Virgin Coconut Oil Can Presumably Combat Covid-19 – Well being and Way of life
Text and photos by Henrylito D. Tacio
As the world searches for a possible solution to the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Philippines has found an ally in Coconut Oil (VCO).
Initial results from experiments by the Ministry of Science and Technology (DOST) have shown that VCO can fight SARS-CoV2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
“The results are very promising as they not only show that VCO can itself destroy the virus, but also has a key mechanism in regulating the immune response against COVID-19,” said Dr. Jaime Montoya, the executive director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, the DOST line agency responsible for the study.
After six months of experimentation, the VCO has been shown to be “helpful in the early stages of infection”. The study found that compounds from VCO reduced coronavirus counts by 60 to 90% with low viral loads. In fact, the compounds have been observed to improve cell survival.
Dr. Fabian Dayrit from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) led the research to investigate whether coconut oil compounds are truly effective antiviral agents for preventing or reducing COVID-19 infections.
The study was carried out at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital. COVID-19 patients received VCO as an addition to the daily treatment regimen. UP-PGH’s COVID-19 clinical research group conducted the study.
In the isolation facilities in communities in the National Capital Region and Region IV-A, the DOST Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) has included VCO in the foods made available to COVID-19 Screened Individuals (PUIs).
“We look forward to the results of clinical studies on the various uses of VCO as an additive to the treatment of COVID-19,” said Dr. Montoya, adding that more experimentation is needed to determine if higher concentrations of the coconut compounds will further reduce the rate of replication of the virus.
For his part, Science Minister Fortunato de la Peña said in a statement: “Aside from vaccines, there are still alternative solutions to COVID-19. Although more research is needed before we develop a possible prevention or treatment option, we want to give hope to Filipinos through our ongoing local research initiatives. “
Coconut oil is most effective when it’s native – and Filipinos call it virgin coconut oil (VCO). “VCO is a natural oil made from fresh, ripe coconut kernel,” explains the book “Compendium of Commercial-Viable Coconut Technologies” published by the Philippine Council for Research and Development in Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources (PCAARRD).
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) says: “VCO is the purest form of coconut oil, has a whitish water color and has not been oxidized. It is the oil obtained from the fresh and ripe coconut kernel by mechanical or natural means with or without the use of heat, without chemical refining, bleaching or deodorization, and which does not result in any change in the nature of the oil. ”
The late national scientist Dr. Conrado S. Dayrit was touted as the father of the VCO. His book The Truth About Coconut Oil, published in 2005, became a bestseller and elevated coconut oil from folk medicine to a scientific therapy. He was a cardiologist and professor of pharmacology in the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines.
“Today, people are returning to natural diets for healthier, happier lives – the hallmark of ‘wellness’ – and science has backed the benefits,” wrote Dayrit in the prologue of Coconut Oil: From Diet to Therapy, which he wrote collaborated -authorized with his son Fabian.
In the United States, VCO has become increasingly popular in health food circles and vegans. A New York Times article described it as having a “haunting, nutty, vanilla flavor” that also has a touch of sweetness that works well with baked goods, pastries, and roasts.
The Philippines are the second largest coconut producing country in the world after Indonesia. It introduced VCO around the world in 2000-2001 and remains the leading VCO exporter in the world. In 2015, VCO was exported to 46 countries, said the United Coconut Association of the Philippines.
The main importers were the USA, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and Japan. Other destinations were Belgium, the United Kingdom, South Korea and Australia. Smaller quantities went to Malaysia, Brazil, Taiwan, South Africa, France, China, Singapore and Czechoslovakia. – ###