13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a "good" saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of "good" saturated fat include

  • Fat-burning: Ironic, isn't it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
  • Brain-Boosting: A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.[i]
  • Clearing Head Lice: When combined with anise spray, coconut oil was found to be superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43%).[ii]
  • Healing Wounds: Coconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial.  Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.[iii]  Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.[iv]
  • NSAID Alternative: Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.[v]
  • Anti-Ulcer Activity: Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.[vi]
  • Anti-Fungal: In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: "Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species."[vii]
  • Testosterone-Booster: Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.[viii]
  • Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.[ix]
  • Improving Blood Lipids: Coconut oil consistently improves the LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it.  Given this effect, coconut oil can nolonger be dismissed for being 'that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.'
  • Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption.[x]
  • Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone.[xi] [Note: Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]

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5AR inhibitor



Coconut oil has a tremendous amount of lauric acid more than any other common source and the possible positive effects have been listed in the article. However, Lauric acid is a strong inhibitor of 5 alpha reductase (5AR) which converts testosterone to DHT (the stronger androgen of the two). Chronic mega dosing of coconut oil in the long run may lead to low enough levels of DHT to cause lowered libido, depression erectile dysfunction and other issues related to lower androgen. research below will show the effects of fatty acids like lauric acid on 5AR. I personally have experienced loss of libido and erectile dysfunction from the use of coconut oil for the full year that I used it religiously. I used it in my skin in cooking or mixed in smoothies as well as used coconut mana. I never made the connection and after a full body massage with coconut oil I could not "keep it up". I immediately stopped the coconut oil and after a full year of problems I got my mojo back. Genetic and individual unique metabolic traits may be at play here. I asked some others and so far I have found a hand full of guys who noticed the same thing. If anyone has this problem please contact me so I can see the extent of this phenomena.

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19353546
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12477490
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19336899

Anti-Parasitic



Coconuts have anti-parasitic properties and coconut meat may be effective against tapeworms. I've been doing a natural parasite cleanse and I wonder how an interested health expert in greenmedinfo.com would interpret a comparison between anti-parasitic drugs and natural anti-parasitic cleanses. I've also read that eating raw carrots(another subject of this post) and beets is recommended as an anti-parasitic solution and actually I do not think this would be highly effective.

Coconut milk in soup



Hello We love soup with coconut milk. Is there any evidence that the health benefits described here are the same or changed by cooking in a hot soup? Thank you for the wonderful and important information you provide.

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