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What is the best oil to use for oil pulling and why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

I've heard sesame and sunflower oil are the gold standard when it comes to oil pulling, I've also heard that coconut oil is great. However out of the oils that I've considered for oil pulling cold pressed olive oil is the most anti-inflammatory, the lowest in polyunsaturated fat (apart from coconut), the highest in Vitamin E and K (by wide margins). But then again, I'm no expert on the issue so what is in your opinion the best oil to oil pull with and why?

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on June 12, 2013
at 04:07 AM

They were my thoughts too that you were looking at the nutritional profile because you were intending to swallow! haha... my bad. But yes, I am an advocate of oil pulling and thanks for pointing out Akman's experience. Interested to hear of your results & what oil you decide on!

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on June 12, 2013
at 02:58 AM

I assumed that if you weren't not swallowing the oil, the vitamin and fatty acid content would not be of any importance. Sounds like that may not be true, or at least you're not making that assumption.

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on June 12, 2013
at 02:27 AM

Cool Coconut Bliss, thanks for sharing.

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on June 12, 2013
at 02:27 AM

I was under the impression that the reason oil pulling works is because of it's topical anti-inflammatory properties. I've seen some impressive clinical trials comparing it to prescription mouthwash and it holding it's own in getting rid of the bacteria that cause Halitosis and improving gingival scores. Also, why do you guys think I'm gonna swallow the oil when I'm done? LOL. Also some n=1 from our fellow PHer AKMAN here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/133733/oil-pulling-success-stories-please#axzz2VxqTomwp . Thanks both of you for your feedback.

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

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on June 12, 2013
at 01:14 AM

definately not meant to swallow it since you're swishing it around in your mouth for upwards of 20 mins. So the idea is to spit out all the gunk into a bin (can solidify in a drain).

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on June 12, 2013
at 12:39 AM

I don't think you're supposed to swallow the oil, so most of those concerns are probably not relevant (some of the (anti)inflammatory substances might have a topical effect, I don't know).

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on June 12, 2013
at 02:43 AM

I use coconut oil + a pinch of Uncle Harry's remineralization powder. Started doing this after I chipped a molar; after a week I could tell a difference in gum sensitivity around that area. Oh, and don't forget to floss on a regular basis!

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on June 12, 2013
at 01:19 AM

I personally prefer coconut oil when I do it on the odd occassion when I feel like my teeth need some brightening and a generall refresh (find it pretty wasteful & expensive to do it everyday).

  1. I like the taste (of course, I don't swallow this but to swish around in the mouth for 10-20mins, you don't want to be gagging!

  2. It's anti-fugal and I find it leaves a refreshing cleansliness afterwards

  3. It appears to whiten my teeth - this is probably my imagination but whatever. It makes me feel good :-)

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on June 12, 2013
at 02:27 AM

Cool Coconut Bliss, thanks for sharing.

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