Virgin coconut oil can help destroy the novel coronavirus, according to Filipino researchers, following months of experiments on the product as a potential antiviral agent.
“The results are very promising, as not only does it show that the VCO, by itself, can destroy the virus, but it also has a key mechanism in upregulating the immune response against COVID-19,” Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, executive director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), said in a statement.
“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.”
Based on a research funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), compounds from coconut oil and virgin coconut oil decreased coronavirus count by 60 to 90 percent at low viral load.
Researchers also discovered that the compounds were observed to improve cell survival, the PCHRD said.
But the agency cautioned that more experiments were needed to determine whether higher concentration of coconut oil compounds would further reduce the replication rate of the virus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19.