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Benefits of Coconut Oil | An Old Health Technique Revived (Best on an Empty Stomach)

Updated on June 23, 2013

Coconut Oil is probably one of the most beneficial oils in the world to our body. The benefits of coconut oil are so numerous, this should certainly be something that is in the ‘cupboard’ of everybody that wants to lead a healthy life. In this hub (post) I am going to go through some of the coconut oil health benefits that you could look forward to when you use this wonderfully natural product. It can be both consumed and used for oil pulling, with coconut oil ... it doesn't taste bad either.

Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of coconut oil is that it can assist with weight loss. Coconut Oil accomplishes this in a variety of different ways. To start with the fatty acids it contains helps burn off excessive weight by speeding up your metabolism, especially when taken early in the morning on an empty stomach. It also helps you maintain a healthy body, which in turn means you are much more likely to burn off extra calories. By placing the metabolism into overdrive early in the morning, you end up burning off far more calories during the day, often feel more energetic and achieving more ... including that hard to achieve weight loss. You may be surprised at just how beneficial it can be when you are looking to obtain that ‘perfect’ beach body.

In tropical areas, Coconut Oil is used for cooking. In these areas it has been shown to help prevent digestive related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, as well as help improve your digestive system as a whole. The unique makeup of coconut oil has also been shown to help with the absorption of various nutrients.

There is evidence that coconut oil can help benefit your heart too. It has been suggested that coconut oil can help prevent cholesterol build up, and ultimately prevent heart disease. There is a much lower ‘heart disease’ rate where coconut oil is used as the primary cooking oil. However, the actual benefits are continually being researched and more and more findings about the benefits of this oil keep emerging.

Are you a teenager suffering from acne? If you are, then you may also find that coconut oil is able to help you out. Coconut Oil has been documented to help reduce acne significantly in sufferers. The unique makeup of Coconut Oil also helps prevent acne scars via aiding healing, although you obviously have to play a part in this too and avoid squeezing, scratching and picking as much as possible.

On top of all of this, coconut oil has been shown to give your immune system a nice healthy boost, helping you to avoid those seasonal bugs, or at least recover faster. Research has suggested that coconut oil can help prevent disease in the body, many claiming that it helps to prevent some types of cancer, ward of viruses and assist the body in fighting infections.

It really seems to be an ‘all-in-one’ solution, or at least a very broad health aid. I was surprised when reading about all of the benefits and have to say that I was persuaded to start incorporating this into my diet. So now you know some of the benefits, how can you use coconut oil? Well, it depends on the situation. If you want to use the product to improve your hair health then rub it onto your hair and use like a normal shampoo. If you want to benefit the health of your body, then use it in your cooking like you would use any other oil. or take a couple of table spoons daily on an empty stomach (early morning is best). It really is that simple to use coconut oil in your life!

As you can see, the coconut oil health benefits are too numerous to turn your nose up at. So why not sample some today and see just how much it can benefit your body? If you want to find out more, a simple search will lead you to a mass of information on the health benefits of this simple and inexpensive health product.

Thanks for taking the time to read. If you have anything to add, or are maybe an experienced coconut oil user, please feel free to leave a comment.

Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil

One of the best oils to use for this is cold-pressed coconut oil, as the heat process of normal coconut oil creations destroys many of its benefits. Hence, by using a cold pressing technique, the oil is extracted in the raw and natural form.

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      Ahmed Shariff 

      5 years ago

      I train and have been using coconut oil for the last 1 year - I'm 42 stronger and healthier than I was a year ago - I couldn't shed my fat and the day I started the coconut oil early morning everyday.

      It's a miracle

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Very interesting and useful. Coconut oil is a very stable oil most suitable for high temperature cooking. Very much used in Indian cooking.

      Voted up and across and shared.

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      7 years ago from George, South Africa

      This has been one of the most informative hubs I've read in a long time on the many health benefits of a natural product. I have used coconut oil/creams on my skin for many years as it is the only cream from which I can get good results for my dry skin. I will however shop around for the oil you recommend.

      I am interested in reading the benefits of taking coconut oil daily as I have low energy levels and this may help me. I,ve tried many treatments only finding so far that an increase in Vit D to help.

      I will certainly take this information seriously and apply.

      Thanks and have a nice day!

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      As to address some comments left and questions I had not considered, I would like to add a couple of points.

      From what I have read. The .oil is not low cholesterol. However, you should not be using Palm oil either ... Completely different. The oil I have read to be best is cold pressed coconut oil ... As heat removes some of the benefits. Please research or consult a doctor first ... Just to be safe. However, most of what I have found is positive in the results experienced.

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      Annie Messeri 

      7 years ago from Spain

      Interesting hub but there is no scientific proof that coconut oil lowers cholesterol quite the opposite. It is a high on calories and can cause stomach upsets and I would never recommend this oil to someone who suffers stomach problems such as IBS. Coconut oil can cause extreme bowel movements and cause detachment of the bowel lining.

      I am not aware of any research which proves that coconut oil speeds up metabolism. Also the oil used for treating skin conditions is different from the virgin coconut which can safely be used in food preparation or used for treatment. The oils found in coconut oil are very similar to saturated fats.

      With regards to cholesterol coconut oil contains high quantities of myristic acid which stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol (LDL). The only essential fatty acids which lower cholesterol are EPA, DHA and to a certain extent ALA. If you suffer high LDL cholesterol do not use this oil as your LDL level will increase and it will also affect

      your triglyceride level, and can affect your homocysteine count.

      A lot of effort is being put into researching coconut oil and it's clinical use for treating Alzheimer's. If you do wish to treat someone who suffers Alzheimer's with coconut oil, or a preventative treatment, start

      by taking one tablespoon per day in a glass of orange juice. A maximum dosage per day would be four tablespoons.

      The main reason people in tropical countries have lower heart disease is because they eat less saturated fats, and have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Be very careful with this oil as it can cause problems, and it is not suitable for anybody with heart problems, elevated triglyceride levels, imbalanced cholesterol or an elevated homocysteine count. Take care of your health. Annie

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      I can still remember when my grandmother made her coconut oil in our open fire kitchen when I was a child and I was waiting for the coconut crumbs that was the remnants of the coconut oil. I love to eat it. She used the oil for her massage, for her and our hairs and for cooking.

      I did not know that coconut oil helps in losing weight. I find this hub very informative. Voted up and SHARED.

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      7 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Brett, this hub was quite a useful and informative one. Coming from a tropical country, I am already inducted into eating food prepared in coconut oil. Particularly in the southern, coastal states of India, coconut oil is the preferred cooking medium, followed by palm oil. However, that coconut oil can help one's metabolism, was not known by me. I think I will plan more meals cooked in this oil. Thanks and voted up.

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      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting information in this hub! I have lost about 35 pounds over the last year. I have started a great diet (eating habits only, not really a diet) and exercise regimen. I think coconut oil will be a great addition to my daily ritual! Awesome hub. Voted up and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I originally got some coconut oil in the house to use as a natural skin moisturizer and it definitely works in that area. Lately I have been reading more about different health benefits from using it such as in this hub. Interesting! Will share with others...

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      7 years ago from Olympia, Washington USA

      Thanks for extolling the benefits of coconut oil. I have been using it regularly in raw food "cooking" to thicken desserts to make them a cheesecake consistency.

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      Sasha Kim 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for all the great benefits of coconut oil. I only recently started using it... slowly fazing it in. I think my next step will be using in place of my face moisturizer. Very nice hub ^_^ voting and sharing!

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      Vasanthan R Menon 

      7 years ago from India

      Coconut's health benefits are well known, but I never knew that coconut oil is taken in as a remedy for weight loss. Coconut oil is the major ingredient in many Ayurvedic medicines, and is supposed to be good for your hair too....very useful info....thanks indeed.

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      Sallie Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

      wow so nice and informative HUB.I am going to use Coconut oil in my daily diet for sure..........:)

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      Dennis Thorgesen 

      7 years ago from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S.

      One of my favorite sayings is everything you need to survive and live a healthy life is provided by nature. As a child other than for required shots I don't ever remember visiting a doctor.

      I actually had to add colestrol bearing foods to my diet, because my numbers went too far the other way. The meats I am used to are hard to come by since I can no longer hunt or trap wild animals.

      Coconut oil is an aquired taste. It's benefits are worth the getting used to it part. I personally think it is amazing that in most places in the world some type of plant of animal provides the oil we need to cook with.

      Thanks for sharing, voted up and interesting.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Since I am trying to lose some weight, I'll include coconut oil in my regiment to see if it works. Voting this Up and Useful. SHARED.

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      7 years ago from United States

      Interesting hub, Brett. But, its difficult to drink this oil...ewww!

      The facts were interesting...thanks! Voted up

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      Healthy Life 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very interesting hub! I should replace my olive oil with coconut oil. I didn't realize it provided a boost to the immune system and it might help my husband's high cholesterol. Thanks for the information. Voted up!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great informative hub on the many benefits of coconut oil, it is amazing how many things it can be used for. I have even see it used in tanning products .

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Very informative - I use coconut oil for SO MANY things - including hair conditioner. :) Thanks for sharing these tips. Voted and tweeted.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      7 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hi, Brett, great hub on coconut oil, I had no idea it had so many health benefits. Around here we actually don't use it much, but I will definitely try to add it in some recipes... Voted up, useful, sharing and pinning! Take care!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I do have coconut oil in my cupboard. It's wonderful for our hair as we all have curly hair that is prone to dryness. It's less expensive than the commercial products available.

      Good hub.

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      always enjoy reading about new health benefits from simple and inexpensive products. Very good.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      7 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great info, Brett! Voted up and shared.

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      Mary Wickison 

      7 years ago from Brazil

      This is new information to me. I always thought that for cholesterol it was too high in saturated fat.

      I live in Brazil and have many growing in my garden. I use them for baking and the green ones for drinking. But, I can't not find coconut oil in the shops here. I suspect, they export a lot of it.

      Interesting ideas, thank you for sharing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      That's a lot of information about coconut oil. In India, it is very popularly used for hair care and cooking, but I had no idea about its weight loss property. Thanks for sharing this useful information.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      A helpful hub on the health benefits of coconut! I used natural coconut oil for my hair and it helped to keep my hair healthy. Also, sometimes coconut oil is used in home-cooking and the dishes are really tasty! Kerala, one of the southern states of India, laid emphasis on this gift of Nature in their cooking, beauty treatments, healing processes and all! Once again, an engaging hub told in a convincing manner! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up & socially shared


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