10 Things You Should Know About Coconut Oil

10 Things You Should Know About Coconut Oil


Coconut oil is unlike many other fats and is a totally unique source of healthy fats. Not only that, coconut oil provides a host of health benefits, including heart health, fat loss, and more. With that in mind, here are 10 things you should know about coconut oil:

1. Coconut oil combines fatty acids with powerful health-giving properties.

In the past, coconut oil has been criticized for containing saturated fat, but new research shows saturated fats do not clog arteries. The fatty acids in coconut oil are MCTs (Medium Chain Triglyercides) which are used in the digestive tract as a source of quick energy. They have beneficial effects on brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

2. Populations that consume a lot of coconut oil are very healthy.

In many areas of the world, coconut is a dietary staple. An example is the Tokelauans of the South Pacific. They consume 60 percent of their calories from coconuts, and have no evidence of heart disease.

3. Coconut oil helps you burn more fat.

Obesity is a serious health problem, and many scientists think it is not as simple as calories in, calories expended. The MCTs in coconut oil increase your energy expenditure, when compared to an equivalent number of calories from longer chain fats.

4. The Lauric acid in coconut oil protects against pathogens.

Nearly 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconut oil is comprised of 12-carbon lauric acid, which kills harmful pathogens like viruses, bacteria and fungi.

5. Coconut oil makes you eat less.

Coconut oil can actually reduce your hunger, because of the way the fatty acids are metabolized. In one study, men eating the most MCTs consumed 256 fewer calories than the control group.

6. Coconut oil can reduce seizures.

The fatty acids in coconut oil are converted into ketones, which can reduce seizure activity. Ketogenic diets are being used to treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children.

7. Coconut oil can improve your lipid profile and lower your risk of heart disease.

The saturated fats in coconut oil raise the so-called “good” cholesterol (HDL) and transform the LDL cholesterol to a benign subtype. Studies also show it reduces trigycerides and total cholesterol.

8. Coconut oil functions as a sunscreen and moisturizer.

People use coconut oil for cosmetic purposes. It improves the condition of dry skin and hair. It also blocks about 20 percent of UV rays.

9. The fatty acids in coconut oil improve brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.

Alzheimer’s patients display a reduced ability to use glucose for energy within certain areas of the brain. Ketones deliver an alternative energy source for malfunctioning brain cells, and reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms.

10. Coconut oil helps you lose abdominal fat.

Because coconut oil suppresses appetite and increases fat burning, it is natural that it helps you lose weight. It appears to be particularly effective in reducing abdominal fat, which wraps around internal organs and is dangerous to your health.

These benefits are most easily attained by using organic, virgin coconut oil, rather than the refined oil.


    • Would also like to know if eating coconut meat has the same value and how much?
      This is only half of the information we need. Can you mix coconut only with other foods or does have to be straight oil only?

    • Drink one tablespoon of VCO in the morning and another before you go to bed at night. Also use it to dress any wounds. Pretty miraculous stuff!

      • That sounds reasonable, Richard, and is sure better than we got in the article (as usual) but on what do you base that prescription? Are there studies that support it? Would three, four, six or more tablespoons be even better?

        • I’ve seen plenty of coconut industry marketing literature touting the remarkable qualities of VCO, but then, I’ve lived many years in coconut producing countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. I also own about a thousand coconut trees on some land in the Philippines. I’ve read studies regarding cultivation, but I don’t recall reading any regarding its nutritional qualities. Best to consult a naturopathic doctor or a nutritionist. As for upping the oral dosage on VCO, I doubt it could hurt, but I’d expect it to curb your appetite and to work as a mild laxative. I’ve had a full 10-course colonics treatment under the care of Dr. Mix. The penultimate treatment pumped my colon with barako coffee, which loosens the muscles. The last course used VCO. Talk about a total purge! I had one of cleanest colons in the world after that, to be sure! Well, my grandmother had colon cancer, so I wanted to be extra careful. That treatment gave me a lot of peace of mind. Probably next to impossible to find anything like it in the States — certainly anything affordable. As they say, everything is more fun in the Philippines.

          • Very interesting, Richard. I suppose I probably shouldn’t take advice re. Coconut oil from a man who grows them for a living 🙂 Anyway, I’ve upped my oil intake a bit. Thanks for the input.

          • LOL. I don’t make a living from coconut at all. But my caretaker does. I let him harvest all of the coconut and use the proceeds from it for his income. I would like to get a coconut press and try making my own VCO. Haven’t done it yet.

  1. Fortunately I know Tony Mix, NP, on the board of Partnership for the Environmental Preotrction of the Pacific, Inc. He’s a naturopathic physician much in demand at international conferences related to coconuts and other natural ingredients used in traditional healing. Through him, I already learned these ten things and more. Coconut is probably the most miraculous food God ever gave to man. Did you know that buko juice, or coconut water, was used by medics and corpsmen in the Pacific Theater of WWII, as a substitute for blood plasma? Try swishing a tablespoon and a half of VCO in your mouth for over a minute every day. It will kill bad breath, viruses, and perhaps even act as a chelate.

    • I add Peppermint oil, mix in Baking Soda and brush my teeth with it. I’ve gotten very good results. It’s a shame that science gave it such bad press several decades back.