How to Use Coconut Oil | Dr. Josh Axe

Hey, guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of 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
coconut oil. It becomes very easy to digest. Another big benefit is it’s not readily stored
as fat. 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 benefits there. 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 energy. But now, let’s dive right in and talk about
coconut oil and how you can use this to fight chronic disease. 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 Alzheimer’s. 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 the body. 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 seeds. And then also you want to get mono unsaturated
fats that are found in things like avocados and almonds. Those are the type of fats you want to be
getting in. 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 endurance. 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,
improves digestion. 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 modified. 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
digestion. 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
gum disease. 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
entire body. 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
20 minutes. 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
your sink. 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 weight fast. 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
coconut oil. 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,
absolutely delicious. 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 in coffee. 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
pulling routine. 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
stretch marks. 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 now. 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
not processed. 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. And, hey, if you’ve enjoyed this live training
video make sure you subscribe here to my YouTube channel. Also, hey, I’ve got some really in-depth articles
on coconut oil on my site, just do a Google search now for Dr. Axe coconut oil, and you
can checkout my 101 ways uses on how to use coconut oil on a daily basis. Guys, hey, thanks for watching. Hi, Dr. Axe here, I want to say thanks so
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  1. I can understand clearly every word you say. Good speaker. I love the topic. I already know some of the uses and good benefits we can get from coconut oil but with your video, i learned a lot more. Thank you.

  2. Coconut oil is just “Virgin”! Only olive oil is designated “Extra Virgin,” and it’s due to the process as well as being a legal definition.

  3. I love a teaspoon of coconut oil in my bone broth with a table spoon of apple cider vinegar and wow its awesome. Thanks Josh for these great health tips. 3 close family members have passed away due to Alzheimer's disease. These tips and my keto diet i believe will prevent me from being #4. One of them was my dad and his brother and sister.

  4. since I'm eating coconut oil , my soul got so happy so energetic and losing pounds. it is cutting my years after years stubborn fat . incredible miracle.

  5. no olive oil not melt stubborn fat but when you eat coconut oil it melt with your stubborn fat and wash it off so fast in each time.

  6. I m from India, my state is called Kerala- meaning the land of Coconut trees..
    Coconut /tree/ nut/ oils / drinks is part if our Lives- for skin – food – fibre products.
    We grow coconut trees and grind it to get the best coconut oil – without any Adulteration for home purposes.
    But doc you said “ Extra Virgin olive oil “ in
    The early minutes of the video. ..giggles here..☺️
    Great video for the health benefits.💐👍

  7. Cacao powder doesn’t mix well in water. In the microwave, I melt 1 or 2 tbs of coconut oil and stir in 1 tsp cacao powder (mixes beautifully), then pour the coffee into the cup

  8. I use extra virgin organic coconut 🥥 oil every day as a body moisturiser twice a day seven days a week and I also have some organic shredded coconut on my organic granola cereal with organic almond milk or almond and coconut milk in organic that has no dairy or soya free

  9. Recently I drink coconut milk because my stomach is bloated so I drink it ,… We can buy fresh coconut becoz we have abundant coconut here and avocado is seasonal only unlike coconut whole years it has coconut

  10. Got genital herpes? Not if you take this oil on a regular basis. Had been plagued with herpes outbreaks over the last 30 years. After 5 years of taking it daily I am fit, trim, alert and feeling energized. Have not had any outbreaks in over 4 years!

  11. Thanks Dr Axe. I'm in the Caribbean right and had the liquid of a dry grated coconut in my smoothie for breakfast

  12. Twenty years ago I had a theory based on two my friends (LOL) and their choices. They both were low fat. Hearts healthy but both had strokes. The brain needs fat.

  13. What is the recommended daily dosage I should take ? I just started taking it by 2 tablespoons per day , then I had diarrhea and vomiting?
    Another question is that is coconut oil effective for killing H-Pylori ?

  14. The best coconut oil is from Trader Joe's. I've used others, but the best tasting one is at T.J.'s. Try it when u cook your shrimp. Yummy!

  15. I have been pulling coconut oil for 2 months. I fell better allover my sinuses are no longer stopped up. Abig

    improvement already.

  16. Don't put it on your skin it makes it worse. Very overrated product cocunut oil is when applying it on your face and hair.

  17. There is no such animal as “Extra” Virgin Coconut oil!….you want to get”ORGANIC VIRGIN “ Coconut oil if you can get one that does not use heat to get rich d of the moisture, like (ANH) it is considered the be the BEST ever produced and it takes a month to produce!

  18. Pls dr axe I really need your help on how to remove wrinkles from my face natural with out any Botox,and pls since all my life I have never wore short clothes cause my leg is covered with black spots which I have tried somany sport remover including somany home remedies.

  19. Dr. Axe what is Keto diet? Where do you get the (unrefined), pure, extra virgin, certified organic coconut oil? Is it in the beauty aid section, or food section of the store?

  20. My husband is a heart patient coconut oil has help him in so many ways. he takes it every morning and before bed. this last week he has been rebuilding our cedar fence it really gives him energy. OH! and he is 76 years old not bad for an old guy.  we eat healthy to I have a small greens garden. I don't do bad for a 77 year old great granny.

  21. I know I'm later but thank you for the help as a Dr. 🙏🏼 goes for you on. Helping residents treat themselves since some Dr. Don't take them seriously.

  22. Coconut oil ist healthy when produced shortly after harvest.
    The real problem ist shipping of coconut chunks to the Processing plants in USA and europe. During shipping and subsequent harbour storage a fungus grows …. And produces extremely toxic aflatoxine. Refining of the raw oil reduces this very unhealthy toxine however but traces remain.
    The coconut cake that remains after crushing the oil out may not be used as cattle feed due to the high aflatoxine content….. it must be disposed of… my advise : check where and how the coconut oil ist processed before you consume it. Processed in the countries of Origin is okay. Shipped Stored and processed in the USA or Europe ….is not okay.

  23. I have a question!! I have coconut oil and coconut milk at home. I see lots of people using coconut oil on their pan, but I'm not sure if it's okay to boil/heat coconut milk up. I find coconut milk has a peculiar odor, so I'm wondering if boiling it makes coconut milk tastier. Or is it only me drinking coconut milk? I can't cook coconut milk as Asians and Indians do. (they make curry with coconut milk)

  24. Coconut oil smells wonderful it’s aroma ever fresh no matter how long or old it’s shelf life is. From Meghalaya Shillong in India 🇮🇳

  25. I'm allergic to coconut and I can't even find a shower gel base or recipe anywhere without any derivative if coconut, please can you help me. I'm desperate and I'm pretty certain showering with just water won't help x

  26. Thanks for sharing your excellent information! Doc. I love Coconut oil, and make Coconut oil myself!

  27. i have organic simply nature unrefined cold press virgin oil but it clear not white is this one okay to take a spoon a day

  28. Okay I just recently started using extra virgin coconut oil from the pharmacy section of the food store I started taking or consuming raw coconut oil with an eye dropper of maybe three to four drops for the first couple of days and then the third day I took about a spoonful on the 4th I noticed that I had woke up this morning with very itchy skin so this tells me that I'm having allergic reaction my question is should I dilute this coconut oil into food or drinks to see if it easiest allergic reaction or should I cut it off immediately.

  29. Dr.Axe Is it true that by oil pulling with organic extra virgin coconut oil you can get rid of small gingival abscesses? I’ve seen some YouTubers say they have.

  30. so I got a big question i can eat coconut oil with a spoon like 2 tablespoon without anything no waterr etc is it safe?

  31. How do you expect people to believe you when you cant even read your teleprompter and say olive oil not coconut oil . there is sooooo much mis information and stop trying to cram soooo much info into people . Get your facts straight first and SLOW THE HELL DOWN . YOU ARE
    HELPING NO ONE !!!!!!!!!!

  32. Thank you for this GREAT information doctor!! I try to tell people to us Coconut oil but they don’t believe me! Didn’t know all these fantastic benefits but i do now!! Thank you for sharing and giving us such good information! Especially love that it isn’t a pill or prescription!!

  33. Hey um, for my hair

    Question 1: Do I apply coconut oil on dry hair or wet hair?

    Question 2: Do I keep it in my hair or do I rinse it out
    And can u eat coconut oil?

  34. I was so happy to see a video that went in to the extraordinary uses for coconut oil and our health! Not just smaller uses but big ones like the profound results studies have shown with Alzheimer’s. I believe it is a miracle food and the word still needs to be spread!

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