Coconut oil has been used in Asia for more than 4,000 years. It is composed of medium-chain triglycerides, which are less
likely to be stored in the body as fat than are long-chain triglycerides.
What we can’t tell you
In the U.S. and some other industrialized countries, government agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
have adopted censorship as a method for intensifying their control over the supplement industry and its customers.
Thus, FDA regulations prohibit us from telling you that any of our products are effective as medical treatments,
even if they are, in fact, effective.
Accordingly, we will limit our discussion of Coconut Oil (Extra Virgin) to a brief summary of relevant research,
and let you draw your own conclusions about what medical conditions it may be effective in treating.
Poor-quality scientific studies conducted by nutritionists during the mid- and late-20th Century resulted in saturated fats
being blamed for coronary heart disease. The food industry therefore began replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats
and sugars. This dietary shift turned out to be a huge mistake, since these substances are now being tied to the obesity problems
facing the U.S. and other nations.
More recent research has overturned the view that saturated fats cause cardiovascular problems. In fact, saturated fats like
the ones found in coconut oil are now considered helpful in combatting heart disease and obesity. Combined with essential fatty acids, coconut oil is an excellent addition to an overall healthy lipid program.
Coconut oil has in recent years garnered favorable attention when applied to a variety conditions:
- cardiovascular disease
- obesity and overweight
- chronic fatigue
- Crohn’s disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- thyroid problems
- low energy
- impaired immunity
LifeLink’s suggested dosage is 4 to 8 softgels daily with meals (providing 4 to 8 grams of coconut oil).
Are Coconut Oil (Extra Virgin) supplements useful for the conditions and purposes mentioned above?
We aren’t allowed to tell you, so you should take a look at some of the references cited here,
and then decide for yourself.