A health professional’s personal experience with coconut oil

The following is quoted from the book ” Virgin Coconut Oil: Nature’s Miracle Medicine” by Bruce Fife, ND

I am a health professional and therefore not surprisingly I was abashed when I would see books about coconut oil. Until my own health problems begin. My thyroid levels were swinging around and not really high enough to be treated by most allopathic doctors.
I felt awful. My hair was falling out, my skin was so dry.  It itched and cracked. My cholesterol was up and so was my weight, ever so slowly with every passing month.
In addition My co workers were amazed at how I could function when I am constantly sick and on antibiotics. I was a mess at the fairly young age.
I did some of my own research and kept coming up with coconut oil. Then I found out your website (Coconut Research Centre ) and became more convinced as I accessed the journals presented.  I felt like what was I to lose ? 
Here is what happened after taking coconut oil for several months 
1. Weight has stopped increasing, it is starting to drop because I know longer crave sweets or simple carbs and have massive surge of energy which allows me to be more active.
2. cholesterol Dropped HDL [the good cholesterol] went way up (from 30 to almost 60)
3. my skin is beautiful I was having rosacea, now it is smooth and clear.  my legs feel as if I am a teenager they are so smooth. I even put coconut all around my eyes as a moisturiser. 
I love feeling my legs it is almost as if I have made  a discovery.  I cannot believe at my age my skin can be so soft and supple.
it’s almost like having a flashback on my teenage years! 
4. I’m not bloated anymore; my stomach not distended and my feet not hurting from not fitting in my shoes at the end of the day 
5 I feel iso much more energetic as if I was 10 years younger 
6. My hair is beautiful and silky and not falling out
7. I am hardly ever sick any more. When I and my kids are coming down with something, we up the coconut. We are better within a day 
8. my daughter was born with such extreme eczema she was constantly itching, even had patches mof scabs on her body and scalp. I have spent hundreds of dollars on expensive prescription steroid creams, which after few years stopped working. The doctor laughed at me when I mentioned it coconut oil. The proof is in the fact that my daughter skin is beautiful and flawless now , no itchy bumps, just beautiful baby skin. Even though she doesn’t like the taste of Coconut oil in her food she will eat it when I remind her of her skin problems.( she also is a very healthy weight).
9. No more monthly yeast infections 
10. Wounds heal very quickly when coconut oil is applied. It’s almost like magic 
11. My TSH levels are way down into the normal range (not even subclinical hyperthyroid any more ). wow! The first time in over 6  Years.

It took quite a long time before I noticed these changes (several months).  At first I gained weight and was very depressed by it all. I stuck with it. The health changes have been remarkable. simply remarkable. Coconut I has changed my life 
The only sad part is, when I mentioned this to my colleagues or friends, I still get glazed over looks of disinterest and disbelief or outright gasps of horror with a refusal to listen to anymore of it.

Benefits of ingesting Black cumin seed oil

Black cumin seed oil has so many amazing health benefits, that have been traditionally and scientifically proven and none of us should miss.

Yes, I would like to introduce to you this oil, which I came to know and use about 6 month ago.

I am delighted and grateful to God for showing me this oil because it helped  clear the psoriasis I had suffered for over 10 years. Even though my psoriasis symptoms greatly reduced by 80-90% compared with 8 years ago thanks to diet improvement, the remaining 10-20% seemed incurable until I knew black cumin seed oil. After a day drinking 2-3 teaspoons of black cumin seed oil for 2-3 weeks, I was so happy to see the psoriasis symptoms on my legs disappeared.

Reading that black cumin seed oil is anti-convulsant and can address insomnia, I tried using it to help my grand-daughter to avoid seizures during sleep. Now with just 3.5 ml before bed, she falls into sleep easily and sleeps well with no seizures – whether at night or in day time – a result that is impossible to achieve with medication and other natural therapies.

As black cumin seed oil is also a bronchodilator and anti-asthmatic, I introduced it to some acquaintances suffering from asthma. After about 1 week, they said it helped them breathe easier without having to use asthma inhalers as often as before.

I prescribed “black cumin seed oil” for some patients at Antara free clinic. The results were amazing  for a kid with asthma, a kid with allergy to cat and an adult with insomnia and depression.

In the following paragraphs, you may think that black cumin seed oil is said to have too many health benefits to be true. But I believe black cumin seed oil has so many health benefits partly because it helps heal and protect the digestive system. Scientific studies agree that all illnesses start from the gut or the digestive system. My skin disease did not go away because my gut was leaking – a condition when the tight junctions of the intestinal wall become loose, allowing bacteria and toxins to enter the blood stream. The looser these tight junctions become, a wider variety of toxins enter the blood steam.

It has not been proven that leaky gut is the cause of many skin diseases and autoimmune disease. However there is a close association between these diseases and leaky gut condition. Many people do not know this association and try to find topical medicine to suppress  symptoms of their skin illness without making an effort to change their diet and lifestyle to help restore the health of their digestive tract wall. The result is frustration.  Black cumin seed oil has the power to heal leaky gut with the support of healthy diet and lifestyle. That is how it helped heal my psoriasis symptoms.

What is Black cumin seed

Most of us have probably never heard of black cumin seeds or black cumin seed oil. Why? Because black cumin plants, Nigella sativa by scientific name, grow only in India, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East countries. Black cumin seed oil has been used by practitioners of herbal medicine in these regions for thousands of years to treat an extensive list of difficult health conditions. Its healing effects are said to treat any illness except death.

Since 1964 there have been about 460 scientific studies confirming the amazing therapeutic properties of black cumin seed oil.

Therapeutic activities

Black cumin seed oil is scientifically confirmed to have the following therapeutic actions:

  •  Anti cancer especially  leukemia , breast cancer , brain tumor , pancreatic cancer.
  • Boosting immune system function and response
  • antihistamines – anti-allergy
  • Analgesic (pain killer)
  • Anti-bacteria including anti biotic resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Anti-cholinergic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-hypertensive
  • antioxidant
  •  Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • a bronchodilator
  • Diuretic
  • Anti-diabetic (both type 1 and type 2 diabetes)
  • Balancing serum cholesterol
  • Hepato-protective  (Promoting liver health)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin sensitizing
  • A galactagogue ( increasing the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers)
  • An emmenagogue (stimulating menstrual periods)
  • Reno-protective (kidney protecting)
  • A tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
  • An immune system function and response booster
  • Reno-protective (kidney protection) •
  • A metabolism booster

Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil (BCSO)

Following are some of the many conditions reportedly treated with consistent ingestion of BCSO •

  • Cancer
  • Heart & cardiovascular disease
  • Poor hair growth and poliosis (early graying)
  • Poor bone marrow production
  • Allergies and sinusitis
  • Anxiety and nervous tension
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and flu
  • Colic (babies)
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches and migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Migraines
  • Parasites
  • Candida albicans
  • High serum cholesterol level
  • Inflammation in the cardiovascular system
  • Hardened and  blood vessel walls
  • Acne
  • Backache, arthritis and rheumatism
  • Burn
  • Eczema
  • Fungal and other infections
  • Joint pain
  • Psoriasis
  • Sore muscles
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Over-excited nervous system
  • Respiratory problems/symptoms •
  • Infectious disease •
  • Weakness •
  • Seizures •
  • Dermatitis •
  • Prostate issues •
  • Gallbladder stones •
  • Kidney stones •
  • Hemorrhoids •
  • Varicose veins •
  • Depression •
  • Difficult circulation and many other health problems •
  • Dry skin


BCSO is normally safe and well tolerated. There has been no reports about BCSO toxicity or adverse reactions. However, anything -including filtered water- in excessive use is unsafe. So it is better to start from low dose and stay within the dosage range suggested by experienced physicians and nutritionists.

If BCSO is used topically, its better to test it first or dilute it with coconut oil or olive oil before applying.

If you are taking prescribed medication, it is better to consult the doctor before using BCSO to avoid unwanted interactions, which may increase or reduce the efficacy of the drugs.

How to use BCSO:

The best way is to use cold pressed black cumin seed oil in bottles or as 500 mg capsules.

According to naturopathic doctors and nutritionists, the normal dose is 1 teaspoon (5 ml) twice a day on an empty stomach (morning and before bed) for treatment or once a day before bed for maintenance .

Capsules can be taken 2 to 5 capsules 2 times a day.

As the taste of the oil can be too strong for some people, it is best to mix it with water, hot tea and honey or orange juice before drinking.

In Vietnam black cumin seed oil may not be available locally, but can be purchased through fado.vn. It can be bought online in any country (e.g. purenature.co.nz in New Zealand or www.iherb.com worldwide). But remember to choose food grade oil. Some stores label BCSO as ” black seed oil”. At iherb.com you can buy with your local currency (not US dollars if not in the US) and they use DHL service at very low freight cost. Before purchasing please check that the oil must have scientific name, “Nigella sativa” to make sure the product is genuine BCSO. It also pays off to read Reviews to find good quality brand.

Please remember that while taking BCSO you still need to have healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits, avoiding as much as possible red meat, animal based products and simple carbs. You also need to relax and engage in adequate physical activities to enjoy the full benefits of black seed oil.

Disclaimer: This article is only for information and education and does not replace the advice from your physician.


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