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by Ruger1 on 11 January 2013 - 17:01

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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..

by Abby Normal on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

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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

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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. 

by Abby Normal on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

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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

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Joined: Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:38 pm 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

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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

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

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

by Abby Normal on 11 January 2013 - 18:01

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

by Ibrahim on 11 January 2013 - 19:01

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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.

by Ibrahim on 11 January 2013 - 19:01

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Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. 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 heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Healing and Infections

When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from externaldust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

Infections: Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.


Coconut oil is strongly recommended for other benefits which are given below. Usage of coconut oils mildly helps for the following:

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases as they substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress Relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones: As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium andmagnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental Care: Calcium is an important element present in teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in getting strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.

HIV and Cancer: It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancerpatients. Preliminary research has shown indications of the effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load of HIV patients (Reference).

Finally, coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's Disease: There are reports of  research conducted by Dr. Newport stating that coconut oil is useful for treating Alzheimer's disease. Apart from this there is no scientific evidence or traditional knowledge or coconut oil being used for treating Alzheimer's. It was also not known traditionally that coconut oil helps in the brain function. 

Why is Coconut Oil Solid?: Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point - about 24 to 25 degress Celcius or 76-78 Farenheit. Therefore it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperatures go high. Hence, if you buy a bottle of coconut oil and find it solid, don't think that there is some problem with it. Coconut oil is like this only. And of course, don't keep it in your refrigerator.

How to Use Coconut Oil?: If you are using coconut oil for topical purposes, especially hair care, just melt the oil (if it is solid) by keeping the bottle in the sun or warm water. You can also take some coconut oil out and put it in a small bowl and heat the bowl over a flame (do not use microwave). Then take the oil on your palm and apply it to your hair. If you want to use it for internal consumption, simply replace butter or vegetable oils with coconut oil in your recipes. Remember, you need not switch to coconut oil completely, as you will miss the benefits of other oils and dairy products.

Can I Use Coconut Oil for Cooking?: Yes, in most of the tropical coastal regions, people use coconut oil for coooking.  

I Don't Like the Taste of Coconut Oil. What Should I do?: Try using coconut oil in some different recipe. That may help. If you get nauseated after eating coconut oil, don't force yourself. As it happens with any otherfood item, your body may be allergic to coconut oil and it is best not to consume it.

This article is written by Kiran Patil

Visit the website of Coconut Research Center to get a list of the scientific literature on coconut oil

Sources of photos: Coconut oil:; woman combing hair, measuring waist, healthy kid, middle aged woman: PhotoXpress

by fawndallas on 11 January 2013 - 20:01

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My dad has Parkinsons and he raves about how coconut oil has helped him, especially with the shakes.  

by Dawulf on 11 January 2013 - 20:01

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Too bad I don't like coconut... yuck! It sounds like it does the trick though.

by Nans gsd on 11 January 2013 - 20:01

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clc29;  that is one handsome boy.  I have to agree with your vet;  such a beautiful shiny coat.  And being black you can really see if you have any flakes or etc.  Thx for sharing  Nan

by MichaelCox on 11 January 2013 - 21:01

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Can you share the amounts you feed please. I'm looking for X amount/day or everother day and so on.


by Ruger1 on 11 January 2013 - 22:01

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Clc,,Awesome coat!!,,

MCox,,I feed about 1table spoon once or twice a day..I melt it in a small bit of hot water and poor it on his kibble,,He loves it!!..Start with a small amount in the beginning..

AbbyN..Great about the elbows!!,,thanks for sharing that..

Ibrahim,,Thanks for the information page!..

by PMWatch on 11 January 2013 - 22:01

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Can someone explain to me how to use coconut oil? I've never heard of this before and would like to try it. Thank you in advance for the info.

by clc29 on 11 January 2013 - 22:01

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Mirasmom....Abby Normal....Nans GSD...and Ruger.....Thank  you for the complements.....Red Smile

Wow...Ibrahim.....I did not know about all of those benefits....Thanks for sharing the information.

I started out with 1 teaspoon once a day for a week.......then gradually increased it to 3 tablespoons once a day..........which is what I've been feeding for the last several months.

I microwave mine so it's in liquid form when I feed it..........Since my jar is so big (54oz), I scoop enough out for a feeding (plus a little extra) and put it in an old jelly jar for heating.

by VKGSDs on 11 January 2013 - 23:01

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My GSD gets about 3-4 Tablespoons a day right now (it's cold/dry here).

Coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so right now in my house (60-68 degrees with winter heat) it is "solid" in the jar, but it's soft.  It's sort of like a greasy, soft candle wax.  I just scrape it out with a fork.  I float my dogs' food with water anyway, so I just put a quick shot of warm water on it and it mostly melts.  They love it so they'll eat any chunks.

For myself I put it directly on my hair.  It's greasy so I use it like a treatment that I wash out.  Right now I'm working out at home in the evenings so I'll massage it into my hair while I work out, then wash out afterward when I shower.  When I was younger my friend's mom would put it in our hair for sleepovers and we'd sleep with a towel on our head.

by laura271 on 12 January 2013 - 13:01

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Here's a short video clip from Dr. Karen Becker on adding coconut oil to your pet's diet.
She recommends 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10 to 20 lb body weight.

(1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons)

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