WebMD offers an informative tutorial on taking coconut oil for health. The health benefits of coconut oil seem to be speculative, rather than based on clinical evidence, notes WebMD.
Some people have gained interest in coconut oil as a potential solution for many conditions, including heart disease, HIV, cancer and obesity. At 92 percent, coconut oil contains the highest amount of saturated fat of any fat, making it a popular choice for vegans who want to get their saturated fat from a plant source. The unique composition of coconut oil could offer health benefits that have not yet been studied, but as of 2015, there is little medical evidence to support coconut oil's health benefits.
Coconut oil may be healthier than animal fats, hydrogenated trans fats or butter, but it is not as healthy as vegetable or olive oil, according to WebMD. Coconut oil is considered to be a solid fat, so it should be eaten sparingly. Coconut oil contains fatty acids that are good for the heart as well as fatty acids that are bad for the heart. Studies have shown that coconut oil does improve good cholesterol levels, but it also raises bad cholesterol levels. WebMD recommends using coconut oil in moderation until further information becomes available.