As an Alternative Treatment for Individuals with Autism: Coconut Oil

Nowadays, the prevalence of autism is increasing. According to statistics, 20-30 years after each of the two children are expected to have an autism spectrum disorder. There is still a perception in the society that this problem is extremely rare, but there is a great danger.

Autism is a problem related to environmental toxins, chemicals in food, artificial foods that our DNA does not recognize, and heavy metals used in vaccines. This toxic attack, combined with an unhealthy microbiome, is a picture in which many different factors play a role and cause brain function impairment.

Supportive for all these, symptoms can light with the right nutrition. With a proper nutrition model, the autism symptoms are alleviated. The earlier the diagnosis has been established and the sooner the correct diet is, the greater the chance of success of the treatment. Interestingly as an alternative medicine coconut oil is one of these treatment methods.

Since coconut oil is a fairly light oil, it is a highly consumed oil all over the world, the users of this oil have been talking about many benefits of it.



In this article, I will try to explain what could be the benefit of coconut oil and some other nutrition for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Besides medicine and training, there is another topic should be investigated and paid attention which is how alternative medicine could be helpful to individuals with autism.

Firstly, I will talk about what kind of diet individuals with autism should have. And then, I will clarify the benefits of coconut oil, how they consume it and how they should consume it. Lastly, I will briefly talk about other nutritional supplements and chemical which could be helpful for reducing symptoms of autism.

Diet for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Individuals with autism spectrum disorder can take advantages from a balanced diet. This diet could include certain foods and supplements. For example; coconut oil, omega 3 supplementation, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics, garlic, digestive enzymes, prenatal vitamins, and breast milk.

These food and supplements have some particular benefits for bodies such as reducing inflammation, restoring the intestinal barrier, being a healthy bacteria for the body as improving the balance of flushing of microbiology, boosting the immune system, increasing the detoxification and being a good source of antioxidants.

On the spectrum, each individual is unique, which means different from each other. Because of this reason, every individuals’ needs and sensitivities vary too. For instance, one person has an intolerance to the fermented foods, however, for another, it would be very therapeutic.

Individuals’ needs and their priorities can overlap and change. Because of this reason, these individuals’ diet should be highly customized, and also should be frequently revised depends on the needs.



Picky eating is common in people with autism spectrum disorder and it is understandable. Because they avoid foods which cause stomach pain and coconut oil is one of them causing stomachache but causes relief at the same time.

Nutritional and dietary practices cannot be considered as an individual treatment approach in autism but may help to reduce the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder. It is also very important for the ideal growth and development of children.

There is also evidence that communication between the brain-intestinal tract can play a role in the development of autism. Nutrition can reduce the symptoms of autism as well as autism symptoms may adversely affect the child’s diet.

In children with autism, the digestive system is not fully functioning, so there is sensitivity to gluten and casein which means they should be against milk products. When gluten and caseins cannot be fully digested, the substances in the intestine cause inflammation into the brain. They need a good diet to avoid it.

Individuals with autism should stay away from cereal products, bread, and dairy products. For example, they should not consume cheese. Also, oils are very important for brain health. Olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, and avocado oil, black oil repaire brain. They should consume them more compared to normally developed individuals.



Professionals claimed that if they have sufficient and effective dietary strategies based on saturated fatty acids, they can manage, cure and even prevent autism spectrum disorder. These fatty acids could be found mainly in breast milk, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil.

Even there is no scientific evidence for coconut oil as an effective treatment for autism spectrum disorder, parents use it and claim that they take advantage of it. On the other hand, according to experts, it is obvious that a healthy diet is good for everyone and that’s why also autism experts recommend that with coconut oil.

Coconut Oil Is Used as a Treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder


There was a mother with a child with an autism spectrum disorder. As seeing her child getting worse, she started to make a very intensive review on the internet about the treatment of autism.

As a result of this searching, she read research papers that were not published in medical journals that coconut oil might be useful. And she found that this treatment method can be applied and harmless. Since there is not much to do, she decided to try this treatment on her child with autism.

One evening on the way home, she stopped by the store and bought coconut oil. The next day, she put 2 teaspoons of coconut oil on her child’s oatmeal. In the following days, the number of spoons gradually increased to 6-7 spoons.

Treatment began to be effective from the first week. For example, 4 months later visual disturbances have begun to improve, the child’s walking has improved, and has started to run slowly, started doing his home chores and started tying shoes.



In general, healthy natural fats are necessary for the absorption of some kind of vitamins such as A, D, E and K. These natural fats could come from avocado, olive, coconut, and ghee.

Coconut oil helps to improve antioxidant activity in the body. For individuals with autism, it is very important because they are prone to oxidative damage based upon insufficient antioxidant protection. It has a remarkable effect on individuals with autism at controlling the overgrowth of pathogenic yeast.

Coconut oil is extremely beneficial for neurodevelopmental deficits and disorders. It improves memory, as well as heal symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

Coconut itself and coconut oil is almost an ore for brain health. It is strongly recommended to all human beings because we are working with brain power, to people with Alzheimer’s disease and to individuals with autism. The oil itself is very important for both brain and vascular health.



Coconut oil has endless benefits for health if you incorporate it into your daily lifestyle. And more specifically, we can say that coconut oil can help with many of the underlying health conditions which are common in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.

Antioxidants are very important substances for brain health. Because of the oily structure of the brain tissue due to oxidation, a good analogy is very suitable for rusting and strong antioxidants can prevent this. Polyphenolic with strong antioxidant properties in coconut gallic acid, which is a compound.

There is a claim that coconut oil and walnut oil are useful in the increase of the usage of the words in individuals with autism because it stimulates the brain’s speech center.



According to another mother of a child with autism, coconut oil has an amazing effect on her child. She gave the coconut oil coupling up with fish in order to give her child a boost of omega 3 as well. For not differentiating the taste, it was a great way to give. It was a perfect combination both when the issue comes to taste and comes to as well as nutritional level.

After a couple of weeks, she reported that her child’s autism symptoms demonstrated dramatic improvements. She started to notice on a child that he had longer focus time and concentrated for a longer period.

Coconut oil helped to reduce symptoms of autism spectrum disorder as it calms the brain activities. As a result, this calming factor helped in fighting with the symptoms, especially with the anxiety.

After the usage of coconut oil and observing the improvements, the mother claimed that it helped improve cognition. She insisted on it was a wonderful solution that deserved individuals with autism and parents of them’s attention.



There is a claim that coconut oil and walnut oil are useful in the increase of the usage of the words in individuals with autism because it stimulates the brain’s speech center.

Coconut oil is one of the healthy saturated fat. It made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are different from person to person and affect every metabolism differently. It goes straight to the liver from the digestive track. In the digestive track, it turns into ketones.

Human bodies produce ketones which are energy comes from fats. These have a specific purpose which is nourishing brains. Our bodies can produce it from stored fat. Also, our bodies can make it from special fats that we can intake from outside which is found in coconut oil.

When the brain is unable to process glucose, which individuals with autism suffer from, the brain begins to starve. When the brain starves and does not work properly, the normal growth and development of it become stunted.

The brain begins to struggle for survival and starts to shut down itself. This emerges in issues with the loss of learned skills, and problems in speech, communication, memory, motor function both gross and fine movements which are main deficits in autism spectrum disorder.



Then move on to ketones. It is a more effective alternative for the brain to fuel it. It enables energy to the brain as supplying needed energy. Besides being a brain fuel, ketones produce special proteins that promote the maintaining of the brain cell functions, repairing and protection.

And also, ketones stimulate new neuron developments in order to replace or repaired damaged neurons and damaged cells. This is the point that healing begins and coconut oil takes a part.

Coconut oil is rich in ketone producing MCTs. For individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, boosting ketone levels can have a major effect on brain reparation. It is essential in getting on the road healing.

Consuming coconut oil can raise blood ketones to levels. Ketones are very important and can have a pronounced effect on brain growth and brain development. This approach is proving to be highly effective at stopping the progression of the autism spectrum disorder, significantly improving symptoms, and in many cases even bringing about a complete recovery.



Coconut oil can help to reduce oxidative stress which is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the antioxidant system and that system is responsible for keeping the organism’s homeostasis. For doing this, coconut oil helps the body mechanism by evaluating many steps related to the immune system, blood sugar level, tissues which are damaged ones and digestion system.

In addition to this, coconut oil sustains brain activity. For example, it can do that by repairing and protection of the brain and also bu facilitating appropriate functioning and activities of neurotransmitters.

Scientists and mental health professionals usually advise parents with children with autism to consider using coconut oil. Also, they advise them always to pay particular attention to the level of tiny changes that would occur in their children at a very tender age.

Other than those, they offer the necessary care and support to children with autism if the parents think they would not be sufficient enough for capable of doing that advice.



Back then, there was an interview with a parent who had a child with autism. In that interview, the parent confirmed that coconut oil could be used for the treatment of autism to manage them as well as giving those children special attention.

After her son got diagnosed at 4 years old, she started to search about what kind of treatments would be helpful and cure for her child. After her detailed investigation, she found the coconut oil. She read a lot about the power of coconut oil. Because it has been used as a food supplement for a long time. And then, she decided to use it.

She saw in her child lots of developments and improvements. Because as she knew, coconut oil helps the brain activity and as a result of her child’s development mostly occurred in speech and language. Obviously, she was very happy with that result and also the child was happy because it helps the make his life easier and boosts life quality.

After all of these, the mother introduces the coconut oil to other families with children with autism and try to clarify the benefits of it. She tried to clarify excellent improvements and developments in speech and language, and also in their behaviors.



While consuming coconut oil, people should be very careful about the amount. Because it has strong antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, and it causes to lose weight. At the beginning of the consuming coconut oil, individuals with autism may experience it, so they should start low and increase gradually under intense attention.

So how much should people take in order to be careful? 8 teaspoons a day per person is the amount that is recommended by professionals. Even it does not seem like a lot, it is definitely enough amount per day. Because people should build up a tolerance level of their bodies slowly and should use caution.

If it would be the first time, which means a person did not use it before, that person would start with a half a teaspoon. Because too much amount of coconut oil gives a person gastrointestinal upset at once. Although it seems a bad thing, it is a very good thing and there is nothing to be afraid of. This oil pulls toxins from human bodies.

Individuals should build up tolerance at a time on a weekly basis. If that individual with autism is a child, parents should be very careful about the amount. Whenever it feels like it is too much for a person, they should go back to the previous amount and, when the body gets ready, they can try next week again.



Other than consuming as an intake, there are other ways to use coconut oil. For example, in one study it was used as a toothpaste and a mother used it as calmer.

That mother had a daughter with autism spectrum disorder who has meltdowns frequently. These meltdowns caused her condition would worsen. Because of that, the mother used a mix consisted of peppermint oil and coconut oil in order to calm her. She used this mixture applying on the child’s forehead via massaging. It was beneficial and useful to calm her down. The child’s body started to cool down and she began to feel calmer.

There is a study which was designed to assessed and to evaluate the effectiveness of coconut oil. It was measured by using toothpaste for the oral health of children with autism. There were 60 children with autism and their ages were vary from 3 to 5.

They divided into 2 groups. One group used coconut oil as toothpaste and other group used normal toothpaste for brushing their teeth. Their oral hygiene levels were measured intervals of 2 and 4 weeks, and 3 and 6 months. However, obviously, at the beginning of the study, oral hygiene levels were measured as a baseline.

After 6 months of measurements, it was time to compare the groups. Despite the fact that children with autism spectrum disorder are considered to need additional oral health care, coconut oil itself sufficiently enough for their oral health care.

As a result of this study for children with autism, besides using as an intake of coconut oil, it could be considered as a supplemental for oral hygiene aid. Because this study showed that it has a significant improvement in oral health care.



Parents of children with autism mostly reported the benefit of coconut oil. They reported that coconut oil and other essential oils helped to calm their children during meltdowns and observed decreased in hyperactivity.

As a conclusion and as the most important one, parents reported that their children were happy with the overall effects and those parents strongly recommend other parents in order to give a chance to try out.

Nutritional Supplements for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder


Children with autism spectrum disorder may be at risk of malnutrition due to inability to focus on food, food selectivity, and at risk of digestive problems and nutritional deficiencies. In case of these conditions, supplements of A, C, B6, folic acid, B12 vitamins, and other minerals and omega-3 fatty acids may be used to prevent nutrient deficiencies by the professional’s advice.

Due to its effects on brain functioning, the use of omega-3 in autism is curious. Insufficiency of omega-3 fatty acids may increase the severity of learning disabilities and behavioral problems.



Consumption of fatty fish 2 times a week supports the intake of omega-3 fatty acids. If there is not enough fish consumption, the physician can be consulted about the use of omega-3 supplements.

Chemicals Can Be Used for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptoms


Besides those nutritional supplements, there are chemicals to use. For example, there is one chemical, which is chlorine dioxide, is used to lessen the effect of autism spectrum disorder symptoms. Chlorine dioxide can be used by oral and rectal, and also used as a bath.

Weight-related dose intake is a critical issue while using chlorine dioxide. Some children with autism can feel well in 3 to 4 months, while others improved in 3-4 years.

Chlorine dioxide has many positive effects on children with autism. Chlorine progresses over time gradually. Children with autism feel better when inflammation is pulled down and pathogens disappear. This progress mostly would be occurred in the speech, socialization, sleep patterns, and eye contact.

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