Coconut oil, a very popular remedy for a variety of conditions, can unfortunately also cause side effects. When taking coconut oil internally, Earth Clinic readers report symptoms that include heart palpitations, dizziness, chest pain, increase in blood pressure, decrease in blood pressure, headaches, and weight gain. Digestive symptoms include, acid reflux, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, and a burning feeling in the stomach. Gallbladder attacks, indicated by pain under the right lower ribs, have also been reported after coconut oil consumption.
Side Effects From External Use of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is commonly used for skin conditions, including dry skin and acne. However, some Earth Clinic readers report a worsening of acne. Others find that coconut oil makes their skin dry, flaky or itchy. Some have experienced increased redness on the skin, similar to a sunburn.
Mixed Results with Coconut Oil Use
Brezilda and her husband, from Cebu, Philippines were experiencing positive results from the use of coconut oil before side effects appeared. “My husband has been taking 2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and oil pulling with virgin coconut oil for about 3 weeks. I have just been oil pulling with coconut oil for 3 weeks. We both seem to have lost weight, teeth seem whiter. However, the side effects have kicked in. I started with excrutiating headaches for 2 days and then loose bowel movements. My husband felt tired, then had very runny bowel movement over 2 days, fever, and exhaustion.”
The majority of people that use coconut oil do have positive results. Coconut oil is used for a wide variety of health conditions such as adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems, viruses, mono, athlete’s foot, colds, digestive issues, blood pressure problems, dry skin, low energy, Alzheimer’s Disease, migraines, nausea, and to help with weight loss.
Possible Causes of Side Effects from Coconut Oil Use
Because coconut oil has been used successfully by thousands of Earth Clinic readers without side effects, it may pay to investigate the cause of the side effects.
Using a poor quality coconut oil is one possible reason that the results are poor. Regular Earth Clinic posters commonly recommend using cold-pressed, extra virgin, organic coconut oil. Starting with a maximum recommended dose is much more likely to cause side effects than starting with a small amount and increasing slowly.
Some find that taking coconut oil on an empty stomach makes side effects more likely. In that case, taking it with food or using it in cooking may be a better way to take it.
Continue reading for feedback from our readers who have experienced side effects after taking coconut oil.
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