Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases.

Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Philippines etc., which have a good production of coconut oil. At one time, the oil was also popular in western countries like the United States and Canada, but there was a strong propaganda campaign in the 1970s spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content until the last decade (2000s) when people began to question the claims of the propaganda. Let’s look into some more details of how coconut oil works in our body.

Composition of Coconut Oil

More than 90% of coconut oil consists of saturated fats (Don’t panic! It’s not as bad as it sounds, read to the end of this review and your opinion may change), along with traces of a few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is no different from this.

Saturated fatty acids: Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well in the body’s systems.

  • Lauric acid is the chief contributor, representing more than 40% of the total, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin. Lauric acid is helpful in dealing with viruses and diseases.
  • Capric acid reacts with certain enzymes secreted by other bacteria, which subsequently convert it into a powerful antimicrobial agent, monocaprin.
  • Caprylic acid, caproic acid and myristic acid are rich in antimicrobial and antifungal properties

Unsaturated fatty acids: Polyunsaturated fatty acids- linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids- Oleic acid

Poly-phenols: Coconut contains Gallic acid, which is also known as phenolic acid. These polyphenols are responsible for the fragrance and the taste of coconut oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these polyphenols.

Derivatives of fatty acid: Betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides and polyol esters.

Derivatives of fatty alcohols: Fatty chlorides, fatty alcohol sulphate and fatty alcohol ether sulphate

Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin E, vitamin K and minerals such as iron.

CoconutHealth Benefits of Coconut Oil

There are various health benefits of coconut oil. Although its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. The Coconut Research Center has compiled a list of potential benefits of coconut oil in both traditional and modern medicine.

Skin care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging.

Coconut oil helps in preventing degenerative diseases premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

Hair care: Coconut oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair. Coconut is used as hair care oil and is used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. It is normally applied topically for hair care.

Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. It is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair. Research studies indicate that coconut oil provides better protection to hair from damage caused by hygral fatigue.

By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry. It also helps in keeping your hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs.

Heart diseases: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Study suggests that intake of coconut oil may help to maintain healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.

Weight loss: Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. Research suggests that coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Immunity: Coconut oil strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. Coconut oil helps in fighting harmful bacteria like listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Digestion: Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps to improve the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion-related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, and parasites that can cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in the absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Candida: Candida, also known as Systemic Candidiasis, is a tragic disease caused from excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida Albicans in the stomach. Coconut provides relief from the inflammation caused by candida, both externally and internally. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off. Capric acid, Caprylic acid, caproic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid found in coconut oil help in eliminating Candida albicans.

Further, unlike other pharmaceutical treatments for candida, the effects of coconut oil is gradual and not drastic or sudden, which gives the patient an appropriate amount of time to get used to the withdrawal symptoms or Herxheimer Reactions (the name given to the symptoms accompanying body’s rejection of toxins generated during elimination of these fungi). But, in the treatment of this condition, people should systematically and gradually increase their dosages of coconut oil and shouldn’t initially start with a large quantity.


Healing and Infections: When applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Coconut oil is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhoea. Finally, coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.

Other Benefits

Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of other benefits that are explained below. Using coconut oils has been shown to mildly help the following:

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue. According to research virgin coconut oil gives relief from stress and has antioxidant properties.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium, which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental care: Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay. Recent research suggests that coconut oil is beneficial in reducing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis.

HIV and cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing a person’s viral susceptibility for HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research has shown an indication of this effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load of HIV patients.

Coconut oil is often used by athletes, body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains less calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy, and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps boost energy and endurance, and generally enhances the performance of athletes.

Coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease: The research conducted by Dr. Newport states that coconut oil is useful in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from this there is no scientific evidence or traditional knowledge of coconut oil being used for treating Alzheimer’s. In fact, it is not traditionally thought that coconut oil helps in boosting the function of the brain in any form.

Coconut oil as Carrier Oil

Carrier oils are those oils, which easily penetrate or absorb into the skin and thus facilitate seepage or absorption of other oils (such as essential oils) and herbal extracts through the skin when mixed into it. Coconut oil is easily absorbed through the skin’s pores and thus is used as carrier oil. Furthermore, being one of the most stable oils, it doesn’t go rancid, nor does it let the other oils, herbal extracts, or medicines spoil inside of it. Coconut oil does not alter the properties of the oils and herbs mixed within it. Coconut oil also protects the herbs and oils from microbial or fungal interactions. Coconut oil is expensive in several countries; however, in tropical countries its cost is low enough to make it affordable as carrier oil.

Varieties of Coconut Oil

There are primarily 6 varieties of coconut oil that you will find on the market.

Pure Coconut Oil: It is extracted from dried coconut kernels, which are also called copra. It is crude, unrefined and without any additives. It is mainly extracted by compression of copra in a mill, either driven by bullocks or by power. However, the variety extracted by bullock driven oil mills is preferred. Pure coconut oil has multiple uses such as edible oil, massaging oil, hair oil, cosmetic usage, as well as medicinal and industrial use.

Refined Coconut Oil: This is sometimes also called the RBD coconut oil, which is an abbreviated form for refined, bleached & deodorized coconut oil. As the name suggests, this type is obtained by mechanically and chemically refining, bleaching and deodorizing the crude coconut oil, to make it thin, colorless, odorless and without any type of particle (such as proteins) suspended in it. What we then get is only pure saturated fats.

Virgin Coconut Oil: It is derived from the milk obtained from fresh coconut meat, and not from copra, by processes like fermentation, centrifugal separation and enzyme action. Care is taken to use no or as little heat as possible in the extraction of this oil. Produced in this way, the oil tastes and smells the best and is laden with antioxidants and medium chain fatty acids. It also has remarkable anti-microbial properties. This is one of the most respected and trusted varieties of coconut oil.

Organic Coconut Oil: This oil is extracted from coconuts obtained from coconut palms raised only on organic manure and no synthetic fertilizers or insecticides. The production of organic coconut oil is also completed without involving any chemical in its extraction or processing. Organic coconut oil forms an integral part of a number of organic cosmetic products such as organic soaps, organic skin creams and lotions. Some of the organic programs and authorities that certify organic coconut oil include Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), USDA National Organic Program (NOP), European Organic Regulations (EU 2092/91), Export Certificates for Japan (JAS Equivalent) and Indian National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP).

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil: This type of oil is basically virgin coconut oil produced from the organic coconuts, in an organic way. This is perhaps the best and purest form of coconut oil one can imagine, but it is rare.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: Among all the varieties of coconut oil, this is the most challenged and controversial variety, as its very existence is doubtful and the name hardly makes any sense. Furthermore, there are no set standards for virginity of coconut oil. Moreover, reputed firms and governmental bodies are hesitant to say anything on the matter, and are not selling it. Basically, further research is definitely required.

Coconut oil extraction

Cold pressing is one of the preferred methods for the extraction of coconut oil. The quality of coconut oil depends a lot on the method of its extraction. Basically, there are two main methods of extraction of coconut oil. The first is cold pressing of copra (dried coconut kernels) and the second is boiling of fresh coconut milk. Since boiling or heating destroys many nutrients and valuable components, coconut oil obtained this way is not considered as good as that obtained by cold pressing, since cold pressing retains much of oil’s goodness. Machine pressing and bullock/manual pressing are two methods of cold pressing.

Machine pressing: Cold pressing is done with the help of an electrically or diesel engine driven oil mill. Most of cold pressed oil used in the world is obtained this way.

Bullock/manual pressing: The oil obtained this way has a better taste and fragrance and is more expensive. Since the production is smaller, it consumes more time and energy, and wastage is higher.

Buying Coconut Oil

First of all, you need to decide why you need coconut oil and where you are going to use it. Your choice should be based on your need, like whether you want it for edible purposes or as a carrier oil to be used in aromatherapy, for massaging, for weight loss, or for medicinal purposes. Below is a list of such purposes and the type of coconut oil to buy.

Purpose————–Preferable Type to Buy

Cooking—————-Refined Coconut Oil

Weight Loss———–Virgin Coconut Oil

As a Carrier Oil——-Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil

Good Health———-Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil

Massaging————-Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil

Hair——————–Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil

Medicinal uses——–Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

Furthermore, before you buy coconut oil, you should keep in mind that for edible and therapeutic uses, refined coconut oil is the best as it is hygienic and clean. Unrefined coconut oil is good for external applications like hair care and skin care.

How to use and store coconut oil?

Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point – about 24 to 25 degrees Celsius or 76-78 Fahrenheit. Therefore it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperature rises considerably. Coconut oil is often in this form, and obviously, don’t keep it in your refrigerator.

If you are using coconut oil for topical purposes, especially hair care, just melt the oil (if it is solid) by keeping the bottle in the sun or soaking it in warm water. You can also take some coconut oil out and put it in a small bowl and heat the bowl over a flame (don’t use a microwave). Then, take the oil on your palm and apply it to your hair. If you want to use it for internal consumption, simply replace butter or vegetable oils with coconut oil in your recipes. Remember, you don’t need to completely switch to coconut oil, because then you will lose the other benefits of more traditional oils and dairy products.

In colder countries, coconut oil comes in good, broad containers. However, if you get it in a pack (tetra-pack or plastic pouch), after opening the pack, be sure to keep the oil in containers with tight lid and broad mouth so that you can scoop it out with a spoon if it solidifies. Keeping it sealed or lidded is necessary because there are other admirers of coconut oil (ants, cockroaches, other insects and rodents just love it!).

I don’t like the taste of coconut oil. What should I do?: Try using coconut oil in a variety of different recipes. However, if you get nauseated after eating coconut oil, don’t force yourself to eat it. As can happen with any food item, your body may be allergic to coconut oil and it is best not to consume it.

Where to buy from?: Varieties like pure coconut oil and refined coconut oil are easily available in most grocery stores, especially in tropical countries. For other varieties, you may need to search in larger department stores or drug stores. In countries which do not produce coconut oil, like the US, Canada, and most of Europe, you will need to visit big grocers or grocery stores in localities which have higher populations of people from India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Philippines, and coastal Africa. Obviously, you can order it online as well and have it delivered wherever you live.

Which brand to buy?: When you are buying coconut oil in packs, go for the reliable and reputable brands. Read the contents carefully and check the manufacturing date (although coconut oil has a long shelf life, fresher is still better).

How much to pay?: The price of coconut oil depends on many factors such as its availability (cheaper where it is produced and more costly in other places, and it is even more expensive when ordered via phone, Internet etc.). The price is also affected by demand, variety (the refined one costs the least, followed by the fractionated, the virgin, the organic and the organic virgin coconut oils), brand, and quantity (buying in bulk costs a little less).

How much to buy? Buy only as much you can consume in few months, because despite the fact that coconut oil does not go rancid for a long time, it is not wise to store it unnecessarily. You will get better results with fresh coconut oil.

Hope this will be of some help to you. Got any suggestions? Your comments are welcome! You may also share this information with your friends. Thanks!

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      • Jacqueline

        Wow!!!! Which detox plan are u using? 40 something n just now fully distinguishing truth from fiction in my eating habits. … better late than never they say. Trying my best to combine info from n a book titled belly fat breakthrough. Both r scientific n still easy to understand. N so now I’m gonna add coconut oil to my daily life. …

      • Marilee Lowe

        Stephen B. – would like to know more of what you’re doing to lose weight. I have a lot of pain issues that make it hard to even be on my feet. I’m just starting to use coconut oil. I hope my body responds to all these amazing claims!

      • Deanna

        Did it cause you diarrhea or anything? I have no gallbladder and ever since then sometimes. I have a sudden issue. I don’t want to start coconut oil if it is going to enhance that problem.

    • Nicole

      Where do I purchase this?

    • ron

      Smmoothies do you put solid coconut oil ?

    • Deborah Ward

      I just read you can rub it on pets to get rid of fleas. I am hating the “frontline” treatments and looking for something natural BUT effective. Think I will try this.

      • laura merrone

        I do a teaspoon pulling every day and my gums have completely stopped bleeding. Also, now brush with a nonflouride toothpaste too. I also take a teaspoon of coconut oil at bedtime to soothe my stomach and that seems to work too.

      • Awe Somepossum

        Yes it helps!!!! I was diagnosed with H. Pylori about 6 months ago. Treated by my doctor with eradication…ever since my early teen years I had a receding gum line in the very front bottom part of my mouth. A few years ago my dentist said that it wouldnt be long before I lost my middle bottom two teeth. I could wiggle them side to side. Eradication got rid of most of the wiggling but I was stuck with grey and receding gums but about 2 months ago I discovered Oil Pulling. After a couple weeks of doing it a couple times a day…wow, now my teeth dont wiggle, my breath isnt horrible, the grey is gone and the receding gums are gone. I have a ton of energy….tons of benefits I cannot even list, there are so many.

    • Mia Gordon

      No reason why you can’t take one after the other. Mixing them doesn’t work well BUT you can add runny coconut oil to ACV and mayo to make a lite salad dressing with a little spice like chilli, or herbs.

    • M Reid

      I would take the apple cider vinegar separately from the coconut oil. You can take the coconut oil a couple hours from the vinegar

    • ron

      hello, do you take it solid ?

  • Sarah Pasco Jones

    I live in SE Asia and haven’t seen the solid form of coconut oil here, only liquid. I use the organic virgin cold pressed coconut oil and wanted to know if it has the same properties as in solid form.

    I use it for hair treatment and take a TBS every morning.

    It does of course solidify when stored in the fridge, but the ambient room temperature here is around 32 degrees.

    Should I be storing in the fridge and do I need to look harder for solid coconut oil?


    • Tricia T

      Do not store in fridge… degrading will occur.
      Oil is the same whether in liquid or solid state – here in New York it is always in solid state except for a few deep summer weeks each year… it’s liquid state is the result of your room tempature, some would consider you ‘lucky’ as we have to heat it to get it to a liquid state.

    • Debbie Warcliffe

      if your room temperature is 32c then it is above what is is for it to be solid. It states in the article:

      Why is coconut oil solid?: Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point – about 24 to 25 degress Celsius or 76-78 Fahrenheit. Therefore
      it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperatures go
      high. Hence, if you buy a bottle of coconut oil and find it solid,
      don’t think that there is some problem with it. Coconut oil is like this
      only. And of course, don’t keep it in your refrigerator.

      Hope this helps!

  • Raelene Gavin

    Thank you for the most informative article I’ve read yet. Your information covered many aspects of using coconut oil and you are the first one to mention it being in a solid state. I bought some a few weeks ago when I opened it found it solid. This confused me as every picture I had seen of coconut oil it was liquid, and I wasn’t sure what to do with mine. I’ve since worked it out and started to use it but I’m pleased to know it’s quite ok this way. Your article was great. Thanks so much

  • dorothy ashlock

    how do you use it for medicinal. and how much daily?

  • Guest

    I recently started using coconut oil for a tooth ache which worked well. Then I put a little oil on my hair and scalp, waited an hour or so and washed my hair as usual and to my surprise at 61 I have the hair I had when I was in my 30’s — soft, shinny — beautiful I love this oil.

  • Cathy Garcia

    After dealing with tooth pain and swelling resulting from a recent filling I decided to start oil pulling and I am so glad I did. I immediately noticed a change and within a few days of oil puling (3xdaily) the pain and swelling were gone. Then I decided to use the oil on my hair and scalp and now I have the most shiniest and softest hair, like I did when I was in my 30’s (I am 61). I also gave a little oil to my 4 mo. oldl kitten and she has the most softest fur ever. I cook with the oil too. I started ingesting a tablespoon daily but I started feeling fatigue so I cut back and now I use only a teaspoon. I love coconut oil. My only regret is I wished I had discovered the health benefits of coconut oil earlier. Last — I got rid of my microwave!!!

  • Norma Sherry Arkansas

    I read the whole article, really good information on coconut oil, Thank you for sharing this information with all of us. I am using it for medicinal purposes. and I am having very good results. Thanks again

  • Bill Lovelock

    How much transfat is in the virgin cocnut oil??

    • michael lofrano


    • gcole22

      No transfats.

  • Chris Krawczuk

    I have discovered Coconut oil through a patient I had. After I did research and was amazed as to the benefits. And Since being strict about it…I have a) Not needed my ace inhibitor or Beta Blocker(My blood pressure is normal now, b) I have a wealth of energy and strength to the point where I began riding my bike a month ago and have been doing at least 10 miles a day (6days). This week I did two rides of 17 and 20 miles each!!!!, My skin is softer, I can actually sing!!!, my thought process is better, and I have lost weight. No longer sluggish or leading a couch potato lifestyle.I cannot praise it enough…I’m sure my cholesterol has decreased , from solid exercise and the use of coconut oil. I have totally transformed myself in part due to coconut oil use. I no longer take fish oil, I no longer take a statin or BP meds. My skin is softer and younger looking. I am in my 50’s and people think I am in my late 30’s!!!!. I cannot say enough about it. I tell everyone i can, and those who believe will believe. I just hope the price does not skyrocket when people begin scooping it up off of the shelves. BTW I consume the tablet form and take 4000mg per day as directed of the virgin oil.Please keep this Blog alive folks…

    • Nicole

      Yes my question was what exactly should I be doing? Taking it in pill form and also using it on my hair and skin in oil form?

      • Joram jojo

        You can get two versions of pure coconut..liquid and buttery oil. I always stock both.

  • Alice Sage

    How do I fry with it?

    • Aluminari

      Super simple. Just scrape some out the jar if solid, or pour a teaspoon of it and put into your pan and heat up and get cooking. Nothing to it!

  • Charlene Danzi

    I found the easiest way to consume coconut oil is to throw it in my coffee or tea. To apply on skin or hair, place a small amount in the palm of your hand and warm up by rubbing hands together.

  • Yakubu Aminat Ehinome

    Thanks for this write up. I have a question to ask; how is the bullock/manual pressing of coconut oil done?

  • Vicky Lyons

    Great to see coconut oil getting the recognition it deserves. At lyonsleaf we use tropical oils a lot. They don’t oxidise easily and are crammed with antioxidants that will protect your skin from photo damage.

  • shaun

    Can i use it age 15 for weight lost

  • preethythkn

    My parents have used coconut oil for the whole of their lives- for cooking, hair care and skin care. Now they are in their 70’s and 80’s. They have never had a serious health problem, no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no such diseases and they sleep good. They eat food prepared in coconut oil and do normal physical chores in their vegetable farm. I have not even seen them in any mental stress.

  • generalchaos

    Bought some organic raw virgin coconut oil to see if it will help with my silent reflux (also have H Pylori). Never realised it could be so useful. Might give oil pulling a try too.

  • geraldine

    would coconut oil help me loose weight thyroid is under active …

  • Hulya

    Coconut oil is amazing. I had a stubborn bladder infection, was given intravenous antibiotics followed by oral antibiotics. My symptoms persisted and i sufferred from unfomfortable thrush. I also have irritable bowel syndrome, coelic disease and food intolerances. I started using coconut oil and the thrush improved dramatically in 2 days. Also my abdominal pain is settling and i feel alot more energetic! I really believe coconut oil helps in many ways. Intially i had bloating and reflux but i reduced the amount for 2 weeks then increased it again. Dont hesitate to try it.

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Hi Hulya,

      Thanks for letting us know that coconut oil helped you so much.

      Team Organic Facts

  • MiciROX

    This is a very comprehensive compilation of facts about coconut oil, it has been useful to me and my project! Thank you.

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Thanks MiciRox,

      Team Organic Facts

  • karen

    how much coconut oil should you have each day, for well being ? karen

    • Jeunesse Organics

      If you are already healthy, you shouldn’t require more than 1-2tbs a day. I would always recommend starting with 1tsp and working your way up. You can have reactions if you have yeast or ‘bad bacteria over activity. Starting low, working your way up, will ensure you do not experience any uncomfortable reactions. I eat it right off the spoon, but you can cook with it (high smoke point makes it less likely to create free radicals like other vegetable oils), use it in tea, spread it on toast or as a butter replacement for anything, use for cooking rice or quinoa, melt it in warm water and add vinegar and spices for a salad dressing, add to smoothies for a nice creamy affect – there are endless ways to enjoy this oil! This is a great article, I do have a differing opinion that unrefined and preferably organic varieties are best for all uses, especially for cooking, skincare, haircare, and therapeutic/health purposes.

  • Jeanne Richmond

    My dogs have had very itchy skin lately and I had tried everything! I massaged coconut oil into their skin and the itching was soothed!

  • egolis

    I made coconut oil from fruits I harvested in my yard.I love using it on my hair and skin.My hair and skin look healthier.

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  • Nikita

    Yeah…Completely justify. Now a days coconut oil has been used as fuel, medicine, water and in many ways. Used as glucose as well in world war 2. Not only for that but in India it is used as cooking oil. and if you visit south Indian you will see that many of the dishes are depending on coconut oil.


    Hi my name, well call me Bernycee my first time using Coconut oil for my hair, I went on line and read a serious of effective way that this product can help if its TRUE!!! TODAY IS 9-13-2014 I will reply within couple months to let you know how true this product is.

  • Chezzie

    Very informative article, thank you.

  • Shayne

    My husband & I are both disabled, totally different reasons, many same problems. We will be starting coco therapy soon & i pray it lives up to reputation b/c there r times when we are both ready to “quit” & give up. I won’t go n2 details but 1 problem is so rare only 200 people get diagnosed a year in the USA, Bang’s Disease. It’s AKA Satan’s Fever & it lives up to name. Few Drs know anything about it so I have handouts when I see a new onee – pathetic. Happy for folks with good results. Hoping we can give it good reviews also. Shayne, member of chronic pain & misery club.

  • Ghaus Mohammad

    It is an interesting study on coconut oil. Applications and multiple benefits of this oil were unknown to us though in Bangladesh we produce substantial quantity of this oil. Coconut tree is prevalent in Bangladesh especially grown on the coastal and southern part of the country. We normally use this oil as hair oil, but now a days mineral based hair oils are being used especially in the urban areas. General perception on this oil is cooking with this oil will induce heart disease.This is an eye opening report but needs to be proven. Thanks a lot.

    • Christy

      I believe coconut oil only bad for you when cooking with it when it is heated over 350°. When you buy coconut oil it says not to heat it over a certain temp. Olive oil is the same, turned into bad fats when cooked on too high heat. There are sunflower oils and seasame oils that say on the label for up to 400° temps, many coconut oils you dont want to heat over 300-350 degrees because it will lose all it nutritional benefits.

      • vinienco

        and carcinogenic

    • SYLVIA

      True that it needs to be proven, I always thought consuming coconut oil increases risk of cardiovascular diseases

  • http://Hendry Belynda

    Please advise how you differentiate between the good and bad cholesterol when you have a higher reading due to the coconut oil?

  • Edna Ogisi

    I am really interested in these virgin coconut oil and want to know more.

  • Mrs Ho

    My hubby and I hv been taking coconut oil since May 2014.. my latest blood report done in oct 2014 hs shown significant improvement in my cholesterol. . From 205 to 195 mg/dL.. With 3.6 ratio. .previously 5.1.. my blood sugar also hs dropped from 7.3 to 7.1 HBA1C.. My doc hs lowered my diabetic pill dosage. . I’m very pleased w/ds improvement. . Which I don’t see w/taking fish oil previously

    • swchick

      how mush do u take or how do take in dosage of coconut oil for diabetic?

  • Bernard

    Virgin coconut oil is a commodity that cure various diseases.

  • phyllis steven

    I learned from my aunt that this organic oil is good for your sex life esp. if your going thru menopause!Gonna try it and will let this site know.

  • taymc

    what are the difference, of unprocessed extra organic virgin coconut oil and unrefined extra organic virgin coconut oil

  • novella

    what does coconut oil do to your brain,does it help with forgetfulnuss

    • johnelderrobisonfan

      No, it does not help with forgetfulness. You will need DHA for healthy memory function.


    Really informative site, with scientific terms.

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Thanks Subhra.
      Team Organic Facts

      • Maria

        I have bought coconut oil on holiday in Sri Lanka last month. Plastic bottle is saying a lot. Coconut Miracle (brand name?) – Certified Organic – Cold Pressed – Ethical Original Organic and finally the main name is : Pure Premium Virgin Coconut Oil. Could you help me to sort it out if is good for cooking or just external use. Thanks

      • Meenakshi Nagdeve

        Hello Maria,

        Please check the instructions on the bottle of the oil you purchased, if it says the oil can be used for cooking then use for cooking.

  • [email protected]

    Purchasing my coconut oil soon. Thank you.
    Frank Clark, Tampa,Florida.

  • Lesley mccauley

    I have r/a I am going to try this for my bones and White blood cells

  • Jack Smith

    Such a Lovely Article…Waiting for another one

  • abimbola

    Hello, I just purchased “organic extra virgin coconut oil “. After reading this article, I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to consume it although it’s says that it’s edible. Kindly advice me. Thanks.

    • Chloe

      It’ll be fine, it’s probably organic virgin coconut oil and the branding wants to be more desirable so they added ‘virgin’ to make it seem better than their competitors when it’s in fact exactly the same. By law they can’t put ‘organic’ or ‘virgin’ on a product without it being so it just the ‘extra’ bit that they’re not so strict on. :)

  • sairam

    When we were little everyone in Trinidad used coconut oil. Before you take a shower, massage hair and skin with coconut oil. Check out the results don’t be amazed it’s normal. Only advantage l have is that I grow my own coconut in my backyard.

  • Maryann

    See coconut oil is also sold in capsule form. Are there any problems using this form of the oil?

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Hi Maryann,
      If you have any health problems then its always advisable to consult your health specialist before you try anything

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  • krishna

    This is how corporations slid in canola, mazola, other so called GM vegetable ‘Ola oils by fooling people that fats are bad.

    All you have to do is look at the health of these coconut primary communities and how healthy they are.

  • Cindy

    Can i add coconut oil into smoothies?


    Great information, and I couldn’t agree more, very timely given the recent studies verify much of what is in this article. And for those concerned about taking too much coconut oil products, no one has had any adverse reactions in all the studies, in fact, all good, not one negative reaction in all of my research.

  • tami

    I buy my coconut oil from our local indian market. it is called parachute and is unrefined and 100% pure and raw. it doesnt need heating to melt. i just sit it out at room temp or my boyfriend whoi is indian hehe rolls the bottle between his palms which makes it soft enough to squeeze out. it then melts immediately upon contact with my skin. he had me begin using this as the winter caused my caucasian skin to chap and dry out and even sensitive skin lotion burns me like acid. the coconut oil helped heal my skin dramatically, and it does not burn. it also smells delicious! we are due to have a baby soon and we will be using this for infant massage.

  • T. Lush

    Can I see your references for this post? Like, where you got your information from.


    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Hello, the hyperlinks of sources have been added to the content in the article.

    • Suleiman Khan

      THANK YOU. I was just thinking the same thing.

  • Deborah Louise

    I see that it is antimicrobial and antibacterial—does this mean it kills good microbes and bacteria as well as bad?

    • Hector G.

      I’ve had itchy ears before for years and often times lead to infection. I applied coconut oil and for 3 days the itching was gone and never came back. I suspected it was fungus since the itching would keep coming back after healing. But the coconut stopped that occurence completely.

  • jeweludoy

    Create article. Here a lot of information about coconut. I like this type article. Thanks bro.

  • Nancy Sines

    Good read

  • david

    Please could you provide the reference and link for universities that did the studies to back up these claims? Thank you

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Hello David, Hyperlinks of the sources have been added to content within the article.

  • Lilian flynn

    Great articles keep up the good work

  • Elizabeth

    How much to use would be a good addition

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Hello Elizabeth, depending on the use one can choose the quantity of oil.

  • Kathe

    I have been using organic virgin coconut oil in my proten shakes every morning for the past 6 months. I use coconut milk, teaspoon coconut oil and egg white protein and then add ice. I Love it, and have definitely noticed a change in my energy level.

  • Ezra

    which is better to use on the body/hair in terms of coconut oil ? i found pure coconut oil on amazon but afraid it isnt the one? also which coconut oil can i use for the back of my head in regards to bumps (in grown hair commonly found in african/american hair)?

  • Blanche steffenson

    How do you use it

  • Ithar

    Exellent information. Thanks a lot.

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Thanks Ithar!

  • Stacey B.

    So how do you use for topical reasons?

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Stacey this oil can be applied topically on skin and hair for various benefits. Hope that answers your question.

  • http://organicfacts russ

    What does naturally refind coconut oil mean

  • Richard Sindell

    I recently bought a jar of Organic Coconut Oil. I don’t do much cooking so I thought I should take it straight. I started taking 1 teaspoon a day…usually in the morning along with my breakfast. My question is: is this ok? Can I continue taking it straight from the bottle or should I use it as a base and cook with it? Can you give me some guidance please?

    • vinienco

      taking it straight is ok, build up slowly, 1 tsp , twice a day. week two,.. double the dose week 3 add a third spoon if you like..

  • Jemma

    We have ‘extra virgin coconut oil’ certified organic, bought in Thailand and it says ‘cold processed by centrifugal extraction’….as there wasn’t a positive review on the ‘extra virgin coconut oil’ should we give this one a miss and look for a different one or, will it be ok?

  • annette damon

    This was very very good information and it was very thorough. It also sounds like trust worthy information.

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Thanks Annette Damon!

  • Robert

    Not sure if I would take a teaspoon daily,I will also rub my shoulder for arthritis

    • Debora Butler

      Does it help arthritis????

  • julie lanctot

    how much are you suppose to take on a daily basis for everything weight lost and everything else

    • Sandra

      How much do you take for weight loss and if i don’t have a thyroid will I still lose weight by taking coconut oil?

    • sandra ber

      maintenance level is 3 to 4 tablespoons a day but you should start with a teaspoon and work up to this as it is a natural laxative, once your body gets used to it you will be able to tolerate more. we use it for cooking, hair, body, we put it in smoothies, make chocolate with it, cakes, a great substitute for butter, marg and other oils and much healthier to use.

    • Mari Battjes

      I have been putting a table spoon of coconut oil in my coffee each morning and sometimes in a cup in the afternoon. This has improved my blood pressure.

    • Fred

      I think one tablespoon of coconut oil (120 calories) should be one’s daily intake.

    • vinienco

      2 oz twice a day, is optimal

  • Jan

    I have been putting a tablespoon in my morning coffee and just recently realized I have not had to use my hormone replacement cream!

  • Billy Bob

    im in love wit the coco

    • MikeRotch_og

      I see what you did there

  • Joline

    After using coconut oil as a moisturizer for about one month, a fingernail that has been split for about ten years is no longer split and is growing. Thank you for all the good information.

  • Salome

    I use coconut oil every day, for example 2 tablespoons in a fruit smoothie. I and my husband lost weight, skin looks much better, love this. We use the organic virgin coconut oil.

  • Jame

    Hi can some one please tell where we can get the 100% quality virgin oil since there are many brands

    • Mark

      amazon has it!

  • yvonne

    Hi.. i just bought a bottle of organic vco. Planning to consume on a daily basis in my morning coffee..

    Will vco help with pigmentation pease?


  • Geetha

    Amazed to see the big list of coconut oil benefits, though not a regular user of it, this information opened my eyes and I am going to add coconut oil in my routine on a regular basis. Thanks for the info.

  • Robert

    I have just started (one month ago)putting a tablespoon of “Virgin Coconut Oil” (Cold pressed) made by Grace in my cereal every morning,I guess it is to soon to feel/know the difference.I need to know the best type to buy..


    I really liked your article … Maybe in the future I can consume it …

  • Joel Galyk

    Hi, I was introduced to coconut oil by my sister, bought a small jar about two weeks ago and it is almost gone. I am a heart patient so I am interested in it for its healthy heart benefits. I like to snack a lot so I use it as a spread on my whole wheat toast in stead of butter and it tastes great, I have also used it in place of Olive oil to fry my potato’s and I must say, they taste much better that with other oils and the food doesn’t burn as fast. So far I am sold.

    • Ernestine Murray

      Hello Joel, have you noticed any change in your blood pressure?

  • Joseph Mazhuancherry

    Wonderful article.Thank you for the info

  • Sher

    Very informational. Thank you

  • Lyn

    I hear that swishing it in your mouth helps strengthen/whiten teeth. Do i do this before or after brushing? Then do I swallow it or spit it out?

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  • Fab Mirza

    How about eating dry coconuts? Does it work the same way as of it’s oil? Pls advice.

  • BG

    Have problems with dry itchy skin. Applying Coconut oil soothes it almost immediately.

  • Sandra Ivy Phillips

    Been using coconut oil, cream and milk in all and everything. In my coffee and also as a snack. I make myself some coconut sqaures with almond nuts, raisin and dates when I want to nibble on in between snacks. Lost weight and keeping off the weight. It lowers the bad carb intake and energy levels is always at a good plateau.

  • MikeRotch_og

    Very informative. I’ll be loading up on my next grocery run :-)

    • Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Thanks Mike!

  • Julie Smith

    I’ve been in a lot of pain for 4 days, threw up the first day and now the 4th day. My gums look like they are being chewed away lots of white all along inside, outside of gums and roof. I just remembered I have some liguid coconut oil. I swished and within a few minutes I began to feel relief. I swished for a total of an hour. Feels so much better. I hope it’s going to heal it completely and save me a trip in the a.m. An amazing difference.

  • Martha Jackson

    coconut oil usually i used for hair care.

  • kiran224

    Thanks Danielle

  • Tris

    “In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart.” – that’s not quite what scientific research is showing. Correct would be to say that coconut oil is less evil than for example butter and trans fats for your heart, but still should be used sparingly. Meaning that it’s still bad for the heart