What are the health benefits of coconut oil?

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.
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.

Continue Learning about Dietary Supplements

Don’t Take Supplements Without Doing This First
Don’t Take Supplements Without Doing This First
Think “all natural” means “perfectly safe”? That’s not always the case, at least when it comes to vitamins and supplements. In 2015, a study by the Ce...
Read More
What are probiotics?
Dr. Roshini C. Rajapaksa, MDDr. Roshini C. Rajapaksa, MD
Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help keep our bodies healthy, found mostly in supplements an...
More Answers
How can prebiotics help reduce stress-induced digestive problems?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MDDr. Mehmet Oz, MD
It may come as a surprise, but your intestines contain a large network of nerves that can become sho...
More Answers
How Do I Correct Hormonal Deficiencies with Nutritional Supplements?
How Do I Correct Hormonal Deficiencies with Nutritional Supplements?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.