Is Coconut Oil Good For You?

Coconut oil sometimes gets a bad rap. If used in its purest natural state, coconut oil has a whole treasure trove of benefits. For thousands of years, natives from tropical regions have considered coconut oil a staple in their kitchens. It is believed that their daily intake of coconut oil may contribute to healthier cholesterol ratios and brain function. Extracted from the meat of mature coconuts, coconut oil also supports healthy skin and hair, weight loss, and immune health.

Why has coconut oil received a bad reputation? Coconut oil as well as other tropical oils in their natural state are not bad for you. It is when any oil is hydrogenated that it turns into what is know as “trans-fat”, and trans-fats are the most likely the result in plaque buildup in the arteries. Hydrogenated oils are so widely used in the processed foods industry that it has resulted in an undeserved “bad reputation” being associated with all tropical oils. Trans-fats should be avoided regardless of the source. Coconut in it’s natural state has not trans-fats.

What to look for when purchasing coconut oil? Look for labeling that includes the words “extra virgin”, “certified organic”, and “cold pressed”. The term “extra virgin” when referring to coconut oil means that it wasn’t processed or cooked and is the highest quality. Cold pressed, in very general terms, means unrefined.

Health benefits of coconut oil

Diabetes – Coconut oil can help regulate blood sugar.

Weight Loss – Coconut oil helps support healthy weight loss by delivering the highest percentage of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA) of any natural oil. MCFA’s are broken down quickly in the body and dissolved into the blood stream.

Healthy Cholesterol – Other types of fats can raise serum cholesterol, MCFA’s are “good fats”. Coconut oil that is stable does not elevate “bad” LDL cholesterol, but helps maintain a healthy ratio between the “good” HDL and the “bad” LDL.

Immune Health – Coconut oil supports immune health in several ways. First, it helps improve metabolism. Second, it converts the high levels of Lauric acid found in coconut oil into Monolaurin. Monlaurin is believed to help the body’s ability to fight pathogens. Coconut oil also contains Caprylic acid which is believed to have powerful anti-fungal properties.

Healthy Skin and Hair – Individuals using coconut oil have reported having smoother and more supple skin. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin and hair.

Treats Ulcers – Ulcers are often caused by the H. Pylori bacteria and according to Dr. Oz, the Lauric acid found in coconut oil kills off this bad bacteria.

Does Coconut oil need to be refrigerated? Coconut oil solidifies at 76° F and above 80° F, it starts to liquify. At “in-between” temperatures, it may be partially liquified and partially solidified. So to answer the question, no, it doesn’t need refrigeration. It is extremely shelf-stable due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

All the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.