Immune System Benefits
A chemical called monolaurin is a precursor to lauric acid. It is present in coconut oil and has helped in fighting a number of viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungi. It does this by creating a negative effect on the lipid membranes of these cells. This results in protection from a number of microbes and illnesses including the following:
Cancer: Coconut oil has been found to help slow tumor growth while encouraging weight gain in colon cancer patients.
Free radicals: A study involving rats has found that the antioxidants in coconut oil help slow free radical damage.
HIV: The monolaurin in coconut oil has been shown to be an anti-viral capable of reducing the viral load in patients with HIV.
Measles: Monolaurin is also effective at reducing the viral load of measles, helping patients recover faster.
Herpes simplex: Coconut oil is able to deactivate the herpes simplex virus, which may help reduce viral loads and reduce occurrences.
Influenza: Coconut oil can kill the influenza virus, which may help with a faster recovery or with prevention.
Staph and other bacteria: In addition to be an anti-viral, coconut oil is also antibacterial, killing staph and other bacteria.