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Coconut Oil Benefits & Remedies

Buying Guide & Tips

Coconut Oil benefits are best when using natural and organic products. Here’s what to look for when buying Coconut Oil:

  • Organic – This ensures that no chemicals were used in either growing the coconuts or in processing the oil.
  • “Virgin” or “unrefined” – This lets you know that the Coconut Oil was not refined, bleached or deodorized.
  • Cold Pressed – This means that the heat in pressing the oil out of the coconut meat or milk was kept at a low enough temperature that the “good stuff” wasn’t destroyed in the process.
  • Color (or lack of it) – Look for Coconut Oil that is pure white when it’s solid and completely clear when it’s liquid. This tells you that there are no contaminates like smoke from the processing.

Coconut Oil Benefits & Remedies

A big tip for those who hate to wait for coconut oil to thaw out before putting it in a shake…

Some of the Coconut oil benefits are from its medium chain triglyceride (MCT) content. You can actually buy MCT oil by itself. Now…

If you get an oil dispenser, mix 50/50 MCT oil and melted coconut oil in the bottle. This makes the coconut oil stay liquid at room temperature so it’s easy to pour into your shake (or whatever)!

You can use MCT oil by itself, and many people use it for cooking etc., but remember that coconut oil benefits go way beyond its MCT content. See the general properties section for more info on that.

Off to the right, in the third column, you’ll see an Amazon link to the Coconut oil and the MCT oil we buy.


My Own Experience…

I am an avid user of coconut oil. I use it on my skin, and I mix 2 tablespoons into my daily shake. That’s all I can handle at one time, so I try to do 2 shakes a day so I can get in 4 tablespoons, but that doesn’t always happen.

My skin has gotten so soft since I started using coconut oil on it. I get a lot of compliments from my boyfriend about it! 😉 I simply put a bunch on after my shower and let it soak in. I don’t use any other facial creams or moisturizers – I simply don’t need any.

Although my skin may feel greasy as soon as I put the oil on, waiting 15 minutes or so makes that go away. The skin soaks up the healthy coconut oil and my face is just so soft. My monthly acne almost never happens anymore either.

I also use it as an anti-frizz for my hair. Just a little bit, or my hair gets too greasy looking, but I have curly frizzy hair and a little coconut oil is all I need. My hair has gotten a lot softer also since I’ve started using it this way. I don’t use any other products in my hair, but I don’t have the need to style it up the way some people might.

By drinking it every day, I also have a lot fewer symptoms from my Candida issues… my brain fog and my aches and pains are much less when I drink it every day.

There are days I forget to drink it and if I go two or three days without it I really notice a difference in my energy levels (they are much less), my pain levels (they are much worse), and of course my thinking ability goes down the tubes.


Dosage:

Research has shown that about 3 to 4 tablespoons per day for adults will give you the Coconut Oil benefits you need. Work up to this amount slowly over a few weeks though. See the section on Possible Side Effects for the reason why.


Conditions This Remedy Treats:

(Clicking on the name of underlined conditions below will take you to the page that discusses the causes and other remedies for that particular condition.)


Acne

You might be thinking “Oil on my acne? – Are you kidding?” I thought that too, but here’s how Coconut Oil benefits your skin and clears up Acne.

Non-hydrogenated Coconut Oil has anti-bacterial properties and is very good for your skin. Get Virgin Coconut Oil, preferably Organic. Unrefined Coconut Oil is from fresh coconut meat rather than “copra” – or dried meat and is of much higher quality.

This works best before you go to bed, especially if you wear makeup during the day.

First, wash your face (or any other areas where acne is a problem). After it’s dry, apply asmall amount of the Coconut Oil all over the area, not just on the pimples. You don’t want your skin to be too shiny. (Too much will just clog your pores – more is not better in this case.)

Let it soak in a bit, maybe 10 or 15 minutes and then go to bed. People have reported less acne and less redness around the acne they do have. Remember, it’s not necessarily a cure – you have to take care of the cause to completely stop acne from forming. Click here to find out more about Acne in general.


Allergies

If your allergies are food related and caused by another condition such as body toxicity and/or Leaky Gut Syndrome, then Coconut Oil can help make those allergies disappear. Coconut Oil is great for detoxing the body of parasites, bacteria, and viruses and helps protect your colon from leaky gut syndrome.
See Common Dosage


Alzheimer’s Disease

Clinical trials have been done on Alzheimer’s patients using MCT oil which simply means “Medium Chain Triglycerides”. Almost 60% of Coconut Oil is MCT oil. Click here to read a heart warming article from 2008 about a doctor and her husband’s early onset Alzheimer’s. It describes her husband’s improvement in symptoms from 2 tablespoons of non-hydrogenated Coconut Oil every day.
See Common Dosage


Arthritis

Whether used as a topical ointment, or ingested, Coconut Oil benefits arthritis by reducing the symptoms due to inflammation. Work up to a regular dose every day and during severe flare ups, rub some Coconut Oil on the affected areas.
See Common Dosage


Asthma

Taking a regular dosage of Coconut Oil every day is said to help those who suffer from Asthma by reducing the inflammation in the lungs, lessening the frequency and severity of attacks.
See Common Dosage


Blood Pressure (High)

By replacing your processed, hydrogenated and poly-unsaturated fats in your diet with Coconut Oil, you will lower your blood pressure if it is too high.
See Common Dosage


Cancer

One study in animals that were purposefully given cancer causing chemicals showed that given the same diet except for the fats, the ones given Coconut Oil did not develop Cancer, but the ones who were given vegetable oil, olive oil, etc. did. Other studies had the same results with breast cancer, and skin cancer.
See Common Dosage


Candida

One of the Coconut Oil benefits is its anti-fungal properties that will kill Candida. If you have systemic Candidiasis, take a regular dose of Coconut Oil daily.
See Common Dosage


Cholesterol

At some point in American history, scientists showed that unsaturated fats lowered serum cholesterol slightly, (that’s cholesterol that shows up in your blood).

No one knew why this was happening however. But everyone jumped on the band wagon and replaced all of their saturated oils with unsaturated in their kitchens and grocery shelves.

It has been established since then that the liver, as a defensive mechanism against the toxic effects of the unsaturated fats, was hanging onto the cholesterol rather than releasing it into the blood.

Coconut Oil has been proven to increase the activity of the thyroid gland which releases hormones to regulate cholesterol levels (among other functions, of course).

It also detoxifies the body from caustic materials and acts as an antioxidant that makes the unsaturated oils in the body less harmful by keeping them from going rancid and becoming free radicals.
See Common Dosage


Diabetes

Because of Coconut Oil’s unique structure, it can help those with Type 2 Diabetes regulate their blood sugar levels by allowing the insulin to do its job properly.

This allows glucose to enter the cells rather than allowing it to float freely in the blood stream (which causes the blood sugar levels to be so high).
See Common Dosage


Eczema/Psoriasis

Coconut Oil benefits those with Eczema and Psoriasis by penetrating the skin cells and reducing the inflammation caused by the damage. It supports healing of the tissues and creates a protective barrier that wards off fungus and harmful bacteria.

After showering, apply Coconut Oil to the skin to relieve the symptoms and make your skin smooth and soft.
See Common Dosage


Fatigue

Coconut Oil has the effect of raising your metabolism by stimulating your thyroid gland. Taking a regular dose of Coconut Oil will give your body an energy boost similar to the feeling of sugar but without making your body use insulin to metabolize it. As your body becomes more accustomed to the Coconut Oil, it will continue to detox your system, providing even more energy.
See Common Dosage


Heart Disease

Coconut Oil raises the good cholesterol (HDL) in your body which improves your overall cholesterol profile in addition to lowering your total cholesterol if it’s too high.

Population and cultural studies have shown that those who have Coconut Oil as a regular part of their diet have very low incidents of heart disease and have normal and balanced cholesterol levels.

Another Coconut Oil benefit for heart disease is that it protects the LDL (bad) cholesterol from becoming oxidized which is a big part of what causes arterial plaque.
See Common Dosage


Menopause

In cultural studies on those who live in the Yucatan, one observation out of many regarding their high use of Coconut Oil was that none of the women there ever experience the symptoms of menopause.
See Common Dosage


Osteoporosis

Coconut Oil benefits our bones by helping them absorb the calcium and magnesium they need to stay strong. Those with Osteoporosis can help reverse it by incorporating a daily dose of Coconut Oil into their diets.
See Common Dosage


Weight Loss

Coconut Oil benefits those who are overweight or obese by stimulating the thyroid gland and increasing metabolism.

Cultural studies have shown that those who make Coconut Oil a regular part of their diet are thinner and more active than those who use seed based oils like soy, corn and safflower.

In addition to the increase in metabolism, Coconut Oil also helps the body absorb and use more nutrients from the food you eat. A popular theory to Obesity is that it is partly caused by malnourishment (from eating processed and chemical laden foods) and the body is storing fat for survival because of it.
See Common Dosage


General Properties:

There is a lot of controversy about Coconut Oil benefits and drawbacks. This controversy is centered around the fact that Coconut Oil is 90% saturated fat.

There were studies done to prove that all saturated fats, including Coconut Oil, raised cholesterol levels. However, they used hydrogenated Coconut Oil in these studies.

Studies have shown that hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are bad for you because they raise cholesterol levels and contribute to obesity even if they aren’t saturated.

These studies I’m talking about happened before the mid 1960’s when scientists really didn’t know the negative effects of hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated oils.

Unfortunately, a blanket “ruling” was proclaimed that all saturated fats were bad and that we as Americans should only eat unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats and that we have both kinds made from American cash crops corn and soy.

Since then, America has become the fattest and least healthy country in the world. If you look at our store shelves, there are very little saturated fats in these products. Because of that, at the very least, we can conclude that it’s not saturated fat that is making us fat.

Who knows what the actual motivation was behind these studies, but more recent studies have shown that in the case of Coconut Oil at least, its composition is such that it will actually lower serum cholesterol levels, increase thyroid function and help people lose weight.

One Coconut Oil benefit is its high Lauric acid and Caprylic acid content which is what gives Coconut Oil its anti-viral, anti-protazoal, and anti-bacterial properties.

Coconut Oil is anywhere between 40 and 55% Lauric Acid. These medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) are beneficial in many ways, including providing energy without any kind of insulin spike (which is great for Diabetics). They also give the metabolism a boost and help out the Thyroid when it gets burned out.


Possible Side Effects:

Because of the Coconut Oil benefits of being an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protazoal, there could be what’s called a “die off” effect after taking it regularly.

This is simply the bad “critters” in your system dying and producing a toxic effect when they do. This can manifest as a general fatigue, headache and/or diarrhea. It will pass in a few days to a week.

If you’d rather not tough it out that long, simply lower your dose per day and then slowly increase it up to the recommended 3 or 4 tablespoons at a comfortable pace. The “critters” will still die off, but more gradually, so you probably won’t feel the symptoms as they do.


Drug Interactions:

So far, we haven’t found a Drug that Coconut Oil interacts with.


Did You Know…?

  • Coconut Oil is one of the most stable of the food derived oils and won’t go rancid for two years, even without refrigeration.
  • One Coconut Oil benefit is that it stands up well to heat (its smoke point is 360 degrees F) and is the best oil to cook with because it keeps its nutrients and health benefits intact in most cooking and baking scenarios and doesn’t create any harmful byproducts when heated as most oils do.
  • Coconut Oil solidifies in its container below room temperature (76 degrees F). If you need to liquefy it again, simply run the container under some hot water for a few minutes. Do not microwave it! That will destroy any of the “good stuff” in the oil.
  • I’ve seen it written that Coconut Butter is simply Coconut Oil in its solid state (colder than room temperature). Although there may be some countries that see it that way, there is another distinction for Coconut Butter (at least here in the States). Coconut Butter is actually the meat of the coconut pureed into a spread just like peanuts or almonds that are made into their respective butters.
  • In the 1940’s, farmers tried to use Coconut Oil to make their livestock fatter. What actually happened was that the livestock all became lean and active and their appetites increased. It did this by stimulating the animals’ thyroid glands. Now they feed their livestock soy and corn to make them fat.
  • Lauric Acid, the medium chain fatty acid that makes up 40 to 50% of Coconut Oil, is the same fatty acid that the human body turns in Monolaurin which is found in human breast milk. It’s what protects babies from bacterial, viral, and protazoal infections.
  • Another Coconut Oil benefit is that it can help your body absorb Omega 3 fatty acids more efficiently.
  • Other Coconut Oil benefits include engine lubricant, biofuel, cooling oil for transformers, sexual lubricant (don’t use it with condoms though!), and using the acids from Coconut Oil works well as an herbicide.

Juliana Peel is an enthusiast blogger, author and social media addict. She is the founder of remedieshow.com. Her publications are well researched and they provide tips and tricks related to Beauty and Health issues.