How Much Coconut Oil to Consume Daily?
Coconut oil is one of nature’s most powerful forms of nutrition. Mothers’ milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption due to its ideal nutritional content and immune boosting compounds. The closest match in nature to mothers’ milk is found within the coconut. This tropical staple is loaded with many powerful fatty acids that give it a unique taste and an abundance of health enhancing benefits. So how much coconut oil should you consume daily?
Coconut oil enhances every bodily system. It is most renowned for its ability to dramatically boost immunity through the presence of medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s) like lauric acid (1, 2). When the body consumes lauric acid it is metabolized into a monoglyceride called monolaurin.
Coconut Oil Balances Hormones:
Coconut oil also helps to balance hormones, stabilize blood sugar levels and boost the cellular healing process (6, 7, 8). It is also known to stimulate the thyroid and reduce stress on the liver, pancreas and digestive system. This increases metabolism which helps us burn fat far more effectively while stimulating clean sources of energy that make us feel terrific.
The minimal daily dose of MCT’s in coconut oil you should consume should be equivalent to what an infant will receive through human breast milk. The amount that infants consume helps to build their natural immune response to protect them from infectious illness while providing the nutritional support to help them grow and mature correctly.
Based on body size, an average adult of 150 lbs should consume about 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily. This amount also includes coconut oil derivatives such as coconut milk, coconut butter and MCT oil. I explain the translation of these at the bottom of this article.
The Optimal Amount of MCTs
Taking this amount of coconut oil for your body weight should be enough to benefit from the MCT’s. Fortunately, the immune boosting and anti-microbial effects of MCT’s are accumulative (9). This means that in many cases more is better.
You can easily take twice the maintenance dose and do great. Many natural health doctors who understand the health benefits of coconut will recommend a tablespoon of coconut oil every 2-3 hours for their very sick patients. This coconut oil could be delivered transdermally by applying it on their skin or orally through their mouth.
Put Coconut Oil on Your Skin:
Many very sick patients gag when anything is put into their mouth…so expect to rub it into their skin. Try to cover as much of their body as possible and especially over major areas where sickness exists. If someone has a respiratory infection, rub the coconut oil over their throat and chest regions so it will affect these regions first.
Because coconut oil is a super food and not a drug there is no danger of overdosing on coconut oil. Many tropical populations have consumed twice as much as the maintenance dose on a daily basis throughout their lives with no side effects. Dr. Bruce Fife, N.D. claims to have taken up to 14 tablespoons a day with no problems.
Coconut Milk, Flour and Butter
Coconut milk is another incredible way to add the MCT benefits into your daily life. Coconut milk is very rich and creamy. It is fantastic in a berry shake, mixed into hummus, guacamole, rice dishes, and soups. Be sure to get the regular or full fat milk in a glass container or can and not the light or carton based varieties. Look for organic varieties without preservatives.
Coconut Milk Conversion: 3oz of coconut milk = 1 Tbsp of coconut oil
One full can supplies roughly 12 oz of coconut milk which is equivalent to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil.
MCT Oil Conversion: 2 tbsp of MCT oil = 3 tbsp of coconut oil
If you are using MCT oil than it is a 2:3 ratio. Coconut oil is 2/3rds MCT so the MCT is simply a more concentrated form.
Coconut Butter: 1 tbsp of coconut butter = 1 tbsp of coconut oil
If you are using coconut butter than it is a simple 1:1 ratio, so if you use 1 tbsp of coconut butter daily than that replaces 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
Coconut Flour Conversion: 1 cup of coconut flour is equivalent to 1 tbsp of coconut oil.
Coconut Flakes Conversion: 1/2 cup of coconut flakes is equivalent to 1 tbsp of coconut oil
How do you prefer to get your coconut oil in each day? If you are looking for more options, here are some great coconut based, fat burning recipes to try out!