We’re all familiar with coconut oil as an alternative for baking — but that’s not the only purpose it serves. Coconut oil has been classified as a superfood because it contains a unique combination of fatty acids that may provide health benefits. The superfood can also be added to your bag of beauty tricks for some natural skin care.
Scientists have found that digested coconut oil serves as a natural antibiotic for tooth decay.
“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,” said research leader Dr. Damien Brady in a statement.
In addition, this study showed coconut oil might help with high blood pressure. Researchers at the Biotechnology Center at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil tested the effects of daily coconut oil intake and exercise to reduce blood pressure. They studied the effects in rats with hypertension and found coconut oil and exercise training reduced weight gain, and coconut oil supplementation or exercise training seemed to reduce blood pressure.
Co-author Dr. Valdir de Andrade Braga said in a statement: “This is an important finding as coconut oil is currently being considered a popular ‘superfood’ and it is being consumed by athletes and the general population who seek a healthy lifestyle. The possibility of using coconut oil as an adjuvant to treat hypertension adds to the long list of benefits associated with its consumption. Our next step is to start some clinical trials in order to verify whether we can reproduce those findings in hypertensive human patients.”
In addition, coconut oil serves many beauty purposes, including removing makeup, moisturizing skin, relieving chapped lips, softening cuticles and much more. You can also distribute a pea-sized amount of coconut oil throughout your hair to fight frizz. Check out this article for other beauty tips.
We’re pretty sure we should stock up on coconut oil. To find out what else you can do with the superfood, click here. Remember to look for a high-quality, organic, virgin coconut oil. Here is a helpful guide.