Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil
There are significant benefits from both using Virgin
Coconut Oil externally and taking VCO internally. These have been
scientifically documented in part by nutritionist Marianita Shilhavy and her
husband. Their research is summarized in their book (see sidebar), and
on their website
Here are just some of the benefits, claimed by the Shilhavys
and others doing research in this field:
Alzheimers: Some of the most recent
research has come from people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, with
reports of people improving or even reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s by
using coconut oil. Alzheimer’s is now seen as a type 3 form of diabetes.
Diabetes: There have been positive
results from people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in using coconut
Hypothyroidism: There are reports of coconut oil health benefits from those suffering from hypothryroidism, as coconut oil helps boost metabolism and raise body
temperatures to promote thyroid health. Restricting carbohydrates and
increasing coconut oil in the diet has also led many to report losing weight
with coconut oil.
Recent Study: Virgin Coconut Oil Supplementation Prevents Bone
Loss in Osteoporosis Rat Model
"VCO and coconut oil obtained from copra (dried
kernel meat of coconut) contain the same composition of
triglycerides with more than 90% being short- and medium-chain
saturated fatty acids while the remaining are the unsaturated fats.
However, VCO is different from coconut oil as the former contains a
lot more biologically active components like vitamins and
polyphenols. Marina et al. showed that VCO has higher antioxidant
capacity than copra oil and alpha-tocopherol. This corresponds to
the higher amount of polyphenols in VCO."
"Phenolic compounds are found to be
associated with many health benefits. They exhibit a wide
range of physiological properties such as antiallergenic,
antiaftherogenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antithrombotic,
cardioprotective, and vasodilatory effects."
"To summarise our findings, virgin
coconut oil effectively improved bone structure and prevented bone
loss in osteoporosis animal model. The beneficial effects of VCO on
bone microarchitecture may be due to the high polyphenols which
exert antioxidant property. Virgin coconut oil could offer an
interesting approach to prevent accelerated bone loss in
osteoporosis especially in postmenopausal women."
Pharmacology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti
Kebangsaan Malaysia, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Osteoporosis: At least one study (see
box above) proved that rats that had been hysterectimized and then treated
with VCO, showed less weight gain and better bone structure than the same
rats treated with calcium supplements.
Skin Diseases: Candida sufferers also
report health benefits with coconut oil as research now confirms, and those
suffering from various skin diseases are also seeing tremendous health
benefits by applying coconut oil directly on the skin.
Healthy Hair: The benefits of coconut oil
for healthy hair are also well known.
Other Benefits: Other healthy benefits of
coconut oil include fighting off bacterial infections and viruses.
Coconut oil is also increasingly being seen to benefit
athletes and fitness trainers giving them an advantage in sustaining energy
levels longer without drugs or stimulants.
Plus, here is the personal testimonial of Jim Bandy of
"At one point
in my life I had warts on my face. I did not know about VCO then, wish I
had. They burned them off with an electric needle. Not long back I had a
wart on my thumb. I dipped my index finger in ALSO Island VCO and then
rubbed the oil on the wart. In about a week it was gone. No muss no fuss,
no scare, just gone!
“A visiting yacht came to ALSO
Island and the lady had a very bad looking area of skin on her arm. I gave
her a bottle of our VCO and suggested she try it; “it can not hurt you”. In
3 days there was noticeable improvement in her condition. About 3 weeks
later I ran in to her at the Suva Yacht Club. I could hardly tell that
there had ever been anything wrong with her arm!
“Shortly after that yacht left,
another yacht came with a young German Lady on the boat. She had
Psoriasis. She had had the condition for a considerable time and had
visited dermatologists in Germany trying to get rid of it. I gave her a
bottle of ALSO Island VCO and suggested she try it: “It can not hurt you”.
A few weeks later I ran into her at the Suva Yacht Club. She came running:
“Jim look! Look my arm, my leg!” They both looked perfectly normal!
"I am a diabetic. I test my sugar
every day. I started taking a tablespoon of ALSO Island VCO morning and
evening. I noticed a drop in my blood sugar the first day! All of this
confirms recent research reports on VCO. ALSO Island VCO is completely
natural and processed without any chemicals or treatment after it is
pressed. The medicinal benefits are outstanding. VCO is becoming
recognized as an important part of alternative benefits for good health."
|Some Additional Published
Studies of the Health Benefits of VCO
Nevin KG, Rajamohan T. Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil
on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation. Clinical
Biochemistry. 2004;37(9):830–835. [PubMed]
Nevin KG, Rajamohan T. Influence of virgin coconut oil on blood
coagulation factors, lipid levels and LDL oxidation in cholesterol
fed Sprague-Dawley rats. e-SPEN. 2008;3(1):e1–e8.
Hery W, Hernayanti, Agus P. Virgin coconut oil enriched with Zn
as immunostimulator for vaginal candidiasis patient. Journal of
Ogbolu DO, Oni AA, Daini OA, Oloko AP. In vitro antimicrobial
properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan,
Nigeria. Journal of Medicinal Food. 2007;10(2):384–387. [PubMed]
Nevin KG, Rajamohan T. Effect of topical application of virgin
coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal
wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacology and
Nevin KG, Rajamohan T. Virgin coconut oil supplemented diet
increases the antioxidant status in rats. Food
Srivastava P, Durgaprasad S. Burn wound healing property of Cocos
nucifera: an appraisal. Indian Journal of
Pharmacology. 2008;40(4):144–146. [PubMed]
Marina AM, Che Man YB, Nazimah SAH, Amin I. Antioxidant capacity
and phenolic acids of virgin coconut oil. International Journal of
Food Sciences and Nutrition. 2009; 60(2):114–123. [PubMed]
Hertog MGL, Hollman PCH, Katan MB, Kromhout D. Intake of
potentially anticarcinogenic flavonoids and their determinants in
adults in The Netherlands. Nutrition and Cancer. 1993;20(1):21–29.[PubMed]
Parr AJ, Bolwell GP. Phenols in the plant and in man. The
potential for possible nutritional enhancement of the diet by
modifying the phenols content or profile. Journal of the Science of
Food and Agriculture. 2000;80:985–1012.
Manach C, Mazur A, Scalbert A. Polyphenols and prevention of
cardiovascular diseases. Current Opinion in Lipidology. 2005;16(1):77–84. [PubMed]
Middleton E, Kandaswami C, Theoharides TC. The effects of plant
flavonoids on mammalian cells: implications for inflammation, heart
disease, and cancer. Pharmacological Reviews. 2000;52(4):673–751. [PubMed]
Puupponen-Pimiä R, Nohynek L, Meier C, et al. Antimicrobial
properties of phenolic compounds from berries. Journal of Applied
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