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The Miracle of the Coconut | March 27, 2018

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.”

And there are plenty of reasons to love it: Health, healing, immunity. Liver, kidney and bone health. Energy, weight loss, hair, skin care…and that’s just scratching the surface.

Let’s start with your health:

Heart Health

There is a misconception spread among many people who coconut oil is not good for your heart. That’s because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats.

In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for your heart.

It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.

The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils.

Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.


Coconut oil is also good for your immune system. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

It also helps in fighting harmful bacteria and helps deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV.

Healthy cooking

There’s only one oil that is stable enough to withstand the heat of cooking, and that’s coconut oil.

You can actually use less coconut oil than the amount of fat suggested in recipes. This is equally true when using coconut oil for baking, frying or even roasting with coconut oil. Less is definitely more.

So, do yourself a favor. Ditch all those “healthy oil wannabes.” and replace them with a large jar of fresh, organic, heart-supporting, delicious coconut oil. It’s a win-win.


Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Weight loss

How can you argue with a healthy way to lose weight? That’s because coconut oil contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help you take off excessive weight.

It’s also easy to digest and helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system.

Coconut oil increases the body’s metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight.

Healing and infections

Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties.

According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills the viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, and other serious health risks.

It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea.

Finally, coconut oil is also effective in the elimination of fungi and yeast that cause ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, and diaper rash.

Externally, when applied to infected areas, coconut oil forms a chemical layer that protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and viruses.

And it’s also effective on bruises, because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.


The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases, because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.


Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.


The ability of our body to absorb important minerals is improved.

These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for the development of bones.

So, coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental Care

Calcium is an important component of our teeth.

Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also helps stops tooth decay.

Skin Care

Coconut oil acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. It’s a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin.

It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin which normally accompany aging. (Why didn’t I know sooner?)

Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

Hair Care

Coconut oil helps in healthy hair growth and gives your hair a shiny quality.

It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair.

By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry.

Because of this, coconut oil is used as a hair care oil and in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams.

Finally, coconut oil is often used by athletes, body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this is that coconut oil contains fewer calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy, and it doesn’t lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.

And coconut oil helps boost energy and endurance, generally enhancing the performance of athletes.

What’s not to love about something that benefits hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism?

Plus relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength!

What makes coconut oil such a good guy?

The benefits of coconut oil, can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.

Try these everyday uses for coconut oil:

As a cooking replacement for butter (and other oils) and for homemade recipes.
On your skin as a basic lotion (or coconut oil lotion bar)
As an eye-makeup remover
To lighten age spots when rubbed directly on the skin
Prevent stretch marks during pregnancy
As a natural SPF 4 sunscreen
A wonderful feeling and smelling massage oil
Use as a gel to help get rid of frizzy hair
Mixed with equal parts sugar for a smoothing shower scrub and defoliant
In a filling and energy boosting smoothie.
Blend a tablespoon into hot tea to help speed recovery from cold or flu
To help reduce the appearance of varicose veins
When used consistently on skin, it can help get rid of cellulite
To season cast iron skillets
Reduce the itch of mosquito bites
By itself as a great tanning oil
Mixed with salt to remove dry skin on feet
For pets struggling with skin issues when used externally
As a completely natural baby lotion
On hands after doing dishes to avoid dry skin
As an anti-aging facial moisturizer
Try it on cuticles to help nails grow
Rub into elbows daily to help alleviate dry, flaky elbows
Use with other oils as part of an oil cleansing regimen for beautiful skin
Naturally clears up cold sores

NOTE: Before you buy coconut oil, you should keep in mind that for edible and therapeutic uses, refined coconut oil is the best because it’s hygienic and clean. Unrefined coconut oil is good for external applications like hair care and skin care.

For some natural coconut oil recipes click on:


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  1. Good information about the coconut oil. CARRINGTON FARMS is one of the best brands & affordable ones you can buy, from their site. I learned it can help the ketones of the brain chemistry & how it affects amino acids & neurotransmitters of the brain, but how much is too much that may be a negative reaction from it is what I don’t know. Weight loss & lower cholesterol levels have been my 2 noticeable benefits from using the coconut oil everyday. I never use any other vegetable, soy or canola oils for any fried, baked or cooked foods, it’s all 100% pure virgin coconut oil, and you can use it for sun tan lotion/oil & oral flush mouth rinse for the teeth & brain health too. Does not hurt to put it on your head either, with or without hair.


    Comment by C D — March 27, 2018 @ 10:16 PM

    • Thanks for the tip about Carrington Farms.

      I’m hooked on the smell of coconut, so I use all things and any things coconut!


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — March 28, 2018 @ 9:54 AM

  2. Can you simply dip bread into a little bit of it and eat, just like you would olive oil?


    Comment by Paul — March 27, 2018 @ 10:39 PM

  3. I am fairly elderly and over the last 60 years I have seen a procession of so called super foods come into fashion only to be replaced by the next fad. Almonds, coconuts, pomegranates, durian, blueberies, mangoes, and even spinach have achieved super food status, only to fall in popularity as the next over hyped star takes its place. That is not to say that in reasonable quantities some of these foods are not indeed good for you. But coconut as a treatment for dementia? Diabetes? Cancer? Heart disease? Epilepsy! NO!

    Incidentally in competitive dog agility circles many competotors, (including my wife) give their dogs “coconut water” suposedly to “protect their joints.”

    Malaysian and Thai curries contain coconut and they taste great. That is the real reason why I love coconuts. Coconut based ice cream and coconut macaroons are also delicious but I would hesitate to claim thatt they are “health foods!”

    Now coffee, that IS a superfood, without it I would never be able to get up in the mornings to read (and to comment on) your thought provoking writings!

    Best wishes.


    Comment by Michael — March 28, 2018 @ 12:57 AM

  4. I LOVE this article and I am really starting to believe that all these GOD made wonders are not only good for us but help us! I have been making “power” cookies with crushed chia seeds, coconut oil, plant protein and other so called “super” foods…..and I can tell you that I actually feel a difference. When I crave a treat, I bake my own, controlling what I put in…..calories….etc etc. Thank you for this article! Having epilepsy is not fun and these items will not “cure” you but they sure can help you feel better, at least I do. Not to mention it’s fun experimenting with these ingredients to make treats 🙂


    Comment by Barbara P. — March 28, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

  5. Phylis Feiner Johnson, do you use coconut oil regularly?


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — March 31, 2018 @ 11:04 AM

  6. Phylis Feiner Johnson, obviously this is a different thing, however, are you familiar with what they call Island Coconut coffee from Green Mountain coffee roasters? That is a tasty coffee.


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — March 31, 2018 @ 10:33 PM

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  8. Reblogged this on Karen's mixed up mind.


    Comment by karebear1967 — August 19, 2018 @ 9:58 AM

  9. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I had also read that drinking coffee will help one to live longer. However, I cannot recall all of the specifics.


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 19, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

    • Actually, in some people, coffee can be a trigger.

      Much like nicotine, caffeine stimulates the nervous system.

      Adrenaline is released and the liver begins to emit stored blood sugar.

      Insulin is then released, and blood sugar drops below normal — a common seizure trigger.

      And caffeine can be a “stealth” drug, too.

      It can be found as an ingredient in medications, including some antihistamines and decongestants.


      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 19, 2018 @ 1:59 PM

      • Phylis Feiner Johnson, what do you personally like to use coconut oil in, if you don’t mind my curiosity?


        Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 19, 2018 @ 5:31 PM

      • I use coconut oil in cooking, shampoo, cream rinse and moisturizer.


        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 19, 2018 @ 9:36 PM

      • Phylis Feiner Johnson, I know that coconut oil has a myriad of benefits. What do you like to use cooking oil in from the standpoint of cooking, if you don’t mind my asking?


        Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 20, 2018 @ 4:10 PM

      • Anything you would fry with olive oil, peanut oil, macadamia oil, or vegetable oil. It has a lower burning point.


        Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 20, 2018 @ 5:04 PM

  10. Phylis Feiner Johnson, I said cooking oil when I meant coconut oil. Whoops.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 21, 2018 @ 11:10 AM

  11. Hi Phylis, I just saw this today in The Boston Globe. Thoughts? https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/08/22/harvard-expert-criticism-coconut-oil-goes-viral/A76f5NlHVX7UMGbWYqNoHI/story.html?p1=Article_Trending_Most_Viewed


    Comment by megambon2164 — August 23, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

  12. Phylis Feiner Johnson, if used in beverages, what would coconut oil be good with in your opinion?


    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 25, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

  13. Phylis Feiner Johnson, if coconut oil was used in coffee, what would be a suitable amount? I have read some details about this, however, I would welcome your thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 26, 2018 @ 5:28 PM

    • Yuck. I can’t even imagine having it in coffee!

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — August 26, 2018 @ 6:40 PM

      • Phylis Feiner Johnson, I am not saying that it should be done. However, if someone did and they liked it for whatever reason, should that person be seen as weird in your opinion?

        Liked by 1 person

        Comment by Jeffrey Liakos — August 26, 2018 @ 6:45 PM

    • I wouldn’t use more than about a (rounded) teaspoon at max. Probably not even that much.


      Comment by Aurora VeGodsky — October 16, 2019 @ 8:48 PM

  14. Thanks for the info, Phylis! The Phenobarbital that I have to take started to cause osteoporosis, a few years ago. Never thought that coconut oil would be helpful with that. Coconut oil wouldn’t happen to be in things like milk or chocolate, would it? My gastro-doctor told me that I needed to stay away from things like that.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by David Jensen — November 11, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

    • There is coconut milk and other dairy products available.

      But you can find it in many other products — plenty of them — with the coconut ingredient on the label.

      Right down to peanut butter. (Which IS delicious.)

      You can also cook using coconut oil.

      Here are some recipes, if you’re feeling ambitious:



      Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — November 11, 2018 @ 12:28 PM

  15. Please send to my email. Why did I not hear about this sooner.


    Comment by Karen Kay Hibbard — October 17, 2019 @ 11:43 AM

  16. I do not know your email address.

    To reproduce the article either copy the url at the top and paste the into a blank document.

    Or put your cursor over the entire article, push copy and then paste into a blank document.

    I hope this helps.


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — October 17, 2019 @ 12:07 PM

  17. Not all coconut oils are the same. WALMART & COSTCO brands GREAT VALUE & KIRKLAND both have MSG type additives in their product, and my brain proved that 1000%. I read other labels on other brands & I do not chance them much, knowing that CARRINGTON FARMS & TROPICAL TRADITIONS coconut oils are 2 of the best for top quality & REAL 100% VIRGIN coconut oil as they say they are. So I called WALMART when I tried their coconut oil which matched the same labeled words of CARRINGTON FARMS food labels, and NO WAY are they the same. Like I said,, The Brain Never Lies, especially WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE FEEDING IT.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by James D — April 5, 2021 @ 1:49 PM

  18. Good advice. Thanks, James. Do you have a link to Carrington Farms? Do they sell by mail order?


    Comment by Phylis Feiner Johnson — April 5, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

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