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DOST sees virgin coconut oil as adjunct therapy for COVID-19 patients

The Department of Science and Technology - Food and Nutrition Research Institute is considering virgin coconut oil as an adjunct therapy for COVID-19 patients, its director, Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, said Tuesday.

Interviewed on GMA News’ Unang Balita, Agdeppa said the study on virgin coconut oil conducted in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, is already finished and published in an international journal.

“Kung meron na pong existing na gamot yung pasyente at kung mabibigyan po siya ng VCO, ito yung sinasabi naming makakaragdag ng paggaling ng isang pasyente,” she said.

(If the patient has an existing medicine and also taking VCO, we are saying that it will contribute to the recovery of the patient.)

For this study, VCO is given to suspected and probable cases of COVID-19 who are quarantined in a center or hospital.

Agdeppa said based on the study, patients with VCO added to their meals reported that they recovered from symptoms as early as two days, while those who did not take VCO recovered in five to six days.

The blood of patients who took VCO has low C-reactive protein (CRP) level, which means low possibility of infection, she added.

Related study on VCO is also being conducted in Philippine General Hospital under the DOST. According to Agdeppa, analysis on the data from the study is still ongoing. —KBK, GMA News