Can Virgin Coconut Oil Help Treat COVID-19?

Coconut oil is making headlines again.

In a statement published by Ateneo De Manila University, researchers, Dr. Fabian Antonio Dayrit from Ateneo De Manila University and Dr. Mary Newport of Spring Hill Neonatology (USA) have suggested that the anti-viral properties of Virgin Coconut Oil might be useful in treating COVID-19 patients.

Here’s what they suggest:

1. There is significiant evidence for antiviral action of Virgin Coconut Oil.

Several in vitro, animal, and human studies support the potential of coconut oil, lauric acid and its derivatives as effective and safe agents against a virus like nCoV-2019.

Mechanistic studies on other viruses show that at least three mechanisms may be operating – disintegration of the virus membrane, inhibit virus maturation, and prevent binding of viral proteins to the host cell membrane.

2. Conduct clinical studies on the effect of Virgin Coconut Oil on COVID-19 patients.

Given the considerable scientific evidence for the antiviral activity of coconut oil, lauric acid and its derivatives and their general safety, and the absence of a cure for nCoV-2019, we urge that clinical studies be conducted among patients who have been infected with nCoV-2019. This treatment is affordable and virtually risk-free, and the potential benefits are enormous.

3. Use Virgin Coconut Oil as a general prophylactic.

On the other hand, given the safety and broad availability of virgin coconut oil (VCO), we recommend that VCO be considered as a general prophylactic against viral and microbial infection.

 

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Marketed widely as a superfood, this kitchen staple is all set to be tested by Philippine Council on Health Research and Development as a potential treatment for COVID-19, with clinical trials starting soon, as confirmed by their executive director, Dr. Jaime Montoya.

References

FILIPINAS, VIVA. “WATCH: DOST to study benefits of virgin coconut oil on COVID-19 patients.”