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3 Uses for Coconut Oil That Could Improve Your Health

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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.


1) Assuncao, M, Ferreira, H, dos Santos, A, Cabral, C, Florencio, T. (2009). Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity.

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.

3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Assessing Your Weight.

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

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I had no idea coconut was so healthy. Good to know.

December 18, 2016 - 8:53pm

I use coconut oil for hair but never had it in diet. I will try it. Nice Information here. thanks.

September 26, 2016 - 1:14am

It's amazing how medical research changes recommendations; in the old days coconut oil was dis favored for its its ill effects regarding lipid profile .
Great to make use back of coconut benefits, over its great taste; I will adopt its use.

January 29, 2016 - 6:01am
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