The Wonders of Coconut Oil

I’ve previously blogged about the wonders of coconut water and now I’d like to continue that thread by discussing the wonders of coconut oil.

It was brought to my attention again today that the myth that coconut oil is bad for you in still playing out. I became aware of coconut oil and it’s many benefits and many applications a couple of years ago while watching a video blog by Susan Powter (remember her? Yeah, she’s still around.) while she was applying coconut oil in place of lotion.* Ever in the quest for healthy, glowing skin I was intrigued so I started doing some research. People, we were sold a bill of goods when we were told that coconut oil is bad for you. It’s so NOT bad for you that it’s silly (does that even make sense?).

Yes, it is a saturated fat, but we now know that not all saturated fats are bad for you.  Because coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride, it does not raise cholesterol or contribute to heart disease. Medium chain triglycerides have, in fact, been proven to be good for you.

All you have to do is pull up Google and type in “benefits of coconut oil” and you can see what I’m talking about. The list of resources extolling the virtues of coconut oil is endless. It can be used in cooking, as a health supplement (as in taking down a few tablespoons a day like you would fish oil), and as a lotion.

Rather than bore you all the details, below is a relatively comprehensive list of what I’ve found followed by a list of resources you can check out for yourself.  The bottom line, coconut oil is a powerful and healthy gift from nature.  It doesn’t deserve the bad wrap (and now I’m off my hippy soap box).

Oh, one last thing…if you do decide to start using coconut oil, make sure you get a good, virgin oil from somewhere like Vitamin Cottage or Whole Foods. A jar of this will run about $8 or so and last for a very long time!

Benefits upon consumption:

  • Promotes good thyroid function for those who are hypothyroid
  • Increases the metabolism (claims of coconut oil associated weight loss are vast)
  • Increases energy
  • Has a very high burn point, so it’s great for cooking, sauteing, frying, etc. (unlike olive oil, which has a very low burn point and quickly becomes carcinogenic)
  • Coconut oil is antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti fungal, and antibacterial thereby supporting the immune system and helping to fight infections
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps with the absorption of other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
  • Great for hair care (decreases hair loss, helps with dandruff, increases hydration, and shine)
  • Great for skin care (helps prevent wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin as well as softens and hydrates skin thereby relieving dryness, flaking, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. It also helps to provide protection from ultraviolet rays from the sun.)


*Don’t even ask me how I originally found her site (which appears to be down at the time of publication) and please don’t let the original source dissuade you.

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  1. Thanks for reminding me about coconut oil! Especially the skin care. Do you actually use the oil that you can use in cooking on your skin?


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