Whats the latest verdict on the proclaimed health benefits of coconut oil?

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What is the latest verdict on the proclaimed health benefits of coconut oil?

Coconut oil has its advocates. It can be purchased in health food shops and often appears as an ingredient in vegetarian and vegan recipes. However, I have my doubts regarding its proclaimed benefits. I would appreciate your opinion, is it good or bad? Thank you.
Eddie/ Originally posted in The Best Bean
You may remember Dr. Greger’s video: Is Coconut Oil Good for You? (If you missed it, perhaps watch before reading on). Since then it looks like a few new research articles pop-up, but they’re very scarce. The health benefits of coconut oil really depend on how it’s used and who’s eating it. Typically any processed food, especially oil, isn’t as nutritious as a whole-food. I mean eating a coconut is far different than just eating its oil. Nevertheless, coconut oil is always in the news and presented as some sort of “miracle” oil, but the science isn’t so clear about the heath benefits.
A new review on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and coconut oil acknowledges some potentially helpful components of coconut oil, but says there are too many inconsistencies in the data to broadly recommend it. It goes on to say “the use of coconut oil to treat or prevent AD is not supported by any peer-reviewed large cohort clinical data; any positive findings are based on small clinical trials and on anecdotal evidence.” The problem is a majority of research is done on via animal and cell studies, which cannot translate to humans. Dr. Greger has searched the literature and compiled important findings in his video: Does Coconut Oil Cure Alzheimer’s
Since factors that affect AD risk include obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol, we ought to focus on ways to reduce developing these diseases in the first place. Researchers seem to be grasping at one food, like coconut oil, but it’s always the total diet that matters most. Take this study for example where HDL cholesterol was shown to be improved in those eating coconut oil, but did nothing to lower LDL cholesterol, the kind that matters most. We know plant-based diets have been shown time and time again to help lower cholesterol. Clinical trials using plant-based diets lower in fat with an emphasis on eating less oil has been shown to reduce cholesterol. So why not focus on that? For instance, weight loss, reducing diabetes risk, and having optimal cholesterol levels are much more important for AD prevention than simply adding coconut oil to the diet. 
The Center for Science in the Public Interest dissolves coconut oil myths, too. Also check out what doctors with Forks Over Knives have to say the popular medium-chain fats (MCT) found in coconut oil that are often touted. It’s no secret coconut oil has a huge amount of saturated fat, but there seems to be a difference from the saturated fat found in animal products. Dr. Greger mentions “unlike saturated animal fats, coconut oil doesn’t cause that spike inflammation immediately after consumption of animal foods.” Click and watch his video on bacterial endotoxins and you’ll see why that makes sense.
Switching gears to breast cancer, one trial on late stage breast cancer survivors taking coconut oil appeared to improve scores that measure quality of life. Coconut oil was also found to reduce symptoms associated with chemotherapy. It looks like they gave 10 ml twice daily (that’s like 2 teaspoons, 2 times a day), as a supplement after the last 4 cycles of chemo. I would be interested to know what else they were eating (it doesn’t say in the paper) during treatment. It may be that there was something else in the diet that helped and not the coconut oil.  Like you, Eddie I’m not sure coconut oil is some miracle worker, but hey, if you’re going thru treatment for late stage breast cancer it may be worth asking your oncologist about, as several foods (flax, soy, turmeric) have been found to be associated with reduced side effects from chemotherapy. 
Maybe coconut oil is best used for our skin? Giving preterm babies belly rubs with coconut oil was shown to help their skin and reduce the risk of infection. Another study found these premie infant massages to boost premature infant body weight, but it looks like only 38% of neonatal intensive care units hospitals practice infant massage. In adults topical application of coconut oil may be better than other oils for dermatitis. 
Another area of interest for the use of coconut oil is medical nutrition therapy for those who cannot eat solid foods. These folks are given tube feeding and the formulas require some fat where MCT oils can be used. Even feeding folks thru their vein can be beneficial when their stomachs cannot handle anything. This is where oils can be life saving!
Now look if you love using the oil for flavor and your LDL cholesterol is super low (<70) then it’s not likely going to be a problem, but use it sparingly! For others it may worsen LDL levels so use with caution. The truth is oil is not required in the diet. One thing is for certain, sellers of coconut oil would love to show that there’s no risks involved with eating it by the spoonful! However, as I mentioned before, which is also echoed in Tuff’s 2014 Nutrition Magazine: “There is no consistent body of data that I am aware of to indicate that coconut oil has documented specific beneficial effects; hence, there is no data that I’m aware of to suggest people should go out of their way to consume coconut oil.”
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    1. I don’t think anybody knows for sure. You can lower your growth factor levels (cancer promoting signalling molecules) by going plant based and low fat. Outside of the body, in a petri dish, vegan blood does a better job of killing off cancer cells than vegetarian or omnivore blood. Cruciferous vegetables in particular, like broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussel sprouts and cauliflower, seem to discourage cancer growth.
      I would check out Dr. McDougall’s website. You might even email him, he often will respond.

    2. Priscilla
      If it won’t stop and reverse it, nothing will.
      This is your best and only hope
      Besides, u have to eat something.
      BUT, it has to be WFPB, 90% CARBS, 5% FAT AND 5% PROTEIN!!!!!!!
      Use myfitnesspal.com to track your %.
      Add super green smoothies with plenty of spices.
      Eat to live.

    3. I am not sure. Plant-based diets can certainly help provide an abundance of antioxidant and fiber that the body can use to help detoxify and heal. You may want to check out more videos on plant-based diets for cancer here, like this one on dietary factors and also maybe looking at the stuff from AICR. Let me know if I can help any further?


      1. Could you please consider doing a question or a video on LOW NICKEL diets? I was recently diagnosed with a nickel allergy, and since my symptoms are very severe, my doctor recommended a low nickel diet. The problem is that I am a gluten free vegan and EVERYTHING I like and need to eat is now prohibited. I am told I need to be on this low nickel diet for at least 1-2 months to know if it will benefit me. I have already seen some improvement at 2 weeks, but I am MISERABLE at the loss of my favorite foods. I am already feeling weak and most certainly will be developing deficiencies. I know I am not getting enough protein. I am underweight and have already lost more on this diet. Basically the foods that are allowed are refined white flour, white rice, meat and dairy. I do not want to eat animal products or gluten, so I am really struggling here. Chocolate, tea, beans, nuts, seeds, oatmeal and other whole grains as well as some vegetables are all high in nickel plus some odd fruits here and there like raspberries and pineapple. I am also finding it difficult to know what to eat as there are many list on various medical sites but they often contradict each other….I have only found ONE site that lists exact amounts in foods, and the list is very incomplete. I am also wondering about my vitamins/minerals and other supplements. Many sites suggest NO supplements or vitamins except vitamin C. Surely as a gluten free vegan on the low nickel diet I will be deficient in short order. I would not wish this diet on anyone. If you could steer me towards more info I would greatly appreciate it. I am hoping that I could at least eat some very small amounts of some seeds or some grains with nutritional content. I don’t even think anyone makes a protein powder out of WHITE rice! Everything in my kitchen is now prohibited. They are recommending 150 ug a day of nickel MAX but may need to go to 100 ug per day. I have read that some people are so sensitive that any amount of the high nickel foods will set off a rash. Mine are severe so I am eager to do this correctly if I must do it.

        1. Wondering how you are getting on………..Even though i don’t work from a scientific based work ( I work as an intuitive) I’d like the challenge of helping you with this. Love helping people stay plant based…….pm me if you are interested. my website is reson-ate.com

        2. Maybe consider a fruitarian diet? Most fruits are low in nickel, I believe. And that would certainly agree with your gluten free vegan sentiments. That’s what I do, but just because it is the cleanest and highest-energy diet that I know of.
          For nickel content of foods, I see what you mean by contradictory information. But this source seems more legitimate than others: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3667300/
          Fruits definitely seem to be on the very low end.

          1. I have been a gluten free vegan for a long time. I have experimented and studied various vegan diet regimens and for me, I could never subsist on just fruit. I need a MINIMUM of 50-60 g protein or I feel weak and can not do the type of exercise I like to participate in. My blood sugar feels unregulated when I don’t have a good balance of protein and healthy fats vs all carbs. I know there are many who eat 40 or more bananas a day for their preferred vegan diet plan. This type of monodiet seems foolish to me and bound to have some deficiencies. I do not like most citrus and most often liked my fruit in conjunction with things like nuts. Only eating fruit would not be satisfying to me, and how would I hit 50–60 g of protein on just fruit????. I know many do HCLF plans or completely fruitarian but doesn’t work for me. Only eating the fruits allowed IN THE QUANTITIES ALLOWED (this is important! I am only allowed a MAX of 100 ug per day of nickel!) would not give me my needed calories and nutritional content. For example a mere 8oz of pineapple juice would be half my daily amount. ALL plants have nickel. The amount varies due to variations in soil composition, age of plant when harvested, fertilizers used, etc etc but there is ALWAYS some nickel present so there is no such thing as eating unlimited fruits and veggies, even the ones that are lower than others will soon add up to over 100 ug. The only things truly low in nickle are eggs, meat, dairy and some (but not all) fish. Obviously I don’t want to eat those items. The other things low in nickel are refined white flower products and WHITE rice (I don’t eat gluten and white rice is nutritionally vacant). Since going on this low nickel diet I have been eating white rice crackers and noodles daily and as I said, blood sugar surges, weakness, and no energy. I have not been hitting but a tenth of my old protein intake. My muscles are literally disappearing. Very disappointing as I worked hard to get them.

            So finally after months of searching I did manage to locate ONE company who makes a WHITE (vs brown) rice protein powder. I am waiting to receive it. Honestly it is my last hope to meet my protein quota as a vegan on low nickel. I had even considered cricket protein powder (NOT vegan but I would rather eat bugs than animals) but the low nickel diet says no shellfish or crustaceans and the cricket protein company says if you have allergic issues with shellfish/crustaceans then you will likely react badly to crickets. So I am thinking they may be HIGH in nickel. Of course the company has not taken the time to TEST their product for nickel. Almost no US companies do, it is not legally required and no one wants to spend the money.

            I tried a pure potato protein a few weeks ago and immediately suffered a bad reaction. This could be nickel in the potatoes (SOME medical sites classify them as low, while some say they are high) OR could be the result of nickel released from metal vessels used in processing. If heat is involved with cooking or processing a food, nickel is released from pans/trays (even stainless steel or aluminum). We are advised to use ceramic or glass cookware. Enamel coated pots can be OK, but often develop scratches that allow nickel to leach. You are never allowed to eat ANY canned food. Basically this allergy makes eating out virtually impossible. I never did eat out much but for many this will be unbearably socially stiffing. Even metal coffee makers cause some folks to react, so no coffee dates. Just another horrible aspect to it. I do have a wonderful local RAW vegan restaurant here but most items they serve are banned on the low nickel diet.

            I went to Bastyr University (medical school for naturopathic doctors, obviously VERY pro plant based) recently and saw SEVEN medical professionals during 4+ hours of visits. None could tell me a way to be gluten free vegan and low nickel. They warned me I was headed for the hospital if I continued on my current low amounts of protein. I could not disagree. As I suspected, I have already lost 10 lbs. The amount of weight I can lift now is about half what I used to do. I am a person who is always naturally thin, has never in my life been on a “diet” and ate tons of calories daily at frequent intervals. I always ate what I wanted, when I wanted. So this whole process of measuring and regulating is against my philosophy of eating. The low nickel diet seems to be the ANTI healthy diet. Honestly, just on taste alone, I prefer my OLD diet. And I went vegan also for ethical reasons. Those are the foods I genuinely like. But at this point my health has deteriorated so greatly that I feel I have no choice but to stay on the low nickel diet. Once on the low nickel diet, I saw immediate improvement in my symptoms. That is the real litmus test. There are more and more folks being diagnosed. Researchers are trying to figure out why there are far greater percentages of people with nickel allergies now than 10 or 20 years ago. And who knows how many are suffering but yet to be diagnosed? Sadly many doctors are TOTALLY unaware of this allergy beyond not wearing jewelry with nickel. And we all know conventional doctors are generally pretty uninformed on nutrition. To give you an example, the dermatologist who did my testing told me to “EAT SOY” and I would be low nickel. What? Soy is one of the very highest nickel foods!!! Every medical site agrees on soy being banned for SNAS.

            Italy seems to be the main country to be doing research on SNAS. My doctor at Bastyr is putting me on a protocol used in two Italian studies. It involves hyposensitiization using minute quantities of nickel sulfate tincture taken in increasing doses every day. .Many subjects were eventually (after a YEAR) able to resume eating nickel heavy foods. However these were very small studies. I don’t know if the results were permanent or if the subjects later “relapsed” into severe symptoms after they ate nickel for a while. There were some reactions that required medical intervention with steroids and/or Benadryl, and a few were so severe as to cause the subjects to drop out of the study. My allergy is so severe the doctor is being very conservation and starting me on less than half of the starting level used in the Italian studies. So that means it will take a MINIMUM of TWO YEARS for me to reach the level of attempting to re introduce nickel heavy foods. That is assuming (no guarantee) I will be able to tolerate it. Pretty damn depressing. But I am willing to try because I am absolutely MISERABLE on this diet.

            The only hope is that someone wealthy like Bill Gates develops nickel allergy, then more research will commence. Otherwise it may be a long time for any expedient treatment. Maybe it won’t happen in my lifetime. My quality of life is now very poor, so longevity is not so important to me, I am just tired of pain and all the other symptoms of poor health. This same type of protocol has been successfully used to treat children with life threatening peanut allergies, so there is hope I guess. I am a bit apprehensive because my rashes/swelling are horrific and take weeks or months to even slightly dissipate. It is not a minor inconvenience and it HURTS a lot. Basically I have been housebound for the past 5 years due to my appearance. My rashes and swelling is most prominent on my face. Makes Faces of Meth advertisements look like beauty queens. There is even a Facebook group for poor souls who have to resort to this diet. I have read a lot of sad stories of lives ruined by this allergy.
            The bottom line is this is some severe defect/dysfunction of my immune system. I don’t know if the allergy is due to bad genes or underlying disease or lifetime overexposure. Some theorize that nickel allergy starts as young girls get their ears pierced with nickel containing earrings. There are FAR more women than men with SNAS. Yet millions of vegans eat the same things I was eating without developing SNAS. So, not sure why this happened to me. I didn’t expect the low nickel diet to produce results honestly (everything else I tried in the last 5 years failed) so I didn’t even eat a “last meal” of chocolate) I was thinking I would do it for a couple months at most and be back to my favorite foods. But since I saw dramatic improvement I feel I must stick with it. I may never again eat a bite of food I enjoy. Very unhappy.

        3. Thanks for sharing I am not sure what Dr. Greger has in store for Nickel Diets, but if enough inquire about it and there is sufficient research I am sure he’ll post something. I would of course go ask your doctor about it and see if they can refer you to a dietitian. It could really, really help! I do see some research, but I am not an expert here. You’d need to see a dietitian and get some help. Keep asking questions and looking for answers! I think the bottom line is you need to feel better and if sacrificing some favorite foods for your health then perhaps not the worse price to pay ;-) Best of luck if anything jumps out I’ll repost here.

          1. Thanks, SNAS is not widely known and even many doctors and dieticians are not knowledgeable on many facets of this allergy. I currently am a patient at Bastyr University in Seattle, a medical school with graduate degrees in nutrition and naturopathic physicians. The nutrition advice has sadly not been much help, I have seen 7 medical professionals there, including the head of the nutrition program. It is virtually impossible to not develop deficiencies on this diet as the only low nickel foods advocated are meat, eggs, dairy, and WHITE rice (not any other kind) and white processed flour. I have been a gluten free vegan for many years, so this is abhor ant to me. The one protein powder based on white rice I found (NOTE: I found, NOT the nutritionists, they found nothing) is made by Metagenics which advertises itself as a “medical supplement” company. This product is not healthy as it contains nearly as much ADDED sugar as it does grams of protein. It is also expensive. I picture some poor SOB in a nursing home having this shoved down their throat. Nursing home is happy as it is tons of calories per dose so less work for them, not considering the health consequences of POOR QUALITY calories from added sugar. I have spent years on getting added sugar out of my diet, and already I am suffering consequences from using this powder…..sadly so far I can find no other options.

            There are actually several studies done in Italy (the only country truly concerned with SNAS, Italy has enacted regulation on the amounts of nickel in cosmetics and beauty products and clothing, etc) These studies involved the long term use of a increasing dose of a daily tincture for hyposensitization to nickel. The studies were small, and there were some participants who reacted and needed rescue medications. Some were unable to complete the study. But after a YEAR many were able to resume eating foods with nickel. I have no idea of a follow up…..did this effect last? or did they relapse down the road? Similar methods have been used successfully on children with anaphylaxis due to peanut allergy. In my case, my allergy is so severe the doctor has started me on a dose of less than half of what is in the study, so he estimates in my case at least TWO YEARS to even think of resuming eating foods with nickel.

            In order to relieve my symptoms, my daily goal is less than 100ug/day of nickel…that is 100 MICROGRAMS max….a very difficult number to hit, especially if you eschew meat, while maintaining your weight and hitting my minimum protein necessary to do the type of exercise I like to do. I have lost weight and was already very thin. Muscle atrophy set in right away as I quickly became too weak to exercise much. So far, NO ONE has been able to tell me a way to do this diet and remain vegan. I have been asking everyone, but coming up blank. I think most vegan advocates do not want to admit there may actually be a medical condition like this that would make a vegan diet impossible to maintain, so I have been stonewalled.

            If you do more than a cursory search of medical sites talking about what to eat/not eat on a low nickel diet, you will see NONE agree on all the foods. Yes, ALL ban soy, beans, legumes, whole grains, chocolate, spirulina, nuts, seeds….but there are many who contradict each other on which veggies and fruits that are allowed. Generally the ones allowed at all, are the ones that have less nutritional value like celery or cucumbers. And keep in mind lowER nickel does not mean NO nickel. All plants have some and so you can not just gorge even on any of the lower nickel foods. For example if I were to try to reach my daily target of MINIMUM 50-60 g protein per day by eating bananas, I would never be able to do that and stay below my limit of 100 ug/day nickel. Nickel content varies due to soil, water, fertilizer, age of plant at harvest, and part of plant eaten. Most sites do not include actual numbers as to the nickel content, simply dividing foods into the two categories. MANY of my former foods are never mentioned anywhere . I was eating a lot of “superfoods” exotic produce and whole food based supplements etc (things like goji berries, aronia berries, golden berries, tart cherry juice, coconut water, jackfruit, maca, ashwagandha) and I can find NO info on these foods nickel content. Would you perhaps be able to recommend a lab that could do testing for me at a reasonable cost?

            You are seriously underestimating the difficulty of my situation when you say I may have to sacrifice “SOME” of the foods I want to eat. As I started this diet, I went thru my kitchen and found that nearly ALL the foods there were now banned, or severely restricted. I have given away thousands of dollars in foods, supplements, cosmetics, jewelry and kitchen equipment. OF my top 20 foods, I am allowed NONE EVER. What I am left with at this point are basically 8 foods a day, the same foods every day, NONE of which I like. AFTER my skin totally clears, I plan to add ONE low(er) nickel food per week to see if I can tolerate it. If I don’t do it this way, it would be impossible to know which foods are a problem. Reactions COULD take place quickly, or they could take 1-2 days to manifest. The other wild card is that some lower nickel foods have been proven to aggravate allergy symptoms in general even though they are not high nickel foods, apples and citrus are in this category. You can NEVER eat food cooked in stainless metal, it leaches nickel when heated so restaurant dining is out, as is commercial coffee (metal in machines plus coffee itself can be quite high nickel) All canned food is banned. So your social life is toast. You must monitor every single item you put on your skin. Cosmetics, especially eye makeup, are a real potential nickel bomb. Of course jewelry, keys, computers, iphones, and more can all contain nickel. I am also allergic to gold. I must avoid nickel in injection needles, IV catheters, dental instruments and implants, orthopedic implants, etc etc. So this is not just a small inconvenience. I am also allergic to gold, and cobalt which is often a co- allergy for those with SNAS.

            If the hyposensitization program does not work, and there is currently no other option, then I am condemned to be on this hellish diet for the rest of my life. So yes, this has taken my quality of life down to next to nothing due to the unhealthful diet and my mental duress at the prospect of eating non vegan. Even those willing to eat animal products are going to develop fiber and mineral and vitamin deficiencies on the low nickel diet. I have studied veganism and it’s benefits extensively and am fully aware of the pitfalls of eating animal products and the unethical business practices of the animal agriculture businesses, as well as the vast damage to the environment imposed by these industries. I simply do not want to be a part of this.

            I didn’t really expect Dr. Gregor to comment on a medical condition which might need non vegan solutions, but I was hoping he might consider researching this topic as if someone does have SNAS and they are vegan, they are likely going to have really bad symptoms because a vegan diet is typically EXTREMELY high in nickel. Not a problem for millions, but for those with SNAS it is like poisoning yourself at every meal. Over time, each exposure is further sensitizing your body to the allergen. There are actually two Facebook groups for folks with this level of allergy, so I am not the only one living with these restrictions. At the very least it would be good if you could make people aware of this condition. Sadly it took me SIX YEARS to get diagnosed, all the while pouring tons of nickel into myself daily with my healthy vegan diet and ramping up the allergy with each subsequent exposure.

            1. I know you posted a long time ago but I am now in the same situation-what did you ever figure out? I am doing ok with small amounts of my favorites, and organics seem to help as far as beans and grains. I eat small amounts of org brown rice, lentils, and black beans, but cannot tolerate chick peas, or much tofu. I take vitamin C wtih meals. I used to experience slight improvement when going gluten free, but now I suspect that was bc it limited my nickel exposure. I was still eating all my other faves. hope you found relief and would love to know how

      2. Where can the plant based diets videos be found ? I have a quest of a particular plant I am thinking of using in my diet,can you send me a link of the general video.I would love to learn what may be best for me.Thanks in advance!

        1. Herbalfruitrollies: You can use the search box at the top of the screen to see if the particular plant you are interested in using has been mentioned on this site already. If it has not, you are welcome to post your question under any video. But if you want a general diet page, you might consider posting under the video that talks about the Okinawa diet. Just an idea.

            1. Hi Joseph!! Gosh, I miss you too.

              It’s just as well that you didn’t see my answer as your answer had additional great info that I didn’t mention. It’s so nice of you to continue to answer people. I look for your posts and smile when I see them.

        2. Scroll down to the bottom of page on any NF page and find “Trending Topics” then click “plant based diets” You will be stuck on here for days! And you are spot on the money, as mixing up antioxidants from various foods will give the most protection. Great Video Here

  1. Have been going through a terribly rough time lately (both mentally & physically). I had approximately 2.5 T of extra virgin coconut oil, yesterday, had a series of pleasant dreams last night (which, is unusual for me), and woke up this morning feeling both mentally & physically better than I have in a long time. I’d really like to carry on taking it, just for awhile, to see what happens, but now I’m scared.

  2. Bulletproof and other companies sell large bottles of MCT oil on amazon and other places. With 5 stars. However, the label says 15G saturated fat per 1tbsp serving size. And that it contains coconut oil or palm kernel oil. I don’t see how that can be healthy. They say to take it everyday to give your brain energy. My guess is that it’s for people who only drink coffee in the morning and don’t eat anything for breakfast. Yet people buy the marketing thinking it’s actually GOOD for them. Sigh.

    1. Sure! If you have any studies to share from his book please share them here. I can update this post if there is anything of value.

    1. Dr. Greger has not commented on this practice. Premilinary studies that I looked at seem to suggest that the practice can be helpful in mild gingivitis, halitosis, and controling the microbes associated with these conditions. To answer this question definitively, more research is needed.

    2. I did make a post about this way back when! If you scroll through my old comments you may see some. The research is vauge if I recall correctly. If I find anything new I’ll add here. Thanks, monika.

    1. If you have MS it’s best to use unsaturated oils for cooking rather than saturated oils like coconut oil. The Swank diet (low fat, vegetarian, and less than 10g saturated fat daily) for MS has been researched for 50+ years and has been shown to help slow MS progression and symptoms.

  3. Does topical coconut oil have any affect on cholesterol? Between a moisturizer and deodorant, I’ll likely be applying over 20 grams of saturated fat to my skin. Does this have any affect at all on blood lipids?

    I could only find one study where small teaspoon amounts were applied to baby’s skin, effectively doubling their triglycerides.

    1. I would really like to know the answer to this question, as well. I use coconut oil as my only topical skin item, sometimes mixed with matcha, but wonder if the saturated fat absorbs into my bloodstream. Thanks for asking. Hope we get a response.

    1. Simon Rubin: No oil! The best way to sauté veggies is a water or broth sauté. There are various instructions on line on how to do this so that you aren’t boiling the veggies in water. Good luck.

  4. I understood the video, Is Coconut Milk Good For You, to conclude that coconut milk caused the same immediate arterial impact as a Western High Fat meal (McDonalds). How does that square with the Exogenous Endotoxin theory of animal fat’s impact? What does Dr. Greger rely on to conclude that saturated fat in coconut milk has a different impact than animal fat? Coconut flakes blanched, blended and strained makes a great dairy substitute so would be good to keep as a dairy substitute option.

  5. I can’t seem to find any articles or videos on ashwagandha on your website. I have heard it is good for anti aging the skin and for mental health too. Is this true? How best is it consumed?

    Sorry if this post is in the wrong place. As I could not find a relevant article, i was not sure where best to post my question

    Thank you for your time.

  6. I’m interested in your thoughts on using coconut oil as a means to deal with chronic viral infections. It seems the monolaurin in coconut oil is responsible for it’s anti-viral properties. After years of suffering I was able to halt my chronic EBV with the use of coconut oil, and have passed on that information to others who have also used it to deal with chronic viral infections. Are there any other foods that would allow us to get the same amount of monolaurin that 1-3 Tbs. a day coconut oil offers?

  7. Hi Kimberly, I’m one of the medical moderators here on the NF site. In terms of other foods that have a significant amount of monlaurin the two best sources would be palm kernel oil and cinnamon oil. Palm Kernel oil although more unsaturated than coconut oil is still a saturated fat and cinnamon oil is a strong concentrated oil that’s generally used sparingly. https://www.leaf.tv/articles/list-of-natural-foods-containing-lauric-acid/

    That said, although I’m happy that you’ve been able to overcome chronic EBV using monolaurin one might consider taking a different approach. Much of the hype about lauric acid (which is converted to monlaurin in the body) touts it’s anti-viral, anti-biotic and anti-fungal properties. What is not emphasized enough is that monolaurin actually exerts it effects via the immune system by modulating T-cell proliferation. So basically monolaurin strengthens the immune system which then is better able to destroy viruses, bacteria and fungi. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8770497

    There are other ways one can naturally strengthen the immune system and accomplish similar results without the downside of consuming substances high in saturated fat, namely by eating a nutrient rich whole foods diet. (ie-WFPBD) http://nutritionfacts.org/video/using-the-produce-aisle-to-boost-immune-function/

  8. Thanks so much for the reply!
    Last question- what about coconut water (without additives, of course) as a healthy, hydrating beverage?

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