by Sayer Ji
November 11, 2015

from GreenMedInfo Website





A simple tablespoon daily of coconut oil

could promote weight loss

and improve cardiovascular health,

reveals a new clinical study.



A new study titled, "A Coconut Extra Virgin Oil-rich Diet Increases HDL Cholesterol and Decreases Waist Circumference and Body Mass in Coronary Artery Disease Patients," holds great promise in those suffering from overweight, obesity, and heightened cardiovascular disease risk, and against which pharmaceutical approaches often fail.


Coconut oil was once considered a "bad fat," as it contains saturated fatty acids which conventional nutritionists did not distinguish from synthetically produced ones such as margarine.


We know far better now, and increasingly, natural sources of saturated fats are gaining appreciation as not only "not-bad," but actually beneficial, particularly for the brain.


The new study evaluated the health effects of a nutritional treatment with extra virgin coconut oil, focusing primarily on how it affects HDL cholesterol and a range of anthropmetric measurements (e.g. body weight, size, circumference).


The average age of the participants was 62.4 ± 7.7 years, with 70% of elderly individuals, and 63.2% of males. All of them were hypertensive and 94.5% had blood lipid profiles indicating "dyslipidemia" and on standard, cholesterol lowering drug treatment.


In the first phase, a three month period, 136 enrollees were put on a standardized diet.


From the third month onward, the 116 who completed the first phase were place in two intervention groups:

  • 22 remained on the diet

  • 92 were put on the diet + 13 ml (.43 ounces) daily of extra virgin coconut oil, which is equivalent to about 14 grams, or about 1 Tablespoon (15 grams)

The results of the the three-month coconut oil intervention showed that relative to the standard diet, the coconut group saw a decrease in all six of the bodily parameters measured, including:

  • Weight:  -0.6 kilograms (1.322 pounds)

  • Body Mass Index:  -0.2 kg/m2

  • Waist Circumference:  -2.1 cm

  • Neck Perimeter:  -4 cm

  • Systolic Blood Pressure:  -3.3 points

  • Diastolic Blood Pressure:   -3.5 points




Additionally, the coconut oil intervention group saw a 3.1±7.4 mg/dL increase in HDL cholesterol.


The researchers concluded:

"Non-pharmacological interventions are essential for risk factor control in secondary prevention among patients with coronary disease.


Our study showed that a diet rich in extra virgin coconut oil seems to favor the reduction of WC and the increase of HDL-C concentrations, aiding with secondary prevention for CAD patients."






This study is far more powerful than may first meet the eye.


For instance, at present, pharmaceutical interventions to raise HDL cholesterol lack solid scientific support.


Only yesterday, it was reported on a new JAMA review which revealed an astounding number of medical procedures have no benefit, even harm, wherein it was concluded that,

"In patients with low HDL-C levels who are treated with statins, there is no clinical benefit to HDL-C–targeted therapies."

Considering the fact that pharmaceutical interventions to lower HDL cholesterol have a wide range of serious side effects, the new finding that coconut oil may provide a natural alternative with side benefits, is all the more encouraging.


Additionally, midsection fat, also known as abdominal obesity, is a serious risk factor for cardiovascular events and cardiac mortality.


In fact, a 2007 study published in the journal Circulation found that of three risk factors evaluated for heart attack, namely, abdominal obesity, abnormal lipids, and smoking, abdominal obesity was the most powerful: 48.5%, versus 40.8% for abnormal lipids, and 38.4% for smoking.


When one considers these two factors, any safe, diet-based lifestyle modification that can safely raise HDL-C cholesterol, and reduce midsection fat and related anthropometric parameters such as BMI and midsection circumference, is a home run.


This is, of course, not the first time we have reported on the powerful health benefits of coconut oil.


In fact, it doesn't take months, or even days, to observe positive changes in certain populations. It was reported previously on what can only be described as an amazing study where just one dose of coconut oil derived medium chain triglycerides produced positive cognitive changes in Alzheimer's patients in only 90 minutes.


You can read about it in greater detail: MCT Fats Found in Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function in Only One Dose.










-   The Earth's Most Widespread Medicinal Fruit Plant   -
by Sayer Ji
November 17, 2015








Besides hemp, there are few if any plants that produce as much food, shelter, and medicine as the coconut palm.

A new scientific review on the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), referred to as "the most naturally widespread fruit plant on Earth," reveals its various constituents, which include husk, root, oil, water, and flesh, together possess the following 20 biological effects:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-diabetic

  • Anti-fungal

  • Anti-hypertensive

  • Anti-viral

  • Anti-parasitic

  • Anti-Leishmanial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Antifungal

  • Anti-malarial

  • Anti-triochomonal

  • Anti-tumor activities

  • Bone supportive

  • Cardioprotective

  • Depressant and Anticonvulsive

  • Kidney Protective

  • Liver protective

The table below reveals in detail what parts of the coconut palm are responsible for producing these aforementioned biological effects.




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In support of these findings, the database presently contains research on the coconut palm's potential therapeutic value in preventing and/or treating over 50 different conditions, and expressing 16 different beneficial biological effects.





The new study, titled "Cocos Ncifera (L.) (Arecaceae) - A Phytochemical and Pharmacological Review," also reviewed the toxicity literature on the coconut palm's various constituents and found there was no evidence of acute toxicity, and only low toxicity associated with chronic exposure.


The study summarized the story of the coconut palm's fascinating spread around the world as follows:

The plant is originally from Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines) and the islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. From that region, the fruit of the coconut palm is believed to have been brought to India and then to East Africa.


After the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope, this plant was introduced into West Africa and, from there, dispersed to the American continent and to other tropical regions of the globe."

The review also summarized the traditional healing applications of the coconut palm.


This is an important, complementary data set, because though many of the traditional uses have not yet been tested and validated by science, they may actually work exceptionally well for these conditions in actual practice. 


Below is a table showing many of these traditional uses:





The traditional uses were also summarized in the following paragraph:

In Brazil, extract from the husk fiber of C. nucifera is used to treat diarrhea.


In Papua New Guinea, the leaves and roots of young plants are chewed as treatment for diarrhea and stomachaches. In Fiji, coconut oil is used to prevent hair loss and coconut water is used to treat renal disease.


In Ghana, people use coconut milk to treat diarrhea. In Guatemala, the husk fiber extract is used as an antipyretic, to reduce renal inflammation, and as a topic ointment for dermatitis, abscesses, and injuries.


In Haiti, a decoction of the dry pericarp is used for oral treatment of amenorrhea, and the oil is applied as an ointment to burns; an aqueous extract from the husk fiber is also used for oral asthma treatment.


In India, infusions made with the coconut inflorescence are used for the oral treatment of menstrual cycle disorders. In Indonesia, the oil is used as a wound ointment, the coconut milk is used as an oral contraceptive, and fever and diarrhea are treated with the root extract.


In Jamaica, the husk fiber extract is used to treat diabetes. In Mozambique, the fruit is consumed by men as an aphrodisiac.


Peruvians use the aqueous extract of the fresh coconut fiber orally for asthma, as a diuretic, and for gonorrhea. In Trinidad, bark extract is used orally for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, and bark tea is used to treat venereal diseases.


In Mexico, coconut is used to treat various disorders associated with urogenital tract infection by Trichomonas vaginalis. A decoction of the white flesh of the fruit is used in rural Malaysia to treat fever and malaria.


In Kenya, the fruit is used to relieve skin rash caused by HIV infection.

The study concluded,

Cocos nucifera is a widely dispersed plant that has important pharmacological effects with low toxicity.


Furthermore, medicinal use of C. nucifera has an environmental appeal, since this plant is widely used in the food industry and use of discarded plant parts will reduce waste and pollution.


The pharmacological effects of the plant differ according to the part of the plant or fruit used.


Antioxidant activity predominated in the constituents of the endocarp and coconut water. In addition, the fiber showed antibacterial, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory activities.


Only the ethanolic extract of the root had depressant and anticonvulsant action on the central nervous system.


Coconut water seems to have protective effects, e.g., on the kidney and heart, and antioxidant activity, as well as a hypoglycemic effect.