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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Norton Scientific Journal : Coconut oil as toothpaste?
No, we’re not issuing a fraud alert seeing as this is from a legit study that suggests coconut oil is capable of fighting tooth decay and could be used as mouthwash or toothpaste.
Scientists have discovered that when oil is treated with digestive enzymes, it is capable of harming bacteria in the mouth. Among all the types of oil used in the experiment, only the coconut oil has shown an impact in inhibiting the growth of bacteria strains. This might be because enzymes can breakdown fatty coconut oil into acids that consequently turn against bacteria. Previous research showed that partially digested milk can be used against microorganisms got the group interested in examining further effects of enzyme-modified foodstuffs.
Their study shows that digested milk protein reduces the possibility of bacteria clinging to the intestines and avoiding their entry into a cell. Their research on coconut oil and other enzyme-modified food is aimed at determining how they react with harmful bacteria in the human system.
According to the results of the study, enzyme-treated coconut oil is good in preventing the development of Streptococcus strains, including the one that causes tooth decay. Several tests were already suggestive that coconut oil treated with enzymes is harmful to the yeast that causes thrush. More studies following this one will focus on how coconut oil impacts bacteria at a molecular level and what other strains of microorganisms it can affect.
Researchers from Ireland’s Athlone Institute of Technology has conducted experiments to test the effect of olive oil, vegetable oil and coconut oil on human teeth. The results were presented during a meeting at the University of Warwick of the Society for General Microbiology.
Dr. Damien Brady of Athlone Institute of Technology, lead researcher of the study, said, “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. Our data suggests that products of human digestion show antimicrobial activity. This could have implications for how bacteria colonise the cells lining the digestive tract and for overall gut health.”

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