PH gov’t starts study on virgin coconut oil’s curative properties vs COVID-19
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), has started the two-pronged study on the curative properties of virgin coconut oil (VCO) on patients infected with COVID-19.
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said this is a “silver lining in the scientific community”.
For his part, PCA Administrator Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. said previous researches have shown that VCO has high potency anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal qualities.
“Initial research results show that the lauric acid in VCO helps fight the corona virus in three ways, as it: disintegrates the virus membrane; inhibits virus maturation; and prevents binding of viral proteins to the host cell membrane,” said Madrigal.
The ongoing study, with an initial P5-million funding, is being conducted by the PCA in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), Philippine Center for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and DOST Region 4A, the Department of Health (DOH), University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), and the team of Professor Fabian Antonio Dayrit of Ateneo de Manila University.
The study involves a community-based modified clinical study on the use of VCO, involving persons under investigation for COVID-19 infection who exhibit symptoms of the disease.