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HCH28
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone ever heard of eating a tablespoon of coconut oil to help with digestion? It sounds far fetched, just wondering if anyone as tried it...

Judy2
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember seeing this discussed here within the past few months. You might do a search to see what you find on the topic.
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Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
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pb4
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   Posted 3/23/2008 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It's extreamly healthy for you and not far-fetched in the least...there are plenty of IBDers (especially UCers) that swear by eating macaroon cookies to aid with flares.

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HCH28
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   Posted 3/25/2008 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been eating a tablespoon of coconut oil for the past few days and have seen a significant improvement in my flare up. It could be coincidental, but it may not be. Just food for thought for anyone looking to experiment. I recommend putting it on a square of dark chocolate to help with the taste:)

BigLucy
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Months ago a friend told me she heard "on the news" to eat macaroons if you have IBD. I just went hummm and let it go, because a lot of people tell me a lot of things (that will "cure" me). Who knows? But I like the idea of cookie as a cure.
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; GERD; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).


potty girl
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink coconut water, it seems to help me. and dont taste bad.
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NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 3/26/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Coconut oil is also a natural anti-fungal...very effective.

NBT
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


dare5555
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   Posted 3/26/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
in south india they cook mostly with coconut oil and guess what low prevalance of inflamatory diseases..

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   Posted 3/26/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Where do you buy coconut oil and what is the best kind to buy? How do most of you use it?
Diagnosed July 2005 with Pancolitis
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potty girl
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   Posted 3/26/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Wal-mart sells the oil, it is back with the vitamins.
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nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
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tsbrown
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   Posted 3/26/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I haven't tried that, but coffee definitely helps in the morning. Have you tried that?

NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 3/26/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually buy it from a health food store 100% organic is should have a white color -- the same color as coconut. I used to cook with it all the time, but now I use olive oil -- another anti-fungal.

Good luck,

NBT


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.


Equestrianne12
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   Posted 3/17/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
totally old thread but coconut oil is fantastic for ibd. if the taste (which as long as I am not flaring I think is fine) bothers you (it will when you are flared sine pretty much everything is nauseating then;) I will put it in my cream of wheat that I try and choke down or I like the other idea of chocolate with it ontop. My husband and I went to a naturalist and she recommended it for his type 2 diabetes since it helps with blood sugar stability and as a side bar told me to start using it. make sure when you buy it you buy the unrefined oil. it is in its purest form that way and by the price tag you will know too it is way more expensive but much higher quality and better taste plus more active for your body in its purest form. oh and dont ever put it in the friedge its melting point is 76degrees so it will sit firmly on your counter in the fridge it will get ruined. God Bless feel better
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Dr-A
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   Posted 3/17/2012 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
We buy the big 54 oz Nutiva off Amazon.

ucwarrior
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   Posted 3/17/2012 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Ahhhh! Thank you whoever bumped this thread, I must have missed it! I'm about to crush this thing! Here it comes..

Personally I can't say enough about coconut oil even though I still can't stand the taste of coconuts (even after many years of choking it down). If you like coconuts it shouldn't be so bad. To me it is part of my power trio and the major source of my fats everyday, flaring or not. Extra virgin is best. Pricey but worth every penny.

In fact I'm becoming quite obsessed with it as more and more research keeps coming out and I'm using it for more and more applications. Truly remarkable substance. It competes with breast milk in some categories of immune support and disease resistance, but I mostly hack it down for the calories.

BTW my trio is the staple part of my caloric intake: whey, coco oil, hi gly sugars. In the right proportions the majority of these don't even make it past the sm intestine. (notice its protein,fat,carbs) I take it with a liquid multi or some fresh juiced veggies and you have yourself some of the most perfectly constructed calories one could ask for. I could probably live off the trio indefinitely if needed. Just gotta figure out how to bypass that taste and still keep the good stuff. shudder.

Why? Medium chain triglycerides, MCTs, are broken down almost immediately by spit and stomach acids. This turns them into MC fatty acids. MCFAs are directly absorbed from the intestines into the portal vein then straight to the liver. It is burned as fuel much like a carbohydrate except you get 9 calories instead 4. BaBaBaBonus calories!!! This is mainly why I take it. Hard on the wallet but easy on the guts.

I don't feel like typing all the immune benefits, antimicrobial activity so I'm going to provide a website you can paste and read it. It's a lengthy read but if you care at all about your UC management it will be worth it. I promise. I really can't believe more of this forum isn't taking this stuff. My opinion.

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article10612.htm

I used to make little pills and stick them in the fridge to harden now I got my big boy pants on I choke, yes choke, down 3 melted tbsp a day if I can get it down. If I fall short some days I just dump what I can't get down back in the tub. Trust me, this is the worst part of my diet but in my opinion one of the most vital.

about to puke now so I'm done here.

Peace and Love
35 yrs old, had this thing since 95 blah blah I hate it
in remission -I know what I'm doing, college grad, researcher, more blah blah
Been away for awhile and didn't die yet, now stronger faster bigger smarter
Coconut Oil, Tons of multi-strain Probiotic Yogurt, lactose n fatfree protein shakes, Metamucil, Hi Glycemic sugars, raw foods, AAKG, oysters, MCTs, wanna know more? just ask

bootstrap
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   Posted 3/17/2012 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow- I never really had a problem "getting it down"... I just use it in place of butter and oil in all kinds of things - cooking, baking, frying, etc.; they even make a cooking spray out of it... and I enjoy the flavor of it. It tastes great spread on a piece of toast with my eggs in the morning!
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Dx mild/moderate ulcerative colitis 1995
Dx severe ulcerative pancolitis 2011

Currently flaring and taking:
Imuran (tapering on), Prednisone (40mgs), Asacol HD (4800mgs), Mesalamine Enema, MMJ

Have tried:
Lialda, Endocort, Prednisone (dependent), Canasa, Cortico-foam, Probiotics, L-Glutamine, Licorice, supplements, SCD, FODMAP

ucwarrior
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   Posted 3/17/2012 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely can't stand the taste but worth it. Why can't bacon grease be as nutritious? mmmm.
35 yrs old, had this thing since 95 blah blah I hate it
in remission -I know what I'm doing, college grad, researcher, more blah blah
Been away for awhile and didn't die yet, now stronger faster bigger smarter
Coconut Oil, Tons of multi-strain Probiotic Yogurt, lactose n fatfree protein shakes, Metamucil, Hi Glycemic sugars, raw foods, AAKG, oysters, MCTs, wanna know more? just ask

cherchezlafemme
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   Posted 3/18/2012 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. So uc warrior takes 3 TBS p/day. What about the rest of you? How much and how often do you take the coconut oil? And what sort of benefits have you seen in relation to your colitis (or even other benefits not related to colitis)? Any drawbacks?
30, Female

Ulcerative Proctitis diagnosed 1999
Ulcerative Colitis diagnosed 2002 - had a few flares b/w then and now

Past meds: Asacol, Pentasa, Rowasa, Colazal, Prednisone, Flagyl, 6MP, etc...
Currently on: Mesagran (mesalamine) granules 4g p/day (2AM/2PM), Salofalk enema 4g 1 p/day

Started to flare again in November 2011. Sigh.

deltaforce
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   Posted 3/18/2012 3:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Back in India, my mom used to cook a lot of things in coconut oil but when her triglycerides went up, her cardio asked her to discontinue. Although she knew the benefits of coconut oil, the cardio didn't agree with it.
The fact is, its good to deep fry in coconut oil instead of Canola oil, if your food is of that type otherwise I (or my family) have never tried eating coconut oil by spoon. It does work as a very good moisturizer though.

Those who report 'benefits' of coconut oil on your colitis, how can you be so sure that its ONLY coconut oil and not the meds or any subtle change your lifestyle hasn't been the factor? Not interested in any uproar, would like to know what makes you think that. (I just want to make sure its not another fashion in healthy living).
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 240mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least twice a month,
Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution (but leads to bleeding). Looking for alternatives.

JayGuitar
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   Posted 3/18/2012 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Nutiva coconut oil for cooking and I will eat a spoonful now and then if I am super hungry.

I love love love coconut, so the oil is really tasty for me.

Definitely buy the best virgin quality coconut oil you can find. It is expensive, but worth it.
J
1200-1600mg. Magnesium; 4g Vit. C --
2 to 4 Nordic Naturals
2 B-Balance 100 caps.
1 to 2 Healthy Trinity
2000 IU Vit. D-3
Canasa supp. morning and night
Bellicon Rebounder 30-40 min/day

ucwarrior
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   Posted 3/18/2012 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
@delataforce. Hi my friend. I will humbly field this question quick before I scamper off to church. Well, for me, I don't buy into the fashionable diets. I like science. Cold hard science. I've concluded that the majority of research out there is based on money, not peoples' health. The same can be said of the bulk of "miracle" health diets out there. Apologies for my cynicism, I just don't like the dollar bill and I'm rewarded more by the smiles of people on the mend. I don't care about human bank accounts, I care about human health or I would be an accountant not in healthcare.

Coco oil is no exception bc it got a bad rep from the jump due to its hi saturated fat content. Not all sat fats are bad and the deep pockets of corn soy oil companies would like to keep it that way. What they don't tell you is that most veg/animal oils have tons of long chain triglycerides that are hard on the digestive system, especially those of us who have delicate guts anyway. Coco oil is constructed of mostly medium chains that are digested in the stomach and are shuttled directly to the liver for fuel, not storage. Easy calories.

The tropics have low frequencies of UC and that's where I like to aim alot of my research. I figured it was the best ground zero I can come up with. For centuries they have been using the coconut for its antimicrobial qualities big pharma would like to keep under the covers. -Sigh- There's no huge conspiracy, its just not as profitable bc you can't patent nature and patents are where the big bucks are.

Lauric acid has been one of the most magnificent antimicrobials I have ever come across and coco oil is chocked full of it. Look it up and you will be amazed as well. The MC fats in coco oil are mean enough to kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus yet gentle enough for babies. This is near impossible to synthesize in the lab and mamma nature is the best chemist ever.

Sadly, a derivative of coco oil is being reintroduced to the modern world not for its wondrous benefits to health, but as a food preservative. Told ya, its all about the loot. You will see more of coco oil soon as the deep pockets of food preservative companies get their hands on it.

As far as me personally, I don't take meds (expect very rare uses of pred as low and slow as I can go). Can't find anything that works better yet naturally. Nature has kept me alive for almost 20 years with UC and I pray her secrets will take care of me for another 20. If not, I will die by her hand as well.

Personally I can feel it work bc my diet is simple when I want it to be and as complex as I choose. I try not to change alot when it comes to diet bc I usually get punished accordingly when I deviate.

I would like to tell you more, but I'm running out of time now. This is all my opinion but I base my opinions on the molecular level, not poularity and money.

Peace and Love
35 yrs old, had this thing since 95 blah blah I hate it
in remission -I know what I'm doing, college grad, researcher, more blah blah
Been away for awhile and didn't die yet, now stronger faster bigger smarter
Coconut Oil, Tons of multi-strain Probiotic Yogurt, lactose n fatfree protein shakes, Metamucil, Hi Glycemic sugars, raw foods, AAKG, oysters, MCTs, wanna know more? just ask

suebear
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   Posted 3/18/2012 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Coconut oil is now being touted as the next wonder drug for the prevention of Alzheimer's and dementia.

Sue
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Ulcerative Colitis- 1987-2001
2001- opted for j-pouch surgery

imagardener2
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   Posted 3/18/2012 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been using coconut oil for several years now, cooking with it, baking with it, eating a spoonful every now and then. For consumption I buy the extra virgin type. I also use it on my skin and hair and use the cheaper stuff (non-virgin? lol).
Never had any negative reactions to it. The only negative I found is that my colon does not like coconut fiber. I bought some unrefined coconut oil (internet) and it was too filled with coconut fiber and my colon disliked it very much.

I alternate cooking with coconut oil and olive oil since coconut oil is much more expensive.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, low starch, low carb, honey as sweetener
(9)Balsalazide+(2)Citrucel, mesalamine enema as needed
(1) VSL#3 nightly--added fruit back (1) pear/day+hard cheese

deltaforce
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   Posted 3/18/2012 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
ucwarrior said...
@delataforce. Hi my friend. I will humbly field this question quick before I scamper off to church. Well, for me, I don't buy into the fashionable diets. I like science. Cold hard science. I've concluded that the majority of research out there is based on money, not peoples' health. The same can be said of the bulk of "miracle" health diets out there. Apologies for my cynicism, I just don't like the dollar bill and I'm rewarded more by the smiles of people on the mend. I don't care about human bank accounts, I care about human health or I would be an accountant not in healthcare.

You are talking to a pharmacist who hated pharma business and went into research. Working on pennies (where megacorp would pay me at least twice). I am in the same boat as you are but PLEASE don't pool everyone together. Here we are working day and night without anyone's influence and publish what we find, no data fabrication what so ever and no reward for doing good work either.
ucwarrior said...

Coco oil is no exception bc it got a bad rep from the jump due to its hi saturated fat content. Not all sat fats are bad and the deep pockets of corn soy oil companies would like to keep it that way. What they don't tell you is that most veg/animal oils have tons of long chain triglycerides that are hard on the digestive system, especially those of us who have delicate guts anyway. Coco oil is constructed of mostly medium chains that are digested in the stomach and are shuttled directly to the liver for fuel, not storage. Easy calories.

I agree with you everything. Right from the beginning I never trusted that Coconut oil is bad for your health If so, why our grandparents didn't report any health issues when they had only one choice and that was coconut oil? My mom's cardio had no answer. Actually, I do believe that saturated fats are the best for deep drying and those oils with high touted PUFA are the worst as when we are heating that oil, we are saturating it and it quickly turns rancid. Even animal fat like lard would be better than that.

Rest you said I agree, no argument whatsoever but the question still remains, even though medium chain fatty acids are good for health overall, how can we be so sure that its THE one thats helping. Frankly, use of more coconut oil is going to help my folks back in India one way or the other so if you want, you could say that I have financial interest in the society I come from, yet I am raising this question. I am just curious, as we were using only coconut oil when my mom was diagnosed with Pancolitis and even after that, so if folks here are reporting benefits of coconut oil why my mom got pancolitis when actually she was taking 'healing food' (and trust me our oil usage was HUGE, a gallon per month for a family of 4)?
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily.

Verapamil 240mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least twice a month,
Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution (but leads to bleeding). Looking for alternatives.

ucwarrior
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   Posted 3/18/2012 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes my friend it appears that we truly are in the same boat as I was also a member of big pharma. I used to do quality control for a large pharmaceutical company. They moved me to R&D and I saw how crooked things were. I hated it because it was all about money and that's all I'm going to say about that. So I packed my crap, took a huge pay cut, and went to work for an aquarium. Yes an aquarium. Loved it.

As far as pooling everyone together I'm grouping myself in that category as well and was a general statement aimed at the overall mentality. Just me, I'm a bit biased on that touchy subject. I never had alot of cash growing up and don't have alot now. Loot never mattered to me as long as my family is happy n healthy. That suits me just fine bc I enjoy watching my patients get better every day one person at a time and that's my paycheck.

I'm in the home healthcare biz at the moment and I do research PT as well. We are rogues. Independent of big pharma and that's just how I like it. Right now we are working on Alzheimer's and the 'betes and making some slow but steady progress over the past 9 months. And yes coco oil is being thrown in the mix among other things. -tip of my hat to suebear, smiles.- We are on top of it.

Big pharma is gonna make the most impact on Alzheimer's, but unlike them we get to watch our magic work. Our publications are seeing families slowly watch once lost loves walk and talk again. It's not a quick fix and by no means a miracle but tell that to the wife who watches her husband walk with assistance again. Miracles do happen with prayer, love, and heart.

To answer your question coco oil is definitely not THE one thing that's helping my UC. Never did I mention it was a cure-all. It is merely one spoke. Add a few more spokes and you have a wheel. I'm rolling.

Peace and Love
35 yrs old, had this thing since 95 blah blah I hate it
in remission -I know what I'm doing, college grad, researcher, more blah blah
Been away for awhile and didn't die yet, now stronger faster bigger smarter
Coconut Oil, Tons of multi-strain Probiotic Yogurt, lactose n fatfree protein shakes, Metamucil, Hi Glycemic sugars, raw foods, AAKG, oysters, MCTs, wanna know more? just ask
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