Some health benefits of virgin coconut oil include boosting the immune system, increasing energy, controlling diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome, lowering cholesterol and maintaining healthy heart functions. It is also used as a skin moisturizer and as treatment for skin problems like psoriasis.
Coconut oil that is labelled "virgin" has usually been unadulterated, meaning it has been left unbleached, unrefined and non-deodorized. Coconut oil can be referred to as "cold pressed" which means that the temperature during production was controlled so as not to exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit. There is little evidence showing definite symptom improvement when using virgin coconut oil so more study is needed to determine its effectiveness.