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by Ruger1 on 11 January 2013 - 17:01

This is a continuance of the original thread titled Coconut Oil by clc29...

I wanted to hear what everyone had to say about the results of using the coconut oil.

I originally posted to that thread about the brand I was using at the time.
I purchased "Goldern Barrel" coconut oil at the local natual food store.
16oz for about $4.00, no preservivatives,,A product of Good Foods INC 

I recently went to  another health food store and bought Natures Way Efa Gold Coconut Oil Prue Extra Virgin Organic.. I paid $23.95 for 32oz...

WoW!!! Not all coconut oils are created equal!!!,,,Natures Way brand is 100x better in taste and texture even the color is beautiful. Just thought I would pass on my experience and let others know..

Prince does super on the coconut oil ,,I love it too..

Abby Normal

by Abby Normal on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

I am a huge fan of coconut oil. We had another thread on it a while back too. 
Definitely agree all are not equal. I am in the UK and the one I get now from Amazon is Biona, and the taste is truly coconutty. One of the things I found that it did was to regrow hair on my old girls elbow callouses, big ones, that she had had for years. The senior trainer at our club's jaw dropped when she saw  it, as she said it was uneard of to get hair to ever regrow there. I had tried loads of things over the years, nothing worked. But within a month or so of rubbing coconut oil on them every other day or so I noticed z fine down appearing. It then became real fur. They were real 'elephant' skin too. I dont do it often enough, but they are gradually becomi g smaller, as the fur grows over.  It reduced shedding too, and their coats are dense and shiny.
It also seems to make my old girl somewhat frisky,  She will become attracted to certain dogs and be very silly and invite them to play, she is over 10, and has never been very interested in other dogs, it is funny and rather charming. What it mainly tells me though is that she feels good!

by beetree on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

Thanks for updating that, Ruger1.  I was just thinking about buying some coconut oil for the first time, because of all the raving people were doing. Your review is great and right on time!  

Abby... that localized rubbing tip might be good for my cat, too, I wonder. 
Abby Normal

by Abby Normal on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

Beetree, give it a try and let us know the results. What is the skin problem with your cat?
The good thing is that it is gentle enough for us to use as moisturiser, so will not do any harm. I have used it myself for moisturising, so many uses!
The trainer was so amazed she has asked me to write about it in our club mag, which reminds me.....I haven't done it yet!

by clc29 on 11 January 2013 - 18:01 are so right....NOT ALL COCONUT OILS ARE CREATED EQUAL.

Especially in

Not long after I posted the original thread I found a different brand of Coconut oil at Costco.
Its made by Carrington Farms.....100% Organic Extra Virgin.....unrefined and Cold pressed.
It cames in a 54 oz jar and cost about $16.00 if I remember right.....I bought 3 jars, so it's been a while....LOL.

I've had people stop me and ask what I feed my dog because his coat is amazing.
Cisco's orthopedic surgeon, who see's a lot of dogs, told me he'd never seen a German Shepherd with such a nice coat.

Needless to say...I'm totally sold on it.

Here's a recent picture........he has not has a bath in a while......and this picture has not been photo shopped.


by VKGSDs on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

I just started using it two weeks ago.  My dogs LOVE it.  I haven't noticed improvements yet but my dogs are very healthy already.  I use Nutiva extra virgin organic.  It's $27 for 54oz.  I've heard it can help with people hair too so I think once a week I'll put it in my hair while I'm working out (in my basement).

by mirasmom on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

clc29, your dogs looks are absolutely breathtaking!!!Shades Smile

Thanks for putting him out there for us to see!Clever

Abby Normal

by Abby Normal on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

Mine adore it too. As soon as I say coconut oil, they are queing up LOL. 

by Ibrahim on 11 January 2013 - 19:01

I found good info about coconut oil

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties.

Coconut oil is used extensively in tropical countries especially IndiaSri LankaThailand, Phillipines etc, which have a good production of coconut oil. The oil was also once popular in western countries such asUnited States and Canada; however, there was a strong propoganda in 1970s spread by the corn oil and soy oil industry against coconut oil. Coconut oil was considered harmful for the human body due to its high saturated fat content till the last decade (2000s) when people started questioning this propoganda. Let us get into some details of how coconut oil works for our body.  

How is Lauric Acid used by our body?

The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various healthbenefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. The Coconut Research Center has compiled various benefits in both traditional and modern medicine.

Before we move on to the benefits of coconut oil in detail, let us understand its composition.

Composition of Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil consists of more than ninety percent of saturated fats (Don’t panic! First read to the last word. Your opinion may change), with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Virgin coconut oil is no different from this. Let us have a bit detailed study of this..

  • Saturated fatty acids: Most of them are medium chain triglycerides, which are supposed to assimilate well. Lauric acid is the chief contributor, with more than forty percent of the share, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic.
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids: Linoleic acid.
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids: Oleic acid.
  • Poly-phenols: Coconut contains gallic acid, which is phenolic acid. These poly-phenols are supposed to be responsible for the fragrance and the taste of coconut oil and Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in these poly-phenols.
  • Certain derivatives of fatty acid like betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides and polyol esters.
  • Fatty chlorides, fatty alcohol sulphate and fatty alcohol ether sulphate, all of which are derivatives of fatty alcohols.
  • Vitamin-E and Vitamin K and minerals such as Iron.

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Let us now explore the benefits of coconut oil in detail:

Hair Care:

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shiny complexion. It is effective in reducing the protein loss for damaged and undamaged hair.

Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. Most of the people in these countries apply coconut oil on their hair daily after bath. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. Research study indicates that coconut oil provides better protection to hair from damage caused by hygral fatigue.

Regular head massage with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is dry. It also helps in keeping hair and scalp free from lice and lice eggs.

It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

Skin Care:

Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Further, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitiseczema and other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care. Coconut oil also helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.

Heart Diseases:

There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of othervegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Weight Loss

Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.


Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

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