Research shows that it can reduce the healing time for superficial wounds, as well.
If you plan to use virgin coconut oil topically, consider separating the oil used for cooking from the oil used for skin conditions for hygiene purposes.
While coconut oil may sound perfect, it does come with some possible side effects. For instance it may cause abdominal upset and diarrhea in those who have a difficult time processing oils, especially those without a gallbladder.
If you have questions, talk with your health care provider or a qualified nutritional expert.
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2) Cardoso, D, Moreira, A, de Oliveira, G, Luiz, R, and Rosa, G. (2015). A coconut extra virgin oil-rich diet increases HDL cholesterol and decreases waist circumference and body mass in coronary artery disease patient.
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4) Evangelista, M, Abad-Casintahan, F, Lopez-Villafuerte, L. (2014). The effect of topical virgin coconut oil on SCORAD index, transepidermal water loss, and skin capacitance in mild to moderate pediatric atopic dermatitis: a randomized, double-blind, clinical trial.
5) Nevin, K, Rajamohan, T. (2010). Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats.
Reviewed January 22, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith