What are the health benefits of coconut oil?

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Want soft skin? Organic virgin coconut oil when you finish showering traps in the moisture for super soft smooth skin (run the glass bottle under your hot water to get liquid).

And as it softens your skin, it also protects you -- did you know coconut oil is a potent anti-bacterial/fungal. In fact, new moms -- did you know that rubbing the oil on your nipples just prior to breastfeeding helps provide the baby additional protection vs. unwanted bugs? (The added benefit is it keeps the skin soft and helps protect you, too.)

Lauric acid is the fatty acid found in coconut oil that provides these benefits. And the benefits continue on the insides too helping to fight off infection and lubricate the digestive tract.
Joseph M. Mercola, DO
Family Medicine
Family Physician and Integrative Health Specialist Dr. Joe Mercola discusses the health benefits of coconut oil. Watch Dr. Mercola's video for tips on overall health and wellness.

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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