Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Woman Holding a Cracked CoconutCoconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”

Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health.

This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits.

Here are the top 10 health benefits of coconut oil that have been experimentally confirmed in human studies.

1. Coconut Oil Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties

Coconut oil has been demonized in the past because it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat known to man, with almost 90% of the fatty acids in it being saturated (1).

However, new data is showing that saturated fats are harmless. Many massive studies that include hundreds of thousands of people prove that the whole “artery-clogging” idea was a myth (2).

Additionally, coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in cheese or steak.

No, they contain so-called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length.

Most of the fatty acids in the diet are so-called long-chain fatty acids, but the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are metabolized differently.

They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

Bottom Line: Coconut oil contains a lot of medium chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.

2. Populations That Eat a LOT of Coconut Are Among The Healthiest People on The Planet

Girl Eating Coconut

Coconut is kind of an “exotic” food in the Western world, primarily consumed by health conscious people.

However, in some parts of the world, coconut is a dietary staple that people have thrived on for many generations.

The best example of such a population is the Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific.

They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.

These people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease (3).

Another example of a population that eats a lot of coconut and remains in excellent health is the Kitavans (4).

Bottom Line: Plenty of populations around the world have thrived for multiple generations eating massive amounts of coconut.

3. Coconut Oil Can Increase Your Energy Expenditure, Helping You Burn More Fat

Coconuts

Obesity is currently one of the biggest health problems in the world.

While some people think obesity is only a matter of calories, others (myself included) believe that the sources of those calories are critical too.

It is a fact that different foods affect our bodies and hormones in different ways. In this regard, a calorie is NOT a calorie.

The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats (5, 6).

One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totalling about 120 calories per day (7).

Bottom Line: The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.

4. The Lauric Acid in Coconut Oil Can Kill Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi, Helping to Stave Off Infections

Running Away From Pathogens

Almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil is the 12-carbon Lauric Acid.

When coconut oil is enzymatically digested, it also forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin.

Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi (8).

For example, these substances have been shown to kill the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus (a very dangerous pathogen) and the yeast Candida Albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans (9, 10).

Bottom Line: The fatty acids and breakdown products in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helping to prevent infections.

5. Coconut Oil Can Kill Your Hunger, Making You Eat Less Without Even Trying

Man Drinking From Coconut

One interesting feature of coconut oil is that it can reduce your hunger.

This may be related to the way the fatty acids in it are metabolized, because ketone bodies can have an appetite reducing effect (11).

In one study, varying amounts of medium and long chain triglycerides were fed to 6 healthy men.

The men eating the most MCTs ate 256 fewer calories per day, on average (12).

Another study in 14 healthy men discovered that those who ate the most MCTs at breakfast ate significantly fewer calories at lunch (13).

These studies were small and only done for a short period of time. If this effect were to persist over the long term, it could have a dramatic influence on body weight over a period of several years.

Bottom Line: The fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term.

6. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Are Turned into Ketones, Which Can Reduce Seizures

Open Coconut

A so-called ketogenic (very low carb, very high fat) diet is currrently being studied to treat various disorders.

The best known therapeutic application of this diet is treating drug-resistant epilepsy in children (14).

This diet involves eating very little carbohydrates and large amounts of fat, leading to greatly increased concentrations of ketone bodies in the blood.

For some reason, this diet can dramatically reduce the rate of seizures in epileptic children, even those who haven’t had success with multiple different types of drugs.

Because the MCTs in coconut oil get shipped to the liver and turned into ketone bodies, they are often used in epileptic patients to induce ketosis while allowing for a bit more carbs in the diet (15, 16).

Bottom Line: The MCTs in coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures in epileptic children.

7. Coconut Oil Can Improve Blood Cholesterol Levels and May Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

Cracked Coconut

Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fats, which actually do not harm the blood lipid profile like previously thought.

Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype (17, 18).

In one study in 40 women, coconut oil reduced Total and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL compared to soybean oil (19).

There are also rat studies showing that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status (20, 21).

This improvement in cardiovascular risk factors should theoretically lead to a reduced risk of heart disease over the long term.

Bottom Line: Studies in both humans and rats show that coconut oil improves important risk factors like Total, LDL and HDL cholesterol, which may translate to a reduced risk of heart disease.

8. Coconut Oil Can Protect Hair Against Damage, Moisturize Skin and Function as Sunscreen

Cracked Coconut With Peels

Coconut oil can serve various purposes that have nothing to do with eating it.

Many people are using it for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair.

Studies on individuals with dry skin show that coconut oil can improve the moisture and lipid content of the skin (22).

Coconut oil can also be very protective against hair damage and one study shows effectiveness as sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays (23, 24)

Another application is using it like mouthwash in a process called oil pulling, which can kill some of the harmful bacteria in the mouth, improve dental health and reduce bad breath (25, 26, 27).

Bottom Line: Coconut oil can be applied topically as well, studies showing it to be effective as a skin moisturizer and protecting against hair damage. It can also be used as a mild form of sunscreen and as mouthwash.

9. The Fatty Acids in Coconut Oil Can Boost Brain Function in Alzheimer’s Patients

Doctor With Thumbs Up

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia worldwide and occurs primarily in elderly individuals.

In Alzheimer’s patients, there appears to be a reduced ability to use glucose for energy in certain parts of the brain.

Ketone bodies can supply energy for the brain and researchers have speculated that ketones can provide an alternative energy source for these malfunctioning cells and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s (28).

In one 2006 study, consumption of medium chain triglycerides lead to an immediate improvement in brain function in patients with milder forms of Alzheimer’s (29).

Other studies support these findings and medium chain triglycerides are being intensively studied as potential therapeutic agents in Alzheimer’s disease (30, 31).

Bottom Line: Studies show that the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase blood levels of ketone bodies, supplying energy for the brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients and relieving symptoms.

10. Coconut Oil Can Help You Lose Fat, Especially The Dangerous Fat in Your Abdominal Cavity

A man who needs to lose weight

Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help you lose weight.

Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs.

This is the most dangerous fat of all and is highly associated with many Western diseases.

Waist circumference is easily measured and is a great marker for the amount of fat in the abdominal cavity.

A study in 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day lead to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks (19).

Another study in 20 obese males noted a reduction in waist circumference of 2.86 cm (1.1 inches) after 4 weeks of 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day (32).

This number may not seem too impressive on the surface, but be aware that these people aren’t adding exercise or restricting calories. They’re losing significant amounts of abdominal fat simply by adding coconut oil to their diet.

11. Anything Else?

If you want to enjoy the immense health benefits of coconut oil, then make sure to choose organic, virgin coconut oil… NOT the refined stuff.

This is really just the tip of the iceberg. People are using coconut oil for all sorts of things with incredible success.

Feel free to add to the list in the comments!

443 Comments

  1. I use an organic coconut butter that is tasteless and odourless. I don’t especially like the taste or smell of coconut, although I do like coconut water, and don’t want the food I cook in it to taste of coconut either. If it’s not extra virgin am I wasting my time?

    • Troy, I use an extra virgin unrefined coconut oil and don’t worry, it doesn’t make your food taste like coconut if you cook with it! I actually love coconut and wish it did, but I assure you it doesn’t. Unrefined is richer in phytonutrients, and these polyphenols (antioxidants) become damaged during the bleaching process of refined coconut oil.

      • I am using Spectrum organic coconut oil. It says it is both expeller pressed and non hydrogenated. Is this the right oil? I mix with a little peanut butter and pecan pieces – yummy!

        • I was wondering if you ever got an answer on this…

        • Make sure it says unrefined or extra virgin. It should have a slight coconutty scent. If it does not, then it’s still great for cooking but does not have the same level of health benefits. I get big tubs of Nutiva extra virgin organic from Costco – best price I’ve found by far!

        • Elizabeth says:

          Spectrum is good for cooking at higher temps. But use extra virgin unrefined if you don’t need to cook it. I like Nutiva.

          • I purchase organic virgin coconut oil from classic coconut Hagersville Ontario they also process toasted and sweetened coconut super great product.

    • Hey Troy. Ziggy Marley has a line of coconut oils. He has coconut/lemon/ginger oil, he has curry coconut oil, orange coconut oil & regular coconut oil that are gmo/gluten/hexane free. I use the ginger lemon coconut oil to cook with and for my hair and scalp.I love the smell.

      • Thanks Jasmine, I love ginger so might have to give it a try, especially seeing as it’s endorsed by a Marley, even if it’s crap that alone makes it IRIE!

        • Lol @ irie. Well, if you try it let me know how it works for you.

          • Judybenton says:

            Where do I get this refined virgin coconut oil? I am using the ordinary one for my hair, and also put it on my face, but I find that I have a lot of unwanted hair growth on my face lately.

          • Kateharts says:

            Judy Benton, RE the hair on your face, I saw a youtube clip a couple of days ago about a girl who uses a combination of coconut oil and castor oil which she rubs onto her eyelashes to encourage lash growth and she’s convinced it works. Maybe there is something in the coconut oil which promotes hair growth? Hope this helps.

    • Coconut oil does not taste like coconut at all. I just recently switched and it’s great! (I am not a fan of coconut flavor either).

    • It should be cold-pressed oil, because if it’s heated during processing this ruins a lot of the oil’s inherent properties. I take 3 teaspoons in the morning right after breakfast and it gives me energy all day. I lost 3 pounds in one week, and I’ve been trying to lose 5 pounds all Summer. I’ve been pulling the oil [see "oil pulling"] for over a month now and my teeth have gotten super white!

      • Come on now, does coconut oil really whiten your teeth? I have a dentist appointment in 3 days, should I try this first before spending $500?

        • It does! Swish it in your mouth for like 15 minutes (awkward I know) and it turns them really white! The oil will turn yellowish ad it draws out stains from your teeth. I discovered this while oil pulling.

          • What is oil pulling?

          • Does the oil pulling also clean up the teeth? So I don’t have to go for a clean up?

            As I’m very sensitive to the dentists cleaning tools. I can’t even drill my teeth for a filling without an injection to numb my gums and this to on does not help much.

            The answer to this may help many with extra sensitive teeth.

          • Red Bajan says:

            Don’t swish too vigorously. It’s more of a slow rolling in the mouth. Straight from a user of coconut oil of 12 years.

      • Hi everyone, I am just starting coconut oil, my sister in law got me on it and I’ve been using it for my skin. Can I use the same stuff I’m using for my skin to cook with? Also, I heard that coconut oil helps you lose weight and makes your teeth white, is this true? In dire need of some advice and help here, again I am just starting the coconut oil theory. Much thanks, everyone.

      • What does oil pulling mean?

        • Laura, oil “pulling” is when you take 2 teaspoons of oil, preferably coconut, but can be olive oil, vegetable oil and such. Keep the oil in your mouth, swishing through your teeth, around gums, etc and the prescribed time is for 20 minutes every day. Build up to it if you find it difficult at first.

          It cleans teeth, but if not more importantly, it helps to cleanse your mouth of many millions of harmful bacteria. When you’ve finished “pulling” (swishing), make sure you cleanse your mouth of all residue.

          • Oil pulling has so many health benefits…

            It is recommended to do for 20 minutes first thing in the morning, before having taken in anything.

            I have to admit, I do it for roughly 5 to 10 minutes… you have to be sure however, not to swallow any of the oil. After pulling, be sure to spit the oil out (best in the toilet and not in the sink, if possible… all the toxins from your mouth have been “pulled” and we certainly do have toxins…) and rinse, rinse, rinse with water and first then, after good rinsing, brush your teeth.

            I usually try to take care of things like cleaning out the dishwasher, or watering my plants while I’m doing my oil pulling or swishing.

            It is an ayurvedic practice, and they suggest sesame oil, the russians have also been known to pull oil, and they suggest sunflower oil… some suggest olive oil. I started with olive oil to be honest, and found that rather difficult.

            More and more I am learning, that we have to nourish ourselves more and more with foods that are “locally” grown to our surroundings and climates that we are born into. Not just with the theory or philosophy and practice behind oil pulling, but in our cooking as well.

            I’m from Canada, however living in germany, and hence, sunflower oil is what I now use and I find it so much easier… more becoming for me.

            In other cases, I love cilantro, and would always use that in my green juices, however, cilantro isn’t a product which is “cultural” for my own roots… so I have now switched to parsley, which has the same, or similar attributes.

            Yes, I still eat different foods, and culturally, I love experimenting… however in my own day to day practice, I’m starting to learn the wisdom and sense behind this theory as well.

            And back to oil pulling… I can only recommend this!

            Not just for whiter teeth, but simply… for your health!

            All the best to you, Angela.

        • Also, when oil pulling, remember to spit it out at the end, and brush your teeth with a separate toothbrush, as well as clean your sink after (if you spat it into the sink) due to the residue that it pulls from your body :)

          • It’s important not to spit out coconut oil into the sink. It will clog your drains. When I do oil pulling, I spit the oil into a paper towel and dispose of it in the trash.

        • John Larson says:

          Oil pulling is an Ayurveda technique. I use coconut oil, you can also use sesame seed oil. Cold pressed and organic.

          Put a tablespoon of oil into the mouth and swish it around for twenty minutes and spit out, don’t swallow. Rinse with salt water, I use Himalayan salt, and brush with baking soda.

          You can google the benefits. See Dr. Joseph Mercola or Dr. Bruce Fife.

          • The Spectrum coconut oil I have is solid like shortening and I can’t envision “swishing” it. Do you melt it first?

          • J David Crawford says:

            Could not reply to Erin. Coconut oil resembles hydrogenated oil at below 75°F (coconut oil should never be hydrogenated). For ‘oil pulling’ I let the solid melt in my mouth. As well, I now substitute shower gel with coconut oil. In a small container I melt the oil in my microwave at a very low power setting. I no longer need deodorant and get excellent results for my skin moisture.

      • Judy Ziebell says:

        I was so excited to find out about the benefits of coconut oil and I got the unrefined one but it tastes so bad that I couldn’t continue it… My daughter also tried it and she just couldn’t swallow it. It is very greasy… am I doing something wrong? I am 74 years old and I really believe that it will help me not to have Alzheimer’s… and I’m also overweight. I would appreciate any help that I can get. Thank you.

        • I’ve tried eating it whole, but it is not pleasant (I don’t think eating any oil straight up would taste good!). Just replace your cooking oils with coconut oil and try to work up to it with small amounts at a time.

          • David DeConcini says:

            Here is what I do for BREAKFAST. Heat up 8 oz. of milk (I use almond milk, but any kind is OK) add a low carb protein powder (I use Isopure), melt 1 Tbl. of coconut oil and mix together. You can add a no-cal natural sweetener if you want. This is a great low carb drink that will keep you full until LUNCH.

          • I put a tablespoon of coconut oil in my coffee each morning with a little coffee creamer. Makes it smooth and creamy – yum!

          • Has anyone tried taking it in capsule form? I recently got a good deal on some 1 gram capsules with the directions to take 4 per day. One gram is a lot less than a tablespoonful (15 gm) so I wonder if this is enough to make a difference. Taking a capsule is a heck of a lot easier than choking down a tablespoonful of the stuff.

        • I just read an article on making truffles out of coconut oil. Simply melt the coconut oil and grate in some 70% or 80% chocolate. Let them cool and roll into balls then coat in powdered cocoa. This adds VERY little sugar and increases the palatability of coconut oil to those who can’t otherwise tolerate it. I think you could do the same thing with lemon rind and ginger. MMMMmmmmm.

        • Eating it just like this won’t be pleasant. It’s the same as trying to eat any type of oil. The best thing to do is add it to food. You can add it to salads (just like olive oil), you can spread it on bread and add some honey on top.

          There are many ways to eat coconut oil without it tasting horribly to you. You shouldn’t try to do it in its clean form as it won’t be pleasant at all. Spread it on bread and add jelly or honey on top and you will enjoy it.

          • Viki,

            Spread it on bread and add jelly or honey?

            Since when should we eat bread and add jelly or honey?

            Carbs and sugar?

            If the coconut oil is melted, add some cinnamon powder or cocoa powder to it, that makes it very easy to swallow.

            Martijn

          • I eat it with my fruits every morning. It tastes great with pineapple slices.

          • I use organic extra virgin coconut oil. It comes in a container and looks like Crisco when you open the lid. I spread mine on gluten free, dairy free, soy free bread made by Canyon Bakehouse and top it off with cashew butter. It’s a wonderful high protein, high energy breakfast or snack that keeps me going for hours and it tastes amazing!

        • Barbara Leiger Bailey says:

          I am 78 and just looking it up and going to do the 2 tsp daily routine. Also the 20 minute swish as the dentist told me the brown along my gum line is age (denton) and nothing I could do except expensive treatments which don’t last. I am excited reading about coconut oil.

        • Coconut oil tastes great mixed 50/50 with peanut butter. Mix it with a good peanut butter, one that only has peanuts or peanuts and salt listed as the ingredients. The coconut oil will mix easily into the peanut butter and though a bit different in taste than the OB all by itself, it’s my go to snack.

        • Hey Judy. Try taking a tablespoon and mix it into hot tea in the morning, it melts and doesn’t taste bad taken this way. In fact I really have grown to love it in my morning coffee, it adds an extra richness to it.

          Maybe have one tbs in hot coffee in the morning and then one tbs in hot tea at night :) hope this helps!

        • I melt 2 tablespoons in a glass and add orange juice, you can’t taste the oil. Add it to any juice.

        • I mix 1 tsp of (organic, virgin, unrefined) coconut oil with 1 tsp of Nutella and it is incredibly delicious! (Nutella is a chocolate Hazelnut spread that you can find in any supermarket… just in case you aren’t familiar with it).

        • Coconut oil also goes really well with any kind of hot cereal; malt-o-meal, oatmeal, etc… also makes a good spread on toast! Try it with peanut butter… so good.

          • We use coconut oil wherever possible in our cooking and seasoning cast iron but our latest find is coconut flour. It’s a bit more expensive than other flours but boy does it add a nice flavor to everything we use it in, from gravy to cookies.

        • Karen Smith says:

          Judy you can buy the cold pressed organic unrefined coconut oil at Costco, $22 for a giant tub by Nutiva (2 qts+).

          Place 1 tablespoon in your coffee and then to prevent the oily greasy feeling use an immersion blender (in 1/2 a cup) then fill your cup up the rest of the way with more hot coffee. It will look lighter like you added cream.

        • Dorothy Maddox says:

          You can get the coconut oil in capsule form. I take two capsules 3 times a day at mealtime. I got mine at a Health Food store. 60 capsules for about $15.00. Sooo worth it.

          • You can buy Nature’s Way coconut oil capsules from Netrition.com – 1000 mg soft gels for $9.19. There are 120 capsules in the bottle, and it’s extra virgin, expeller-pressed coconut oil. My husband loves it, and his blood pressure has lowered significantly since he’s been taking it. Has anyone else noted a lower blood pressure benefit? Hope this helps.

        • Christine says:

          I, also, have great difficulty taking it due to the taste and consistency. The way I take it is even while it is solid, I scoop a heaped teaspoon in my mouth, have a glass of cold water, cold juice or milk handy and quickly drink down the cold fluid.

          The oil seems to go down quickly and easily. Also, I have been finding initially that the oil made me nauseous, but have read that it will pass. I think perhaps I was taking too much to begin with and have cut down to 3tsp per day rather than taking in one big lot.

          The oil pulling works for me. Having had a sore back tooth with swelling on the gum, I started the oil pulling and within two days the swelling had gone down and the tooth is now pain free. My teeth feel fabulous.
          Even after less than two weeks of ingesting and pulling, overall I feel fabulous.

    • I buy my Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Vitacost.com. – esp when it is on sale!

      • Margarite says:

        Hi Gadjett, was reading some of these replies, and came across yours. I too, love Vitacost for all their great items, including ordering once Organic Coconut Oil. However, when I was starting to run a bit low, I wanted more. I am always perusing and researching the internet for great, trustworthy and cost effective sites.

        “Bulk Apothecary” is one terrific website offering a wealth of natural products, such as organic oils (including 100% Organic Coconut Oil) in several sizes at substantially great prices.

        They also have vast selections of other oils, essential oils, soap making items of of types and the list goes on and on. Plus, their ship is quite fast (even basic ship). Take as look! I highly recommend adding them to your favs!

      • Extra virgin organic coconut oil is available from TropicalTraditions.com. Sometimes it is on sale and sometimes free shipping. They also sell grass-fed beef and bison as well as products made from coconut oil.

    • Judy Ziebell says:

      What is the brand of coconut oil that you buy? I would really like to try it if it is tasteless and odorless. I have a really hard time with the taste and smell. I would appreciate it very much if you could give me the name of the brand… thanks.

    • How much and how often do you take coconut oil? Thanks.

    • Troy, does cooking with vegetable oil make your food taste like vegetables? Or does corn oil make your food taste like corn? Come on my man. Coconut oil doesn’t infuse a coconut flavor to your food.

    • Try mixing it with your smoothie.

    • All of the claims of coconut oil being healthy are made by people either selling it, a country that exports it, or people that don’t look at the science very carefully.

      On November 24th I posted an article to my Facebook page (facebook.com/healthfitnessguru) citing over 20 science periodicals showing the confusion that Fife, Mercola and other are creating about coconut oil.

      I would highly recommend for anyone reading this to check it out (I assume you can since I made it public) before making a huge health mistake.

      I will answer any messages sent to me about this, as I’m concerned that too many people actually believe the wrong information.

      • C A Gosselink says:

        I went on your FB page and couldn’t find the article. I was just about to believe the coconut oil hype when I came across your posting and I would like to read the scientific evidence that you mention. Thanks.

      • I have a milk intolerance allergy, which is basically like IBD and I can tell you now that coconut oil helps dramatically in keeping this in control! And that’s no crap (so to speak)!

      • I use coconut oil for just about everything – inside and outside my body. I replace shortening/oil in recipes with it, fry my organic eggs and potatoes in it, eat it plain (I like it!), I do the oil pulling, etc.

        HOWEVER, your post is what made me want to write – my husband has suffered from ulcerative colitis for 18 years. This unfortunately means that he has to spend about an hour and a half on the toilet every morning and (TMI) there is a LOT of pain and blood. I started making him a smoothie every day with 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil.

        I also add an equal amount of organic honey and a teaspoon of turmeric. Within 3 days, his bathroom visits were down to 30 – 45 minutes, very little pain and NO blood. You can say what you want about coconut oil – but I have seen firsthand how it improved my husband’s life.

        I have made salves for bug bites, my own “Vick’s” and numerous other items. It has also helped my son who has moderate acne, as its anti-bacterial properties are great for that. It’s not too expensive for a small jar of organic, unrefined, coconut oil. Just try it yourself – it won’t hurt you and maybe it’ll help. If you don’t like it, you’ve only wasted 10 bucks.

    • Troy, coconut butter and coconut oil are 2 different things. Coconut butter is dessicated unsweetened coconut that has been processed into a ‘butter’ – it’s delicious but can’t be used to cook things in. As far as coconut oil is concerned, yes get virgin coconut oil.

  2. How about the skin, is it good to add to bathwater? When losing a lot of weight, can it help the skin constrict and adjust to the weight loss? I hope for an answer.

    Thank you.

    • I wouldn’t add it to bathwater and I don’t think it can help the skin constrict.

    • Samantha says:

      I bathe in coconut oil, rosemary, Epsom salt, and baking soda and my skin is continuously complimented. Coconut oil is an absolutely awesome moisturizer for hair and skin and is a great antibacterial/antifungal. Definitely put it in your bath water, especially when you have infections of the skin or even yeast/bladder infections. I know it’s helped me through plenty of infected cuts and so on.

      Will it help your skin’s elasticity as you lose weight? It will absolutely help nourish your skin topically, so it might benefit the adjustment to weight loss, but beyond that I would say seek out collagen rich foods and creams to help with weight loss before relying entirely on C.O.

      Note: I am a nutritionist and diet coach, the information I’ve given you is from my education and personal experience having used coconut oil for the last six years.

      • How do you “add” coconut oil to bath water – does it not coagulate?

        • Anne, if your bath water is hotter than room temperature, the coconut oil will remain in liquid form. Coconut oil has a very low melting temperature.

        • Coconut oil is the best thing I have found for itchy places on the body. I can use the cheaper refined oil on the outside and the organic virgin on the inside. It is also really tasty to spread it on dark chocolate.

      • Samantha, what are the measurements that you use with for the bath with the coconut oil, rosemary Epsom salt and baking soda as it sounds fantastic… I have a pkt of Epsom salts 375 gm and the instructions says to use the whole packet for an average bath!! I was wondering if that was correct or too much. Thanks.

      • Hey Samantha… so to lose belly fat and keep smooth skin, what would be a good regime for daily usage of coconut oil!? Thanks!

      • Will coconut oil really help you lose weight? Thanks.

      • I have used coconut oil in baths for my daughter who gets eczema. Recently she had ringworm and I applied coconut oil twice a day and added it to her baths for 2 days and the ringworm disappeared almost instantly. Amazing stuff!

      • How much of coconut oil, epsom salt, rosemary and baking soda do you put in your bath?

    • Catherine says:

      I sometimes add it to my bath water to short cut the process of applying by hand and it is actually adequate coverage with little excess on the skin surface. Having said that however, it is extra cleanup in terms of grease and consideration of other tub users, as well as probably not good for septic systems with any degree of habit, but that is just a guess.

  3. Coconut allergies are never mentioned when people talk about coconut oil. I get a soar throat when I eat coconut oil for extended periods.

    I imagine if it causes inflammation in the body then it may not be good for people who are allergic to it?

    • You shouldn’t eat any coconut products if you’re allergic to coconuts.

    • Get checked for an allergy but your sore throat could also be a yeast die-off side effect. When you kill off a bunch of yeast suddenly, which coconut oil can do (which isn’t bad btw), if your body is having a hard time getting rid of the byproducts there symptoms that can occur (pardon the less than academic description). Google yeast die-off or talk to a naturopath. Since you are afraid of an allergy, i’d go for the naturopath so you can do the allergy test and learn about yeast die-off from a professional.

    • To check if it is yeast causing the sore throat, you should check your tongue in the morning. If it’s covered in white, your body has a lot of yeast in it.

  4. How does one add this to the diet? Just cook with the oil? I don’t use much oil at all. Are there other ways? Should I just buy a coconut to eat? This article was helpful and informative except for ways to incorporate it into the diet. Thanks for the info.

    • Joyce, you can use it for cooking, like an oil, in place of regular butter, as a spread, you can put it in smoothies and juices or you can add it to black coffee or green tea (not as vile as it sounds). You can also use it for topical application, as stated above. It is anti-bacterial and has even been shown to cure toenail fungus.

    • Put it in your coffee or tea.

      • Jersey Girl says:

        I love it in my coffee! Everyday I add one tablespoon of Coconut oil to my coffee, even with skim milk it tastes sooooo creamy.

        • Hey Jersey Girl, have you noticed that coconut oil eliminates any bitterness in coffee? It even tastes good cold.

          • I drink coconut oil in my coffee every day! I also add a little coconut milk. So creamy and delicious. I feel like I’m on a tropical island! I also use it as a moisturizer, living in dry, dry, dry, Denver lotion just doesn’t cut it!

      • Tried it this AM and oil just floats in little balls on top. How do you mix it?

        • Hey Robin, so what if it floats on top, you will get used to that. Also great with oatmeal!

          • Stanley Thomas says:

            We (in Kerala, India) use coconut all the time – oil in cooking, grated in vegetables and snacks and as a paste in curries. However, coconut and oatmeal is completely new.

            Another form of usage is coconut milk, which is added to curries to thicken it.

            Half a raw coconut is grated. A cup (or slightly more) of water is added, mixed, and hand pressed to extract the ‘milk’. (This can be done in a sieve or strainer.) This maybe repeated twice, with the ‘milk’ getting lighter each time. In each instance the ‘milk’ should go into a separate container.

            Note:
            • Coconut milk is added towards the very end, when the main ingredient (vegetables/ chicken) is almost cooked.
            • The 3rd extract is added first, then the 2nd, and finally the 1st extract.
            • Ensure that the flame is low (simmer). Otherwise, there is the likelihood of the ‘milk’ splitting/curdling. Do NOT boil the preparation after the 1st extract is added. Maybe just a quick boil at the most.

          • The first time I put coconut oil in may hot Chai I was a little freaked out by the separation too. I just kept stirring before each sip, but when I forgot to stir one time, it didn’t taste any different.

        • Robin – If you’re doing coffee with just coconut oil, the best way to do so is to blend it in a blender. There will likely be a bit of oily-ness going on, since coconut oil, itself, doesn’t mix -the best- with coffee.

          This being said, there is an improved recipe for receiving a lot of health benefits of coconut oil (moreso the MCT’s in coconut oil) called “Bulletproof Coffee”. This is 2 cups of high quality coffee, 2 tbsp of grass-fed, Unsalted (optimally organic) Butter, and 1-2 TBSP of MCT oil.

          This is then blended up for ~20 seconds. It creates a delicious frothy beverage, which is highly supportive to the entire body and mind. The CLA’s in grass fed butter are very healthy for us, and our body rapidly metabolizes MCT (medium chain triglycerides) in our liver, and uses them readily as fuel for our bodies (and our minds).

          Also, drinking Bulletproof Coffee in the mornings also helps to reduce/negate morning cravings for other food, which allows you to be more productive! Plus you don’t get that crash that you would from sugar, or from regular coffee :) Just don’t drink it after 2pm :D

          I hope this helps! :)

          • This is helpful. I have seen this bulletproof coffee mentioned in other places, and have wondered about it. Think I’m going to give it a try. I currently put coconut oil in it. Think I’m ready to expand. Thanks for the info.

    • Zandria says:

      You can add it to your diet by just taking coconut oil supplements :) If you don’t want to cook with it or use the oil itself, you can just take the capsules every day. I take the 1000 mg twice daily.

    • I use it like butter on toast or a teaspoon of it in my oatmeal. Not much flavor to coconut oil. I bought it at Costco’s for $15.

    • I just take it straight normally, but I’ve also added it when I fry eggs, baked cookies (they don’t taste coconutty and they come out super soft!), and put it in my drinks. Anything you use oil or butter for you can replace with coconut oil.

    • Marisa- I never used much oil either, but this stuff can be used in all kinds of situations. You can replace butter with it on bread. You can add it to oatmeal in place of butter or honey for flavor. You can saute veggies in it. I made homemade tomato soup yesterday and subbed coconut oil for olive and the flavor is out of this world! I get the one they sell at Costco which is extra virgin cold pressed.

    • Karen Lewis says:

      I add a tablespoon to my porridge (when cooked) every day. Make porridge with water and the coconut makes it creamy.

    • I find it good for using to fry eggs and saute vegetables. Another use is for roasting vegetables in the oven. I place a large spoonful into the tray, then once its melted, add the veggies and some salt then roast. Add it to a hot drink instead of milk. Goes well with hot chocolate. Mix in with fried rice. Endless!

    • I just take it from a spoon straight, 2 during lunch then 2 during dinner. But you can also use it as your cooking oil. Or as additional dressing for your salad.

    • You can add it to boiled rice, it’s delicious.

  5. Absorption through the skin is as effective? I love to smell like a coconut! I will try these ways. Thanks for the reply.

    • If you use it on your skin, it can have topical benefits. But it won’t have the health effects outlined in the article, for that to happen you need to ingest it.

  6. Coconut oil is one of my all-time favorite super foods! Thanks for laying out some of the great benefits and helping to expand the exposure of this little miracle food!

    • Remember, moderation and variety are the key to success.

      Adding oil to food after steaming is a great way to go and if you melt it in the microwave, use the defrost mode.

      • Roy,

        I have read that benefits of coconut oil even stay when it is heated to very high temperatures?

        That even frying chicken in it does not change its structure?

        Why would it be important to go for the cold-pressed version if this is the case?

        Martijn.

  7. “..In the fall of 2009, I began to take two tablespoons of coconut oil daily, and three tablespoons of it during the final month in the spring of 2012 when I became symptomatic severely. In the summer of 2010, I began to experience exertional angina. Besides, I got hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, carotid atherosclerosis with 80-99.5% of occlusion in my right internal carotid… Thanks to maintaining my carbohydrate-restricted diet, I did not have hyperglycemia but still had 2(+) ketone in the urine in a test done in the spring of 2012. I stopped using coconut oil immediately after that. However, the damages are done and need the time for me to reverse them…” Dr Robert Su

    Another thing is, eating coconut is not exactly the same as eating coconut oil… Also be aware when MCT oil is metabolized in the body, it behaves more like a carbohydrate than a fat. Remember that the fuel of preference for the body is carbohydrate. Unlike other fats, MCT oil does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized so it releases energy like a carbohydrate and creates lots of ketones (which can be used for fuel) in the process.

    Am I against using coconut oil? Not at all, but I think there is a difference between using it therapeutically (Dr Mary Newport). Something along the same lines happens with Omega 3 supplements. Believe it or not but you can give yourself heart problems with overdosing on Omega 3. Look at it this way, whatever is available in its natural form is always the better way. It is hard then to overdo. Supplements, concentrates are useful to remedy a problem.

    • I find that little story conflicting from the perspective that it flies in the anecdotal evidence of what most other people experience. Not only that, most things with coconut oil/MCT’s are anecdotal in nature. Being a doctor doesn’t make her anecdote more valuable either. Many things can contribute to these symptoms, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, carotid atherosclerosis with 80-99.5%.

      Why would a doctor be shocked that she had ketone in her pee when obviously she put her body in Ketosis. That’s like going to a movie and being shocked that movies are playing. Not saying that Ketosis couldn’t have contributed but I also question whether this person on a low carb diet used her doctor skills and made sure she was getting enough potassium/magnesium/sodium “electrolytes”, hormone panel? Blood panel, anyone?

      What lifestyle (exercise) did this person partake in, what sort of genetic risk factors she had? Where is the yearly physical? Nothing is a magic bullet but multiple variables are always at play, and something seems to be quite silly about a doctor that is so naive to follow something for 3 years and then come to a conclusion based on 1 variable and then blame it on that. Nothing usually works that way.

      • Given the name of the doctor quoted was Robert, highly unlikely they’re female.

      • In the Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, it actually says if you are sick to take more, 5 or 6 tablespoons.

        There is a lot of science based information in this book.

        As for oil pulling, you won’t have that bad morning breath thing going on if you oil pull. As I am older, I haven’t noticed a lot of whitening, maybe a little. The thing with using Coconut Oil, is that it is also antibacterial.

        It takes a while to get used to swishing, very hard in the beginning for me, but now absolutely no problem. Some gargle with hot salt water, then brush your teeth. I have also heard on an empty stomach and then drink 3 glasses of water.

    • Hey James. How do you know that it was the coconut oil that caused all your problems?

    • Barbara Leiger Bailey says:

      Appreciate the info as I am just looking into coconut oil as I am beginning to have those senior moments; and my dentist says nothing I can do about coloring on my teeth due to age. Thank you for the info.

  8. How would coconut butter compare to coconut oil if you took it in equal portions? I imagine coconut butter would be less processed, so would it be a better alternative? I figure people would find taking two tablespoons of coconut butter to be easier than two tablespoons of coconut oil, if you like the flavor of coconut.

    • Yeah, coconut butter should have the same health benefits as coconut. But I’m not really suggesting that people eat coconut oil by the tablespoon. It is a very good oil to cook with and I use it liberally on my foods.

    • Coconut butter / coconut oil – same thing.

      Coconut oil becomes coconut butter at low temperature.

      • Incorrect, sir. Coconut butter has coconut fibers blended into it, making the end result more like an almond butter consistency. Coconut oil is a solid at cold temperatures, yes, but that is not what people refer to when they talk about coconut butter.

        • Svetlana – thank you! I was just about to say the same thing! Also, some coconut butters have sweeteners in them – which isn’t really a bad thing if you’re spreading it on toast! But, I wouldn’t want to fry my eggs in it!

  9. Mori Kopel says:

    Kris, what do you think of the commonly available full-fat canned coconut milks? Are they a health food? In moderation, or should I drink it like a homesick Tokelauan?

  10. Wenchypoo says:

    11. Coconut oil helps relieve hot flashes–ask me how I know. I got the info from the book The Brain Trust (written by a neurologist–see the last chapter), and it does so by providing ketones to the brain to use for fuel, as sugar is no longer available to it because of menopause itself–glucose in the blood can no longer reach the brain.

    It can’t penetrate the blood-brain barrier due to the lack of an estrogen coating on it. No estrogen, no glucose reaching the brain, and the hot flash is the brain crying out for more fuel. The body raises the total levels of blood glucose in hopes SOMETHING will get through, but all it does is make us diabetic.

    The brain now needs alternative fuel in the form of coconut oil to keep going, or it will slowly die off from starvation. That starvation shows up as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, seizures, depression, and all sorts of other brain illnesses.

    The answer to menopause (and Alzheimer’s) is to LOWER the blood sugar and INCREASE the fat (especially coconut oil) to form ketones.

    • Wenchypoo, I need relief from menopause, tell me more, how much coconut oil to take and when, etc… please reply back.

    • Oh you’re so right. I went into early meno in my late 30s and had always eaten a lot of sugar. Recently I decided to cut nearly all white sugar out of my diet and BAM! The hot flashes are gone.

    • Wenchypoo: What amount of coconut oil to take to help with hot flashes and about how long before I can expect to see if it helps? Thank you.

  11. SuZenDu says:

    Americans tend to think if a little of something is good, a lot is even better. Moderation is key. You only need to consume two tablespoons per day to reap the amazing benefits – don’t go hogwild drenching your foods with it! And make sure it’s organic, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil.

    • Hi Susan.

      My coconut oil says it is extra virgin, cold pressed, but it does not say about unrefined. Do you reckon that should be ok? Thanks heaps.

      • Hi. I just wanted to say that extra virgin coconut oil doesn’t exist despite what is being labeled on some of the jars. It’s a marketing tool, basically like organic which I don’t believe in. Now extra olive oil, yes this exists.

        And yes, they do have unrefined & refined cold pressed coconut oil. Unrefined being the one you may want to use if you are going for a more raw approach with coconut oil (you will smell the coconut).

        • Hi Jasmine.

          I am not too sure about kinds of coconut oil, but yes this one says extra virgin, if this is a marketing thing, not sure yet, and it smells like coconut, so I guess it is a good sign. Thanks a lot!

    • Christine says:

      I use Nutiva coconut oil based on the recommendation from this site: http://www.evolvingwellness.com/essay/how-to-choose-a-coconut-oil-comparing-best-and-worst-brands

      She tells you what to look for in coconut oil and how to choose the best. Very informative.

    • “Americans”? I find that generalization slightly on the rude side.

      I eat as much, or as little, coconut oil as I feel like. Some days none. Who cares?

      Sometimes I even go hogwild and drench my foods in it…

    • J David Crawford says:

      A parkinson’s patient claims no relief until using 8 tablespoonfuls per day (four in morning, two at mid-day, two in evening). Many people take two tablespoonfuls twice daily just for general use.

  12. A tasty way to get some coconut oil in your diet is to mix a tablespoon of melted coconut oil with a 1/2 tsp of turmeric and mix it in your air popped popcorn. Yum :)

    • Yes! I was going to suggest the same! I like to use curry powder. :) So tasty and so good for you! For a sweet treat, drizzle a tiny bit of honey in there. Yum!

      • My friend turned me on to added nutritional yeast and a touch of spirulina, the nutritional yeast makes the popcorn kind of cheesy. I like it.

  13. I bought a GNC brand label. They had a special, buy one – second half off. Is this brand any good? The label said Organic Extra Virgin.

  14. Carrie Duke says:

    My personal opinion is, if it is unrefined organic virgin coconut oil then it should be a good enough product.

  15. Andrea Songhurst says:

    How much virgin coconut oil should my mum take? We believe that she suffers from Picks Disease and is finding speech very slow and difficult. We have been told that 3 tablespoons a day is the correct amount.

    • I have no idea, I think you should just experiment with it and see what dosage you find effective.

      • Pauline Brewer says:

        We just bought extra virgin coconut capsules, what all is it good for? And can we squeeze the oil into my aunts food as she is mentally special? I saw it was good for thrush, yeast infection in stomach, and pancreatitis, and she has all of those. Thanks.

    • Rachel Robinson says:

      Hi Andrea, was wondering if you’ve had any luck with coconut oil in reference to your mum having Picks disease?? My friends little boy has picks, and the seizures make his speech slurred… many thanks.

  16. I was born in the Philippines and I remember coconut was part of our daily food intake. Always use coconut no matter what we cook and now I am 65 & living in Hawaii and I still use coconut in every which way. Time to time I use coconut in my hair & always in my skin. It is great stuff!

    • Ophelia, Could you please tell me if you or others in the Philippines eat coconut oil by the spoonful? Do you drink coconut water? Thank you.

  17. I actually bought the coconut oil to treat my son’s extremely dry skin. My poor baby was close to drawing blood and no cream really helped. He stopped scratching after the first day, and it absorbs easily. Since I bought virgin coconut oil I’m going to begin either cooking with it or using it as a supplement for myself.

  18. Has anyone noticed that the taste of different brands can be significantly different? I’ve purchased a few brands (both unrefined, virgin coconut oil), and I was very surprised at how much different some tasted. Some seem have a stronger coconut smell / taste than others.

    • Jeff Richardson says:

      There is quite a wide variety in taste and aroma with raw virgin coconut oil and there can be a number of reasons for that.

      Although coconut palms generally tend to be looked up as all of the same species ‘Cocos Nucifera’, there are in fact different cultivars that have developed in all the countries that coconut palms have spread to. The different cultivars are noted for distinct properties like yield, quality of flesh, taste etc.

      Distance from the sea is also a factor as is the age the coconuts are picked up.

      Virgin coconut oil from the Philippines, regardless of manufacturer, tends to have a distinct aroma and taste. It tends to be particularly aromatic.

      The other big thing that impacts on the smell and taste of the oil is the refining process. The more modern processing plants that use cold pressing and centrifuging tend to produce oils that are less aromatic.

      We always have a couple of varieties at home and use each oil differently.

      • Wow – thanks for the reply Jeff! Very interesting and informative. I think I will test out a few different brands so I can have a few varieties on hand for different applications.

        -Adam

        • Kimberlee says:

          My favourite is “Artisana”, virgin, raw, 100% organic, USDA certified coconut oil, I use as butter, oil for cooking, on my skin, if I’m not feeling well I’ll eat a couple table spoons for a few days and also use for oil pulling… Love, love this stuff.

          I purchase mine from Fresh Market.

          • Bingo!! I found that at Marshall’s and thought I’d try it – really, really good. I’m going back before it’s off the shelf there :)

    • I find they smell like coconut, but don’t taste of it.

    • Judy Ziebell says:

      Thanks Adam, I bought mine at Sprouts and it was their brand… I could not eat it or drink it. I am going to take your advice and get another brand.

  19. I have just found out about the benefits of C.O. and bought two half kilo jars of virgin organic. I was amazed at how heavenly it is, it tastes like Bounty but without the sweetness! When you say you use tablespoonfuls of it, do you mean dessertspoonfuls? A tablespoon seems an awful lot to me. I fried eggs with it yesterday and although I could discern a faint aroma of C.O. when eating it, my husband didn’t mention it and I am sure he would have done if he could taste it. Many thanks for the info.

  20. Forgot to add, I bought a whole coconut last week and it is nowhere as nice in flavour or aroma as the C.O., in fact the milk wasn’t very nice at all, but I drank it anyway (waste not want not!). I’m still making my way through the coconut.

    • Jeff Richardson says:

      The milk is the ‘water’ that the coconut uses to nourish the seed and keep it viable. However, once the coconut gets to the stage where the white flesh has firmed, the water gets quite acidic and is not much fun to drink.

      See if you can get hold of a really young green coconut that the white meat is still in the jelly-like state. The water from those is amazing.

      • Stanley Thomas (Kerala, India) says:

        The naturally occurring liquid in the coconut is coconut water.

        The water of green/tender coconut (i.e. when the ‘flesh’ is soft with the consistency of jelly) is drunk by pregnant women and convalescents.

        And no, once the coconut flesh is firm, the amount of water reduces, however it does not become acidic. The taste does vary from coconut to coconut, with some being really sweet.

        Coconut milk, which is extracted from fresh, raw, grated coconut, is added to Asian curries to thicken it.

        We use coconut in various forms (chutneys/condiments, coconut milk/paste) from breakfast right up to the last meal of the day.

    • That’s the water. Coconut milk is not that – it is made from the flesh.

  21. Where can you buy the extra virgin coconut oil?

  22. Costco now sells Nutiva organic extra virgin coconut oil. Very low priced.

  23. Is coconut helpful with eczema?

    • Eczema is a result of cellular inflammation, putting yourself on an alkalizing diet which includes coconut oil on a daily basis will definitely help reduce eczema symptoms. However, I suffer with Psoriasis and have recently been applying coconut oil topically to one area of Psoriasis and have noticed a reduction compared with other areas. Exfoliating with green tea bags also helps.

    • I have dishidrotic eczema flares on my hands due to weather (clean diet didn’t seem to affect it) – coconut oil did NOT help at all with my eczema, but jojoba oil cured me. In case coconut oil doesn’t help you, I’d recommend you try jojoba as well – lots of different healthy oils out there for your skin and while I do absolutely love my coconut oil and use it on skin regularly, it doesn’t do a thing for my eczema. If neither of those work for you, sea buckthorn oil could also potentially help.

      • Can you please explain “cure” eczema by jojoba oil? I put coconut oil when I have a flare up. I would love for it to never come back, a total cure. Thank you.

  24. Please, I want to know how to cure yeast, candida and fungal infections with coconut oil.

  25. I had no idea that it could be used as a natural sunblock. Thank you for this information as I have a daughter who is allergic to the chemicals in sunblock as well as fragrances and who knows what else (She is allergic to many, many things)!! She has not reacted to the coconut and I am happy that there is a natural alternative to the sunblocks we find in the stores. Even the “natural mineral” sunblocks cause her to swell and turn red, so I’m not convinced that they are very “natural.”

    • Still be aware that it may not be nearly as strong as some of those commercial sunblocks, so be careful with it and make sure that your daughter doesn’t get sunburnt.

    • http://diet-sage.com/health-news/is-your-sunscreen-doing-more-harm-than-good

      Heres a great article on sunscreen and the chemicals. I heard coconut oil works as 20 percent sunscreen. It helps strengthen the skin to block the sun more. Something like that, I read about it a long time ago…

      There should be a good quality sunscreen in Whole Foods. I wish I knew more, I haven’t gone to Whole Foods yet myself. I enjoy the coconut oil on my skin but definitely want to find a healthy sunscreen

    • In addition to using coconut oil in just about every way mentioned on this site, I also take a supplement called astaxanthin that as well as being the most potent antioxidant known so far, it is also a natural orally ingested sunscreen. I have taken it for three years and spend a great deal of time outdoors.

      Not only have I not burned I also have tanned very little, lol, actually just enough to turn the ‘fish belly white’ to a healthier shade of cream. I am in my fifties and noticeable by their absence are the dark brown pigmentation spots and blotches usually brought out by the sun. It also supports collagen elasticity.

      I am not saying I look decades younger but I definitely no longer look like those decades have been ‘hard time’ if you know what I mean.

  26. First I would like to know how coconut oil can cure yeast infection.

    When we were young, our mother used to make coconut oil, nothing added (no preservative or anything), isn’t that the best way to use it (if you can) compared to that in the store?

    I’m from St.Vincent, listening to all these comments I am going back those day where C.O was the only skin lotion we knew, in our hair and everything else you can think of, thanks for the enlightenment.

  27. I read the study about Tokelauans vs Pukapukans. Tokelauans eat more saturated fat and protein and less sugar and almost no cereal compared to Pukapukans and they are significantly heavier than Pukapukans and have “larger subscapular skin folds”. Go figure.

    • There’s no reason to think that’s because of the coconuts and/or saturated fat, there are many other differences between these two populations.

      The studies point to coconut causing weight loss, not gain.

    • Probably would be more because of the genetic difference, not the coconut. When I was at Nanuya Levi, Champagne Bay and Turtle Island (where the movie Blue Lagoon was filmed) the babies there only drunk coconut milk from newborns to elderly. Even the skin on the 90 year oldies was like that of 60 year olds back in Australia!!

  28. My son with down Syndrome has started taking CO for depression. We have tried dr. prescribed meds and that didn’t work, so I’m hoping this will. In do time I will let people know if it helps.

    • Did this work for your son?

      • I’m not aware of any studies where coconut oil helps with depression, but exercise and a healthy diet can be very useful. A supplement called Curcumin may be effective too.

    • Read “It Starts With Food” – great book about how foods can affect your body, and it can’t hurt to try a different diet (essentially Paleo) for 30 days to see if it can help naturally. :)

    • Go look at changing minds website. This is healing our daughter! Ginkgo, B12, oils, multivitamins. Counseling. Prayer. Exercise. Playing games and music on ipad. All the best.

      We are now using coconut oil and waiting to see more results for weight management. Have used it in skin care for years.

  29. I have been using VCO almost everyday now for moisturizing and I swear by it. Right after shower.

    I also eat young green coconuts every single day for the last 10 months now, I mix it with barley powder and it’s what I eat for breakfast, then eat whatever I want for lunch and dinner, and I swear I lost my tummy. Still flab in there because I don’t work out but still I lost my big tummy!

    I live in the philippines btw and I get a delivery of fresh coconut every morning! And I get lots of compliments on my skin too…

  30. Can I just drink 2 or 3 tsps of oil a day with meals?

  31. Are all coconut oils good for you?

    I got some at the grocery store and it’s not organic or virgin oil? Is it harmful for my health?

    • It’s hard to tell. If I were you, I’d find a health food store and ask for organic/virgin coconut oil.

    • The general properties will remain the same… from what I’ve seen with extra virgin and premium varieties is that the fatty acid composition is a little higher content of medium chain saturated fats (lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid) which would boost those benefits, but you’re still going to get the benefits in other varieties.

      The other difference is the coconut smell. The premium varieties have a richer coconut smell to them. Organic is preferred over non-organic, but again it’s better to use it than not to use it in the first place so finish what you have and look to other versions later.

  32. Link #19 about the significant weight loss in women says they were instructed to walk 50 mins a day. I love the benefits of coconut oil but please don’t say the people didn’t change anything while doing the study. heck if I walk 50 mins a day 7 times a week for 12 weeks, my inches and weight had nothing to do with my coconut oil intake.

    • I should have been more clear. This study is comparing two groups, one ate soybean oil, the other coconut oil. Only the coconut oil group had a decrease in waist circumference, even though both groups walked every day.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to those who commented about their own experiences.

  34. Ever considered making your own like I did… totally organic?

    This is how it is done… Purchase fresh coconuts, break them in half & save the water from it… scrape the flesh if you have a scrapper, or find a way to scrape it. Stores these days sell electric coconut scrappers. Then mix in a blender the scraped flesh of the coconut mixed with coconut water that you saved.

    Once blended, squeeze the mixture with your palms through sieve. Now you have just the white milky liquid of the coconut. Keep that in a saucepan or a container covered overnight. Next day you will notice the thick white cream on the surface. Scoop that out & put it in a pan & let it simmer on med heat.

    Keep on stirring it or else the cream will burn at the bottom leaving an unpleasant smell. You will notice the white cream will gradually turn into oil. Once cooled down store it in a sterilized jar or bottle. My family has used coconut oil for 3 generations… for the hair at least once a week, as moisturizer on dry skin.

    I store it in the fridge or cool place only because I use it as a spread over the toast or a melba toast etc… easier to apply or you can keep it melted & have a spoon full daily. Depending where you are, drier the coconuts the more oil you will get out of it. Just a week ago I made approximately 3/4 liters of oil from 20 coconuts.

    Hope this helps.

    • I can get a 1.5 liter container of pure, unrefined organic coconut oil from Costco for $25. All that work on 20 coconuts – which, where I live, would cost about 60 bucks? No thanks! If I lived somewhere tropical, I would totally do this, though!

  35. I just bought the EfaGold Coconut Oil Pure Extra Virgin.

    On the front of jar it says “with 62% MCTs” – is that good or bad? Tastes great in my coffee!

    • Not familiar with this brand, but if it’s extra virgin then it’s probably fine.

    • Christine says:

      Hi I work at Whole Foods Market, we sell that brand there. It’s a good one!

    • I just bought this CO. It’s made by Nature’s Way. It is cold pressed, organic pure extra virgin coconut oil. I purchased it at Sprouts market. I use it as a supplement by adding to smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal and use topically in sugar scrubs. Great product!

  36. Siany~lou's says:

    Hi, is it true that coconut oil helps type 1 diabetes? Could anyone help me with this? Thank you all.

  37. I’ve recently been diagnosed with GERD. Have you heard of the effects and/or interactions of CO with GERD?

  38. I have coconut oil in a cup of hot milk every morning. I add a little pepper, white mustard seed, saffron, cumin, turmeric and gold leaf (24 carat) on top. It tastes good!

    • Judy Ziebell says:

      I tried it in my tea but it just stayed on the top like grease would… need to find another way to get it into my body. Tried supplements but don’t hear much good said about them.

      • Buy some empty Vege caps from a health food store and syringe (that you’d use for children’s Tylenol/paracetamol) the C.O. into them and swallow, super easy and no taste :)

  39. I’ve tried the Atkins diet, after 3 days my body goes into ketosis, I use keto sticks which test urine for fat passing through your urine. If CO puts you in ketosis, then could I use this as a substitute for Atkins? I don’t like Atkins.

  40. My grand daughter used it for her baby’s diaper rash, and it healed it.

  41. Lorena ochoa says:

    Hi! I have heard about all the benefits of CO oil and I would like to share this info with a sister that suffers of yeast infection which even the specialist told her that is all in her mind, that it is normal for women to have yeast infections often. My poor sister doesn’t know what else to do. Please help.

    • Cold-pressed cocoanut oil, 2 or 3 teaspoons a day, helps you lose weight, and fights infections. I swish my mouth with it daily for 20 minutes and my teeth are very white (spit it out afterwards). I believe it would help your sister for sure. Her doctor is pretty dumb to say such things.

  42. Read all the comments but nobody mentioned this benefit yet. I had an infected broken tooth recently. I had to find a dentist as well as a dental plan, etc. In the meantime, to deal with the pain I heard about oil pulling. The idea of putting oil in your mouth to help teeth and gums never occurred to me. I was using coconut oil to cook with only.

    I tried a couple of tbsps, held in the mouth for 10 minutes. All pain subsided from the tooth, until I could get the tooth extracted, this helped me deal with the infection and pain. I have no idea why it acted as a pain reliever unless it actually kills harmful bacteria by seeping into the gums. Other types of oil I’m sure are used for teeth and gums, but I like the flavor of CO.

  43. I use it on my pregnant belly, it has prevented stretch marks. I also rub it on after shaving, makes my skin feel super silky soft! Haven’t eaten any, although after reading this I will definitely incorporate it in my diet soon.

  44. I’ve started using extra virgin coconut oil, used it instead of oil and was fabulous. I put it in my coffee, which tasted nice but all the oil seemed to come to the top which wasn’t as nice. Heard a lot of great things about what coconut oil does so I’m keeping my fingers crossed :)

    • Jess, I have just started taking it, about a week ago. It is doing things I never knew could happened given me using other supplements. It is great for alleviating brain fog and jitter-free energy. Good luck.

  45. Whatever you do, don’t eat it at night. I took my daily 3 teaspoonfuls after dinner and I didn’t sleep a wink. The amazing thing is that, knowing it was the oil that kept me awake all night (after figuring this out at 3 a.m…) I knew I would need it the next day to keep awake at work. By noon, I felt normal, not like I had not slept.

    Ordinarily I would have been dying to stay awake. There is no doubt in my mind that coconut oil gives energy. It has helped me lose the last few pounds I have been trying to take off all summer, and it came off very quickly once I started taking the 3 teaspoons in the morning.

    • I took it in the evening, early though and I could not sleep. I didn’t fall asleep until just 1:00 a.m. So even with that I did not feel bad from lack of sleep. This coconut is great. I have taken it since September 2nd and noticed wonderful results.

      It was recommended by a friend. He told me about a N.D. named Bruce Fife. I am sold on this and will take it regularly.

    • Can you heat C.O. in the microwave for a couple of seconds before putting it in your mouth for oil pulling or ingesting? Eating the solid stuff is pretty bad. Also, I used it on my skin before bed and woke up with a lot of pimples. I’ll stick with my castor oil for that.

      • Heat it in a bowl of hot water!

      • You shouldn’t heat coconut oil in the micro. The high heat will destroy all the beneficial properties in it. It melts at 76 degrees, so if you put it in your mouth solid, it will melt very quickly. Hope this helps.

        • J David Crawford says:

          Microwaving coconut oil is controversial… many believe it is best avoided. When I melt coconut oil that way I use a very low power setting, placing your container in a bowl of hot water, as was suggested, seems to be a smart idea.

  46. I use coconut oil daily in every which way, I LOVE it. Teeth, hair, skin, nails and diet. I SWEAR by it.

    I have a wonderful, simple way to make your spoonfuls or pulling a delightful treat. I add chocolate flavored stevia, to add taste to my virgin coconut oil.

  47. I have Crohn’s disease and although many doctors won’t agree, I am convinced that internal fungus has a lot to do with the cause of it. I just bought my first jar of CO and I am hoping it will make a difference. Has anyone out there tried to use CO for the treatment of Crohn’s?

    • Richard – I couldn’t agree with you more! I firmly believe internal fungus plays a huge role in our health. Overuse of antibiotics has also caused problems that should not exist – yet they do. I would recommend getting on a good dose of a daily probiotic along with CO.

    • Richard – I just posted a story about how my husband has benefited from coconut oil. He has ulceritive colitis (for 18 years now) which is very similar to Crohn’s. I started making him a fruit/yogurt smoothie every day with 2 tablespoons coconut oil, a similar amount of honey and a tsp of Turmeric (ORGANIC on all of that!).

      I cannot tell you what an unbelievable difference it has made in his life! Try it – it certainly won’t hurt, and it probably will help!

    • Has the coconut oil helped with your Crohn’s symptoms? My husband has crohn’s and has just recently started taking CO, but has not seen any improvements yet.

  48. My daughter suffers from epilepsy and started the Ketogenic diet in July which has reduced her seizures but she is still having a couple a day. Is there information on using CO with the diet? She also has Cerebral Palsy which is also a brain condition, is there any evidence that it helps with that?

    • Hey Kristina. Sometimes MCT oil is used to help induce ketosis on a ketogenic diet for epilepsy, coconut oil contains a bunch of those MCT fats, so it could help. I don’t know about the cerebral palsy though.

    • I had taken my son to a Homeopath DR a few yrs ago, & he told us about a young man (11 yrs old I think) who was having seizures everyday, even with seizure meds. The DR always tells patients not to wear any perfumes or colognes when coming to see him as many people have sensitivities to them; the mother forgot, when she took her son in that am, she said that he had had another seizure that am.

      The DR mentioned her perfume (which she had in her bag) DR tested (he uses strength testing) the boy and found him to be very weak against it. The mother quit wearing it & the boy’s seizures stopped!! You may want to look into this. He told us that in all the years (30 to 40) he has never found anyone whose system can tolerate the Charlie brand of perfume.

      There are many scented things that will make me sick also, I am very careful about that kind of stuff. For me the reactions I have had were flushing of skin, itching & also respiratory difficulties.

  49. Have a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil first thing when you wake up. Helps you feel energetic in your exercise classes and also great for your skin, nails, hair and overall fitness.

  50. I’m using Nature’s Way EfaGold pure extra virgin, organic CO. I got online. I mentioned I cooked with it as I heard high temperatures don’t change into something harmful for the body, then I discovered it’s good for the teeth and gums, a 10 minute soak in the mouth with 2 tbsp.

    I heard that they called this process teeth pulling. It took away most of the infection in my mouth, but I had to get the decaying tooth out of there so the infection wouldn’t flare up again. I did this and now my mouth feels great. No more abscess. I forgot to mention, as I started taking it by teaspoon now and again during the day, about 5 lbs dropped off my body which I’m really happy to report. I suppose the oil coats the stomach lining, alleviating hunger pains.

    I am a senior citizen so I have to try and stay healthy as I age, and I do think that CO will get me started in the right direction to better health, from what I have observed so far.

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