Coconut in Modern Medicine

Coconut In Modern Medicine
Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.

Thank you to Dr. Bruce Fife N.D for his amazing research at the Coconut Research Center. Visit his website to read the research studies for yourself.

Looking for ways to get more coconut into your body? How about cornbread, soaked oatmeal, simple body lotion, Coconut Pecan Cookies, Coconut Hot Cocoa, Raw Chocolate milk. I also use it for the majority of my frying (It leaves no coconut flavor). I use half butter, and half coconut oil in all baking. I have also been known to put a teaspoon of coconut oil in my tea.




  1. creekrose said,

    March 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    rubbing coconut oil into the soles of ones feet at night before sleeping helps when you’re feeling ‘blue’ and maudlin . .. . .learned this from my mum, and it works :0) . .. i like to rub a bit on my face at the same time ..

  2. denlyn3 said,

    March 17, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    I have started using coconut oil recently and really like cooking with it. I also used coconut milk to make my tomato soup and it really made the dish.

  3. Jasmine Pahl said,

    March 18, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    yay coconut! A friend just introduced me to a DIY coconut milk shampoo.

  4. March 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Another fabulous post!! coconut oil is my favorite, I use them to even cook my eggs 🙂 I made some yummy sourdough pancakes with it this weekend. But, my favorite use is to condition my hair. I cover my hair with it (generally I use the non food stuff, like I use in lotion and salve the more refined coconut oil is cheaper so I use that for non food stuff) anyway…lol then I wrap my hair in a plastic bag and either sleep in it or just leave it all day on a weekend. Wash with shampoo until it’s clean and I tell you what my hair and scalp LOVE it.

    • March 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Great idea! I have super fine long straight hair, so I need all the conditioning I can get. I like the mental picture of you with a plastic bag on your head all weekend 🙂

  5. March 19, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    We love coconut as well so glad to see so many that do as well, I have a coconut recipe blog if you would like to check it out here is the link 🙂

    We are also the only Licensed distributor for Tropical Traditions Coconut Products in Canada.

    Thank you again for your wonderful site I will be trying many things on it.

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