The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

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If you haven’t noticed lately, the western world is on a bit of a coconut oil kick. It’s in all the popular blogs—from nutrition to hair care—and it’s no longer difficult to find a few different varieties of the oil in normal grocery stores. This is a good thing. Coconut oil should have never been demonized, as it was, and deserves a top spot in the natural health world.

Vilified Coconut Oil

Several decades ago, coconut oil was vilified. It was made to look like the “bad guy” in comparison with its competitors from the corn and soy industries. They were successful in their campaign to squash the coconut oil competition by highlighting it’s saturated fat content and tying that to heart disease. Now, however, coconut oil and its medium chain triglycerides (saturated fats) are back on top and being recognized for numerous health benefits.

The health benefits of coconut oil are amazing; the oil possesses antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties. The lauric, capric and caprylic acids within the oil are credited with many of these benefits. It’s the lauric acid, for instance, that is converted into monolaurin which in in turn fights the bugs associated with herpes, giardia, listeria, influenza, and even HIV.

Coconut oil benefits truly are many, and it doesn’t take much. Just a tablespoon or so a day could make significant differences in your health. Coconut oil for Alzheimer’s and dementia has been proven especially beneficial.

Coconut Oil Benefits – Topical Applications

Topically, coconut oil can be used on the skin and hair. For your skin, it’s great for soothing dryness and even irritation from rashes. It is also good for fighting wrinkles and signs of aging. Common skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema can be taken care of, along with simple chores like removing eye makeup without the use of chemicals.

Used on your hair, coconut oil can increase shine and reduce static electricity. It can also be used as a scalp massage to eliminate flaking and itchy dry scalp.

Taken Internally

Most people use coconut internally. And it’s here we see the majority of its benefits. Potential internal benefits of coconut oil include:

  • Anti-cancer
  • Alzheimer’s treatment
  • Dental health including cavity prevention and reversal
  • Diabetes management
  • Weight loss aid
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased immune function
  • Heart disease prevention
  • And more…

Best of all, coconut oil is easy to add to your daily regimen. Use it in sautéing vegetables, raw in smoothies and juices, and in your baking and cooking. It’s flavor goes well with sweeter dishes but can temper a spicy dish just as well.

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32 Responses to "The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil"

  1. jpmahay  May 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for your service to humanity.

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  2. marcelle  May 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Great for your hair!!!!

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    • REnee  May 8, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      How do you use it in your hair?

    • Miki  May 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Shampoo with a detox type shampoo or add a handful of baking soda to your gentle shampoo, lather & rinse well. Apply coconut oil liberally, wrap in plastic cap and a damp, hot towel, sit indefinitely (as much time as you can allow) or overnight. Shampoo with gentle shampoo& condition,if needed. rinse well. shiny treatment once a week/month. Curly or Gray hair will LOVE it!

  3. Diego  May 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Amazing, thanks for share this info.
    Keep the good work :D

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  4. al  May 8, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I buy coconuts and process them for milk. Then in one of my dishes that calls for reducing coconut milk until it separates into caramelized solids and oil. I then pour out the oil and oh my god it is so good for hair,skin, lips, sexual lubricant..oh my…ok I have not done that but I bet it is awesome..

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    • Miki  May 9, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Al, the sexual lubricant is the best! Must try it :)

  5. Kenny D  May 11, 2013 at 4:33 am

    What is considered a “Dose” and how many doses per day of Coconut Oil is needed … ? I ordered Organic Coconut Oil and would like to have an idea of how to use it properly. Thanks

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    • Becky  June 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I found a web site that posted the amount you should take according to your weight everyday. I printed it out but I don’t have the site so I will just type it out for you.
      175+ pounds 4 tablespoons a day
      150+ pounds 3 1/2 tablespoons a day
      125+ pounds 3 tablespoons a day
      100+ pounds 2 1/2 tablespoons a day
      75+ pounds 2 tablespoons a day
      50+ pounds 1 1/2 tablespoons a day
      25+ pounds 1 tablespoon a day

      I have read thought that certain people may be a little sensitive to coconut oil especially when first starting it so if you find that you are going to the bathroom a lot more than you would prefer then just cut it back a little bit until you find what works for you, unless you prefer it because they said that going to the bathroom a lot means that you are cleaning out your body of all the toxins. Hope this helps, I have been using it on my skin for almost a month now and its amazing, I just started eating it about a week ago and I have already lost 4 pounds it doesn’t always taste very good but I force it down because the health benefits are worth it to me.

  6. Barbara  May 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Whats really great is that the whole coconut good.The oil,water,fruit and husk all can be used without waste

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  7. sbjcircle  May 18, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    This has been around for years the black community have been using this oil for most things not new.

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  8. Prasun  May 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I’m from india so basically we know this things for thousands of years

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  9. Kendra  May 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    We use extra virgin as a daily spoonful and virgin for cooking. The former tastes like coconut which is lovely but the virgin is better for general savoury cooking – eggs for instance where you’re not looking to add flavour. Also buy oil in glass rather than plastic.

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  10. Jimmy  June 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

    it is also good to note that the cold pressed organic version is the one to look for on the shelves of the market. many other versions are now popping up that have been chemically altered due to heat being introduced during the processing. in it’s raw form it is actually milky white and solid.

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    • Becky  June 15, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      I buy the Organic Unrefined virgin coconut oil, is that the same as what you are talking about?

    • Jimmy  June 16, 2013 at 8:55 am

      you should look for the words “cold pressed.” is yours clear or milky white? liquid or more solid? and yes, Mike is right, we always want to use glass jars versus plastic whenever possible.

  11. mike addlestone  June 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    It’s not only the heat that’s the problem. Those delivered in plastic packaging are trojan horses for synthetic estrogens which cause all kinds of problems for the body. Nearly all the companies including the organic ones supply coconut oil in a plastic tub. The only one I am aware of that supplies it in glass jars in Nutria.

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  12. Ject  June 17, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Few years, I add coconut oil in steamed rice. It flavoure is so good. I also apply coconut oil with hair & skin after shower. I am 39 ys, I have had smooth skin, soft & black hair. But becareful if you apply too much, your body probably smelly.

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  13. T.G.G.  June 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Don’t be duped by buying in to the “Organic is better” when it comes to coconut anything. ALL coconuts are by the nature of their structure organic.That label only means you will pay more for the product. Coconut plantations do not fertilize, or use pesticides, and the purity of the contents of the nut is guaranteed by the structure of the coco. That isn’t to say the GRADE of the product might vary, but honestly, not appreciably.and cold pressed is better. The word ORGANIC is misleading.

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  14. soulfullness15  July 18, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Coconut is a powernut – so awesome. Drinking the water is the best too! Thanks for the additional inspirations above.

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  15. Debby  July 22, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Hello. I recently started coconut oil capsules. I am looking forward to the benefits. But let me warn you. If you have an over abundance of Candida yeast, which I do, you can experience bad symptoms from rapid candida die-off, such as red sores along the edge of your tongue, very stiff joints, fever, chills and flu like symptoms. I have been having them for a week. I started taking probotics ( 2 billion in powder form) and omega 3 ( 4-1000 capsules) and am feeling much better. Good luck to everyone.

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  16. Diana  August 3, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Costco sells a good sized (plastic) tub Of coconut oil. I am new to this. So far it’s great to cook with & i use it on my skin and face. Upon initial application to the skin, it is quite heavy. I don’t like heavy lotion or feeling greasy. Wait about 5-10 minutes and it gets absorbed and becomes nongreasy. At first I smell coconutty and then the smell goes away. It’s perfect!

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