Is it really true that coconut oil can cure hypothyroidism?

Answers from Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D.

No. The misconception that coconut oil can cure underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) arose years ago, after publication of a book touting the beneficial effects of coconut oil. However, there is no evidence that coconut oil stimulates thyroid function.

If you have signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism — such as increased sensitivity to cold, unexplained weight gain or fatigue — consult your doctor. He or she can test your thyroid function and, if necessary, recommend appropriate treatment, which may include thyroid hormone therapy.

Dec. 07, 2012 See more Expert Answers