VCO helps treat symptoms of mild, moderate COVID-19 cases – DOST

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 22) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is recommending the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) to treat symptoms of mild and moderate COVID-19 cases.

In a briefing on Friday, DOST Secretary Fortunato De la Pena revealed that both the trials conducted in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, and Valenzuela City showed encouraging results.

They confirmed that VCO “can significantly lower the C-Reactive Protein or CRP, which is a biomarker for inflammation and infection,” he pointed out.


The CRP value must be lower than 5 milligrams per liter since anything above that would indicate presence of infection.

In the administration of VCO, it was mixed in the meals of participants in the Sta. Rosa study, while the oil was given separately in cups per patient in Valenzuela City.

After the trials, Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, director of DOST’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute, noted that resolution of signs and symptoms of participants from Valenzuela City was even faster compared to those in Sta. Rosa.



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