According to a recently published study, lauric acid (coconut oil is 50% lauric acid) kills more than 90% of colon cancer cells within 2 days of consumption. Lauric acid poisons malignant cells while relieving the body of deep oxidative stress. While the anti-cancer potential of coconut oil is under investigation, many other health benefits are well known. Coconut oil kills many viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. It promotes digestion, proper functioning of the metabolism in the liver, reduces inflammation, improves the appearance of the skin, and helps the rapid healing of wounds when applied topically. Currently, coconut oil is being used in clinical trials to improve cholesterol levels in patients with chronic heart disease, to combat Alzheimer’s disease, and to improve blood pressure and blood sugar. Coconut oil is unique in that it contains 50% lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride that is hard to find in other foods we eat. Interestingly, lauric acid makes up about 2% of the fat in cow’s milk, but 6% of the fat in human milk. This probably means that a person has a greater natural need for this fatty acid. These studies do not mean that coconut oil is a panacea for cancer. However, this tells us that nature has provided many natural remedies in the fight against diseases.