Coconut Oil Uses for General Health and Wellness –
For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.
34. Bones and Teeth
Coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium, leading to better development of bones and teeth. (11)
The saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, making you healthier all around. (12)
Coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle. (13)
36. Insulin Support
Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose, making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetics. (14)
37. Lung Function
Increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.
Rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist (PC 6) and forearm to calm an upset stomach.
39. Nose bleeds
Coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting in burns and cracks in the mucous membranes, leading to nose bleeds. To prevent this, put coconut oil in your nostrils. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages.
40. Gum Health
Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!
41. Stress Relief
Relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing, thus helping to lower your stress level. (15)
42. Vitamin and nutrient absorption
Makes fat-based nutrients more available to the body – ie. vitamin A, D, E, K. (16)
43. Weight loss
The saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings.
44. Mental Cognition and Productivity
Medium-chain triglycerides freely pass through the blood-brain barrier allows an alternate source of energy to improve cognition.
Coconut Oil Uses for Internal Health Problems –
45. Acid Reflux/ Indigestion
If taken after a meal.
46. Adrenal and Chronic Fatigue
Seasonal hay fever.
Even in children
50. Autism (17)
51. Bowel function
Constipation, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), gut infections
52. Bronchial Infections and Cystic Fibrosis
Has been shown to prevent breast and colon cancer.
54. Candida Albicans
In a 2007 study, coconut oil was proven to be 100% effective against the Candida microbe species. In fact, researchers recommended that candida can be treated with coconut oil instead of drugs, against which candida has become resistant! (18)
Improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol.
56. Poor Circulation
Feeling cold all the time or edema, especially in the extremities, apply coconut oil to the skin in a light circular pattern towards the heart. Similar to dry skin brushing
57. Colds and Flus
As an anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory agent. (19)
58. Mild Depression and Cognitive Disease
In conjunction with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), fish oil and other treatment strategies.
Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and helps with cravings.
Known to reduce epileptic seizures.
61. Flaky, Dry Skin
Poor oil intake often results in dry skin and dandruff.
62. Gallbladder Disease
Dietary oils can help increase bile flow, which can be helpful for gallbladder issues, but possibly harmful (ie. Gallstones).
Foul gas is often due to an imbalance in the gut bacteria. Coconut oil is a mild anti-microbial to help re-establish healthy gut flora.
64. H. pylori
Oral intake. Occasionally, antibiotic treatment may be necessary.
65. Heart Disease
Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis.
Can be applied externally or internally twice a day.
67. Hot Flashes (20)
68. Immune System Builder
69. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Alternating diarrhea and constipation are key signs of IBS.
70. Jaundice (21)
71. Kidney Disease and Stones
Aids in dissolving small stones.
72. Liver Disease
73. Lung Disease (22)
74. Malnutrition (23)
75. Mental Clarity
76. Menstruation Relief
Regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow.
With regular use.
79. Periodontal Disease and Tooth Decay
80. Prostate Enlargement
BPH, benign prostatic hyperplasia. (24)
81. Stomach Ulcers
Helps soothe stomach lining and limit H. pylori growth.
83. Thyroid Function
Can help regulate an overactive or underactive thyroid. (25)