Has anyone noticed a connection between coconut consumption and anxiety attacks?
I have been suffering from intermittent anxiety attacks for the better part of a year now. I've worked through several theories from adrenal fatigue, going too low in carb, etc.
I've been to a therapist, TCM, yoga, meditation, and yet the attacks persist. Then I went on vacation for a week and had no problems at all. Thought perhaps it was just the Caribbean calming me down. Then when I came back home they started happening again.
Then it struck me: coconut. The primary thing I eat at home that I wasn't eating on vacation. Specifically, artisana coconut butter. Occasional coconut milk in tea. Boom. Heart palpitations.
I suppose it makes sense the MCT's in the coconut could be overstimulating me, but I can't seem to find anyone else complaining of this.
Heart palpitations and coconut oil explained! http://lifewithoutsweets.blogspot.com/search/label/Coconut%20Oil%20and%20Racing%20Heart
My money is on the ketones. You can produce a lot of ketones without being low carb if you eat enough coconut. For people with dimentia, ADD/ADHD, or other focus problems this can help with frontal lobe issues and focus, but if you already had razor-sharp focus, throwing that into overdrive could certainly cause anxiety attacks.
This is interesting. Kinda makes sense since it's a stimulant of sorts. I still think a vacation in the Caribbean is reason enough for a major change in how you feel, and that the anxiety came back once you were back to the grind.
Only surefy way to know is give up coconut while you're at home and see how you feel. And keep us posted!
Interesting! You might have already considered this, but do you use the coconut products primarily in caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee? Maybe it's the caffeine...
In any case, I would do a full 30 days to see how it affects you. As someone with major depressive disorder and anxiety myself, I know how circumstantial these things can be. Often, I find myself wishing i could point to biological factors that i can control through my diet, rather than circumstantial/social factors that might be harder to change. I think coconut products can have many positive mental benefits as well, so I'd hate to see you depriving yourself if its not, in fact, the cause. The vacation factor is confounding this a bit, so I'll be really curious to hear how it goes now that you are back.
Just as an N=1, I started getting much more intense anxiety recently after re-introducing grass-fed butter IN PLACE OF coconut oil. So i'm wondering if I should stick to coconut products and nix the dairy.
I started noticing anxiety attacks recently after making coconut milk icecream. I kind of thought it had something to do with Tue raw honey that I was using. I can't pin point it yet but I am definitely curious as to why I am feeling this way now when I didn't feel like this at all through the first year of paleo. Recently I have started to use a lot more saturated fat and I thought it might be that. I never used butter initially but now I use that and coconut oil almost exclusively. I'd really like to find an answer to this as well. I might try the coconut oil free for a month.
Yes, I have severe anxiety attacks after eating coconut oil! I figured it out after taking it for almost a year, then taking in out of my diet. I tried it again after 4 months eliminating and I was extremely anxious for 5 hours. I am also on a meat, fat, and veggie diet.
I don't know all about chloerachelle's answer but it seems that may be a reason.
The antibacterial activity of coconut oil may also cause anxiety differently. Nearly half of coconut oil is lauric acid, which is monolaurin with two more glycerols and monolaurin is actually a remedy for SIBO and somewhat selective towards gram-positive bacteria, and those lactobacillus and bifidobacterium supposed to be good for mood are gram-positive. So, if you don't consume enough prebiotic, which is what increases bacterial count, and also consume coconut oil to the extent of causing a decay in microbiota, you may experience anxiety. You probably know or can learn more about the gut-brain connection.
Therefore, increasing fermentable fiber(all of which is not soluble and not all soluble fiber is fermentable) consumption and probiotics in some form may alleviate the problem in my opinion, but the fiber part must be more important.
All other antibacterials, such as essential oils may also be releated, but if it also has fiber, consuming them still may be better.
But don't go and eat plates of jerusalem artichoke for example, that's a very concentrated source of fodmaps and with too much fodmaps you also may end up with overgrowths.