the supposed health benefits of coconut oil http://www.dcnutrition.com/miscellaneous/Detail.CFM?RecordNumber=569 here's part of the article. more info in the link HEALING POWERS OF COCONUT OIL If there was an oil you could use for your daily cooking needs that helped protect you from heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative conditions, improved your digestion, strengthened your immune system, and helped you lose excess weight, would you be interested? No such oils exists you say? Not so! There is an oil that can do all this and more. No, it's not olive oil, it's not canola oil, or safflower oil or any of the oils commonly used for culinary purposes. It's not flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, or any of the oils sold as dietary supplements. It's not rare or exotic. IT IS WONDERFUL AND HEALTHFUL COCONUT OIL. Plain and simple... COCONUT OIL is the healthiest oil we can use. Some 50 years ago coconut oil was used in pies, cakes, cookies. crackers, candy and other confections. Then in the late 1950's most of this healthy oil was replaced with polyunsaturated oils and partially hydrogenated oils and our health since has been on a downward spiral with increased cancer, heart disease, asthma, diabetes, allergies and on and on. But wait, isn't coconut oil a saturated fat? And isn't saturated fat bad? because coconut oil is primarily a saturated oil, it has been blindly labeled as bad. It is lumped right along with beef fat and lard with the assumption that they all carry the same health risks. However, researchers have clearly shown that the oil from coconuts, a plant source, acts differently than the saturated fat from animal sources. The oil from coconuts is unique in nature and provides many health benefits obtainable from no other source. What Coconut Oil DOES NOT Do: * Does not contain cholesterol. * Does not increase blood cholesterol level. * Does not promote platelet stickiness which leads to blood clot formation. * Does not contribute to atherosclerosis or heart disease. * Does not promote cancer or any other degenerative disease. * Does not contribute to weight problems. What Coconut Oil DOES Do: * Reduces risk of atherosclerosis and related illnesses. * reduces risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions. * Helps prevent bacterial, viral, and fungal (including yeast) infections. * Supports immune system function. * Helps prevent osteoporosis. * Helps control diabetes. * Promotes weight loss. * Supports healthy metabolic function. * Provides an immediate source of energy. * Supplies fewer calories than other fats. * Supplies important nutrients necessary for good health. * Improves digestion and nutrient absorption. * Has a mild delicate flavor. * Is highly resistant to spoilage (long shelf life). * Is heat resistant (the healthiest oil for cooking). * Helps keep skin soft and smooth. * Helps prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin. * Helps protect against skin cancer and other blemishes. ALSO FROM DR. BRUCE FIFE'S BOOK -- "THE HEALING MIRACLES OF COCONUT OIL": HEALTH BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL Research and clinical observation have shown that medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA’s), like those found in coconut oil, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below: • Kills viruses that cause mononucleosis, influenza, hepatitis C. measles, herpes, AIDS and other illnesses • Kills bacteria that cause pneumonia, earache, throat infections, dental cavities, food poisoning, urinary tract infections, meningitis, gonorrhea, and dozens of other diseases • Kills fungi and yeast that cause candida, jock itch, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash and other infections • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy • Boosts energy and endurance enhancing physical and athletic performance • Improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth. • Helps protect against osteoporosis • Helps relieve symptoms of gallbladder disease • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids • Reduces chronic inflammation • Supports tissue healing and repair • Supports and aids immune system function • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers • Is heart healthy; does not increase blood cholesterol or platelet stickiness • Helps prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, and stroke • Helps prevent high blood pressure • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay • Functions as a protective antioxidant • Helps to protect the body from harmful free-radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease • Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) • Reduces epileptic seizures • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections • Helps prevent liver disease • Is lower in calories than all other fats • Supports thyroid function • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats. • Helps preven OILesity and overweight problems • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward off infection • Reduces symptoms associated with psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots • Promotes healthy-looking hair and complexion • Provides protection from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun • Controls dandruff • Helps you look and feel younger • Is resistant to oxidation, so has a long shelf life • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperatures like other vegetable oils do • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects • Is completely non-toxic to humans DAILY DOSE COMPARISON The amount of medium-chain fatty acids that is believed to be necessary for optional health can be obtained from a variety of coconut products. The following all contain about the same amount of MCFA’s and is the recommended daily amount one should try to take. The amount of MCFA’s in... 2 - TABLESPOONSFUL OF COCONUT OIL DAILY: = 5 ounces fresh coconut meat (about half a coconut) = 1 3/4 cups dried, shredded coconut = 7 ounces of coconut milk (see below) As unbelievable as it sounds, the oil in coconuts has been found to aid the body in destroying dozens of harmful viruses including hepatitis C, herpes, and HIV. Coconut oil has been called the healthiest dietary oil on earth. If you're not using coconut oil for your daily cooking and body care needs you're missing out on one of nature's most amazing health products. The Healing Miracles of Coconut Oil by Bruce Fife, N.D.