We rarely know the source of home remedies, but we have tracked one carefully. The late Donald Agar wrote to us from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1998 to report a serendipitous discovery. He had found that eating two Archway Coconut Macaroon Cookies daily relieved his chronic diarrhea. We have since heard from many other people who have tried this remedy and found it helpful.
Coconut Macaroons to Stop Diarrhea:
Q. After gallbladder removal in 2014, I started having bouts of bad diarrhea leading to nausea and dehydration and then to hospital. I could no longer go to meetings or even shop safely.
Then I remembered reading about the stories from this column and decided to try the coconut cookies. Two Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies a day plus a cup of ginger tea solved most of the problem.
I no longer miss meetings or have to stay at home all the time. It is not a perfect cure, but it does work well for me and I am grateful to know about it.
A. We first heard about Archway Coconut Macaroon cookies for hard-to-treat diarrhea almost 20 years ago. We suspect that it is the coconut that is working this magic.
Is There Science to Support Coconut Macaroons for Diarrhea?
A research report presented at the Digestive Disease Week Conference in June, 2017, supported the role of coconut oil and cocoa butter against intestinal inflammation. [We wrote about it here.]
In the study, mice got either standard lab chow or high-fat chow laced with coconut oil and cocoa butter. Mice that were fed the high-fat chow had better bacterial ecology in their GI tracts and less inflammation. They had less variety of microbes in their intestines, however, which might not be beneficial over the long term.
Not everyone benefits as much as you do. That said, some patients with Crohn’s disease have had remarkable success with this simple approach. If you are interested in other home remedies of this nature, you may wish to read The People’s Pharmacy Quick & Handy Home Remedies.