Brian Shilhavy, Editor
Health Impact News

Here is yet another study showing the superiority of coconut oil in healing skin problems.

Back in the years 2000 and 2001, when Marianita and I began to make our virgin coconut oil available to the U.S. market while still living in the Philippines, almost nobody was consuming coconut oil as a dietary oil, due to the anti-saturated fat bias in the U.S. But we quickly learned that coconut oil had an avid following of enthusiastic fans for external skin purposes, and was a highly sought after ingredient in many skin care products that emphasized natural ingredients instead of chemicals.

As we began our Internet discussion groups, the testimonies started pouring in, mostly for skin conditions that coconut oil healed where drugs failed. We have documented many of these testimonials in our article here: Coconut Oil for Skin Health

What’s hilarious about this recently published study out of Malaysia, is that (at least in the abstract) they don’t even mention the words “coconut oil,” using rather the latin name for coconut: Cocos nucifera Linn.

Could this be because the “School of Pharmacy” at a medical university conducted the study, and is hoping to develop a patent-able drug from the research? If so, then they would surely not want people to think that coconut oil by itself could achieve the same results!

Well, that cat is out of the bag! Coconut oil, particularly Virgin Coconut Oil, most certainly can achieve remarkable results, as is evidenced by numerous studies published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as the thousands of testimonies we have seen over the past 12 plus years. In our article on skin health and coconut oil, you will read about people using coconut oil for almost all skin problems you can imagine:

  • Fungal Skin Problems
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Keratosis Pilaris
  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea

to name a few.

In this most recent study, they looked at coconut in various other gel bases (presumably with the idea of developing pharmaceutical products) and found that coconut was effective “against various strains of microorganisms.”  While they don’t specify coconut oil, even if they were using whole concentrations of dried coconut, that would be comprised of 65-70% coconut oil. Other studies also confirm that the antimicrobial effect of coconut oil. See our peer-reviewed research section at

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About the authors: Unlike many people who write about  coconut oil by simply reading about it, Marianita Shilhavy actually grew up on a coconut plantation in the Philippines and in a culture that consumed significant amounts of coconut fat in their diet. She later went on to earn her degree in nutrition and worked as a nutritionist in the Philippines. Brian Shilhavy also lived in the Philippines for several years with Marianita and their 3 children observing firsthand the differences between the diet and health of the younger generation and those of Marianita’s parents’ generation still consuming a traditional diet. This led to years of studying Philippine nutrition and dietary patterns first hand while living in a rural farming community in the Philippines. They are authors of the best-selling book: Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours!

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