The medium chain fatty acid components of coconut oil, including lauric acid, capric acid, and others, provide an antimicrobial effect by disrupting bacterial, fungal and viral cell membranes, leading to cell death. The study shows that gargling with coconut oil is as effective as using a chlorhexidine mouthwash. The combined effect of emulsification, saponification and antimicrobial effects of medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil may be the reason for the reduction in S. The fatty acids found in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that effectively kill bacteria and fungi.
Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid that fights the growth of harmful microorganisms. Because lauric acid makes up nearly half of its content, coconut oil is considered antibacterial. Coconut oil is a natural antibacterial for the skin that can prevent and help eliminate skin infections, in addition to moisturizing. The conditions it can help with range from acne to athlete's foot, cellulitis, folliculitis, and other bacteria and fungi that affect the skin.
Coconut oil also contains a small amount of capric acid, which has been shown in studies to have antifungal properties. Coconut oil is commonly available in the local market and is cheap compared to other commercially available mouthwashes. However, according to these studies, coconut oil shows great potential in its ability to reduce inflammation when consumed or applied to the skin. The time was maintained at 9 days after incubation, which was also lower than the center point (16.5 days) to obtain the maximum level of hydrolysis of coconut oil.
A study that compared the effects of olive oil and coconut oil on 52 adults with eczema revealed that applying coconut oil helped reduce dryness, as well as helping to treat eczema (1.) He demonstrated that extracting coconut oil could be an adjuvant procedure to reduce plaque aggregation and plaque-related gingivitis. A comparative interventional study was conducted to compare the antibacterial efficacy of coconut oil. The medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also have antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria. Coconut flakes considered as an oily substrate originally contained 33.5% oil in their parenchyma (internal oil).
Another study found similar results and showed that coconut oil reduced the severity of eczema by 68%, making it significantly more effective than mineral oil in treating eczema (20). Since coconut oil has been widely used in cosmetic products and has also been approved for clinical applications, this lauric acid-enriched oil developed from this work has the potential to be used in therapeutic applications. Another animal study showed that coconut oil combined with an antibiotic applied to the skin was effective in healing burns (2).