Thyroid Problems & Coconut Oil

Can coconut oil boost thyroid health

There has been a lot of buzz lately about thyroid problems and the potential of coconut oil to help improve them. Dr. Mercola has talked about it, Dr. Oz seems to be joining the bandwagon, and other doctors are mentioning the link as well.

So is there a connection and if so, what is it?

Coconut Oil and Thyroid Problems

While there seems to be at least a correlation between certain dietary changes and an increase in thyroid problems (correlation doesn’t necessarily equal cause), there is some debate about what is actually causing the increase in thyroid problems. Mercola postulates that it is polyunsaturated oils and soy:

“Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. He writes:

Their (polyunsaturated oils) best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.

There is a growing body of research concerning soy’s detrimental affect on the thyroid gland. Much of this research centers on the phytoestrogens (“phyto” means plant) that are found in soy. In the 1960s when soy was introduced into infant formulas, it was shown that soy was goitrogenic and caused goiters in babies. When iodine was supplemented, the incidence of goiter reduced dramatically.

However, a retrospective epidemiological study by Fort, et al. showed that teenaged children with a diagnosis of autoimmune thyroid disease were significantly more likely to have received soy formula as infants (18 out of 59 children; 31 percent) when compared to healthy siblings (nine out of 76, 12 percent) or control group children (seven out of 54; 13 percent).

When healthy individuals without any previous thyroid disease were fed 30 grams of pickled soybeans per day for one month, Ishizuki, et al. reported goiter and elevated individual thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels (although still within the normal range) in thirty-seven healthy, iodine-sufficient adults.

One month after stopping soybean consumption, individual TSH values decreased to the original levels and goiters were reduced in size.”

Another source explains that the cause could be a variety of contributing sources:

“A sluggish thyroid may be triggered by many unseen causes, including…

  • MSG and bad fatty acids, so common in our diet, can weaken your thyroid.
  • A deficiency of iodine is on the rise, and without enough iodine, your thyroid won’t produce the hormones you need.
  • As you age, your risk of an unbalanced thyroid dramatically increases.
  • Popular prescription drugs for your heart, bones and blood sugar can lead to a sluggish thyroid.
  • Exposure to too much fluoride or chlorine in drinking water can interfere with normal thyroid function.
  • Menopause or pregnancy and treatments such as Estrogen Replacement Therapy can throw the thyroid out of whack.
  • A family history of thyroid concerns may cause thyroid dysfunction.
  • Autoimmune health problems can cause your thyroid to go haywire.”

Can Coconut Oil Help?

Unlike the polyunsaturated oils in many foods, coconut oil is high in (healthy) saturated fat, lauric acid, and medium chain fatty acids. It’s unique structure makes it a highly usable source of energy for the body and its particular fat balance is nourishing to the thyroid. As this article elaborates:

50 percent of the fat content in coconut oil is a fat rarely found in nature called lauric acid. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties. Lauric acid is a powerful virus and gram-negative bacteria destroyer, and coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any substance on earth!

Nigel Turner and Jiming Ye from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research compared fat metabolism and insulin resistance in mice fed coconut oil and lard based diets.

“The medium chain fatty acids like those found in coconut oil are interesting to us because they behave very differently to the fats normally found in our diets,” said study leader Turner.

“Unlike the long chain fatty acids contained in animal fats, medium chain fatty acids are small enough to enter mitochondria – the cells’ energy burning powerhouses – directly where they can then be converted to energy.

Coconut oil has a direct effect in suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue, and it may also contribute by inhibiting harmful intestinal microorganisms that cause chronic inflammation.

The medium-chain fatty acids and monoglycerides found in coconut oil are the same as those in human mother’s milk, and they have extraordinary anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. By disrupting the lipid structures of microbes, they inactivate them. Lauric acid, its metabolite monolaurin and other fatty acids in coconut oil are known to protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites. While not having any negative effect on beneficial gut bacteria, coconut oil inactivates undesirable microbes.

An excellent study that reviewed many previous studies on this topic was published in the Journal of Nutrition (Vol. 132, pages 329-332). This study was conducted by researchers at McGill University. They reported that several different studies have shown weight loss equivalent to 12 – 36 pounds a year simply by changing the types of oils used in everyday cooking and food preparation.

Most of the oils that we use to cook food and those used in commercially-prepared foods also have a negative affect on the thyroid. These are known as polyunsaturated or vegetable oils. They may in fact be the worst villains in the spread of thyroid diseases.

The thyroid, though small otherwise, is one of the largest glands in the endocrine system. Diseases of the endocrine system are mostly caused due to production disorders that lead to inadequacy or excess of hormones or inappropriate response to hormones by tissues.

Is coconut oil a thyroid cure? Not by itself. Can it help people with low thyroid function? Yes, because it stimulates metabolism and boosts energy. For this reason, coconut oil has been a blessing to many people who have been able to abandon their medications with the right combination of exercise, removal of processed foods, and a balanced diet.”

What I Do

Thyroid problems and thyroid cancer run in my family so I want to be as proactive as possible in protecting my thyroid. Thankfully, I love coconut oil and use it for everything already, but I’ve made a special effort to use it in high amounts daily to nourish the thyroid. This is what I do:

  • Add up to 1/4 cup a day to hot teas and coffee (Here’s my favorite recipe)
  • Use up to 1/4 cup a day in cooking
  • Up to 1/4 cup a day added to smoothies

With all that saturated fat, have I gained a ton of weight? Quite the opposite, as this seems to help me lose weight and maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy. It seems others have had similar experiences too.

At the very least, this regimen has helped me have enough energy to meet the daily demands of raising five little ones without the afternoon slump I used to get. It has also helped my skin stay clear and improved my sun tolerance, so I’m not complaining!

Have you used coconut oil to help with thyroid issues? Has it helped? Share below!

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  1. I found your website when I found out I was pregnant and the first thing I did was order coconut oil. In my family the women gain an excessive amount of weight, get stretch marks and funky skin. I gained 20lbs, no stretch marks and two days after birth looked like I was never pregnant. I ate healthy, but I really think coconut oil and your advice is what made a difference. I’m never sick either and my baby loves the oil!

    • That’s awesome! Congrats on your little one!

    • Your story and outcome are amazing. Congratulations on yours and your babies healthy outcome. I am interested in how you incorporated it into your diet. @WM, love your blog.

      • I cook it with everything. I have a cast iron pot so when I’d cook chicken or eggs I’d add coconut oil. Id add it after I cooked it also. When I got used to the oil, I’d swallow a tablespoon or two, usually after eating something not so good I craved.

  2. Great article Katie! Thank you for sharing the link to my post! 🙂

  3. This is interesting! Thyroid problems run in my family, too, and though I have never been diagnosed, I have had reasons to suspect that my thyroid does not function optimally (most notably a period of 3 years of infertility after my marriage at a young age… And yes, I was eating a HORRIBLE diet). I am now pregnant with my 2nd, and much more conscious of what I eat! This will definitely encourage me to consume more coconut oil!

  4. I want to get more coconut oil into my diet but I am not very fond of the flavor of coconut. I was thinking about doing the tea thing but I hate tea, I find it so very bitter. What would be a good mild flavored starter tea that would be safe for me to drink while breastfeeding?

    • I wonder if you could drink any of the fruit-flavored Celestial Seasoning herbal teas. You could mix them for a fruit punch taste and then see if you like it. I think that this type of tea should be relatively safe to drink during breastfeeding but always check with your doctor first. Good luck!

      • Celestial seasonings teas are full of pesticides, onky but organic brands. I melt my coconut oil and blend it in my vitamix with my smoothies.

    • I really don’t think it tastes like coconut to me?

    • I am not fond of coconut either. But I found the coconut oil give things a richer taste when i use it for cooking. once you try to cook it with a few things, you learn its not like coconut that you would put on a cake or candy bar. and you will begin to use it in as much as you can possibly imagine. I also use it for lotion and oil pulling for healthy mouth.

    • Tazo Passion tea is a very fruity tea that tastes really good, iced or hot.

    • Try Crio Bru. I mixed coconut oil and some cane sugar in it to sweeten it a bit. It was delicious.

    • My sister taught me to apply coconut oil on toast or a rice cake. Then put a few drops of EVOO on and spread. It is very good. A faint taste of coconut.

  5. Most of the time when people mention “thyroid problems” what they really mean is the increasingly common Hashimoto’s disease which is autoimmune hypOthyroidism. It’s often low level and the boost in metabolism many people feel from consuming large amounts of coconut oil can feel beneficial. However, as someone with Grave’s Disease (autoimmune hypERthyroidism) I feel compelled to mention a few things. First of, before you start messing with your thyroid function, get yourself tested so you know what’s going on. Don’t diagnose yourself over the internet. Many symptoms are similar in both hyper- and hypothyroidism but it’s important to know which you have and, more importantly, why. Chances are if your thyroid issues are chronic, the root is autoimmune. If you don’t address the autoimmunity, you’re just putting a bandaid on things. Large amounts of straight coconut oil (or seaweed or other forms of iodine) can be quite dangerous for people who are hyper, causing excitability and heart palpitations among other things. As someone with Graves I find I can tolerate coconut oil when it’s used in traditional cooking applications with other foods but consuming it straight will make me feel restless and shaky. And please, when researching or writing about “thyroid problems”, do take the time to specify which diseases you are talking about and be aware that works well for one can be quite dangerous for another.

    • Thanks for your post. I have been continuing to suffer from Graves’ disease symptoms although my endocrinologist tells me I’m in remission. I absolutely LOVE coconut oil; however, I did not realize that consuming large amounts of straight coconut oil can cause excitability. I’ve been suffering from heart palpitations and such again for a while now and didn’t realize that it could be the way I’m consuming the oil. Thanks for the head’s up.


    • Yes me too! I hate how the whole world seems to be stuck on hypOthyroid and weight gain, when some of us have hypErthyroid and weight loss. We matter too! What advice do you have for us hypErthyroid folks, Wellness Mama?

      • Can we have coconut oil too, maybe just less of it? I have been diagnosed with wheat and dairy allergies, and have used coconut oil to replace butter but I have had some problems with excitability…

        • I’ve found this from a doctors post on the internet as I also suffer from Graves’ disease…

          “While I don’t encourage my patients with hyperthyroid conditions to consume coconut oil, I also don’t specifically tell them to avoid consuming it. I do know some people with hyperthyroidism who have included coconut oil in their diet on a daily basis, and it doesn’t seem to have worsened their condition. To be frank, it’s not something I’ve kept track of, but if someone with hyperthyroidism or Graves’ Disease prefers to avoid coconut oil just as a precautionary measure then that’s fine. But I don’t think consuming a small amount of coconut oil every now and then, or even on a daily basis will exacerbate one’s hyperthyroid condition. Perhaps research will come out in the near future which will make me change my mind regarding this, but for now this is where I stand.

          In summary, there doesn’t seem to be enough evidence to support that coconut oil can stimulate thyroid hormone production. On the other hand, some people with hypothyroid conditions have noticed an increase in their body temperature when taking coconut oil. So while it’s not something I specifically recommend to my patients with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I have no problem with people with these conditions consuming coconut oil. And I currently don’t don’t tell my patients with hyperthyroidism and Graves’ Disease to avoid coconut oil.”

          Hope that helps a little

          • Thanks for this posting . Do you by any chance have a link for this and/or the name of the Doctor who made this interesting and honest comment ?

      • And then there are those of us struggling with Graves’ and weight GAIN. 🙁

      • Yes, especially hyperthyroid people matter, and I am so thankful I am hypo because you all have it much worse for sure. It is frustrating for all thyroid sufferers for sure.

    • You are right. Hyper and hypo are two different things though they are in some way quite similar to each other. At least the simptoms are different, so we should be careful. I have Graves’ disease and I’m all fine when I use coconut oil in my food but not very good when I have it in my drinks. Cooked or well-heated coconut oil is fine but taking it straight is not good for me. I don’t know why but it does so to me anyway. Coconut oil is not damaged by heat, so I think it’s ok to cook with it. But if we feel different when it’s straight and when it’s heated, then there must be something different between them. I feel all right no matter how much coconut oil I consume as long as it’s well heated.
      It’s not really coconut oil itself that boosts our metabolism. Coconut oil helps you make more keton bodies faster in your body which boost your metabolism. So basically you don’t have to use smelly expensive virgin coconut oil ( I don’t like the smell very much ) to boost your metabolism. Lard and butter give you the same result if you like them better. Still I’m very skeptical about losing a lot of weight by just using coconut oil in your diet because it doesn’t make sense. There are many fat people in countries where coconut oil is mainly used. My Sri Lankan friends own huge coconut plantations and they only use coconut oil in their food but are still fat. I think it takes a low carb diet along with it if you want to make coconut oil work for you to lose weight.

    • I’ve just had a hyperthyroid patch after a few days of eating coconut butter I had made. I had Graves diagnosed in September last year after severe stress but it settled with no need for medication (I have a great doctor who will wait and see) and I had recovered and was feeling great. Then after the greedy coconut eating episode and some lesser stress, an acute tiredness and sudden weightloss happened, and I recognized the feeling, though it has been less…no palpitations and dizzyness. So if you have hyperthyroid at all respect the coconut! I will continue to eat my divine coconut butter but in much smaller serves. I’d like to learn about all the foods that have this effect …anyone know of any others?

    • oh please, the doctors and the testing did squat for me. I had heart palpitations, anxiety, sleeplessness and the doctors all said “well, your labs are fine so it’s not your thyroid”. I had to see a naturopath and while I’m better, I’m still not optimal. I will take whatever info on the web I can get because doctors are useless and so are thyroid lab tests.

    • It does say in the article its hypo, so it is stated. Maybe you just didn’t see that part?

  6. I was advised by my naturopathic physician to take two tablespoons daily of coconut oil as a supplement to help my immunosuppression. I had been in adrenal shock from severe adrenal fatigue and credit coconut oil, canned coconut milk smoothies made with egg yolks and raw honey, Standard Process supplements, and changing the way I think with my recovery over this past year. It has been a long, difficult road but I believe coconut oil and coconut products are nothing short of miraculous to aid in restoring health.

    • Vanessa, which standard process products were you taking? Also, where is your naturopath located? Were you on any hormone replacement therapy? Just curious if you were diagnosed with Hashimotos or not?

    • May I have the recipe for your canned coconut milk smoothie?

  7. Big fan of your work!!
    I just have a clarification question: is 1/4 a cup the recommended daily dose for coconut oil? That seems like a lot.

    • That seems to be the amount for the therapeutic benefits to kick in…

      • Is it okay for someone who is HYPERthyroid to consume this much coconut oil?

        • Omg, NO. I was Hashi’s hyper for years. I tried a rounded tablespoon the first evening and then half a small tablespoon the next morning. Then the heart racing kicking. Thank God I had propranolol to stop the heart racing. A quarter cup is a heck of a lot to start with. Start with a half teaspoon or less. After my experience, I looked up coconut oil and thyroid and many of the women ended up in the ER. Start slow if you you’re doing it for hypo. I would start really slow with hyper (frankly I wouldn’t take it with hyper).

          There are Thai doctors and others (so I’ve heard), who can help you transition from Synthroid or the natural one? to coconut oil.

          I have a new jar of it in my frig. I’m afraid to try it again, but it’s so good for so many things. I’m going to try a little very tiny bit, like a quarter teaspoon and see how it goes.

          Only use organic, cold pressed virgin or extra virgin CO.

      • The amount you mentioned is solid form or liquid form of cocnut oil ?.

          • I have started using coconut oil and I love it. My one concern is that it is so high in calories. 135 calories per 1 tablespoon. Should I be concerned about the calorie intake? Thank you

  8. I will have to use more coconut oil and see what happens! Thanks for the information!

  9. Are you saying you use 3/4 C of coconut oil a day? Is that the amount you should have in order to get all the benefits? The post you linked says she gets about that much in a day. Did you start losing the weight right away?

    • Yeah… I try to get that much if I can and I did notice fast results…

  10. I don’t have a thyroid. Will this help me or do you know of something that will. I struggle with weight gain and not sleeping well.

  11. My thyroid is enlarged and have tried for several years to use medication to shrink it. Do you think this could help this or not?

      • It CAN hurt if her enlarged thyroid is due to an autoimmune problem…In this case it can cause rapid heart beat, excitability etc. I have tried this, and it is not very comfortable! i had to cut way back on the coconut oil…I just use small amounts in cooking/ baking

        • So coconut oil is not good in large amount if one have autoimmune thyroid or enlarge thyroid ?. Also does 3/4 of a cup if coconut oil causes weight gain?.
          Doing detox of Candida do I take only coconut oil and no food for few days?.

          • I’d ask a doc or health practitioner about any kind of detox diet but by itself, that much coconut oil won’t cause weight gain (though it may make you queasy if you aren’t used to it)

        • @ Mariah
          I am in this category: enlarged thyroid is due to an autoimmune problem
          My autoimmune problem has not been identified exactly: “it’s Hashimoto”, “it’s Graves”.
          I had (more) blood work recently and taking bugleweed/lemon balm nowadays – and following this:
          I’m basically a thin build with good eating and exercise habits – don’t think I am hyper or hypo
          My goal is to shrink my thyroid – as I am getting older, its hugeness is more obvious. Now that my head is clear (I can concentrate easier), I realize how much I’ve been struggling under this autoimmune disease. My mom had her thyroid removed when it began to encroach on her ability to swallow food. She regrets this as it’s very difficult (according to her) to adjust to correct dosage of replacement thyroid.
          Your take on the coconut and the thyroid resonates with me. Do you have additional advice regarding autoimmune thyroid condition(s)/diagnosing?

    • Sames and have to get it out new year . I am having lots of symptoms

  12. Hi! I am wondering what you think about coconut oil for children? I suspect that my daughter (6) may have a thyroid problem but her doctor doesn’t see an issue. When I was pregnant with her I ate processed soy (before I knew any better) every day. She’s overweight (we are vegetarians and eat a very healthy diet!) and has had sleep problems from day one. Oh and I do have hypothyroidism and it runs in my family. I actually would love to get off of the levothyroxin….. My energy level sucks and my hormones are crazy! I’m trying all kinds of herbs (rhodiola and maca) and using a progesterone cream to balance my hormones. We recently went gluten free too! Anyway…. just trying to sort us out with natural things!

    • Hi, Misha! I am just wondering the latest on how the increase in coconut oil and the herbs you were using back in August when you wrote this post have helped you and the hypothyroidism. I am wanting to go with natural remedies for my recent diagnosis (and as we begin trying for a new baby), and any feedback on what has helped would be appreciated. I am just beginning my journey to recovery, and have already ‘cured ‘ my high blood pressure (off meds after 12 years), and my chloestorol is now sparkling perfect, so I look to food to be my medicine, normally. Thanks in advance for your time! 🙂

  13. i dont understand how to get the coconut book for free with first order.

  14. When you say “up to 1/4 cup…” do you mean total daily or up to 1/4 cup in teas, an additional 1/4 in cooking and another 1/4 in smoothies? Thanks!

  15. does it have to be coconut oil or could coconut flour have the same possible effect?
    i have both, but coconut flour is easier for me to consume a lot of (:

    • Nadine, I am hypothyroid for past ten years and after using two table spoons of coconut oil daily, mostly with my tea, after year or too my TSH was normal. Than I went to AIP diet for other health problems and started also using coconut flour, and after just a week my thyroid problems were much worse than ever. I stopped usin coconut flour and my thyroid problems are improving again. Anyone else had the same experience with coconut flour?

  16. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer 2 years ago and my thyroid was removed along with some affected lymph nodes. They found it again in my lymph nodes this year so I had to have another surgery (my first surgeon was not thorough and I believe she did not get everything in the first place). I also have Hashimoto’s and they are monitoring my anti-body level to make sure it doesn’t go up. I want to get the level to 0. I am done with cancer, never want to go through this again – so I am looking into natural treatments in addition to what the doctor says. Will coconut oil help in this situation – with someone who has no thyroid but still has thyroglobulin anti-bodies? If you don’t know, do you know where I could find reliable information?

    • I also had thyroid cancer this past year. Had thyroid removed and had to take iodine radiation b/c it has also spread to one of my lymph nodes. Been trying to go natural and trusting God for total healing. I have Hashimoto’s , hypothyroid, and on 125 Synthroid. Any suggestions on going All natural? BTW, I feel great, just a bit sore from surgery.

      • Hey Rosa! We should talk! I have a hard time finding other thyroid cancer survivors who also had Hashimoto’s. What’s your e-mail? I am also trusting God in total healing. I am slowly transitioning to all natural – Wellness Mama has been a huge help! So has Pinterest…. I started by making my own laundry detergent, then cleaning supplies, now beauty products and medicine, and I’m just trying some natural things here and there.

  17. I’ve hypothyroid, will eating coconut as such be beneficiary or oil is must.

  18. I find this article really helpful. Thanks for sharing this! It’s great to know that coconut oil can also help improve thyroid function. This is something new.

  19. Hi. Thanks for the info in the article. Can you please explain why you believe Tropical Traditions coconut oil is the best? There are so many brands it is confusing….Any others you would recommend?

    • They’ve had theirs independently tested and it has been shown to have the highest level of beneficial properties. Any organic, cold pressed, virgin coconut oil has beneficial properties though.

  20. Hi, This is very helpful. I have been hypothyroid for over 10 years and I have a question about milk. I have been told that organic skim milk is healthiest for me, but then I wonder if I should be drinking almond milk, because of my thyroid. What are your thoughts? Thank you 🙂

    • I don’t consume any pasteurized milk and drink almond milk occasionally in moderation

  21. I have been using coconut oil since I found Wellnessmama! I just love it and recommend it to others. I am hypothyroid and while I may be a little warmer (a plus for a hypothyroid person who is always cold) I will continue to use it. I cook with it! Try popping popcorn in it. Yummy!! It is great for hair and skin as well. I even feed it to my cat. He gets canned food once a day to aid in hydration and I add coconut oil to it. He loves it and will even lick it off my skin after a shower. I massage it into his skin and hair and I swear his hair glows in the sun!!! Plus it has the added benefit of keeping fleas away and I think ticks too. I learned this all from Katie, the Wellness Mama! Thank you Katie!!

  22. Hello Wellness Mama,

    Love your stuff! looking for insight. I follow very healthy diet about 95%, except I often drinks lots of coffee, and usually first thing in the morning, then breakfast an hour or two later. I decided to try VCO blended with coffee (originally started with the GF butter and vanilla, but dropped those). I wanted the benefits of VCO daily. I started gaining weight, & thought maybe related to body adjusting, so I continued. nothing else in my diet changed. After 4 months, I’d gained 8 lbs, so I stopped. That weight has been the worst, it’s just flab, and it won’t budge period. It’s been 2 months since I stopped, and through hard work, I have maybe lost 1 lb. This is unusual for me; I can lose 1 lb in a week if focused.
    My daughter, who’d just had a baby (weeks old) and was nursing, started the VCO blended with coffee also, and she had the same experience. She can’t lose it either. She lives in another city, so it’s not our matching diet. It makes no sense, esp for her. Nursing for me always took every ounce off. I’m completely confused & frustrated. All I can find through research is some things interfere with leptin and prevent fat metabolism, but I can’t find anything to link with the coffee. I’d like to get this weight off, I feel miserable. Now both of us have completely taken VCO out of our diets. I’m hoping you can direct me where I can find some answers. 🙂 And through my search, all I can find is VCO causes weight loss….so tired of reading that 🙁 Thanks.

    • I experienced the same thing ! I follow a Weston A Price diet- have for 4 years. Started adding coconut oil to my coffee and gained weight. I never gain weight postpartum! I have had 3 other babies and always drop weight quickly from nursing. This time with my fourth, I haven’t. I think there may be a connection to the coconut oil and possibly postpartum thyroiditis. Did you ever figure anything out? I’d love to hear about it.

    • Sorry, late to the party…
      I don’t know if this is too late to even reach you, but I want to try anyway.

      Some brief set-up: the Lemonade Diet caused me no END of disappointment for the same reason. When I read the “Eat Right 4 Your [blood] Type” book, I discovered that my blood type’s metabolism could not deal with the cayenne pepper, which interfered with my digestion and resulted in horrific bloating and weight gain.

      That same research warns me not to consume coconut in ANY form… and I don’t want to listen, but know I must. (Sadly I have been told by body in the past, repeatedly, NO COCONUT by bouncing it right back up after eating it, so I can’t play dumb on this.) *sigh*

      Perhaps you might wish to check that research armed with your blood type, too.

      Wishing you well.

      • There is some good, evidence based, information on this site but PLEASE ignore the fallacious theories in `Eat right for your blood type` It sounds good:- ` different blood groups are recent history and humans have not adapted` the whole shtick is predicated on this, yet this is not true! Different blood groups, as far as SCIENCE can tell, have existed for eons.
        Of course, almost any treatment of any kind will have some good results due to the `placebo` effect, and due to the fact that a large amount of illness (especially the I feel weak and lethargic type) tend to get better, over time. On this, and many sites, I see people talking up `natural` foods then saying, for example, that they stopped eating gluten. Why? maybe 5 – 10% of Westerners are intolerant, for the rest of us it is a natural product.
        In general a natural diet is to eat LESS, to eat non processed and raw foods in moderation, low levels of carbohydrates and especially sugar, excercise, and be part of a community.
        I wish you all good health

  23. Hello,

    I just went across this blog (out of interest to coconut oil). 3/4 a cup a day of coconut oil? For this amount one has to have pretty strong pancreas to excrete enough enzymes to break down the fat (even though coconut sounds like God’s sent, and has many health benefits) But for many, I know for sure – such amount of fat is not suitable, as their pancreas’ aren’t strong enough. But for those of you who can tolerate this much fat – good luck! With all mentioned above health conditions, I would suggest do everything in moderation and listen to your body.

  24. I have a complaint. I see hypothyroidism here, but what about HYPERthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is just as much of a problem for sufferers as hypothyroidism is. The neglect to include hyperthyroidism is very wide spread. I find this frustrating.

    • Seems to me all these posts are from people who haven’t enough thyroid. If you have too much, why on earth would you add coconut oil to increase it?

  25. used VCO for the past 6 months cooking , coffee, and all over my body after a shower, then I started with a fast irggular heart beat, and sometimes a regular beat but thumping in my chest, withone episode of when walking,up hill tightness across chest, just getting checked out now my ecg (ekg) is looking normal stopped taking VCO one week ago getting better, think I was using too much

  26. I have been taking 3tablespoons of coconutoil for 4days and it has improved my appetite for my very sluggish thyroid. I am also less constipated.Today however I feel dreadful,no appetite and I feel depressed etc. Is it possible it is better to build it up gradually rather than taking 3tablespoons right from the start? Anybody help?

  27. I just discovered that my acne may be linked to a low working thyroid and am looking at ways to help my thyroid’s functioning and already use coconut oil in cooking and to make food. However, do you have other ways to incorporate coconut oil without it being oily in texture? I don’t drink coffee or tea but did try that a few times and with that large of amount it was so oily for me. I know people put it on toast but I know I should avoid grains too. So any other suggestions would be amazing!!

  28. Great info, thanks!! I recently started taking coconut oil, and because of you, I am now addicted to it in my coffee…LOVE IT!! So I have increased my intake. I am very interested in losing some weight as well, and feel that this is helping me. Do you know how I can get info about reducing my thyroid med? I started getting slight panic attacks after taking my thyroid meds. I went two days without taking my meds, and had no anxiety, but tested it again today, and within a couple hrs of taking the meds, i became more anxious. Just not sure what to do from here. thanks!

  29. I have read the letters about the Thyroid and find them to be very interesting. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about 15 years ago. The Synthroid made me very tired and without insurance how can ANYONE afford the outrageous price for the blood tests??? Gods way is the best way! I may not have insurance but, I have Assurance in the things that God created (not man) to be good for me. Ask Him for wisdom and He will give it to you.

    • If God was that concerned you would not have the problem in the first place!
      Wise up, eat well but in moderation, a varied diet.
      Yes, organic will give you less ,man made, rubbish in your diet, eat moderately, excersise moderately and you will probably be o.k.
      There is no quick fix, only a steady improvement. If you really have a physical problem then you will have to follow best medicakl advice. Most ‘health food gurus’ are not usefull (Eating to your blood type is completely ridiculous, you can see total destruction of this…theory.. on Google) and some are downright dangerous.
      Go slowly with any diet change and check any problems that arise.
      best of luck, and good health!

    • hi Sally…just read your post…are you still taking this and doing well?

  30. I just found this site, and I have a huge problem. I am hypothyroid/Hashamotos for 26 years. Last 2 years my body has started rejecting all thyroid meds…been from Synthroid, to Armours and now Levothyroxin. I’m out of options, and due to Hashamotos my thyroid is just scar tissue. I am going to a good endocrinologist, but I get told, its not my meds causing my problems: anxiety, feels like I am breathing thru fog(oxygen level was 99 last doc visit), tired, jittery, shaky, heart pain…just to name a few. Am going to add a bit of coconut oil, see if it helps.. but I am at the end of my rope after 2 years of this and no drs that will listen. Are any of you having the same problem with their drs???

    • Char have you heard of “stop the thyroid madness?” It’s a Facebook page I follow, it relates to a book by the same name. So much great info, there may be some info on there that may help you.

    • Many of your symptoms are listed in this lawsuit which many have signed on to. I was also diagnosed with Hashimotos and my thyroid has been acting very weird the past few years, and my doc has had to adjust my meds lower and lower. The stuff they are spraying in our skies is making MANY people sick with many symptoms. A few I feel a lot after being outside is sleepiness, cranky, achy…etc. Check out this link and all the many illnesses that re listed.

  31. It really is tough dealing with Dr. I have been trying to find out what is wrong. Gone gluten free. I am not as sick as I was. My neck gets big on one side. Dr. try to give me all kinds of pills. Say I might be depressed. Nope. So I think I will try abit of the coconut oil.

  32. I have Graves disease so my thyroid is too active. I am wondering using coconut oil will only make my Graves disease worse. Any thoughts on this?

    • Hi ,

      I”m new to this site and was doing some research couple months ago my friend told me about the virgin coconut oil and that it could possibly help me with my thyroid , well i have a hyperthyroidism and it’s been 3 years now since i been dealing with this and truth be told it’s extremely huge it’s noticeable….anyways i tried taking all my medications that my doctor prescribe me but it don’t seem to working I just want to know will the virgin coconut oil help out..My condition is bad i have nose bleeds, light headaches, and i blackout from time to time while i walk please is there any advice you could possibly give me.

      Thank You

      • Coconut oil is said to boost your metabolism. So it’s good for ones with hypo. I have hyper and when I eat raw coconut oil ( meaning without cooing or heating it well ) my condition gets worse. It doesn’t seem to affect me if I cook or heat it well though. I don’t know if coconut oil is bad or good for thyroid but it does seem to boost your metabolism. At least I can feel it.

  33. Katie, do you have any information about consumption of coconut oil for people who have hypothyroid, but also have a sensitivity to coconut? Thank you so much!

  34. Hi Katie,

    This may seem like a silly question, but wont coconut solidify and cause issues in our bodies like it does when still in the jar? Im really nervous about clogging up my arteries with saturated fat…

    On the other hand, i am DESPERATE to find a solution to what i believe is a sluggish thyroid. Since giving birth, i have found it incredibly difficult to lose weight (despite exercising daily, incl gym, and keeping a food diary and consuming 1200-1500 calories per day), hair loss ++++ (despite giving birth a few years ago), brittle nails, being more teary than usual, extreme exhaustion, muscle aches and pains, inflammed forearms (with itching), bulging left eye (never had unequal eye size prior to pregnancy). The doctors tell me my thyroid is fine, but can blood tests be wrong? All of my symptoms are indicative of thyroid dysfunction, yet the doctors think im imagining everything. But how does one imagine clear differences in eye size, the hair loss in clumps, my inflammed forearms, severe joint pain. Very frustrating, so hoping the coconut oil and GF diet will assist :(( Hoping someone might have some insight for me..

    • I understand your concern… It is what the veggie oil pr reps have been telling us all for years, and it makes sense. Until you remember that coconut oil is liquid at temps above 76 degrees. Hopefully your body won’t fall below that (if it does you will have larger problems) so you should be safe 😉

    • I have hypothyroidism and my naturopath had me take my body temperature for at least one month… I was to do this before I got out of bed in the morning so that it would read my true body temperature… If we have a sluggish thyroid our body temperature will be below normal on a constant basis… the only time I would be a little warmer was when I was ovulating which is expected…I then was given armour thyroid, and in Canada the naturopaths are now authorized to give prescriptions so I get a natural form of thyroid which is called Thyroid hormone and is dessicated bovine thyroid. I have been taking it now for about 5 years and feel great!

      • I wanted to mention that Synthroid in Canada has a long term side effect of Osteoporosis, 5 of my clients have been on Synthroid and all have osteoporosis… this is why I prefer the natural form 🙂

    • Post natal problems can be very complex. It is usually a complex of hormonal imbalances, not necessarily connected to the thyroid.
      You really need a very good endocrinologist to check you out, a GP will not be competant to diagnose so ask him to refer you on.

  35. Great answer- haven’t thought of it in those terms :).

    I would also suggest searching “Sally Fallon the oiling of america” on youtube. The Weston A Price Foundation website has a lot of good info on saturated fats as well.

    As far as your thyroid issues check out Davis Kharrazian’s book “Why do I still have thyroid symptoms if my labs are normal.” And Wilson’s “Adrenal Fatigue: a 21s5 century syndrome.” Thyroid issues almost always go hand in hand with adrenal issues. Your suspicions are probably correct. Most allopathic physicians don’t recognize most forms of thyroid dysfunction. Good luck.

    • That should read Datis Kharrazian.

  36. Dear Katie,
    The most effective way to test your thyroid is via a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. This is because a HTMA will reveal your calcium/potassium ratio, which is essentially, your thyroid ratio. An ideal value is about 4. The higher your ratio the more sluggish your thyroid is, and the lower your ratio is, the more overactive it is. Megan is right, in that a sluggish thyroid (which most people have today), usually goes hand in hand with burned out adrenals – whose health is also clear from a HTMA. The Sodium/Magnesium ratio is the adrenal ratio and an ideal value is 4.17. Anything above that indicates excessive adrenal activity, and anything below that indicates reduced adrenal activity. Most people today have burned out adrenals due to a combination of stress, nutritional deficiencies, and toxic metal and chemical accumulation.
    I think the most important message I’d like to impart in this message is that Graves, Hyperthyroidism, all thyroid conditions are in fact reversible on a Nutritional Balancing program. This is because instead of imposing symptomatic fixes on the body, a NB program works to address the root cause of the problem, which in this case is a combination of all or most of these: 1) Elevated calcium, 2) Impaired cell permeability, 3) Copper or Mercury toxicity, 4) Adrenal Exhaustion, 5) Low tissue Potassium, 6) Sympathetic dominance mineral pattern. So as well as working to balance ones body chemistry, and safely and actively working to remove ones toxic metals and chemicals, a reduction in stress and an increase in rest/sleep is highly encouraged on a NB program. After all, it takes the body a LOT of energy to heal.
    Please feel free to come read more about how Graves and other thyroid issues work and why they are completely fixable.

    Sending you much love,

  37. Any knowledge of the parathyroid being treated and or helped naturally?
    Thanks to anyone who may have something to share.

    • The parathyroid’s run on the mineral “boron”. Magnesium and vitamin D3 play a part as well but the highest concentration of boron is in the parathyroid and a deficiency within the parathyroid can cause hyperthyroidism. Iodine is for the thyroid, boron is for the parathyroid.

  38. Hi,

    My daughter is 6 years older and she is having hashimoto thyroid problem and her anti tpo is greater than 1300 and her TSH is also high.
    Recently we visited Doctor and he prescribed a medicine thryonorm to lower down the TSH.
    Can we use version coconut oil to lower down her TSH level and anti TPO.

  39. I want to know if coconut oil can help me. My TSH levels have been considered normal. My T3 has also been tested and considered normal. I have gained weight, and have a nodule in my thyroid. He wants me to have my thyroid out completely. If my thyroid levels are normal why should I have it out. I will have to take meds for the rest of my life if this is the case. Will coconut oil help shrink these nodules?

  40. I have had problems with low thyroid for years along with very poor sleep quality and quantity. I have tried all kinds of natural remedies but found a tsp or so of coconut oil in my morning coffee has made a huge improvement for me. I also started applying as a moisturizer daily and my dry skin with eczema is greatly improved. LOVE coconut oil

  41. Just purchased coconut oil at Costco. Wondering if applying it to skin will allow it to be absorbed to provide health benefits. Do you replace other oils completely with coconut oil, or just add it to the one you already use for cooking. I love to cook with olive oil.
    Thanks in advance

  42. Thank you Katie wellness mama for all the insightful info about coconut oil uses. I will definitely start using it, taking it, cooking with it. But wondering if safe and how much coconut oil to use for my 6 yo who has alopecia areata & beginnings of thyroid problems.

  43. Can coconut oil raise cholesterol?

  44. In July 2014 I was having many health problems. I have PCOS and of course thyroid problems from fluoride (per my Dr years ago when first diagnosed). My Dr sent me for blood work. Got my blood work back a few weeks later. Liver enzymes were TERRIBLE, cholesterol not so good, Glucose not good, and Thyroid wasn’t even on the chart. I refused meds because I wanted to try oils and natural things. My Dr gave me till Nov to do what I wanted and then have it recheck. Recheck was perfect. Everything was normal. One liver enzymes was 1 pt high, but way better. Dr couldn’t believe the drastic change in such short time and no meds. And I was 15 weeks pregnant. This was a surprise baby. I don’t get pregnant this easily. I eat 1-2 spoonfuls of coconut cream from tropical traditions daily and use coconut oil for cooking. Two years later and just had bloodwork rechecked and thyroid is still looking good.
    I also did clove essential oil over the thyroid for the first few months, but haven’t used it since then.

  45. Can I have fresh coconut meat instead of coconut oil for thyroid or is it like coconut oil more beneficial than raw coconut meat. Please reply.