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sejinro
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   Posted 10/12/2007 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone here eat raw coconut oil to help with CD? I have been eating it, 1 tablespoon, on a daily basis. It seems to be helping with providing regular and quick bowel movements. Just wanted to get some thoughts on this.
 
Thanks.

JudyK89
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   Posted 10/12/2007 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't imagine what the benefits would be, it's very high in saturated fats which are the major cause of high cholesterol.


Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 

Post Edited (JudyK89) : 10/12/2007 11:44:25 AM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 10/12/2007 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   

The fact is that coconut oil is extreamly healthy for you...

here's a link regarding the misconception about bad high saturated fats regarding coconut oil:

At one time coconut oil received negative press in the US because of its high level of saturated fat. However, modern research has shown that not all saturated fats are alike and that the fatty acids in coconut oil, the medium chain triglycerides, do not raise serum cholesterol or contribute to heart disease, but are in fact very healthy. Also, some negative studies done on coconut oil in the past was done on hydrogenated coconut oil, which has been altered from its original form. Other studies have clearly shown that traditional Asian cultures that eat significant amounts of coconut in their diet do not suffer from modern diseases seen in western cultures that promote a low-fat diet.

Much research on the nutritional and medicinal benefits on coconut oil has surfaced in recent years. Much of that research has been done by Dr. Mary Enig. Dr. Enig has classified coconuts as a "functional food," which provides health benefits over and beyond the basic nutrients. She has specifically identified lauric acid as a key ingredient in coconut products:

"Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria including listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of the free lauric acid."

http://www.coconut-info.com/

 

sejinro, keep up with it, it's very good for you and has many benefits...I buy coconuts from the grocery store and eat it as well as drink the oil/milk/juice as it's referred to as all those.

 

:)



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CrohnieYogi
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Does that mean coconut cream pie, coconut cake, and almond joys are ok for me to as much as I want tongue

pb4
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
NO...LOL, just plain old natural actual coconut that you have to crack open to get the natural un-tampered with juice out of.


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JudyK89
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Very interesting about the coconut oil. I would assume it has to be unrefined or "virgin?" Didn't know there was so much recent interest in it.

I do know I was told years ago by one of my doctors to never eat raw coconut again. It seems it may create tiny cuts on the inside of your intestines during digestion (it doesn't break down much) which may in turn cause inflammation.

Many moons ago, I was a manager of a Taco Bell (in the old days when we made everything from scratch every day). I worked so many hours that I lived on Taco Bell food. At the time, all their products were fried in coconut oil I think they've since changed the oil they use, but I remember it was tasty. I don't know if the form of oil they used was healthy or not, but I do know that even with all the corn products,fried products, beans, and spices, I was very fit and in remission for years (this was after a surgical induced remission). I also drank more Pepsi than anyone ever should, lol. So, who knows what's good for this disease or isn't? The jury's still out.
Judy
49 years old, CD since I was a child.    
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, back on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 10/12/2007 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I personally go with common sense, I know refined sugar, processed foods/beverages, fast-foods are not healthy so I avoid them...I love eating coconut flesh and have never had any problems with it, if anything it helps bulk up my stools.

It's like they say, "you are what you eat", if you eat inflammatory foods, expect inflammatory diseases and conditions to never heal...it takes time for the body to recover from poor diets (processed foods and such) so the longer you eat them the longer it will take for your body to heal, whether it's inflammed bowel, arthritis, heart disease, ect, anything connected with inflammation is only getting more fuel added to the fire.

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kim123
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   Posted 10/12/2007 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Coconut oil is a natural antifungal (caprylic acid is a fatty acid derived form coconut oil). Probably why you are noticing improvement. Perhaps your CD has a fungal etiology? BTW, elevated cholesterol is a response to an invasion by a toxin in your bloodstream. Dr. Constantini, retired head of the WHO has done research (1994) and found fungal toxins in the blood stream caused elevated blood cholesterol. Cholesterol binds fungal toxins. Statin drugsthat are used to lower cholesterol were first antifungal drugs. I guess that's why they work. I take caprylic acid, among other naturals, daily. Have ever since I discovered my colitis had a fungal etiology. Am symptom free, prescription drug free. If it works for you....keep taking it :)

Kim


Becoming undone
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   Posted 10/12/2007 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
My mother had told me of even cooked coconut...in coconut macaroons (sp?) It does help me feel better, and weird as it may be, bulks up without the pain. The major problem is that they are SOOOOOOOOOO calorie laden. I would only eat one 1x per day. The other major problem is finding them. Used to use Archway brand then Whole Foods but Whole Foods is at least 25 miles from my house.

nazeha
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   Posted 10/12/2007 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
im on the makers diet and it says to cook everything w/cocanut oil.
 
: )
Maya
Diagnosed with CD in Jan 07 after going to different doctors for fissures or what I thought were hemmeroids. After getting a colonoscopy they found out I had Crohns. I had no idea what the hell CD was, but once I read up on it, realized I've had mild symptoms since age 12. I'm now 19.
I have mild to moderate CD, and don't have many symptoms other than my 3 fissures, stomach pain after eating, diarreah, bloating, cramping, gastritis on occasion, and then other random health issues that are caused from CD like gingivitis for example.
Just got off of Entocort (too many side effects) and Cipro. I'm now trying the Maker's Diet as well as a bunch of vitamins and probiotics. Let's hope this helps a bit!
This site is great for support.
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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 10/12/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
this is the oil suggested in the makers diet never tried it tho in his book there is a site to get virgin coconut oil


Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 10/12/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
saturated fat does not cause cholesterol problems. we have all been misled so we'd buy certain products. it sucks. the same thing with red meat and low fat dairy/foods - we've been duped.

granted you should watch your saturated fat intake though. it doesnt turn into trans fat when cooking with it from as far as i know. from what i've read you can eat up to like 4 tablespoons per day and be fine. which is probably true if you are already on a healthy diet free of rich and fatty and greasy foods - which all of us here should be anyhoo since those are all danger foods.

i love cooking with it as it adds a hint of coconut to food. seared ahi in coconut oil is fantastic. it also works good as a spread on say toast.

many many brands to choose from, of course some are better than others so read the labels.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
been on basically every med available, currently on colozal & 6-mp
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon


broomhilda
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   Posted 10/12/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Kim 123 & pb4- You guys are amazing! You save me so much research!!! I have actually purchased some unprocessed coconut milk, however, I haven't used it in cooking yet. Actually after my CD diagnosis, I pretty much cleaned out the cabinets of processed food & I totally forgot my reasoning behind buying the milk in the first place! (CRS)!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.


pb4
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   Posted 10/12/2007 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to be of help broomhilda!!!

I've only ever used fresh coconut from the grocery store myself, it's just easier that way for me to know that it's 100%, nothing written in fine print on it, know what I mean.

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MMMNAVY
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   Posted 10/13/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
things that are high in natural (? not sure if it is the best word to use) occuring fats such as coconut and alvacodo slow the digestive process and are natural anti-inflamitories (but yes you do have to be careful of the lacerations you can get with with dried coconut).
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hspenser
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   Posted 10/16/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
The Archway macaroon cookies are great and seem to have the least amout of processing done to the ingredients....I know I can tolerate them very well and even my gastro suggested them...he said oneo or two per day wouyld be good for me.

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old

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