Coconut oil is better than any toothpaste according to new study
Oral hygiene matters, and coconut oil is one of the best products for your mouth. You have probably heard about coconut-based toothpastes, but the latest revelation will blow your mind.
Coconut oil can treat cavities, and science confirms this!
Oral infections may lead to the development of heart disease, stroke, respiratory issues, and dementia. Take care of these infections in time, otherwise you may end up dealing with a severe health problem.
According to a study conducted at the Athlone Institute, coconut oil is the best oil when it comes to inhibiting bacterial growth in the oral cavity.
Streptococcus and S. Mutans cause tooth decay. These feed on sugar, and cause an imbalance of pH values in your mouth. Acids demineralize teeth, and cause infections.
“Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations.
Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection,” explains Dr. Damien Brady, the lead researcher at the Athlone Institute of Technology.
Your toothpaste is probably packed with sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, triclosan, artificial sweeteners (aspartame) and other toxins.
Sodium lauryl sulfate affects your taste buds, and gives you a bitter taste. Triclosan has a detrimental effect on your endocrine glands. We suggest that you opt for natural alternatives.
Try this homemade toothpaste made from coconut oil:
½ cup coconut oil
15-30 drops essential oil (lemon, thieves, peppermint)
1 tbsp. baking soda
Combine the ingredients into a thick paste, and use it every day.
Oil pulling is also a nice treatment, and it doesn’t involve any fancy ingredients or boring procedures. All you have to do is swish a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. Spit out the oil. Do this before your meals.
Possible health benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil and cardiovascular disease
In a randomized clinical trial, 40 participants were given either 2
tablespoons of coconut oil or 2 tablespoons of soybean oil once a day for 12 weeks. The soybean oil group saw their HDL (good cholesterol level) go down and their LDL (bad cholesterol) go up, both markers of an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The coconut oil group did not experience a significant change in their cholesterol numbers but were more likely to have a higher HDL level.1
Coconut oil and diabetes
Diets high in MCTs (65% of coconut oil’s makeup) have been shown to improve glucose tolerance and reduce body fat accumulation when compared to diets high in LCTs. MCFAs have also been shown to preserve insulin action in, and insulin resistance in rat studies.2 Coconut oil may also improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics.
Researchers observed that study participants who followed a diet in which 40% of calories came from fat, either comprised of mostly MCTs or LCTs, the MCT group improved insulin-mediated glucose metabolism by 30% when compared with the LCT group.2
Coconut oil and weight loss
In the coconut oil versus soybean oil study described above, both groups lost weight however only the coconut oil group saw a decrease in waist size.1
Another study had participants consume 18-24 g of MCTs per day as part of a 16-week weight-loss program, which resulted in more weight loss and fat loss when compared to olive oil. These findings suggest that substituting oils high in medium chain triglycerides for those with long chain triglycerides could be beneficial for weight loss in healthy individuals.2
When compared with other fats, coconut oil contains 2.6% fewer calories. Keep in mind however that all high-fat foods and oils are calorically dense and simply adding in more calorically dense food to a diet already ample in calories is not likely to result in weight loss.