Coconut Oil - Antiviral/Bacterial/Fungal + Weight Loss!!!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PatPalmer, May 10, 2003.

  1. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    I have posted on Coconut Oil before and had a positive response from several replies.
    After reading this article, i`m definately going to try it out...

    With the current restrictions on OLE & many other supplements now being placed in Australia and also here (England) soon, - this sounds a nice alternative...

    Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the healthiest, most versatile unprocessed dietary oil in the world. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is made from organically grown coconuts and is an excellent cooking oil. It contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which the body metabolizes quickly, converting the fats to energy rather than storing them as fat. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a stable, healthy saturated fat that does NOT elevate "bad" (LDL) cholesterol.
    Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in lauric-acid (50-55% capric and caprylic acid.) These are super fatty acids with strong anti-microbial properties.

    Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

    Coconut oil has been used as a cooking oil for thousands of years, and is still a staple in the diets of many people living in tropical areas today. It was once popular here in the United States as well, until shortages of imported oils during WW II created the need to promote local oils like soybean and corn oil. Soon, polyunsaturated fats became the norm in this country; and with it came a rise in obesity, higher cholesterol levels, and degenerative diseases related to aging.

    Coconut oil has been shown to reduce the symptoms of digestive disorders, support overall immune functions, and to help prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infections. People who consistently use coconut oil, report changes in their ability to go without eating for several hours without experiencing the effects of hypoglycemia.

    A study conducted in Yucatan where coconut oil is a staple, showed that metabolic rates of people living there were 25% higher than in comparable test subjects living in the United States. Increased metabolic rate is a key to healthy weight management and could account for the leanness of people living in areas where coconut oil is consumed on a daily basis. The study further observed that local women displayed none of the symptoms commonly associated with menopause.

    Good Fat vs Bad Fat

    Research done in the 1950s concluded that all fat was bad. And still today many people equate fat with weight gain, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, etc. However, certain fats actually help to prevent those conditions and are essential to good health.

    Early researchers failed to distinguish between saturated, monounsaturated, and
    polyunsaturated fats. They assumed at the time, that all fats (including coconut oil) were unhealthy because they raised serum cholesterol levels. But, in revisiting those studies, researchers found that hydrogenated (refined) coconut oil had been used. All hydrogenated oils produce higher serum cholesterol levels, and contribute to greater oxidation and free radicals in the body. In fact, further research has shown that excess amounts of trans-fatty acids (found in hydrogenated vegetable oils) increase the risk of degenerative diseases and other age-related maladies.

    Studies have shown that the amount of unsaturated oil in the diet strongly affects the rate at which wrinkled skin develops. Taken internally and used topically, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is effective at slowing down that process.

    Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has tremendous antiviral properties. Lauric Acid makes up 50 to 55 percent of the medium-chain fatty acids in Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. In the body lauric acid converts into
    monolaurin, a compound which is adept at fighting viral pathogens, and is also present in large quantities in breast milk, where it protects infants from viral,
    bacterial and parasitic infections.


    Allergy to it is the only contraindication. It contains no trans fats, no GMO, and does not require refrigeration. The oil liquefies above 76 degrees F.


    May safely consume 1-4 tbsp per day. Use in cooking, baking, frying, or in smoothies. Can be used in place of other oils including butter.

    If you have found this product beneficial to your health, please let us know...

    Love Pat.

    EZBRUZR New Member

    Has Anyone used IT ,with GREAT results?
    I'm wondering on Anti-Viral properties....


  3. tansy

    tansy New Member

    caprylic acid was used to treat candida until they found other more effective natural remedies. Some people did find it helped. I personally do not know of anyone who's found it really effective as an antibacterial/viral but I'm sure someone will have done and hopefully they will post a reply.

    No go for me though, I have an allergy to coconut.


    [This Message was Edited on 08/24/2003]
  4. CelticLadee

    CelticLadee New Member

    Hello Pat,

    I have been using Traditions "expeller-pressed" coconut oil daily for over a month now. I use about 2 tablespoons on average a day.

    At the same time I also purchased the virgin coconut oil but could not use it as it gave me headaches. This seems to be a standard reaction for me with food sensitivities.

    Anyway, I haven't had any dramatic effects from using e-p coconut oil but I must say it is easier to digest. Because I cannot eat dairy product (no butter) I put e-p coconut oil on my toast and then sprinkle with sea salt. Makes a jolly good treat for me. Also I fried chicken in it and it was delicious without that heavy sick feeling fried chicken normally gives your tummy. Easier to digest. I normally stay away from frying foods but this was a picnic treat. We do need a treat now and again I believe to boost the morale.

    I'm hoping in time I can use the virgin coconut oil without headaches. It makes a nice skin lotion anyway. LOL. In the meanwhile, I am fortunate to be able to at least use the expeller-pressed coconut oil for consumption.

    Do you know what the differences in qualities would be between the two types in reference to your article?

    Always interesting to read your posts Pat. Thanks for sharing so much & so often.

  5. averilpam

    averilpam New Member

    I found this on a site that sells both virgin and expeller-pressed:

    basically virgin organic is the best, but this isn't too bad. It's important though not to use the stuff thats make using chemical extraction.

    hope this info is useful, love Pam

    What is Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil?
     Tropical Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is a high quality refined coconut oil. This oil is processed the "old" way by what is called "physical refining." The modern way of processing coconut oil is by chemical extraction, using solvent extracts, which produces higher yields and is quicker and less expensive. Tropical Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil DOES NOT use solvent extracts. It is made the "old" way by expeller-pressed mechanical extraction. This oil is also NOT hydrogenated, and contains NO trans fatty acids. It is a very good quality food-grade coconut oil. Tropical Traditions Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is made from coconuts that have NOT been treated with chemicals or fertilizers. It is 100% natural. Our Expeller-Pressed coconut oil is high in the medium chain fatty acids, such as Lauric acid. This is the "common" type oil that billions of people in Asia consume on a daily basis, where thyroid disease and obesity is rare as compared to the US. We have also seen recently that Asian countries with high refined coconut oil consumption, such as the Philippines, have not seen the kinds of outbreak in SARS that other Asian countries have where vegetable oils are the primary dietary oil. Expeller Pressed Coconut oil is less expensive than Virgin Coconut Oil, and because it goes through a steam deodorizing process the taste is very bland, unlike Virgin Coconut Oil which retains the odor and taste of fresh coconuts. Some people prefer a bland, tasteless oil. This coconut oil is solid below 76 degrees F. and liquid above that.
  6. CelticLadee

    CelticLadee New Member

    Are you saying E-P coconut oil isn't organic? or did you mean E-P versus virgin?

    Have you any idea why the virgin coconut oil would give me a reaction (headache) and the E-P doesn't?

    Neither my husband or I like the smell of the virgin coconut oil. It doesn't smell sweet & good like what you would expect coconut oil to smell like. We think it almost smells rancid. Somewhat like old candle wax & hair tonic. Not at all appealing to us. LOL.