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. The oil is used not just in tropical countries, where coconut plantations are abundant, but also in the US and the UK. People are discovering the wonders this oil can create and it is again gaining popularity throughout the world. Let us see how many of these benefits you are aware of.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

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. Therefore, it 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.

It helps in preventing degenerative diseases premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitiseczema 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.

CoconutHair 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. It 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, it 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 lossCoconut 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: It 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.

coconutoilinfographicDigestion: Internal functions of coconut oil occur primarily due to it being used as cooking oil. It 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. It 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: It 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 it 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, it 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. It 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 it 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 the 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 the oil helps in boosting the function of the brain in any form.

Use 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. It 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. It does not alter the properties of the oils and herbs mixed within it. It 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.

Buying Coconut Oil

There are primarily 6 varieties of coconut oil: pure, refined, virgin, organic, fractionated and extra virgin (this is most debated form as there are no standards on virginity and it is unclear as to what qualifies as extra virgin oil). When you want to buy coconut oil, first of all, you need to decide why you need it 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


Weight Loss———–Virgin

As a Carrier Oil——-Virgin, Fractionated

Good Health———-Virgin, Organic

Massaging————-Pure, Refined

Medicinal uses——–Virgin, Virgin Organic

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

How to use and store it?

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. It 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 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 it 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?: Pure and refined coconut oils 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 it 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.

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: It 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: It 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: They 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.

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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    Virgin Coconut Oil also works excellent in coffee. I always use 1 teaspoon of Coconut Sugar that you can pick up at any good health food store. I take just one teaspoon of the Coconut Sugar & than put in 2 teaspoons of Virgin Coconut Oil too. I always drink it black every time . You should be getting between 2-4 tablespoons a day depending on how much you weigh. 3 teaspoons is equal to 1 tablespoon. Hope this helps, drink up & enjoy!

    • gisele2015

      I drink organic black coffee with coconut oil and organic sugar twice a day. Very good tip of the coconut sugar, I should try that too.

  • Nancy Smith

    Thanks for the article on CO. Somewhere we forget many benefits of coconut oil and moving to other costly substitutes.Lot more to do with coconut oil 🙂

  • TTeddy

    Not only is CO good for us, but its good for your pets too.

  • richard

    You’ve just taught me something new. Coconut oil

  • Paulette Watford

    Can I eat 2- tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil for health benefits?

    • Stacy

      My sister eats 4 a day and I eat 2 so

  • Rosemary Butcher

    Just received 20ltrs Banaban pure coconut oil, I have been using the 1ltr containers. It saves me a great deal. Even with postage included the cost is $12 per ltr as opposed to (with seniors discount) $20 per ltr. I hope it doesn’t degrade. I will be taking out approximately 3ltrs at a time which will go into a sterilized honey container, so opening the big tub will be reduced. I bought it directly from the company, they are extremely helpful and quick to respond to my queries.
    Thanks Rosemary

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  • Madi Bader

    Is there a difference between eating the refined and the unrefined?

    • Alisa

      That’s what I’d like to know.

  • Margaret richmond

    I suffer from swollen ankles, I have been told that massaging coconut oil into my legs should help to reduce the swelling

    • TTeddy

      Not only that, you need foods which will help drain this fluid. Losing weight may help

  • Coconut is very beneficial in cooking as well for healthy hair. It Contains a Unique Combination of Fatty Acids With Powerful Medicinal Properties. It helps to boost metabolism and raise body temperatures to promote thyroid health. Restricting carbohydrates and increasing coconut oil
    in the diet has also led many to report losing weight with coconut oil.


    You are totally wrong about this. Get the book “Coconut Cures” by Bruce Fife N.D. & you will get the whole story that you are not told. You will be simply amazed & much healthier as a result by reading it & applying all of the knowledge that you will acquire by reading it. I have been using Vigin Coconut Oil for years now & after seeing me you would not believe that I’m 69!


    I have used Virgin Coconut Oil for years here in The Philippines where I’m retired. I use VCO for everything & try to have at least a few whole coconuts too every week. The coconut juice or Buko juice is the most refreshing drink you could ever have. Scraping out the meat inside the fresh coconut is also put into the Buko Juice as well. I also take Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vineger, Guyabano Tea, Mangosteen & Goto Kola Tea too. I use a little coconut sugar in my coffee & 2 teaspoons of the VCO in my coffee too. I had my Total Gym shipped here to The Philippines from America & get on it 3 rimes a week for an excellent resistance & streching exercise too. The important other thing everyone should do is cook with only Virgin Coconut Oil exclusively. Hope some of this helps all of you. There is also a book on coconut entitled “Coconut Cures” by Bruce Fife N.D. You will be absolutely amazed at what you will learn about what a coconut based diet can do for your health!

  • Erica Smith

    Butter real butter anyways is good for you it’s that margarine veal u gotta watch out for but real butter is very good for your health especially organic

  • Janeski

    i use a lot of cold pressed virgin organic…..I use it for everything….having read this superb article, I have 2 questions: 1) the article suggests using refined for this and pure for that etc…but is there any reason not to use cold pressed virgin organic for absolutely everything? 2) at what temperature during cooking are the various health benefits/properties lost or destroyed?


      Virgin Coconut Oil will work on any Auto-Immune Disease too with absolutely incredible results. You have to take it both Internally as well as externally. I have been doing this for years now, am 69 and are on no prescription drugs, have all of my teeth & most of my hair too!

      • tease gould

        I have UC – how much and how should I incorportate this into my diet?

  • Zuzanna Rø

    do you know the way coconut oil works with MS (Multiple Sclerosis)?


      It will work very well on any auto immune disease such as MS, Parkinson’s, Fibromyalgia or any other auto immune disorder too.

  • Mitt Zombie

    They cite people on a low calorie diet that get a ton of exercise eat lots of coconuts and are healthy, well that does not apply to most Americans!

  • H T

    Coconut oil is also good for grey hair.

  • Pamela

    There is no need to heat coconut oil for topical applications. It will melt in the palm of your hand. I think the article should be revised as the risk of burning yourself is pretty high if you use heat – and it might deter people from using it if it seems too much trouble to warm it. Good to know that “Extra Virgin” is as silly as it seemed.

  • Mary1

    I use Cocozia organic Virgin Coconut oil for skin and hair.

  • 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

  • kiran224

    Thanks Danielle

  • Martha Jackson

    coconut oil usually i used for hair care.

  • 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.

  • Danielle

    Great information, definitely sending this page to friends and family so they can join the coconut oil craze! Thanks for uploading!

  • MikeRotch_og

    Very informative. I’ll be loading up on my next grocery run 🙂

  • 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.

    • Ada

      Can u please tell me what kind of cocunut oil r u using? I am trying to loose weight. Thanks

  • April

    Does anyone know if it helps neuropathy


      It will, make sure that you rub & massage it into your problem areas with a little pressure. Make sure that you take Virgin Coconut Oil internally as well. 3 to 4 tablespoons should work well. You may want to start with allot less internally as too much in the beginning may cause you to have loose bowels ot diarrhea. You have to work up to 3 to 4 Tablespoons. Heavier people have to use more as a regular maintenance dose every day. Get the book “Coconut Cures ” by Bruce Fife N.D. You will be simply amazed at what you will learn in this book. Every time I pick it up I learn something new!

  • BG

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

  • zandile

    I have scratch marks on my body,I want to know that coconut oil will help me please help


      It it will work splendidly! Just make sure that you use it several times a day & it will work very well for you.

  • Susanna Tolmachoff

    I use coconut oil for a daily body moisturizer!

  • Fab Mirza

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


      Dry would be okay, but The Virgin Coconut Oil has been my choice for several years now with excellent results!

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  • 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?

    • Mandi

      always spit it out. it is called “pulling” when you are swishing it around in your mouth it is pulling all of the bacteria and nasty stuff from your mouth. You don’t want that stuff back in your body 🙂

    • Erica Smith

      Yes spit it out after 20minutes work your way up to 20minutes and brush soft without fluoride you could use a coconut oil and baking soda homemade toothpaste it’s the best…

  • Sher

    Very informational. Thank you

  • Barbara Arbster

    Over the years I used coconut oil occasionally. I recently bought a good sized container of it … organic, extra virgin, cold pressed .. and been using it with just about all recipes, replacing other oils. I am definitely noticing a difference in my skin, hair and nails while also knowing all the other health benefits you talk about in your article. Also I love the way it really enhances the flavor of everything I cook with it. Excellent article.

  • Joseph Mazhuancherry

    Wonderful article.Thank you for the info

  • 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?


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

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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?


  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Billy Bob

    im in love wit the coco

    • MikeRotch_og

      I see what you did there

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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

    • Erica Smith

      At least 3tbl spoons


        Depends on your current health & of course how much you weigh too. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you would be taking the maintenance dose of 3 to 4 tablespoons a day. Should you get rashes don’t stop taking the Virgin Coconut Oil. What you are experiencing is a healing crisis so this is quite normal. In time those rashes will be totally gone if you continue taking it externally as well as internally. We cook with the VCO exclusively & I always put 2 teaspoons of the VCO is n my 3 cups of coffee ever day.

  • Robert

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

    • Debora Butler

      Does it help arthritis????


        Absolutely, give it a good lengthy trial. You won’t be sorry with the loss of all of that pain!

  • annette damon

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

  • 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?

    • Carolyn Rhymes

      I’m just getting on board today with VCO and wanting to use for HIgh Blood Pressure issues. Can someone tell me how much would I take along with my regular BP meds?

  • 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..

  • What does naturally refind coconut oil mean


      Just stick with Virgin Coconut Oil. It works much better & is all purpose, believe me & that is all that my wife & I use!

      • Carla

        Is extra virgin coconut oil good for bacteria infection!!

  • Stacey B.

    So how do you use for topical reasons?

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

  • Ithar

    Exellent information. Thanks a lot.

  • Blanche steffenson

    How do you use it

  • 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)?

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth

    How much to use would be a good addition

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

  • Lilian flynn

    Great articles keep up the good work

  • david

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

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

  • Nancy Sines

    Good read

  • jeweludoy

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

  • 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.

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


    • 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.

  • 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.


    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.

  • Cindy

    Can i add coconut oil into smoothies?

  • 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.

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  • Maryann

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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. 🙂

  • Jack Smith

    Such a Lovely Article…Waiting for another one

  • Lesley mccauley

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

  • [email protected]

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


    Really informative site, with scientific terms.

    • 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

      • 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.

  • novella

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

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

  • taymc

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

  • 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.

  • Bernard

    Virgin coconut oil is a commodity that cure various diseases.

  • 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?

  • Edna Ogisi

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

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

  • 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

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

  • 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.

  • Chezzie

    Very informative article, thank you.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • geraldine

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • shaun

    Can i use it age 15 for weight lost

  • 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.

  • Yakubu Aminat Ehinome

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Bill Lovelock

    How much transfat is in the virgin cocnut oil??

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    • gcole22

      No transfats.

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • dorothy ashlock

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

  • 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

  • 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!

    • ron

      hello, do you take it solid ?

      • 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

    • 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.

    • ron

      Smmoothies do you put solid coconut oil ?

    • Nicole

      Where do I purchase this?

      • 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.