DOST: VCO diminished COVID-19 symptoms of suspect, probable cases in study

MANILA, Dec 3 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Science and Technology has seen a positive result on a study where virgin coconut oil was used as a supplement for suspect and probable cases of COVID-19.

DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said in a virtual conference that there were 58 quarantined participants from Sta. Rosa Community Hospital in Laguna who had been divided into two groups.

The group who had been given VCO mixed in standard meals for 28 days showed significant and faster improvement compared to those who were served food without VCO.

During the course of the study, they monitored the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) among the patients at Day 1, 14, and 28. The CRP is an indicator of inflammation or infection.

Cough, colds, fever, body pain, headache, loss of taste were among the symptoms that were monitored among the participants.

“The results of the VCO study showed that five of the 29 patients in the VCO group manifested diminishing signs and symptoms as early as the second day while only one from the control group showed similar improvement,” Dela Peña  said.

“The VCO group showed no COVID-19-related symptoms anymore at Day 18 while symptoms are still persistent in some patients of the controlled group until Day 23,” he added.

Those who had been administered with VCO have recovered from inflammation 14 days into the trial.

“VCO could be used as an adjunct supplement to probable and suspect COVID-19 cases. It could prevent COVID-19 cases of becoming severe,” Dela Pena said.

He, however, added that more studies are needed to determine the effectiveness of VCO as adjunct therapy for COVID-19, particularly to those who have co-morbidities.

Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, Scientist II and Chief Science Research Specialist at DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute, said those in the VCO group were given 0.6 ml of virgin coconut oil per kilogram body weight for the first three days and 1.2 ml per kilogram body weight from the fourth day to the 28th.

This would be equivalent to two tablespoons of VCO per day.(MNS)

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