Coconut Oil: Amazing Stuff!

Coconut products in general are fantastic. However, I'd have to say that coconut oil has the most potential uses of any said coconut product. Coconut oil, in my opinion, is one of earth's greatest nutritional gifts, as it tastes great and is seemingly useful for everything. One of the first questions raised when talking about coconut oil is the cholesterol raising issue, which is usually a mute point because it actually only raises the good form of cholesterol, HDL. This is of course is as long as you are using organic, extra virgin coconut oil; which is the only type that should be recommended. However, the benefits of coconut oil reach far beyond simply raising HDL, as it has many nutritional and healing properties.

Coconut oil is largely composed of the medium chain triglyceride known as lauric acid. Lauric acid has shown the ability to fight off things like lipid coated viruses such as: HIV, herpes, Epstein-Barr, CMV, measles, rubeola and more. It is also particularly useful at fending off lipid coated bacteria such as H. pylori, listeria, Staph. aureus, and various Strep. groups. The mechanism of action is, once the lauric acid is converted to monolaurin, it can then disrupt the lipid membrane of the pathogen and cause the cell to destruct.

Other things lauric acid has also been proven to been an effective, therapeutic agent for are:

  1. Fighting inflammatory acne caused by acne vulgaris and other P. acnes.
  2. Promoting a reduction in abdominal obesity.
  3. Reducing atopic dermatitis caused by the afforementioned S. aureus.

And in recent studies medium chain triglycerides have shown improvements in people with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's, as they act as an alternate source of glucose to the brain, providing ketones. Pretty amazing stuff.

In addition to being anti-pathogenic it is also an effective moisturizer, pre-shave, post-shave, lubricant, and cooking agent. It truly is an all purpose product.

  • Adam

    Uh, bud, coconut oil doesn't have any cholesterol, so it ain't raising LDL *or* HDL.

    • Elena

      You are right– it doesn't contain any cholesterol on its own but it does help to improve one's cholesterol ratio – increasing HDL while lowering LDL.

  • Adam

    And it is "moot" point.

  • Tyson

    Double-Blind Clinical Trial Puts Coconut- versus Soybean Oil to the Test

    In the featured 12-week long study, researchers evaluated the effects of coconut oil and soybean oil on the biochemical profiles and waist circumference on 40 obese women, aged 20-40. Belly fat, known as visceral fat, is the type of fat linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke, among many other chronic diseases.

    Divided into two groups of 20 participants each, the women received a daily supplement of 30ml (about two tablespoons) of either soybean oil or coconut oil. They also followed a balanced low-calorie diet, and walked for 50 minutes per day. The end result?

    The coconut oil group presented:

    Increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol)

    Decreased LDL/HDL ratio

    Reduced waist circumference/abdominal obesity

    The soybean oil group presented:

    Increased total cholesterol

    Increased LDL (bad cholesterol)

    Increased LDL/HDL ratio

    Decreased HDL (good cholesterol)

    No reduction in waist circumference/abdominal obesity

    The authors concluded:

    "It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia [an abnormal amount of cholesterol and/or fat in your blood] and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity."


    "Dietary coconut oil intake was positively associated with high density lipoprotein cholesterol especially among pre-menopausal women, suggesting that coconut oil intake is associated with beneficial lipid profiles. Coconut oil consumption was not significantly associated with low density lipoprotein cholesterol or triglyceride values."

    —Coconut oil is associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women in the Philippines.

    Feranil AB, Duazo PL, Kuzawa CW, Adair LS.

    SourceThe USC-Office of Population Studies Foundation, University of San Carlos, Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines 6000


    "…But what's interesting about coconut oil is that it also gives "good" HDL cholesterol a boost. Fat in the diet, whether it's saturated or unsaturated, tends to nudge HDL levels up, but coconut oil seems to be especially potent at doing so.

    Saturated fat is divided into various types, based on the number of carbon atoms in the molecule, and about half of the saturated fat in coconut oil is the 12-carbon variety, called lauric acid. That is a higher percentage than in most other oils, and is probably responsible for the unusual HDL effects of coconut oil. But plant-based oils are more than just fats. They contain many antioxidants and other substances, so their overall effects on health can't be predicted just by the changes in LDL and HDL…"

    — Walter C. Willett, M.D.

    Harvard School of Public Health

    Department of Nutrition


    "Studies have consistently shown that coconut oil increases HDL and improves the cholesterol ratio. While coconut oil does not reduce total cholesterol as effectively as polyunsaturated oils do, it has a greater effect on HDL. When HDL and cholesterol ratio values are evaluated, coconut oil reduces risk of heart disease more than soybean, canola, safflower, or any other vegetable oil typically recommended as “heart healthy.” Interestingly, most vegetable oils increase the cholesterol ratio, thus increasing the risk of heart disease. Coconut oil is definitely the best oil you can use to protect yourself from heart disease."

    Healthy Ways Newsletter Email edition Volume 2 Number 1

    Dr. Bruce Fife

    • Karla Austin

      thank you for sharing this. Wonderful post. I was wondering have you found it to cause any gastric issues such as indigestion? I had been taking EVCO and noticed a bit of reflux. It did not seem like that would be the cause stopped using it and it went away. I found no reasonable explanation for this reaction.

  • Adam

    I stand corrected…

  • Tyson

    Karla, great question! Technically, yes coconut could possibly be a factor in your reflux as it is high in saturated fats. However, with that being said I have never had any complaints of GERD from any of my patients after advising them to start consuming it. One of the major culprits in GERD is an extremely common form of bacteria known as H. Pylori which coconut oil effectively kills.

    My first questions would be; how are you consuming the oil and how much are you consuming? Is it by itself? With other foods? Used as a cooking oil? If you are consuming it with other high fat foods I would simply suggest taking them separately. Also, are you by chance consuming any grains? As they are also a known culprit in producing GERD-like symptoms. Another thing you might consider is to simply use coconut oil transdermally, by simply rubbing it in over thin skin a few times per day.

    On a slightly different note, you may look to your spine as the nerves that control your stomach and esophageal sphincter exit the spine in the area between your shoulder blades. If there is any neural interference in this area, reflux-type symptoms may occur. As Dr. C. H. Suh, from the University of Colorado, found it only takes the weight of a dime pressing on neural tissue for 3 minutes to cause the neural tissue to malfunction by up to 60%. Just a thought…and I hope this info helped at least a little bit!

  • Coconut and coconut oil are also one of the least contaminated sources of pesticides – so no need to worry about going organic with coconut products.


    • Yolande

      I use everything coconut like water, oil flour , sugar ect and never got reflux in about 10 years and some days I can use 4 or 5 tble spoon of oil. For more infos about coconut it s the dr Fife books very interesting books beleive me .I am reading his last one the title is: Stop alzeilmer now and he talk about coconut oil treting alzeilmer.

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