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How to Lower Bad Cholesterol with Virgin Coconut Oil

Updated on September 22, 2012
Virgin coconut oil, always from the freshest coconuts, can lower bad cholesterol while pumping up good cholesterol.
Virgin coconut oil, always from the freshest coconuts, can lower bad cholesterol while pumping up good cholesterol. | Source

Virgin Coconut Oil Has Surprisingly Super Healthy Saturated Fat

For so many years, people in the West were led to believe that virgin coconut oil was the culprit behind the horribly high cholesterol levels among them.

However, this false information went against studies in tropical countries where virgin coconut oil has been produced and consumed for thousands of years and where people have lower cholesterol than Westerners.

Thus, the propaganda that virgin coconut oil spiked unhealthy cholesterol in humans simply did not hold water.

After much research, scientists learned that virgin coconut oil actually possesses a remarkably healthy kind of saturated fat.

Other kinds of saturated fat, together with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat, found in fatty foods play a part in increasing cholesterol produced in liver and spread into the bloodstream. These kinds of saturated fat increase people’s risk of developing coronary heart diseases.

On the other hand, the saturated fat in virgin coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids that are chock-full in amazing health benefits, making virgin coconut oil the healthiest oil in the world and the best possible natural remedy for various kinds of ailments.

To know how to use virgin coconut oil in your diet, you may read:

Virgin Coconut Oil Lowers Bad Cholesterol with Medium-Chain Fatty Acids

The medium-chain fatty acids in virgin coconut oil lower bad cholesterol in the body because they are primarily made up of lauric acid.

Lauric acid is actually a very nutritious kind of fat that is also found in breast milk of lactating healthy mothers.

Not only does lauric acid lower bad cholesterol significantly, it also fights viruses and bacteria that cause myriad of illnesses and diseases.

Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid.

It works by increasing good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol.

How Virgin Coconut Oil Lowers Bad Cholesterol

To know how coconut oil actually affects cholesterol levels, people need to distinguish between good and bad cholesterol.

Good cholesterol is called high-density lipoprotein (HDL) while bad cholesterol – the one that builds up in the walls of arteries and lead to heart diseases and even stroke – is called low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

The difference between HDL and LDL is the actual cholesterol level.

Virgin coconut oil does not contribute to bad cholesterol because of the medium-chain fatty acids’ tiny chemical structures.

Medium-chain fatty acids of virgin coconut oil are easily digested, pass through membranes effortlessly, and go directly to the liver where they are immediately turned into energy.

They are not stored in the body as fat and therefore neither contribute to weight gain nor clog arteries.

The real culprits of LDL include:

  • refined vegetable oils that are inflamed inside the body
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • smoking
  • stress
  • too much carbohydrates
  • too much sugar
  • trans-fatty acids from hydrogenated oils

People who are serious about lowering bad cholesterol must stop its causes and take in virgin coconut oil daily.

How to Use Virgin Coconut Oil in Lowering Bad Cholesterol

Dr. Mary Enig MS (Nutritional Sciences), Ph.D, an expert on the functions of oils on the human body, calculated how much virgin coconut oil the body needs to help its self in lowering cholesterol levels.

She said that a diet that is rich in lauric acid should have about 24 grams of lauric acid daily or about 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil or 10 ounces of pure coconut milk.

Thus, people should take in 3.5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil every day by ingestion, adding it into cooked foods or fruit-based smoothies, and even applying it on the skin to doubly work as moisturizer.

Virgin coconut oil is manufactured in the Philippines, Thailand, Sri Lanka, East India, and other parts of Asia. These countries export the oil to America, Europe and some parts of the world.

People buying coconut oils for health purposes must always make sure that they are buying virgin coconut oil, which uses fresh coconut meat and not copra meat.

The coconut oil is cold-pressed, meaning no chemical structure-altering heat was used during its production.

It is also pure, with no added chemicals.

Copyright © 2011 Kerlyn Bautista

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      Anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh no do not use virgin coconut oil for cooking.it will be converted to trans fat which is bad kind.

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      Nancy 5 years ago

      I also heard that coconut oil is good for preventing and even reversing the affects of Alzheimer's. Is that true?

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      sunita rao 5 years ago

      Thanks i have been using MeritVCO extra virgin coconut oil

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @twentyfive LOL, you're right, some people just don't like the taste of VCO :) But we can actually use VCO in cooking foods, just like many other oils.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @suzettenaples Hello! Oh olive oil is also wonderful :) Unfortunately, I developed allergic reactions to it. Yes, believe it or not there are reported allergic reactions to olive oil :( That led me to try out VCO and amazingly I haven't had any adverse reactions. Also, I learned that VCO is much healthier than olive oil.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @fucsia You are welcome. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      Very interesting Hub. Thanks for sharing!

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      twentyfive 6 years ago

      VCO has many wonderful benefits to health and the body. I tried this a year ago when it went a hot trend here and the taste is not so appealing. Glad it has different flavors now. Excellent hub! Voted up and rated.. :)

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      kerlynb: This hub is so interesting and informative. Yes, we have always been told that coconut anything was bad for our colesterol, including coconut milk.

      I am stunned. I'll bet it was the American food manufacturers and oil companies that did this. That makes me so angry that they misinform us because of greed.

      I am so glad to read this and I will try some. I have always cooked with olive oil, but I would love to try something else for a change. Thanks so much for writing this hub! Voted up!

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Lynn S. Murphy Welcome :) Really wish VCO could help you. It has helped others so hopefully it would work well for you.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @mackyi Thank you :) Yeah, you can do a bit more research about this wonder oil. You'll surely find tons of information about it.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @ Nerdy Werds Hi! If there are any Asian or organic stores near your place, then you might just find there some VCO bottles. You can also order online. People in the States say that it's cheaper to buy online than in stores.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 6 years ago

      Great article. I need to find this because the red yeast rice alone isn't doing it for me. Thanks!!!

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      mackyi 6 years ago

      Very compelling and informative material you have provided here. I will definitely conduct further investigation. Great Job!

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      NerdyWerds 6 years ago

      great article. Now if only I could find this stuff around Atlanta.