As you likely already know, we love coconut oil and its many health benefits. In addition to making food taste amazing, it can aid weight loss and protect you from bacteria and viruses. This “magic” oil’s medium chain triglycerides and high lauric acid content make it a true superfood. However, just like any other supplement or superfood, coconut oil also has the potential to cause other kinds of effects in some people. Here is a list of possible coconut oil side effects.
Coconut Oil Side Effects
1. Herxheimer Reaction
What is a Herxheimer reaction? This occurs when too much gut bacteria “dies off” and as a result other toxins accumulate. Since coconut oil has the ability to kill viruses, fungi, infections and parasites, if too much coconut oil is consumed too soon, then die-off is almost guaranteed to occur. Herxheimer reactions are temporary, and can cause you to experience body aches and pains, fatigue, as well as a temporary increase in your original symptoms.
There are ways to reduce your risk of experiencing a possible Herxheimer reaction when using coconut oil, regardless of the purpose. First of all, you could start out with a low dose and slowly work your way up to the full recommended dose (2-3 tablespoons per day depending on weight). This should be performed over a 1 – 2 week period at minimum for the greatest success. Another way to minimize the chances of experiencing die-off is by using bentonite clay or activated charcoal, both which can absorb any excess toxins from the body, preventing uncomfortable die-off symptoms. This side effect is all about moderation!
2. Allergic Reaction
Despite the numerous health benefits of coconut oil, not everyone can tolerate this exotic food. In fact, some people could have an allergy to coconut, and tree nut allergies can be very dangerous in some cases. If after ingesting coconut oil you experience any type of strange rash or itchy skin, then you could possibly be allergic. If you experience difficulty breathing, then this could indicate anaphylactic shock and you should seek immediate medical attention. Of course there is no way to minimize your chances of experiencing an allergic reaction other than to be cautious and self-aware. If you’re allergic to coconut then even a minute amount could cause a reaction.
As with the Herxheimer reaction, this one is about taking too much, too soon! Any increase in fat consumption can lead to this when done too much too soon. Always start with a low dose per day and work up to a healthy one for your weight (about 2-3 tablespoons per day at maximum). Studies of populations who have a diet enriched with coconut oil show that they are very “regular”, which is a desirable effect, but you can see why too much can cause problems. It’s not uncommon to experience this at first and then for your body to acclimate. As with most coconut oil side effects with the exception of allergies, this too is about moderation.
4. Weight Loss or Weight Gain?
Coconut oil is helpful for weight loss because of its metabolism-boosting help for the thyroid, as well as turning right into energy in the liver. The controversy is around the fact that coconut oil is still, nonetheless, an oil and therefore a fat. That means it has about 120 calories per tablespoon, as with any other fat. We recommend coconut oil as a part of a weight loss plan because it helps you feel satiated and to have fewer cravings, and helps you burn calories. But nonetheless, it’s wise to be aware of the calories you are consuming. Not in an obsessive or overly meticulous way, but definitely to keep it in mind. What do you think?
5. Elevated “Good” Cholesterol
Since coconut oil is pure saturated fat, many people are concerned that their LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels will increase. However, studies show that coconut oil actually increases the HDL, or “good” cholesterol, which is a desired result. However, everyone’s body is different and there is no way to determine if your cholesterol will be affected negatively, positively, or at all. You should have your cholesterol checked before and after starting coconut oil therapy in order to effectively monitor your levels.
So as you can see, even though coconut oil can heal your body of a variety of ailments, there is the possibility of experiencing uncomfortable coconut oil side effects. Fortunately, as long as you’re not experiencing an allergy to coconut oil, with careful planning, it is possible to minimize the likelihood of experiencing any side effects. (What Kind of Coconut Oil to Buy for Best Results.) (Buy Coconut Oil).