2. Kills Harmful Microorganisms

Coconut oil is made up of about 50 percent lauric acid. As you digest coconut oil, it forms a substance called monlaurin. Both monolaurin and lauric acid kill microorganisms in the body, specifically viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Lauric acid and monlaurin have been noted to help kill Staphylococcus aureus and the yeast Candida albicans, a common source of yeast infections.