Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of draxe.com.
In this video I’ll be going over the coconut
oil benefits, coconut oil uses, and how coconut
oil can be used as medicine on a daily basis.
And coconut oil has really been used especially
in the tropics for thousands of years for
hydration, if you’re talking about coconut
water, for the cooking oil, for the meat,
often used in smoothies today.
And actually, historically it was used, it
was actually called the tree of life because
coconuts fed so many people, you know, fat
is high in calories which can actually be
good for giving people energy, quality energy,
which we’ll talk about more in a minute.
But here are some fun facts and some things
you’ve got to know about coconut oil before
we jump into benefits here.
Number one, check this out, over 1,500 medical
studies published in prestigious journals
have found that coconut oil is beneficial
for your health.
Now, in the past, sometimes it was controversial
because coconut oil contains saturated fat,
but the thing you got to know is there’s good
types of fat and there’s bad types of fat.
The type of saturated fat that’s found in
coconut oil is often referred to as MCFAs
of MCTs, that’s medium-chain triglycerides
or medium-chain fatty acids.
And these medium-chain fats are were actually
great for your body to burn as energy and
it’s easier to digest.
So that’s one of the big benefits here of
It becomes very easy to digest.
Another big benefit is it’s not readily stored
So listen, when you’re consuming other forms
of fat you’re much more likely to store them
as body fat.
So again, if you’re a person that’s trying
to lose weight, you’ve got an issue like diabetes.
You want to keep your blood sugar levels balanced
or just in general, not gaining any type of
body fat, this is the ideal fat in oil for
you to use.
Also, here’s the great thing about it, it’s
anti-microbial and anti-fungal.
You know, a lot of times today, people get
Candida built up in the body or have different
types of fungal or bacterial infections.
Again, coconut oil, anti-bacterial, in fact.
One of the unique properties of coconut milk
in those medium-chain fatty acids is one of
those fats that’s called lauric acid.
Lauric acid, actually, has some of the same
properties as actually human breast milk and
that it’s anti-microbial.
So what people have done is sometimes kind
of put it not in the eye but around the eye
or on different types of fungal infections
to help fight fungus.
Another unique thing about coconut oil is
it’s smaller in size compared to other oils.
This is why it’s one of the better oils to
use as a moisturizer on your skin, so great
And here’s the other big thing, it’s processed
by the liver which means that it is immediately
converted to energy rather into body fats.
So again, most fats your body has to go through
a 19-step process to break it down and turn
it into energy, your body only has to go through
a three-step process to use coconut oil for
But now, let’s dive right in and talk about
coconut oil and how you can use this to fight
And let me say this as well, when I get into
coconut oil here I want to go over the type
of coconut oil you should be buying.
When you’re buying coconut oil you want to
buy nonrefined extra virgin olive oil that
is certified organic, that’s the type of coconut
oil you want to be buying.
First thing here, it fights Alzheimer.
Alzheimer’s disease is actually been quoted
as being type 3 diabetes oftentimes it’s related
to insulin issues.
So here’s the thing, going on something called
the coconut ketogenic diet can help fight
In fact, a medical doctor in Florida, a female
medical doctor took care of her husband who
had Alzheimer’s and she said, by supplementing
with coconut oil and a ketogenic diet it helped
him overcome Alzheimer’s naturally.
Think about that, absolutely amazing what
coconut oil in a high fat diet can do for
Number two, can lower blood pressure.
Here’s the truth, most people are getting
too many carbohydrates and sugars in their
diet not near enough fat.
Excess sugars and carbohydrates will cause
insulin spikes and can cause inflammation,
consuming more fat like coconut oil can actually
keep blood sugar and blood pressure levels
balanced on a daily basis.
Number three, coconut oil can fight inflammation.
You know, there are three types of fats you
want to get more of in your diet.
Number one, medium-chain fatty acids like
you’re going to find in coconut oil.
Number two, Omega 3 fatty acids, you’ll find
in things like wild caught salmon and chia
And then also you want to get mono unsaturated
fats that are found in things like avocados
Those are the type of fats you want to be
All of those have anti-inflammatory properties.
Number four, cancer-fighting potential.
We know these compounds, lauric acid, capric
acid, and caprylic acid specifically fight
off Candida in the body and fungal overgrowth.
In fact, some doctors believed that cancer
is in part acts as a fungus in the body and
how it can spread and replicate in your system.
But, again, overall, fighting cancer, coconut
oil has a potential to especially if you’re
following something that’s more of a coconut
ketogenic diet and again, getting plenty of
green, leafy vegetables in your diet, and
herbs like turmeric on a daily basis.
Number five, can help boost the immune system.
This is in part because of how it bounces
out microbes in the body.
You know, the health of your microbiome, we
know, is related to every area of your body.
Hippocrates was quoted thousands of years
ago saying all disease begins in the gut.
Well, 75% of your immune system is located
in your gut, in your digestive tract.
Coconut oil, one of my top five foods along
with bone broth that helps boost your immune
system and supports digestive health.
Number six here, big benefit here of organic
coconut oil is memory and brain function.
And, in fact, you’ve heard me referenced the
ketogenic diet several times at this point,
coconut oil is a key component of that.
And when you’re consuming coconut oil or in
ketosis your body actually starts producing
and using something called ketone bodies and
these ketone bodies can actually be good for
the brain and help heal the brain.
So, again, going on a ketogenic diet in coconut
oil is good for brain function as is using
certain essential oils like Rosemary oil.
Number seven here, energy and endurance.
Now, I, myself have a history of doing triathlons
as do family members and some of the professional
athletes I’ve worked with, and whether you’re
a swimmer, a runner, a triathlete, or you
just do sports on a regular basis, or maybe
a CrossFit athlete you want to improve your
Now, your body, when you’re doing especially
steady state cardio, your body is sometimes
gets in a fat burning zone where you actually
want to make it easy for your body to burn
fat for fuel, coconut oil is the ideal oil
and fat for athletes because it’s the type
of fat with a medium-chain fats that your
body can use the fastest as fuel.
I’ve seen actually a lot of triathletes do
mixtures of like coconut oil, honey, a little
bit of sea salt, actually, as their meal replacements.
Cyclists are doing this when they’re going
on long distance rides, so it’s great for
energy and endurance especially because it
helps blood sugar levels.
Number eight, again, I talked about this earlier,
You know, for a lot of people, we’re consuming
foods that can cause bad bacteria and Candida
to build up in our guts.
You know, an example of this is excess sugar
consumption, hydrogenated oils that are genetically
All of those things cause inflammation.
If you want to heal your gut you’ve got to
follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
Key components of that, bone broth, coconut
oil, and then get some good herbs in your
diet like licorice root and ginger root and
peppermint, all of those things can help improve
your digestive function.
Number nine, eases gallbladder disease.
Now, here’s something you need to know.
If you or someone you know has had their gallbladder
removed or has fat digestive issues or gallbladder
issues, even if somebody starts to get skin
issues really get red lumps on their skin
like rosacea that’s caused from improper fat
And if you’re not digesting fats properly
or have had your gallbladder removed or have
liver disease, coconut oil is the ideal oil
because, again, it’s so easy for your body
to breakdown versus other fats even things
like olive oil, it’s more work for your body,
coconut oil is a better choice for those with
gallbladder and liver issues.
Improves skin health, again, it’s a great
natural hydrator of the skin.
You know, I love making DIY recipes with coconut
oil, mixing coconut oil with lavender essential
oil, using that to moisturize the skin, or
coconut oil, manuka honey, and tea tree oil,
rubbing that on the skin and washing it off
for acne, a great natural remedy.
Another great benefit of coconut oil it’s
my absolute favorite to do coconut oil pulling.
You know, oil pulling has been shown to fight
A lot of people don’t know this, but the health
of your mouth actually has been correlated
with heart disease and the health of your
So if you want to fight cavities, if you want
to reduce gingivitis and gum disease, swish
around coconut oil in your mouth for 5 to
The ideal way to do this is, hey, take about
one teaspoon or tablespoonful, swish around
in your mouth when you’re in the shower, while
you’re taking a shower, once you get out,
you know, spit it out, typically not in the
sink, you’re typically want to put it in the
garbage because you don’t want to clog up
But oil pulling has been used for thousands
of years in Ayurvedic medicine to benefit
oral health and it’s even more beneficial
than flossing for fighting gum disease.
It prevents osteoporosis.
Again, the beneficial fats can actually help
with nutrient absorption of fat soluble vitamins
like Vitamin D and Vitamin K2.
So again, we want to absorb more of these
coconut oil can help fat soluble vitamin absorption.
Number 13, improves type II diabetes.
Again, the key of that is balancing insulin.
Now, here’s my secret, if you have diabetes
or in general, if you want to lose weight
or stay younger longer, here’s the things
you want in every meal.
You want to reduce sugar and carb consumption.
You want to consume fat, fiber, and protein.
Those three things in every meal, and then
some antioxidants like some herbs.
You’re doing that every meal those blood sugar
levels are going to be balanced, you’re going
to see some great results in diabetes quickly.
Number 14, weight loss.
Coconut oil for weight loss is really one
of the secret ingredients there.
Again, a ketogenic diet or a diet that’s rich
in plants and wild meats, a great way to lose
I’d say for weight loss, a tablespoon a day,
especially, using it as your main cooking
oil or in smoothies the best way to get more
And here are some ways you can use coconut
oil starting right now.
Number one, healthy popcorn.
Buy some non-GMO certified organic popcorn.
Cook it up in a pot like they used to, not
the microwave, on a stove top and pour on
some coconut oil and some Himalayan sea salt,
Number two, use it as your coffee creamer.
Make what I called keto coffee.
Coffee, some coconut oil, you can also add
in some ghee or grass-fed butter, delicious
Smoothie as a nutrient booster.
You know, I love doing a smoothie with berries.
Bone broth protein powder in coconut oil makes
the perfect morning smoothie that really sustains
you and gives you energy throughout the day.
Skin moisturizer, again, mixing with essential
oils such a geranium and lavender can help
hydrate the skin.
Natural makeup remove.
Coconut oil pulling as we mentioned.
Now, when I do oil pulling, here’s my secret.
I use a teaspoon of coconut oil and then I
put several drops of essential oils like myrrh
or clover peppermint in as part of my oil
A cellulite solution.
Mixing coconut oil with grapefruit essential
oil rubbing it on your skin rigorously or
in circle motions and right up and down on
an area where you have cellulite, for two
minutes, can be effective at reducing the
appearance of cellulite.
Also great for stretch marks.
So stretch marks, you’ll want to mix either
coconut oil with juniper oil.
And another good one to do it with is frankincense
oil as well.
So again, some good oils to do it there for
And also, hey, great to remove gum from your
hair if you have kids and that happens, some
good things to do.
So remember, look at all of the benefits here
of coconut oil, Alzheimer’s disease, blood
pressure, inflammation, cancer, immune system
health, brain function, endurance, digestion,
gallbladder disease, skin health, oral health,
osteoporosis, type II diabetes, and weight
loss, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t
be getting coconut oil in your diet right
Again, when buying coconut oil make sure it’s
certified organic and it’s extra virgin coconut
oil that’s not refined.
You want the real stuff, the good stuff that’s
Again, it’s great for cooking.
It’s great for DIY recipes.
Switch out your other cooking oil, use coconut
oil instead throughout the day.
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