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Coconut oil health benefits….going mainstream, part 1 of 2

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Mar 04, 2011

Thanks to a GSG reader for sending this New York Times article. A lot of the things I’ve been teaching for a long time are starting to go mainstream, about the power of coconut oil–which I believed only when I found a dozen miraculous health benefits of it for myself. This blog entry isn’t about me, but here’s one of my personal health benefits: I used to have circulation problems (cold hands and feet all winter) and that COMPLETELY disappeared when I started using coconut oil.

I read a case study by Dr. Mary Newport recently, about her husband, an accountant, who tragically began showing signs of Alzheimer’s in his early 50’s and was quite debilitated by age 58. Dr. Newport, a neonatologist, studied drug trials, including one drug in development called Ketasyn that leverages MCT, or medium chain triglycerides. That is a compound found in very few foods but abundantly in extra-virgin coconut oil.

Dr. Newport discusses many of the health benefits of MCT oil as documented in the scientific literature, including benefits for weight loss, epilepsy, cancerous tumors, and brain recovery after oxygen loss (newborns through adults). What these nutritional-deficit issues have in common is that cells can use compounds in coconut oil for fuel in the absence of carbohydrates. This makes it a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s) disease.

She discusses the same thing I often say, that the liver metabolizes coconut oil not precisely like a fat, but more like a hybrid between a carb and a fat. Those who are insulin resistant may function much better with these medium-chain fatty acids in their diet in significant quantities.

(Dr. Newport is awaiting the testing and the approval for the DRUG using coconut oil’s MCT. On a logic level, I can’t comprehend why you’d want to synthesize a component of a real food, when the food itself is nourishing in ways that science may never be able to understand because of the complexity and interplay of so many synergistic factors in the whole food.)

Dr. Newport’s case study paper references 23 studies, including some on how infant formula attempts to mimic human breast milk. Breast milk is also high in medium chain triglycerides including the powerful immune support LAURIC ACID. This is a GSG theory, and you’re welcome to dispute it, but those isolates, in formula, are never going to be as good as the complete source they came packaged in, in the first place. (If so, God would have created the separate parts rather than the complete source.)

So then Dr. Newport reports on the “obvious marked improvement” of her husband’s cognitive functions. She shows his drawings of a clock, the day before starting coconut oil, two weeks after, and 37 days after. The first one is completely disorganized and resembles a clock in no way. A few small circles and four random numbers on the page. The second one has the lines in place and the numbers in the correct places. The third one is clear and organized.

Moreover, she documents the improvements in daily life as she observed her husband’s communication, gait, and ability to work and organize himself.

More tomorrow.

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11 thoughts on “Coconut oil health benefits….going mainstream, part 1 of 2”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    WOW! I had no idea about coconut oil…. I use it and know it is so good for you….but, my grandpa has Parkinson Disease and I so wish they would use it… ha they are on medicare or caid whichever and the drugs are helping him so much….. they never would! Their words not mine!

    I used it instead of baby lotion with my last baby…. and he smelled so good… just wanted to eat him up!:)

  2. Anonymous says:

    Over Thanksgiving my husband (who isn’t a GS drinker, but has incorporated a lot of things I’m telling him and puts CO in his fruit smoothie everyday) suffered a partially perforated lower intestine and spent five days in the hospital. Not that it wasn’t a dicey situation, but the docs were amazed at how quickly it healed up. I really believe the CO in his system for the last 6 months lessened the extent of the tear and helped it heal quickly. Anecdotal, I know, and hardly iron clad proof, but some things you just ‘know’. My own lifelong depression has improved significantly, and a recent bad cut I got on my shin from a fall on some rocks while hiking healed with no trace – I put CO on it twice a day where before I would have done something like Neosporin and had a scar. And three weeks I gave CO to a friend who has a dog with very dry skin – his coat is getting shinier by the day, and the skin is much improved. We now consider it a staple in our lives, and won’t be without it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    If your putting CO in your smoothies, how much do you suggest? thnx

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Jennifer, try to get 1-2 Tbsp. a day. More if you need to GAIN weight. I put so much on my skin that I don’t really get preoccupied with putting it in things artificially. I bake with it and sautee with it, on the occasions that I do those things (not particularly often).

  4. Thank you for giving us more good info about coconut oil!!! I love the stuff! I love how multi-purpose it is! Can’t wait to hear what else you have to say!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    We’ve just started using CO this past week and I am so in love with it! I put it in our tortillas tonight when I realized the olive oil was rancid! There I had always thought tortillas were supposed to be kind of bitter because of the whole wheat or something, but they were SO good tonight! I use it on my face now too and my skin has never looked better… it clears up my blemishes too! Who would have thought?!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m on the 12-step program and just bought my first jar of coconut oil. On your recommendation Robyn, I put a little on my toast. Oh my goodness….what a treat! I will use this instead of butter from now on!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Ahhh! Perfect timing! I have been wanting to get into coconut oil more, but looking for some good info on it. I actually have some virgin coconut oil in my house (I’m not sure if it’s organic or not as it came from my mother who buys it in bulk, but I don’t know if she buys organic or not). I’ve been using it the last several weeks and love the smell and love that it’s natural, but generally about 30 minutes after I apply it, though I can still feel the oil on my face, underneath my skin starts to feel dry and crackly again, as though my skin were still totally dry. I generally reapply it to my face several times a day due to a raw sore runny nose, and each time it starts out feeling great and then goes back to feeling crackly. Can you give me any helpful advice?

    Also, I am wondering if my husband suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome, and your website briefly mentions CO and CFS. Can you give me anymore information on that or a recommended daily amount to see if there is improvement?

    (BTW, we eat a mostly plant-based, unprocessed diet, with green smoothies daily. My husband still does get some meat and dairy here and there due to work lunches, but it’s greatly reduced and mostly he takes food from home.)

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love this stuff too. I’m 6 months pregnant with my 4th baby and all the sudden had a horrendous rash/blemishes all over my face and hemorrhoids appeared out of nowhere. I added CO to my GS for 3 days and all cleared up and hasn’t come back. LOVE IT!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Jamie, I love coconut oil and Green Smoothies…how amazing to be getting som much nutrition! Email me if you want, I have some ideas for your husband! tracyandclark@gmail.com

  10. Anonymous says:

    Robyn, Please ignore my previous question & Dr Oz’s article about coconut oil. I don’t think Dr Oz was up on the latest news when he wrote that article. I suspect he was commenting on the studies conducted with partially hydrogenated coconut oil rather than the cold-pressed, virgin kind. Thanks! Michele

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