February 8, 2016

Coconut Oil

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How does Coconut Oil work?

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and can increase cholesterol. When applied to the skin, it has a moisturizing effect.

Are there safety concerns?

Coconut oil is safe for most people if used in amounts commonly found in foods. It also appears to be safe when applied to the scalp in combination with other herbs. Its high saturated fat content can cause weight gain and increase cholesterol.

The safety of coconut oil used in medicinal amounts is unknown.

Do not use coconut oil in amounts greater than those found in food if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have high cholesterol.

Dosing considerations for Coconut Oil.

The appropriate dose of coconut oil depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for coconut oil. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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