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The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

qfo.jpgResearch and clinical observation have shown that medium-chain fatty acids, like those found in coconut oil, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

  • Kills viruses that cause mononucleosis, influenza, hepatitis C, measles, herpes, AIDS and other illnesses
  • Kills bacteria that cause pneumonia, earache, throat infections, dental cavities, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhea, and dozens of other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeast that cause Candida, jock itch, 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 fat-soluble vitamins 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 of gall bladder disease

  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers

  • Reduces pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids

  • Reduces chronic 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; does not increase blood cholesterol or platelet stickiness

  • Helps prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke

  • Helps prevent high blood pressure

  • 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

  • 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 off infection

  • Reduces symptoms associated with 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 the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun

  • Controls dandruff

  • Helps you look and feel younger

  • Is resistant to oxidation, so has a long shelf life

  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperatures like other vegetable oils do

  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects

  • Is completely non-toxic to humans

Reprinted with permission from pages 168-69 of “The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil,” By Bruce Fife, N.D.