Coconut oil has made the journey from villain to victor in the health food world. What used to be deemed an evil saturated fat, dangerous for anyone worried about heart disease and high blood pressure, has become a healing nourishing substance soaring in popularity.
Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.” Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health. This includes fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits.
Aside from being able to use coconut oil for cooking and health benefits, scientist have found that it can improve oral health. Researchers studied the compared effects of both coconut oil and toothpaste inside of the mouth to see which one had the most beneficial results.
What they had discovered is that just by taking a spoonful of coconut oil instead of using toothpaste can have a lot more of an effect on the hygiene in your mouth.
How exactly does coconut oil defeat toothpaste? For starters, coconut oil has the ability to prevent tooth decay better than any brand mouthwash/toothpaste with fluoride you could find in your local grocery store. Also, there are no side effects at all when using coconut oil simply for the fact that it is a natural substance, containing no chemicals or anything foreign words you would have to worry about.
Furthermore, coconut oil has been proven to kill common strains of bacteria found in your mouth, much better than toothpaste ever could, including the elimination of some certain harmful strains referred to as Candida albicans.
The action of coconut oil was tested in its natural state and after being treated with enzymes, in a process similar to digestion. The oils were tested against strains of Streptococcus bacteria, which are common inhabitants of your mouth.
They found that enzyme-modified coconut oil strongly inhibits the growth of most strains of Streptococcus bacteria, including Streptococcus mutans, an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay.
If you are just now getting into the coconut oil craze that everyone is so fond of lately, it’s important that you know that coconut oil has been used for a variety of other simple fixes for daily routines such as brushing your teeth. Coconut oil can be used in beauty products, cooking, home remedies, first aid solutions, hair solutions, etc. It goes well with just about anything that is wrong in your life.
The study recommends that you use only a spoonful of coconut oil when brushing your teeth. The process is called “oil pulling” which essentially means that you swish the coconut oil around in your mouth, or until melts, for a bout 30 minutes and then spit out into the sink. Make sure you do not swallow the oil as to avoid consuming all of the nasty junk it just got done removing from your teeth.