What Makes Coconut Oil Special?

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Let's talk about something that might have gotten a bit of bad press but is actually pretty awesome—coconut oil.

Why Coconut Oil Deserves Love

You might have heard that coconut oil isn't great for you because it has a lot of saturated fat. But hold on a sec! Cultures in South India, Southeast Asia, and the Polynesian islands have been using it exclusively for generations and staying quite healthy.

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Many oils contain long-chain fatty acids that can clog your arteries and affect your LDL cholesterol levels. Coconut oil, however, is packed with medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which your body turns into energy instead of storing as fat.

Here's why this is important:

  • Less Fat Build-Up:
  • Lauric Acid (a type of MCT): Unlike other oils that are almost entirely long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), coconut oil’s MCTs are directly metabolized in the liver and turned into fuel.
  • Cholesterol Conversion: Coconut oil helps convert cholesterol into pregnenolone, a precursor to many essential hormones.
  • Thyroid Function: It can help restore normal thyroid function, which in turn manages bad cholesterol levels.
  • Hormone & Blood-Sugar Control
  • Insulin: Coconut oil can improve how your body uses insulin.
  • Digestion: It boosts digestion and helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's

High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) increase the risk of Alzheimer’s. Here’s how coconut oil can help:

  • Our brains usually use glucose for energy, but diseases like Alzheimer’s make it hard for the brain to use glucose.
  • Coconut oil’s MCTs produce ketones, which can serve as an alternative energy source for the brain.
  • Pairing coconut oil with Vitamins E and C can double its effectiveness against Alzheimer’s.

Weight Management with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains special fats called MCTs. Studies have shown that consuming coconut oil can lead to efficient energy burning:

  • Women who took 2 tablespoons of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks not only didn't gain weight but also had reduced abdominal fat.

Immune Boosting Properties

Coconut oil is beneficial for everyone, from pregnant women to the elderly. The high content of lauric acid converts into monolaurin in the body, which has antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties.

Beauty Benefits

Coconut oil isn’t just for eating—it’s a beauty powerhouse too! Here are some of its uses:

  • Makeup Remover: Even waterproof mascara doesn't stand a chance.
  • Body Lotion: Moisturize your skin naturally.
  • Body Scrub: Mix with coarse salt or sugar.
  • Massage Oil: Add essential oils like lavender for a relaxing mix.
  • Whitening Toothpaste: Mix with baking soda for cleaner teeth.
  • Shaving Cream: Use alone or with other ingredients for a closer shave.
  • Dandruff Treatment: Apply at night to stimulate hair growth.
  • Deep Conditioner: Penetrates the hair follicle for lasting moisture.
  • Cuticle Oil: Heals cracked cuticles and extends your manicure.
  • Lip Balm: Perfect for chapped lips.
  • Under-eye Cream: Light enough for delicate skin.

Cooking with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has a high smoking point, making it great for high-temperature cooking. It remains stable like mustard oil, meaning it’s reusable and perfect for deep-frying.

Final Thoughts

From boosting your immune system to enhancing your beauty routine, coconut oil is a versatile, natural option for many aspects of life. It's a true superfood that's been underappreciated for far too long.

Cheers to the coconut! 🌴🥥


  • Nelson

    @S – Thank you for including the smoke point. The coconut oil flavor seems to go away completely if cooking for over 5-10 minutes. I make low-temp fried hashbrowns with golden or red potatoes, using coconut oil that is fried for a few minutes with garlic and spices.

  • Joe

    Great article please read the book “Coconut cures” by Bruce Fife and double Cheers to the coconut! 🌴🥥

  • Gammy

    I use only coconut oil and butter for cooking and eating, except for the need for a flavor, and then a little bacon grease, because nothing else can produce that flavor. I am a healthy 87 year old, and want to stay this way. My Great grandson was premature with many issues, he has had a feeding tube for 10 years and MCT has always been part of his formula. He still has issues to deal with, but he is strong, alert and healthy. I love coconut oil and am always promoting its benefits, especially those with memory issues, along with pomegranate juice. God provides what we need. so let use it. And get the benefits and give God the glory.

  • Kathy Pauley

    Great article. Thank you. I needed to know that. My LDL is 147 & my HDL is 69. Total cholesterol is 239. I don’t have high triglycerides. My doctor says my LDL is too high. It’s type A which I found out is the good one.

  • S

    Coconut oil has a 350 smoke point which is what a lot of foods are cooked at. If people complain about a little coconut flavor, tell them it’s an Asian recipe. Pastured tallow is also good to cook with; pastured chicken fat and pastured lard too.

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