Is virgin coconut oil good for constipation?

Like any regular coconut oil, extra-virgin or virgin coconut oil carries about 50 – 64% MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). MCTs are the "movers and shakers" in coconut oil. They help to soften stool and stimulate bowel movement. In short, they make coconut oil a natural laxative for constipation relief.

Extra-virgin olive oil and virgin olive oil may differ in quality. But extra-virgin coconut oil is exactly the same as virgin coconut oil. The "extra" on the label is simply a marketing gimmick.

In addition to being good for constipation, virgin coconut oil offers extra benefits. Thanks to its naturally occurring scent, which smells like fresh coconut and may possess antioxidative properties.

If you choose virgin coconut oil to help relieve your constipation, make sure you can accept the odor. It smells nice to me, but not to some people. Alternatively, you can go with RBD coconut oil, which is odorless. RBD coconut oil is equally good for constipation.

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