Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

The coconut is an amazing whole food for countless reasons, but one of its greatest benefits is its antifungal properties. Most people (yep I said most) unknowingly have an overgrowth of Candida albicans (pathogenic yeast) in their body, which manifests in the form of everything from chronic skin conditions, fatigue and venereal issues to mental and behavioral problems.

Common Symtoms of Candida Overgrowth Are:

Food cravings (lol who isn't guilty of this one)
Sinus issues
Chronic yeast infections/jock itch/athlete's foot
Anal Itchiness
Gassy and bloated feeling

And the list goes on...

Candida is a yeast that is naturally found in all of us, but due to poor diets of sugary/starchy foods it grows out of control, plaguing us with a variety of reoccurring symptoms. In its most advanced cases it's been named as a cause of death for people with severely compromised immune systems, but in less severe instances, as common as it is, it often goes undiagnosed. The good news is that coconut, and more specifically coconut oil, naturally combats this yeast.

What You Can Do

If you're looking to treat Candida start by taking 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of raw coconut oil daily (a little less if the coconut oil is solid), preferably over the weekend so that you can be at home while your body responds. You should consume the coconut oil alone (by mouth) rather than adding it to a beverage. Downing oil is not the most pleasant sensation, so follow it up with a sip of water if need be. Many people given this remedy often complain of stomach upset, nausea and diarrhea during treatment. This is known as die off symptoms. Literally the symptoms your body experiences as the yeast dies and the toxins spill into your system. If the symptoms are too much you can reduce the daily dose but don't fall off completely as Candida is one persistent little bugger. Complete treatment sometimes takes several months or longer. But once treated you'll feel like a whole new you. My favorite brand of raw coconut oil is Nutiva btw.

On a lighter note I had to plug my favorite raw coconut butter.

Not for treatment but this stuff is soooo yummy! I can eat it right out of the jar. Made from dehydrated whole coconut meat, it has a slightly sweet chocolaty taste to it. I put it in my smoothies, in nut milks, raw cookies and sometimes mix it into sauces for salads.


  1. Hi, just wanna say I love your blog. Question; when you say "start with a 1/4 teaspoon", do you mean to simply eat a 1/4 tsp of coconut oil straight? Or can one include the 1/4 tsp in smoothies, juice or just as an ingredient?

  2. TY Cheryl! I really appreciate that! :) I mean taking the coconut oil straight/alone followed by a sip of water. Coconut oil as you might know solidifies in colder temperatures so during the winter I have to literally scoop out a chunk with a spoon, but I still take it alone either way. Coconut oil can be used in smoothies, juice etc. but it's not my preference because as soon as it hits that cold beverage it re-solidifies and sometimes leaves little clumps in your drink. Also it's best not to dilute it in a drink for this specific remedy. FYI the taste and sensation of swallowing the oil can be a little unpleasant so have the water nearby to quickly chase it with. My son keeps it in his mouth and then takes a sip of water at the same time otherwise he gags lol. Great question. I should have been more clear. Will make some edits now :)

  3. Thanks for clarifying that. I did assume that straight coconut oil might be a challenge so I was hoping it would be ok to just it as a smoothie ingredient. We'll see what happens. Thanks for the great info!

  4. No problem at all sis! Let me know how it works out for you :)