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  1. Recently, many ... many people have been talking about how the coconut health craze is not real and that final answer... it's actually bad for you. Naturally freaking out, I went online and found numerous articles saying the same.... not good for you and that the fat is not good fat. I LOVE your article and it's given me that hope I had. But also sounds so good to be true. I noticed you updated your article on 8/27. Can you tell me what that was all about and what was thought to be newly discovered as bad, actually not true? I want to hear your take on this....and why they would say such.... I LOVE your article!! Did I mention that???? It's so clear and makes total sense

      • Hi Helen, first off, those people that you heard from are the ones who choose what they want to believe. Which is why they strongly refuse to accept what they have been believing for so many years are actually just a hoax. Time will tell.

        In fact, the increasing trend that more people are starting to use and consume coconut oil has already proven that. A fact will always be a fact. Nothing can change.

        Actually, this coconut craze is not all about something newly discovered (although it may seem so to many people).

        As a matter of fact, as far back as in the 1950s, medical researchers have already discovered the benefits of medium-chain fatty acids (the major components in coconut oil) and use them extensively to treat patients with malabsorption, digestive problems and other metabolic health conditions.

        If you look further into the use of coconut oil in India, you would have discovered that many of them use this tropical oil for almost all illnesses, and for thousands of years already.

        Coconut oil's benefits on health (and skin) only begin to surface in recent years and this is due mainly to the effort of those people who have personally used coconut oil started to realize the goodness of it and then shared their experience.

        Like me, I'm merely sharing my experience with the people I know and those who want to know, like you. I understand the concern of "this sounds too good to be true". And I also found that many people (especially those who are heavily promoting their products) have overly touted the benefits of coconut oil.

        After using coconut oil for over 10 years, I can tell you that it is not a cure-all, but it does produce a formidable impact on boosting your immunity.

        Look, our body is constantly (almost every second, in fact) attacked by free radicals, bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and various other germs. The reason why coconut oil is so good for us is mainly because its saturated fats can immobilize free-radical activities. Its fatty acids have antimicrobial properties.

        Which is why when you consume coconut oil you get very well protected against these micro-renegades. And when you're well-protected, you barely fall sick. It is just that simple. Nothing so incredible that you'd find hard to believe.

        Have you read Health Benefits of Coconut Oil? I just updated the part where it talks about why coconut oil got slammed for decades few hours ago. I edit my articles regularly to keep them up to date so that visitors like you can always get the latest info.

        After reading the article, you can try out coconut oil on your own and see how it does to your body.

        Before using coconut oil, you must learn about the potential side effects of coconut oil. This will help you avoid the adverse reactions that coconut oil might bring upon you.

        Did I answer your questions? Thanks for dropping by. 😉

  2. Hello,
    Does coconut oil go well for someone who has diabetes and hypothyroid.
    I did start -start feeling extremely tired after taking oil. Concerned... Shall I continue ?

    • Hi Jag, coconut oil can help improve insulin resistance for diabetics. Your cells have become insensitive to insulin and therefore, unable to absorb sufficient glucose for energy. That explains why you feel tired easily.

      The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil can enter cells directly (without insulin or any other carrier) to serve as food for fueling cells. Some diabetics have shown improvement after regular consumption of coconut oil. Coconut oil also helps to boost metabolism that in turn helps to improve thyroid function. That said, you should continue with coconut oil.

      Your feeling of fatigue could be due to your body not accustomed to the effect of coconut oil yet. So, go slowly to let your body adjust itself to the benefits of coconut oil.

      Add one teaspoon each to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then once you feel good with it after 7 days or so, increase to 2 teaspoons per meal and so on until you reach up to 3 or 4 tablespoons daily.

      Oh, if you're on low thyroid medication, ingesting coconut oil may cause heart palpitations due to an overdrive in metabolism. Check with your doctor on how best to juggle coconut oil and your thyroid medication.

  3. hi Soon Chai, thank you for your post! I am doing some research on MCT oil, specifically C8. So I've been taking MCT oil from different companies, and there are also some who sell pure C8 oil, like Brain Octane oil from the Bulletproof company in the US. Recently I had an opportunity to get a bottle of common caprylic oil (for industrial use, for the use for food additives, disinfectant) and smell it - it was scary because the liquid dissolved ink on a FedEx envelop which was lying there, it had a pungent smell, and the data sheet specifically said it is corrosive in nature. How can this be the same caprylic acid you could put inside a coffee? Brain Octane oil has allegedly gone through multiple distillation processes, but I cannot find any information regarding this subject. I just want to find out how the food grade caprylic acid is processed?

    • Hi Tabaan, good question you have raised. The industrial-grade caprylic oil you have bought has got a high concentration level of free fatty acids, which makes the oil very acidic and hence, corrosive (with a pungent smell).

      What is free fatty acid, by the way?

      All dietary oils are made up of triglycerides. Each triglyceride has 3 fatty acids bonded to one glycerol.

      When triglycerides remain intact, they pose no harm to us when we consume them since they're not acidic. But when they split up, the 3 fatty acids become free from the bonding.

      The more free fatty acids in the oil, the more acidic the oil becomes. In other words, free fatty acids are the ones that determine the acidity level of the oil.

      Now, to answer your questions, first off, when we say MCT oil contains caprylic and capric acids, that doesn't mean these acids exist in free form. They still bind to the glycerols as triglycerides.

      Triglycerides are harmless, remember?

      Yes, our saliva carries enzymes (but in limited quantity) that do break down some triglycerides into free fatty acids.

      But that's still safe on the whole (not so acidic) as most triglycerides are still in one piece until they get digested more completely in our small intestines. Our stomach do also help to digest triglycerides as well, but not as much as it occurs in the small intestines.

      In short, you can safely ingest caprylic acid in the form of triglycerides that won't dissolve the tissues in your mouth the moment you consume. But the industrial-grade caprylic oil you have with you will as the caprylic acids are already freed from the bond.

      So, in that sense, you don't have to worry about ingesting MCT oil. The reason why manufacturers try to keep temperature low while processing the oils using distillation, mechanical pressing or whatever low-temp methods is to keep as much triglycerides in one piece as possible so that they won't be too acidic for consumption, like the processing of extra-virgin olive oil.

      If you read the label on Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil carefully, it says "Caprylic Acid Triglycerides", not simply "Caprylic Acids" (which can literally burn a hole in your stomach).