The Department of Science and Technology continues to explore possible remedies for the coronavirus.
For now, there is still no known potential treatment for COVID-19.
However, Cabinet Secretary does believe that there is undoubtedly no harm in trying and distributes virgin coconut oil (VCO) to some hospitals.
Professor Fabian Dayrit had an interview on April 16, 2021, on CNN Philippines.
The CNN anchor stated that many people are infected with the COVID-19 and asked if virgin coconut oil has the properties to reduce the symptoms.
Professor Fabian Dayrit answered:
“Yes, we can say that, based on the clinical studies that have already been done.”
Professor Dayrit clarified that it is
Dr. Agdeppa from the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). But he was among the people who helped design the study.
“It showed that if you take VCO vs. control, and this is a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical study. It’s what you would say the highest level of clinical studies there is.
Professor Dayrit stated that from the clinical trials, patients who had consumed VCO on day two exhibited symptoms decreasing by 20%, vs. those in control showing only 3% to 4% symptom reduction.
“There is evidence that VCO does provide both symptomatic and relief from inflammatory conditions,” Prof. Dayrit.
“Although more clinical studies still need to be done, there is no harm in consuming VCO since it is a “functional food.”
“It is accessible to people without requiring prescriptions. If there’s no VCO, people can take “gata,” coconut milk,” Prof. Dayrit.
In truth, since last year, 2020, the DOST conducted clinical trials to see if the virgin coconut oil or VCO is a COVID-19 treatment or add to the treatment protocol.
“There are still alternative solutions against COVID-19 aside from vaccines. Although further investigation is needed before we develop a possible prevention or treatment option, we aim to give Filipinos hope through our ongoing local research initiatives,” said Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña.
The Executive Director of the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, added:
“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. Indeed, we look forward to the results of clinical trials on the various uses of VCO as an adjunct for the treatment of COVID-19.“
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