Coconut oil may be a potential antiviral agent against COVID19

Coconut oil is known for its multiple benefits, particularly in lowering obesity levels, battling insulin resistance which usually leads to type two diabetes, boosting energy, and many more. 

According to a research study conducted by Professor Emeritus Dr. Fabian Antonio Dayrit and Dr. Mary Newport of Spring Hill Neonatolody, Inc. of the Ateneo de Manila University, with the current outbreak of the COVID-19, coconut oil may possibly be an antiviral agent against the new coronavirus disease.

Its derivatives like lauric acid and monolaurin are known to have significant antiviral activities. The consumption of coconut oil may lead to the cell membrane of the virus to lose its cohesion or strength, it also inhibits the maturation of the virus, and prevents the binding of viral proteins to the host membrane, making it easier to eliminate the virus in one’s body.

Coconut oil derivatives are not only effective for humans but also for animals. The antiviral and antibacterial defense that it offers benefits pets and farm animals like swine and chicken by being a food supplement.

Many other studies support the effectiveness of coconut oil and its derivatives that may fight against a virus such as COVID19. The researchers urge concerned bodies to conduct clinical studies among patients who were infected by the virus as coconut oil may possibly be the most affordable and virtually-risk free treatment for this viral disease.

Editor’s note: The study urges more tests be done to determine coconut oil’s effectivity against COVID-19. It does not state anything conclusive. As of now, it IS NOT a cure and should not be taken as a curative or preventative measure without the approval of a licensed medical doctor.

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