The antiviral properties of a miracle oil (virgin coconut oil) from Cocos nucifera L.: a review
Maria Asuncion A. Lopez, Generose B. Solas, Alicia I. Yu*

Virgin coconut oil (VCO) from Cocos nucifera is the purest form of coconut oil, water white color extracted from the fresh coconut milk using cold processed technology, and not undergone oxidation and heating process. These mechanical and natural processes maintain all the natural constituents and goodness, aroma, and antioxidants of the oil. Virgin coconut oil is rich in medium-chain fatty acids, has good cholesterol and so little amounts of trans fatty acids and has a luscious, tropical coconut scent and flavor. It has a unique taste and cologne with an abundant amount of essential fatty acids and antioxidants of medicinal and therapeutic properties. Over the past few years, from the several studies that were recorded the Virgin Coconut Oil is capable of promoting health benefits, such as: a powerful biochemical to boost the immune system and treat a vast range of medical conditions; can slow the aging process by keeping the skin healthy; has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting action. This review analyzed the published literatures and scientific evidence to support on the so-called health claims such as anti-viral properties of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). Many studies in various parts of the world revealed that VCO is a miracle oil for people with HIV/AIDS, in reducing their virus, providing them energy and helping them regain weight and health. Furthermore, from the reviewed research studies, the results are very promising, as not only does it show that the VCO, by itself can destroy the virus, but it also has a key mechanism in upregulating the immune response against COVID-19. There are more ongoing studies on the efficacy of virgin coconut oil as adjunctive treatment for COVID- 19. This avenue will serve as igniter to go for further studies that will prove more of its anti-viral properties.

Keywords: Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), Cocos nucifera, antiviral properties, COVID-19