Is coconut oil a super food that can fight tooth decay?

coconut oilWell coconuts are the flavour of the month at the moment, it seems hardly a month goes by with another positive for the once badly thought of coconut because of its high levels of saturated fats.

However, island populations around the world have used the fruit’s meat juice, milk and oil in everything from cooking to disease prevention.

Coconut milk’s unique fatty acids are now considered by many to:-

  • improve your immune efficiency
  • aid weight loss
  • Reduce your heart disease risk
  • improve skin and hair health.

You may soon  add another benefit to this as

The researchers at Athlone Institute of Technology now believe they can show coconut oil could combat tooth decay

“Digested coconut oil is able to attack the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It is a natural antibiotic that could be incorporated into commercial dental care products” say scientists at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

The researchers at AIT tested the antibacterial action of coconut oil in its natural state and coconut oil that had been given a process similar to digestion that had been treated with enzymes,

Coconut oil can inhibit major tooth decay

The oils were then  tested against strains ofStreptococcus bacteria which are commonjar coconut oil inhabitants of the mouth. They found that the enzyme-modified coconut oil inhibited the growth of many strains of Streptococcus bacteria including Streptococcus mutans – an acid-producing bacterium that is a major cause of tooth decay.

 Candida Albicans

The researchers at Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland further testing also showed coconut oil  may effectively reduce (thrush)

Candida Albicans is a harmful yeast, a by-product of  the intake of excessive sugar and processed foods, And yes, the coconut oil seem proven to be a great solution to remove it

Dr Brady from the team at AIT said: “Dental caries is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialised countries. 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.”

The research shows  that enzyme-modified coconut oil has potential as a marketable antimicrobial which could be of particular interest to the oral healthcare industry

Watch this space…..

For more information on the research