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Does coconut oil lower your blood pressure?

Pooh Bear
no, but u can chew garlic to lower blood pressure, lemon juice made with warm water and honey lowers bp. celery juice, banana, goosberry.

Live free or Die
Well this research report shows evidence that it does!

"Coconut and blood pressure
The control of hypertension by use of coconut water and mauby: two tropical food drinks.
West Indian Med J. 2005 Jan;54(1):3-8. Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
The regular consumption of two tropical food drinks, coconut (Cocos nucifera) water and mauby (Colubrina arborescens), was tested on the control of hypertension. Twenty-eight hypertensive subjects were assigned to four equal groups and their systolic and diastolic blood pressures recorded for two weeks before and then for another two weeks while receiving one of four interventions. One group (the control) received bottled drinking water, the second group received coconut water, the third received mauby and the fourth group, a mixture of coconut water and mauby. Significant decreases in the mean systolic blood pressure were observed for 71%, 40% and 43% respectively of the groups receiving the coconut water, mauby and the mixture. For these groups, the respective proportions showing significant decreases in the mean diastolic pressure were 29%, 40% and 57%. For the group receiving the mixture, the largest decreases in mean systolic and mean diastolic pressure were 24 mmHg and 15 mmHg respectively; these were approximately double the largest values seen with the single interventions."


Edit: Rhianna and Skepdoc make more reckless unproven claims! For people that say they are against false claims you both certainly make a lot of them!

Edit: Dr T it may not be the same,but there is coconut oil in coconut water,so my statement is accurate.

Edit: Skepdoc why don't you just tell everyone your agenda? You know your not a skeptic. A skeptic would acknowledge proof when shown. You will NEVER admit alt meds treat anything no matter what evidence is shown you and you know it! Gary is the same way.

It's okay! We all know now. We won't hate you. Just come out and admit that you want to take down the alt med industry to support the drug companies. It's painfully obvious by now.

Flizbap 2.0
Coconut oil is actually absolutely terrible for you. It's so unhealthy even McD's stopped using it.

Unfortunately it's also delicious.

Rhianna does Medicine Year 1
SkepDoc is right, there is no need for me to repeat.

Just to reiterate; RedAngel does not actually know whats she's talking about. She goes onto sites like NaturalNews and Mercola and takes anything she reads there at face value, ignoring the fact that these people do not actually have a clue what they are talking about, and cannot interpret data.

"Edit: to skepdoc...the evidence is overwhelming that saturated fat are not the bad fats they are made out to be."

No, you miss the point; saturated fats are not bad, it's the QUANTITY thats' the problem, along with other factors.

"In fact the first heart attack was recorded in Britain in 1878 and it took 42 years for another heart attack to be recorded in 1921.....a long wait indeed...."

Er...I'd actually like to see some data to support that comment. I also think you should take into consideration the fact medical technology was not as advanced back then as it is now, many causes of death were not recorded accurately. Also, perhaps it has something to do with the fact everyone is living longer. What you and your ilk fail to understand is that arteriosclerosis (main cause of MIs) is to a certain extent part of the NATURAL ageing process........of course an unhealthy diet and lifestyle will accelerate it. Living longer means managing diseases that occur with age.

"but everyone ate saturated fats back then"

Yep, they also died back then too and had half the life expectancy.

Coconut oil is the healthiest oil in the world..what's up with the 2 Q above me! lol It has the highest saturated fat of any oil..and let me tell you saturated fat is what you want to be eating as it is the most stable and not prone to oxidation...that is a very good thing! oxidation = metals rusting, for all living things aging and inflammation..earlier death. As for lowering blood pressure, yes it does. The saturated fat is bad for you myth is killing millions sadly enough. Read the links below. :)

Coconut oil - healthiest oil in the world:

What oils are good and bad:

Edit: McDonalds not using coconut oil, yet another reason to avoid McDonalds. McDonald's large fries contains 8 grams of trans fat..you want to avoid trans fats..they are very good at oxidising.

Edit: to skepdoc...the evidence is overwhelming that saturated fat are not the bad fats they are made out to be. In fact the first heart attack was recorded in Britain in 1878 and it took 42 years for another heart attack to be recorded in 1921.....a long wait indeed....everyone ate saturated fats back then...when you look at african tribes, they eat 5x the saturated fats of americans yet have no heart disease.....i have my facts straight...the bs they give out today is why heart attacks are killing 1 person every 34 seconds in the United States alone.

Edit: Thanks Altmedspecialist :)

Dr. T
There seems to be a good deal of misinformation about coconut oil's saturated fat content. Not all saturated fats are created equal!

Saturated animal fats in the diet definitely do have a negative impact on cholesterol levels. But even that impact is significantly less than we once thought... Now that we have a better understanding of the lipid cycle, we know that more than 90% of the cholesterol in your body is endogenously made. (Your body makes it.) So the impact of dietary cholesterol is MUCH less than we once understood. Does that mean we should all start slathering our food in lard and butter? No. But it does mean that we don't have to be so neurotic about, for example, eating egg yolks.

In terms of heart health (and overall health, frankly) we do know that cooking at high heats with unsaturated fats can create TRANS-fats. In the scale of "good/bad/ugly" these are an ugly and should be avoided at all costs. This is why you should throw out your olive oil if your pan gets so hot the oil smokes.

So, for HIGH HEAT cooking, there is no healthier oil than coconut.

Now... evidence that coconut oil is not the same as saturated animal fats, especially when it comes to cholesterol: (Please keep in mind that it's only just beginning to be studied, so there are few human trials published in peer-reviewed journals to date. But the number is growing!)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19106316 (animal study)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17994696 (animal study, blend: coconut+rice oil)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16081272 (animal study)

The mechanism is not fully understood yet. What we do know for sure is that coconut oil benefits lipid profiles differently than does fish oil. Where fish oil intervenes at the level of prostaglandin synthesis, we believe coconut oil's action centers more around reducing DEMAND for endogenously made cholesterol (ie: MCFAs reduce chronic GI inflammation & improve dietary absorption, coconut oil positively impacts cortisol regulation, etc.)

So should you start slathering your food with coconut oil? No! In excess, coconut will increase oxidative stress on the body. But in moderation, it's very healthy and when properly therapeutically applied can be very beneficial.

NOW... this has all been about cholesterol, which is a bit of a digression. You asked about BLOOD PRESSURE. Coconut oil would only have an incidental, indirect impact on blood pressure (through the cortisol connection, and by helping reduce abdominal adiposity/belly fat/obesity.)

Phew! Loads of info there - sorry for the long post. Hope this has helped everyone understand coconut's saturated fats a little better.
Also, FYI McDonald'ss stopped using BEEF TALLOW (lard) to cook their fries. For a long while they used pure canola oil, but canola does form trans fats. In the last few years they've gone to a vegetable fat blend that actually does include coconut oil. From the McDonald's food information guide:

French Fries: Potatoes, canola oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, safflower oil, natural flavour (vegetable source), dextrose, sodium acid pyrophosphate (maintain colour), citric acid (preservative), dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent) and cooked in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with THBQ, citric acid and dimethypolysiloxane).

**Obviously, I DO NOT recommend McDonald's fries (or anything else) as your healthiest possible food options.**
SkepDoc - Is it possible you've gotten your org chem slightly muddled? Trans fats ARE modified unsaturated fats, you're correct there. But they're not made saturated. Trans fats form when the double bonds between carbons in a fatty acid "flip," going from (relatively healthy) CIS- conformation where the branches are the same on each side of the molecule to TRANS- conformation where branches are, for visual representation, diagonally congruous. Trans- conformation fatty acids cannot be fully oxidized/broken down... which is why both naturally occurring and manufactured trans fats are a problem (ie: known carcinogenic yadda yadda "bad" fats.)

100% saturated fats have no double bonds between the carbon molecules (the bonding capacity is "saturated.") That's why they cannot form trans fats. All single bonds means there are no possible enantiomeric variants.

There is, however, a process called "HYDROGENATION" whereby hydrogen bonds are introduced at double bonds between carbon atoms, thus creating single bonds. Hydrogenation is how saturated fats become unsaturated (or vice versa.) This would be how "spreadable butter" (that you can spread right from the fridge) is manufactured, and how margarines from unsaturated oils like canola are made more solid. "Partially hydrogenated" means that SOME of the double bonds have been made single bonds... which means there are still double bonds in the molecules and therefore trans fats can form. This is why "partially hydrogenated" oils are also not the best option for high heat cooking.

However, glad we can agree at least on the direct action of coconut oil on blood pressure... ie: not much in the evidence department.
altmedspecialist - interesting study! Please do keep in mind that coconut juice is not the same as coconut OIL (or coconut milk/meat.) Slightly differing properties among the different tissues of the plant. All yummy, though! :)

SkepDoc 3.0
No, there is no evidence to support this notion
On the other hand, coconut oil is one of the more unhealthy of the vegetable oils, and should be avoided.
You appear to get your misinformation from quacks like Dr Mercola, who promotes a diet high in saturated fats and proclaims that medical science is wrong about its harmful effects on coronary disease, and colon cancer. Mercola is an osteopath, and a quack..not a nutritionist, not a scientist, and not a medical doctor.
Coconut oil is high in saturated fats, and the evidence that these are harmful is overwhelming.
By your own admission you like to pretend to be a doctor online....grow up, and stop playing make believe. The advice you offer is wrong, and harmful.
You make some valid points, and yes most serum cholesterol is endogenous, and diet doesn't have as big a role as used to be thought.
Trans-fats however, are unsaturated fats, that are made saturated by heat and other processes (eg..to make margarine solid instead of liquid) Trans fats are equivalent to saturated fats, in other words.
As in most things...moderation is important.
And we have gotten way off topic....to re-iterater, there is no evidence to support the use of coconut oil for blood pressure control. It is not implausible, but there is no evidence for it.
Not even from whackjob Dr Mercola

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