. Today I write because I have come up with a great drink. It kills two birds with one stone. Here goes:

ONE TBSP EVCO [Extra Virgin Coconut Oil]


I could not stand the taste of the molasses, however it is so yummy in this tea. Hope you like it. I have noticed since the evco and acv that like most everyone else, my ENERGY has soared, skin soft, body temp up, hair and nails gowing, dry seriously cracking heels softer and healing (using oil dirrectly) no more claritin, sleeping better, brighter outlook. This is only my seventh day. At first I seemed to gain a little weight, but just today I noticed the scale is down 1 pound. I am keeping at it and will keep you posted. Christine

Replied by Atm
(Greenville, S.c.)

Hi Christine, I read your post about you having symptoms of hypo thyroid. As I feel I have a lot of the symptoms as well. Since your post was in '07. I was curious to know how you have felt taking vo, if your still using it etc. Any feedback from you would be great.

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Posted by Laurin (KC, MO, USA) on 03/12/2007

I have used coconut oil for years. I usually buy a large jar (long shelf life and stable) for cost purposes. The first thing I noticed is my nails do not break when I am taking it; if I run out they will begin to break again. I think it is the medium chain tryglicerides that help - we don't get enough of those in our diet. I use coconut oil with a small amount of olive oil for sautéing veggies, and sometime I will make a fudgelike dish using a little cocoa, a little sugar and coconut oil to help it go down instead of taking it plain on the spoon. But I also take it and spread it on a piece of Ezekiel bread (flourless bread) and add either a banana or a little jelly. To me it tastes great but I have trained myself over the years. Then I also use the coconut milk which is great in curries. It has the needed fat and I love Panang anything.

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Posted by Pam (Salem, OR) on 02/27/2007

I have just recently read about the health benefits of virgin coconut oil but was having a hard time figuring out how to take it as I cannot stomach eating it off a spoon or in a shake. I used the air popper to make pop corn and put the coconut oil in the butter melter section, then poured it over my pop corn. If you eat it immediately it doesn't taste as good as if you let it sit for a little while. I made it after breakfast, used a little butter flavored salt on it, then I ate it for lunch. It is SO yummy.

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Posted by Weng (the Philippines) on 01/04/2007

Coconut Oil and Coconut Milk: Shines hair, soft skin, (c-oil) good for cooking vegetables, meat like chicken or pork (c-milk). Coconut oil has a lot of things for good, you can use it on your hair as a conditioner or use it as lotion on your skin. While, coconut Milk is good for cooking, we usually used it for cooking vegetables or meat for our meals. It's so delicious everybody loves it.

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Posted by Grace (Manila, Philippines) on 12/01/2006

First, I would like to clarify what is the difference between Coconut oil and the Virgin coconut oil (VCO). Philippines national tree is the coconut tree, and coconut oil has been used by our people since time in memorial. anyway, coconut oil is being used for cooking alone. then there is another kind of coconut oil that is being cooked in our own kitchen that produces brown color, this oil is good for the skin and hair. Believe me i've been using this from child and i have the shiniest hair ever. Now, there's another coconut oil which is called Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). The oil was extracted from coconut thru cold pressed. the opposite of the second coconut oil i mentioned. now, this oil can be drunk and applied on hair and skin. I used both the 2nd and 3rd coconut oil for my skin alternately. I always have insect bites that leaves ugly scars, and coconut oil heals it and the ugly scars will be gone. I also use this as my moisturizer. There are researches about coconut oil (VCO) ... it was said that coconut oil can cure cancer but i am not sure if this is already proven. I can say that Philippines produces the best coconut oil products. I guess, this is one of our secrets why we have beautiful and younger looking skin and very shiny hair :) by the way, since coconut oil solidifies during cold weather, we now have coconut oil in capsules.. just an FYI.

Replied by Annie
(Syracuse, Newyork)

i have a coconut oil that say 100% pure ingredients: coconut oil (anti-oxidant tbhg 0.01%) what does that mean? i assume that this should be better than or is the same as extra virgin coconut oil? I just took a teaspoon tonight 4 the first time. Did i take the correct one or did i take cooking oil?

Replied by Rainman
(Central, Vt, Usa)

It should say Organic Virgin Coconut Oil... Unrefined Cold or Expeller Pressed is good.

At room temperature it should be solid and completely white with no dark coloration at all. It will start to liquify at 76 degrees or more. For this reason, the oil will come in a jar with a wide mouth lid for scooping out.

Regardless of what you get... do not get refined, bleached, deodorized (RBD) oil. Any oil for that matter.

Replied by Samuel
(Austin, Texas)

What is the brand name of the coconut oil tablet / where can I buy it.

I understand coconut oil can cure prostate cancer - I want to give this a shot.

EC: Try your local health food store (most carry many brands of coconut oil, including coconut oil capsules). Or try online at Amazon.

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Posted by June (South Australia) on 08/24/2006

Coconut Oil has cured my arthritic pain, balanced blood sugar, given me energy and reduced lines and wrinkles. After reading all the positive results I found a place in Australia that sells excellent C/oil. I take three tablespoons a day (one each meal) I also use it externally on my skin, with amazing results. I had no side effects, nor has it altered my cholesterol reading. Mixed with a hot lemon drink with turmeric is a good start to the day. Mixed with yogurt or cottage cheese, muesli and fruit is also delicious. I stopped taking Glucosamine when I started the C/oil and have not taken any since.

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Posted by Manasvini (Maharashtra, India) on 07/02/2006

i came across your site by chance. for those of u who are using coconut oil, it is great for external skin. it is used for a whole body massage every week here in india. but i wouldn't recommend it for internal consumption. i have heard that the oil is high in cholesterol. it is the normal cooking oil that i am talking about. that's why we indians use til oil or sunflower oil for cooking. i am not sure what extra virgin coconut oil is. actually normal coconut oil is used to induce vomiting in case of accidental swallowing of poison ,etc. take precautions be fore taking internally.

Replied by Tom
(London, Uk)

Regarding your statement that coconut oil is too thick to be absorbed though the skin: are there studies to show this? These studies seem to indicate otherwise ...

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Posted by Pinoy Ako (the Philippines) on 06/05/2006

please take only VIRGIN COCONUT OIL, and not just ordinary cooking coconut oil. The difference is in their processing. The former is good for your health--boost immunity, etc. The benefits are widely studied:

Diarrhea is a natural side effect. Coconut detoxifies your digestive system; after a while (two weeks for me), it normalizes and relieves your diarrhea problem.

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Posted by Rhonald (Washington, DC) on 06/02/2006

This oil really helped my skin, which becomes dry in winter. It also helped my immune system and provides the best oil to cook with. I have known about coconut oil for some time now, recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola, in IL., when I went to see him in 2002. Regretfully, I have run out for a while now, but will reorder. To all the people who experience(d) stomach upset and other flu like symptoms; this may be because the oil is noted for ridding the body of toxins. Anytime you ingest anything that attacks parasites, bacteria, viruses, etc., you are inducing a body cleansing. The body responds by making you feel sick, and the degree, which is an indication of the level of toxins in your body. If the body is not prepared for this, it reacts (cleansing reaction). I never personally experienced this and I would highly recommend that if you use this oil, your system needs to at least be very hydrated with pure water, vegetable juice, weak teas, and eliminate sugar and starchy foods or at least cut back for a week or so to see how you react. Help the body do its job.

Also, go to your local healthfood store and get pH papers. When I embarked on a 4 week deep cleanse a few years ago, the author was very firm with people to NOT cleanse until the pH was around the 6-7 mark, acidic/alkaline. If your body is too acidic, cleansing reactions will be worse. The body needs to be balanced before toxins are released into the system. The pH factor of body fluids (not stomach acid) is critical for overall good health, because disease thrives in an acidic environment. You might want to check out these pages at the end... it will explain all the benefits of coconut oil and all fats. It is the best oil for cooking, as its molecules remain stable under high heat. Beware, many commercial coconut oils are refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) and contain chemicals used in processing. This you don't want, so ask the source how it is made. I hope this is helpful to those who became ill (cleansing reactions?) Note: some people may be allergic to coconuts, so that could have been the culprit? In closing, I would say research this and don't give up on the oil.

Below are some useful pages.

I researched this and many other topics surrounding fats in general. I am now on cod liver oil, flax meal, and low mercury fish, which has to be ordered out of state.

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Posted by Dave (Cambridge, MN) on 05/19/2006

Reply to Connie's inquiry on how others take coconut oil. I just started taking it, so i'm only taking 1 tsp a couple times a day. Trying to start slow to avoid problems others have had. I mix it in peanut butter and eat it on celery sticks and carrots. Has worked for me.

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Posted by Johnny (Manila, Philippines)

i often had a hard time before with my bowel movement. i rarely went to the CR to poop, 4x a week was the most, which i found abnormal. i read an article about virgin coco oil and its effects on health. i learned that it does not have any side effect so i went to a nearby drugstore to get one. The effect was faster than i though it would be. i took a spoonful before going to bed and presto! after breakfast the following day i felt relief because the stomach that was once hard to please voluntarily surrendered itself to nature's calling. i recommend VCO for better health and longer life. see for yourself.

Replied by Jill
(Rochester, Mn)

I wanted to try Armour and my doctor wouldn't do it. I went to an Endrconologist that specializes in thyroid issues. He was willing to let me try it. Family practice doctors aren't familiar enough with it. I am doing better on Armour.


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Posted by Mary (Austin, Texas) on 02/02/2011

I first came to know about coconut oil on the internet. I had been having high bgl (blood glucose levels) and my meds were not bringing it down and didn't not want to start on insulin. I was searching on how some diabetics dealt with their high bgl or what concocion was working for them and then I found a diabetes forum where the members stated that coconut oil had brought their glucose level down. I thought to myself how can coconut do this cause I read it was bad for you. But after researching more I found that there was a difference between the good and bad kind of oil.

Then I came across this website and read how some have used the oil and the good and bad effects it may have on one's body. So I decided to give it a try because my new high protein, low fat, low carbs diet was not giving me consistent low bgl numbers. I also started a weight strenghtening workout routine and like the diet it did help some but I was still having high numbers most of time.

So I decided to give the organic virgin coconut oil a try and I have been using it for about a month. I use it for cooking, skin moisturizer, and hair conditioner (not from the same jar). The majority of the oil is used toward cooking. My blood glucose level are now in the low 100s. Before they were in the 120-135 range even with my new meal plan and weight strengthening exercises.

I take Levothyroxine 150 mcg. Since using the oil, most of the time I forget to take my pill. My neck and throat doesn't ache like it use to, and that's why I would forget to take my daily dose. But when I take my pill, my throat gets that big lump feeling I would get when eating products that contain even a little bit of soy. I think most hypothryoid folks know what I'm talking about. Am I becoming allergic to the thyroid pill? Has anyone else encountered this problem? How or what have you done when this happened? I only use a tablespoon or less when cooking.

Replied by Elizabeth
(Nashville, Tn)

Coconut oil is known to stimulate the thyroid so you may need to cut down on either the oil or the thyroid medication. It's good to know it's helping with your diabetes.

Replied by Sylvia
(Nevada City, Ca)

I was just diagnosed with Hypothyroid and am taking armour thyroid.
Could you tell me how much Coconut Oil, ACV and Iodine to take daily? Would Sea Water work? Or Ocean Bounty, the label does not indicate how much Iodine it has??