7. It Can Help Ward Off Neurodegenerative Disorders
Because of its positive effects on the brain, coconut oil can also help ward off neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease. It does this by providing the brain with an alternate source of fuel – chemicals known as ketones which are produced by our bodies when we eat coconut oil. These ketones are easily-accessible even for brain cells which have lost the ability to process glucose, one of the leading causes of Alzheimer’s.
Many neurodegenerative disorders develop slowly over time and only become apparent later in life. So getting into the daily habit of eating coconut oil now just might save your mind further down the line!
8. It Can Prevent & Treat Urinary Tract Infections
Most people don’t drink enough water. This results in a constant state of dehydration which can easily lead to bacterial infection in the urinary tract (also known as a UTI). Of course, our first and best piece of advice would be to simply drink more water. But eating coconut oil straight from the jar is also an effective natural remedy to prevent or treat a UTI.
Coconut oil is a powerful natural antibiotic. The MCTs which make up the majority of the oil actually penetrate and dissolve the cellular wall of harmful bacteria. In effect, this causes them to disintegrate and die.
9. Coconut Oil Kills Bacteria That Cause Bad Breath
Bad breath is most often caused by bacteria which naturally exist in the mouth. Because of its powerful anti-microbial properties, this also makes coconut oil ideal for freshening breath.
Maximize your coconut oil’s contact with buccal bacteria by swishing the oil around your mouth for about 30 seconds. Then you can either spit the oil out or swallow it, depending on your personal preference.
10. Eating Coconut Oil Naturally Whitens Your Teeth
Those same bacteria which cause bad breath, secrete a stick substance (which we call plaque) in order to hold on to whatever surface they’re growing upon. Bacterial plaque not only holds bacteria in place, it also adheres food particles to your teeth. This lingering food is a leading cause of staining.
When you use coconut oil to remove excess bacteria, you also reduce plaque build-up and prevent much of this staining. Thus eating coconut oil can go a long way toward keeping your pearly-whites bright and healthy!