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  1. Hi!I ingested 2-3 tbsp of coconut oil for 4 days on an empty stomach every morning and night and I had diarrhea that would last for 3-4 hours.At first I would have normal stool,second excretion was loose,third was loose with water and fourth was water with brown and white mucus.Is it normal?In addition to my discomfort,my lower left abdomen part would have cramps after taking in coconut oil.After getting rid of all the waste in my body,the cramps were gone.

  2. Thank you for this post - It's a helpful, straightforward explanation of the differences between the two oils (I kept forgetting what 'fractonated' meant anytime I was at the store). 😀
    As a licensed massage therapist for the last 2 decades, though, I'd like to add that plenty of MTs do use virgin coconut oil. I actually LOVE that it hardens at room temperature, because that way it never gets knocked over and stains carpets or clothing, and it's easy for me to melt the exact amount I need in my hands, as I go. LMTs actually do worry about the anti-bacterial properties and overall health benefits of the products we use on our clients' bodies [well, most of us, anyway; some bargain basement 'spas' use jugs of generic mineral oil :0 ]. We typically choose high-quality oils or blend a couple to get the amount of glide we want (e.g., coconut, almond, grapeseed, apricot, jojoba, avocado). It usually just comes down to the therapist's personal preference to work with and the type of massage they're doing at the time.
    We're trained in massage school to think of the skin as an organ that absorbs everything you put on it, good or bad - obviously, not at all to the degree as pouring it down our throats, but still not *completely* dissimilar to consuming it. Largely for that reason, I think that many of us are biased in favor of oils that we could use in food. There are definitely excellent massage-only products; Biotone's deep tissue creme was a necessity for me, until I discovered I could use plain cocoa butter, to similar effect (you may notice a trend in my own preferences toward solid-until-needed oil 😀 ).
    I found this page because I was trying to figure out exactly what fractionated coconut oil was for, but I've been happily using virgin coconut oil in my practice, as well as on my own skin and hair, and in my food, for years now. Vive huile coco!
    Much love and thanks for all the awesome info!

    • Hi Laurel, I believe the medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil would be able to strengthen and heal the ruptured carotid artery via increasing metabolism of the cells that build the artery. But it's going to take some time, so be patient.

      In fact at the same time, coconut oil's MCFAs can help to lower blood pressure by improving blood circulation. This can help to prevent future occurrence of bleeding in the brain or stroke.

  3. Thanks! I found this because I think I've found to cure for my chronic heartburn at last. I've been taking about a tablespoon of CO at night for at least half a year, but last night I increased the amount to two. I soothed my burning esophagus immediately. I slept better than I have in years. I took more CO this AM when my heartburn acted up slightly. (I had only had coffee with half and half, so stomach nearly empty.)

    A few hours later, I experienced what you described above. It was more what I would consider "loose" than diarrhea, but I was definitely obligated to stay on the throne.

    You know what? I'm okay with that detox. Unlike someone said above, it was not stinky and gross. Just very loose. I wonder if I have fewer toxins to shed since I've already been taking about a tablespoon of CO every night.

    I will take it a bit easier, but I'm going to continue to treat my heartburn with CO. Seriously, this is an answer to prayer. After four surgeries in the past several years, I've dealt with far too many intestinal side effects from antibiotics and NSAIDS,

    For me, It's only probiotics and CO from now on; maybe a chewable, calcium antacid tablet once in a while if necessary.

    One more thing. You can remove this if the endorsement of a product is not allowed, but for those of you who suffer from diarrhea or even just the cramping, there's a homeopathic remedy that has rescued me immediately from these symptoms over this past year: It's from BHI and the name is Diarrhea. When I my fave health food store went out of business, I found it at Amazon.

    • Hi Joan, thanks for sharing. Since you mentioned diarrhea, the "loose" effect from taking coconut oil is normal, there's no need to get any diarrhea relief drugs to slow the movement of gut. As you up your intake gradually and your body begins to adjust itself to the effect of coconut oil, the "loose" feeling will be less intense but you'll move bowels more regularly in a healthy manner.