Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

4. May have antimicrobial effects

Lauric acid makes up about 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil.

When your body digests lauric acid, it forms a substance called monolaurin. Both lauric acid and monolaurin can kill harmful pathogens, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

For example, test-tube studies show that these substances help kill the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, which causes staph infections, and the yeast Candida albicans, a common source of yeast infections in humans.

There’s also some evidence that using coconut oil as a mouthwash — a process called oil pulling — benefits oral hygiene, though researchers consider the evidence weak.

There’s no evidence that coconut oil reduces your risk of the common cold or other internal infections.

SUMMARYUsing coconut oil as a mouthwash may prevent mouth infections, but more evidence is needed.

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