Coconuts contain a high amount of a saturated fat called medium chain triglycerides. These fats work differently than other types of saturated fat in the body. They might increase fat burning and reduce fat storage. Coconut flour, which is made from coconut, contains high amounts of dietary fiber.
People use coconut for diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don’t confuse coconut with coconut oil or coconut water. These are not the same.
Uses & Effectiveness
We currently have no information for COCONUT overview.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Coconut is commonly consumed as food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if coconut is safe to use as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Allergy to coconut oil or related plants: Coconut might cause serious allergic reactions in people who are allergic to coconut oil, coconut palm pollen, components of coconut, or other members of the Arecaceae plant family.
High cholesterol: People who eat large amounts of coconut have higher cholesterol than those who eat less. But eating foods with coconut flour might actually decrease cholesterol levels. This might be due to the type of coconut product used. Whole coconut contains coconut oil, which is made up of saturated fat. But coconut flour is processed to remove fats. Use whole coconut cautiously if you have high cholesterol.
Surgery: Coconut might interfere with blood glucose control during and after surgery. Stop using coconut at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with COCONUT
Coconut might lower blood sugar levels. Taking coconut along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Be watchful with this combination
As medicine, there isn’t enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of coconut might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.
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