The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Learn about the many health benefits of coconut oil—from reducing inflammation to burning fat more efficiently.

| May/June 2014

  • Bottles of Coconut Oil
    Coconut oil is made up of "good fats" which is shown to help burn fat more efficiently as well as reduce inflammation.
    Photo by Bernard Radvaner/Corbis
  • Top of a Coconut Palm Tree
    Coconut palms grow in India, Hawaii, Florida, Australia, Bermuda, Sri Lanka and parts of the Middle East, and each tree produces 30 to 75 fruits a year.
    Photo by Fotolia

  • Bottles of Coconut Oil
  • Top of a Coconut Palm Tree

Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, coconuts are incredibly nutritious. These tree nuts provide healthy meat, juice, milk and oil that have fed and nourished people around the world for thousands of years. Nearly a third of the world’s population depends on coconut to some degree. On many islands, coconut is such an important staple that it provides the majority of the food eaten there.

For a tasty brownie recipe made with coconut oil try this Whole-Wheat Coconut Brownies Recipe.

In traditional medicine around the world, coconut is used to treat a wide variety of health problems ranging from skin infections and burns to asthma, bronchitis, fever, flu and more. Coconut oil is of special interest because it possesses healing properties potentially beyond that of any other dietary oil, and is used extensively in traditional medicine among Asian and Pacific populations. Many Pacific Islanders consider coconut oil to be the cure for all illness. The coconut palm is so highly valued by them as a source of food and medicine that it is called “the tree of life.” Wherever the coconut palm grows, the people there have learned of its importance as an effective medicine. Only recently has modern medical science unlocked some of the secrets to coconut’s healing properties and the health benefits of coconut oil.

Coconut Benefits

Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized here:



• Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes and other illnesses.

• Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease, cavities and other diseases. (Learn more about using coconut oil for oral health in What is Oil Pulling?)

smoiliecoconutoil1
12/13/2016 12:17:04 AM

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milledj
5/8/2014 9:15:00 AM

I am convinced that using coconut oil is a healthy thing on a personal level. However, the production of palm oil is a big contributor to global climate change, as rainforests are destroyed to plant palms. Deforestation is a nearly as bad as car pollution. Just something to consider. What can we do?




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