Coconut Oil is Anti-bacterial. An antibacterial is an agent that interferes with the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Which means coconut oil kills bacteria. It contains a fatty acid called lauric acid. Lauric acid metabolizes into monglyceride. Monoglyceride has strong anti-pathenogenic properties. When the amount of naturally produced monoglyceride in your body increases, your body is more able to fight infection. It creates a unfriendly chemical environment in your body that makes bad bacteria, viruses and fungi less able to reproduce.
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Coconut oil kills the bacteria that causes such afflictions as ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases. It kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections; Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
When applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus.
It turns out the oil is able to fight the bacteria that cause tooth decay, according to scientists who recently presented their work at the Society for General Microbiology's Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick in the UK. What's more, coconut oil appears to have a broad impact against many pathogens – making it an important, natural weapon in fighting infections which have grown increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
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Coconut Oil Research
In the 1960s Jon J. Kabara, PhD, a professor of pharmacology at Michigan State University, discovered that MCTs possess potent antimicrobial properties. In his search for a safe means to protect foods from fungal and bacterial contamination he found that MCTs fit the bill. Over the years he and other researchers found that MCTs can kill a wide variety of disease-causing bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. (Kabara, J.J., et al. Fatty acids and derivatives as antimicrobial agents. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 1972;2:23-28.)
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