Initial experiments suggest that virgin coconut oil may fight Covid-19.
“There are still alternative solutions against Covid-19 aside from vaccines. Although further investigation is needed before we develop a possible prevention or treatment option, we aim to give Filipinos hope through our ongoing local research initiatives,” Science Secretary Fortunato de la Pena said.
Compounds from the coconut oil and virgin coconut oil decreased Covid-19 count by 60 to 90 percent at low viral load.
Experts also discovered that it improves cell survival.
“The results are very promising, as not only does it show that VC) [virgin coconut oil], by itself, can destroy the virus, but it also has a key mechanism in regulating the immune response against Covid-19. Indeed, we look forward to the results of clinical trials on the various uses of VCO as an adjunct for the treatment of Covid-19,” Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Dr. Jaime Montoya said.