Does VCO help reduce progression of COVID-19 symptoms?

Published October 29, 2021, 7:00 AM

by Manila Bulletin

Studies show it may help strengthen immune response against the infection

LOCO FOR COCO From left: Secretary to the council Luch Gempis, councilor Uno Lim, councilor Niño dela Cruz , marketing director for emerging business of Century Pacific Food Inc., Bryan Lingan, councilor Edward Tan, councilor Dionix Dionisio, and the assistant secretary to the council, Joshue Santiago

Among the many possible treatments that scientists are studying to battle symptoms of COVID-19, virgin coconut oil (VCO) has been found effective in reducing and preventing the progression of symptoms as well as providing relief.

To help boost the immune system of Filipinos and those who are battling the virus, Coco Mama has launched its very own Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.  To mark the timely introduction of this new product, the brand donated 500 bottles of Coco Mama Organic Virgin Coconut Oil to the local government unit of Manila City, to quarantine facilities and hospitals, for the use of COVID-19 patients and front liners in the city.

“We are grateful that we are in a position to help Filipinos in their fight against the COVID-19 virus,” said Bryan Lingan, marketing director for emerging business at Century Pacific Food Inc., the company behind Coco Mama. “One of our goals in introducing this product is to help COVID -19 patients through a science-backed supplement that has been proven to boost the immune system and alleviate the symptoms of the virus.” 

COCO-OPERATION Manila City vice mayor Dra. Honey Lacuna with marketing director for emerging business of Century Pacific Food Inc., Bryan Lingan at the city hall

Based on studies conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), virgin coconut oil supports faster recovery from signs and symptoms of COVID-19. An in vitro showed that lauric acid and monolaurin, compounds produced from VCO, decrease coronavirus count by 60 to 90 percent at low viral load. VCO may also strengthen the immune response against COVID-19.

“Through research and clinical trials on alternative treatments, we hope to lessen the burden of the health sector and Filipinos from COVID -19. With our current health crisis, it is vital that we trust and support science-backed solutions to beat COVID-19, especially virgin coconut oil, which is readily available,” said Dr. Fabian Dayrit who led the research in virgin coconut oil as an antiviral agent to prevent or reduce COVID-19 infection.

An in vitro showed that lauric acid and monolaurin, compounds produced from VCO, decrease coronavirus count by 60 to 90 percent at low viral load.

For COVID -19 patients in Manila, bottles of Coco Mama Organic Virgin Coconut Oil were handed over by Lingan to the LGU as well as to the COVID Field Hospital at Quirino Grandstand, Ospital ng Maynila, and the Santa Ana Hospital.

With the donation of its organic virgin coconut oil, Coco Mama is hoping to help patients with COVID-19 strengthen their immune systems as well as speed up their recovery.

 
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