There has been a lot of talk recently about the supposed benefits of oil pulling, as usual it starts from a relatively ‘light on the credentials’ source and then begins to make some pretty bold statements.
There has been a lot of talk recently about the supposed benefits of oil pulling, as usual it starts from a relatively ‘light on the credentials’ source and then begins to make some pretty bold statements. In this case it was a pretty well-read fashion blog and an ‘info’-graphic that suddenly sparked the oil pulling friendzy….If you wish to base your nutritional information off of a fashinista than be our guest however if youre actually wondering about the actual benefits and possible dangers than continue reading.
Now Coconut Oil as a food is an incredibly healthy choice and we recommend it regularly as a source of quick energy, as well as a good source of beneficial fatty acids Lauric, Caprylic and Capric Acid. Not to mention its multitude of uses for cooking and baking. –Have You Ever Cooked Your Eggs in it? –Delish!
After reviewing the literature (or lack-there-of) and looking for any proof to the various claims in the infographic; here is what we were left with.
The claims were as follows:
-"The exact mechanism of the action of oil pulling therapy is not clear. It was claimed that the swishing activates the enzymes and draws the toxins out of the blood. The bottom line is that oil pulling actually cannot pull toxins out of the blood as claimed because the oral mucosa does not act as a semi-permeable membrane to allow toxins to pass through." 
We found that there is evidence that demonstrates plaque inhibition and reducing S. mutans (bacteria which resides in the mouth) but it did not out perform mouth-wash.
-"The mechanism by which oil pulling therapy causes plaque inhibition is not known. The viscosity of the oil probably inhibits bacterial adhesion and plaque co-aggregation. The other possible mechanism might be the saponification or the 'soap-making' process that occurs as a result of the alkali hydrolysis of fat" 
We also stumbled onto an study titled Recurrent lipoid pneumonia associated with oil pulling. We do not have the full text so it is hard to extrapolate the details and severity of risk but if you’re are prone to pneumonia oil pulling may not be the best for you. 
Plus You Look and Feel Like this for 20 Minutes!...Trust me
Comments will be approved before showing up.