Coconut Oil: Myth or Miracle?


What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is 92% saturated fat and composed of a blend of fatty acids. Some studies have shown the fatty acids of coconut oil may affect cholesterol levels, but it is unclear if the results are positive or negative. Experts say if you consume coconut oil, it should be 7-10% of your dietary intake (Zelman).

What else can you do with coconut oil?

While the results of coconut oil on your diet are unclear, coconut oil has been fully embraced by the beauty community and naturopaths as a miracle worker. It may help:

  • remove toxins from the body and boost the immune system (Fife)

  • improve dental health (Haupt)

  • act as a moisturizer and antibacterial for the skin (Verallo-Rowell)

  • work as a natural SPF (Fife)

  • improve the quality and strength of your hair (Ruetsch)

  • treat Herpes (Deborah)

  • act as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant (Intahphuak, Hayatullina)

  • treat Candida (INH)

Coconut Oil Pulling (see our blog article)

Oil pulling is an ancient Auryvedic practice believed to remove toxins from the body.

Push and pull 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 15-20 minutes and then spit it out. Never swallow the oil because it’s filled with toxins (Fife). You can use olive or sesame oil, but coconut oil is the most pleasant tasting and popular for its immune boosting and antibacterial properties (Haupt). It’s important to use raw, unheated coconut oil because heating and reheating it releases carcinogens (Srivastava). Coconut oil users will immediately notice a difference in their dental health (Haupt) and with further use you may notice a change in your skin and over all health (Fife). Fatty acids, such as coconut oil, have also been shown to hinder tumor growth (Wolters).

Coconut Oil for Your Skin & Hair