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You Should Try Coconut Oil for That!

Posted November 21, 2016 12:00 AM by M-ReeD

No matter what your ailment, lately it seems that we are met with the same enthusiastically-offered solution: you should try coconut oil for that.

And how has it become such a recommended cure-all? Is it word of mouth? Actual science? Gwyneth Paltrow?

It seems that many of us are susceptible to this trend. Even I have tried coconut oil for oil pulling…at…well…Gwyneth Paltrow’s urging (shakes head sheepishly). According to Paltrow and some lesser known researchers, the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil are numerous: reduced tooth sensitivity, whiter teeth, improved breath, and strengthened gums, just to name a few.

Coconut oil has been touted as a treatment for all things under the sun: psoriasis, dandruff, burns, wrinkle reduction, improved digestion, balanced hormones, reduced cellulite, balanced blood sugar, improved energy, increased HDL and decreased LDL cholesterols. It can be used as furniture polish, laundry detergent, rust reducer, and conditioner. It boosts immunity, fights inflammation, it’s an acne fighter, a sleep aid, and it allegedly defends against cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, HIV, and…it promotes world peace.

While some of the benefits of the topical use of coconut oil seem logical (i.e., smoother hair, smoother skin), some of the alleged benefits of ingesting coconut oil are less visible.

The scientific data is just starting to unfold concerning coconut oil use and disease management. According to researchers, ketones, which are produced by ingesting coconut oil, can help boost brain function in Alzheimer’s patients. Coconut oil also has an anti-carcinogenic effect, which, according to research, helps in the fight against cancer. The antimicrobial properties found in coconut oil effectively prevent the spread of cancer cells and boost the immune system.

Initial trials have found that using coconut oil might aid in the fight against HIV because coconut oil has anti-viral properties. Coconut oil is also gaining a reputation for fighting heart disease by lowering “bad” cholesterols and increasing the “good” cholesterols.

And if it seems that we live in a world that is being healed exclusively by coconut oil, the reason might be as simple as economics. Coconut oil is readily available and pretty affordable when stacked against other treatments. Another benefit is that coconut oil is non-toxic. Instead of ingesting harmful chemicals or using them topically, we can feel better about what we are putting in and on our bodies. So while claims about coconut oil come from incomplete studies, most experts agree on one thing: using coconut oil “can’t hurt.”

Have you used coconut oil for any ailments? As a cleaning product? A beauty aid?

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11/21/2016 12:22 PM

It's great for making soap!

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11/21/2016 12:32 PM

I'm not a big fan of the way coconut tastes in desserts, tropical drinks etc. But the benefits of coconut oil seem phenomenal. Does it have an overwhelming smell/taste of coconut? Or is it more like a vegetable oil without much taste or noticeable flavor?

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11/21/2016 2:09 PM

I have used it on cooking and as a moisturizer. As a natural ingredient, I would rather use it instead of chemicals or harmful fats. I have heard about using it to improve oral health, haven't tried it though. From the list of uses it reminds me of vinegar and/or baking soda.

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11/21/2016 8:01 PM

I prefer my coconut oil in the form of Almond Joy bars....very high in saturated fat....mostly hype, a product searching for a new market....

"Due to its high levels of saturated fat, the World Health Organization, United States Food and Drug Administration, International College of Nutrition, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, American Dietetic Association, American Heart Association, British National Health Service, British Nutrition Foundation and Dietitians of Canada advise against regular consumption of coconut oil."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_oil

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/coconut-oil-and-health#1

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11/21/2016 10:58 PM

REPORTED to Admin as spamming!

Sorry, but this almost sounds like our spamming trolls-- It keeps you going all night or grows hair where you don't want it or .... the list goes on! Never could stand the smell nor the taste of coconut and they are a royal pain in the xxx to crack open

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11/22/2016 12:17 AM

I've found it good for machining stainless.

Keep it cool and smear a lump on the cutter and ......

Inhale the fumes and the Alzheimer's disappears.

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11/22/2016 1:17 AM

So Tony, is your stainless machining classified as "organic"?

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11/22/2016 1:02 AM

I've noticed that quite a few Asian foods are made with it and those people usually live well into their nineties.

What else is interesting is that Western trained doctors will prescribe meds to those same people when they examine them for high blood pressure according to European standards but when they are in their own world and are examined according to Asian standards, they check out ok.

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11/22/2016 1:49 AM

I like to put it in my coffee, doesn't really taste like anything so doesn't bother me. I usually drink a lot of coffee so I'm apparently doing something good if I read all the above benefits.

I sometimes also use MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) Oil which is practically the most amount of Triglycerides (fats) in coconut oil.

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11/22/2016 6:08 AM

I remember many years ago, while touring some small islands in the Pacific, being told by a Doctor that coconut "milk" is sterile and can be injected into a vein to "feed" patients, who for some reason, for example comatose, cannot take normal food and fluids.

I have never ever had the chance to put it to a test, so I don't know if he was kidding or not!! It was in 1968.

I found this, which explains it quite well I feel.

http://renegadehealth.com/blog/2015/04/06/the-coconut-blood-transfusion-myth

Am I now a "Mythbuster"?

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11/22/2016 1:34 PM

NO NO NO! The answer is Windex.

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11/23/2016 7:42 PM

coconut Windex!?

for everything BUT windows.

Is there organic Windex on the market?

millions I say!

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11/24/2016 7:44 AM

More versatile than WD-40 and tastes slightly better!

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