A. The Proven Antiviral Properties Of Coconut Oil
1. Can Coconut Oil Kill Coronavirus and Flu Virus?
Coconut oil is known for its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and there is a lot of scientific research to support this. In a well-known study, researchers found that HIV/AIDS patients who took coconut oil daily significantly reduced their viral loads. In a separate study, researchers found that lauric acid (and its monolaurin derivative) in coconut oil can kill viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Since coconut oil is known for its powerful antiviral properties, can it kill the coronavirus and flu virus? In today’s post, we’ll look at the evidence. But first, let’s take a look at how you can keep your pets safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. What is COVID-19?
Today we face a global pandemic caused by a microscopic virus called coronavirus. But what exactly are coronaviruses and what is COVID-19? According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause disease in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections, ranging from colds to more serious illnesses such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes COVID-19 coronavirus disease. ”
COVID-19 stands for Coronavirus 2019 Disease. The virus that causes the disease is known as “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2). It appeared in the city of Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and has since spread around the world. Scientists are still not sure how the virus was transmitted to humans, but it is believed to have come from bats. The spread of the virus has resulted in a total change in all facets of our lives – in our health, health, business and economy. Now, the world’s leading scientists are looking for a vaccine to prevent and treat COVID-19.
3. Protecting your pets from COVID-19
Many pet owners are concerned about their pets during the pandemic, but the good news is that there is currently no evidence that pets can infect or spread COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Currently there is no reason to believe that animals, including pets, could be a source of infection in the United States with this new coronavirus that is causing COVID-19. To date, the CDC has not received reports of pets or other “covid-19 developing animals in the United States”. But what about the two dogs in Hong Kong who seem to have contracted low-grade COVID-19 infections? Hong Kong health experts consider it very likely that these cases are examples of person-to-animal transmission. In addition, none of the dogs showed symptoms of COVID-19.
Current evidence suggests that pets are unlikely to receive or administer COVID-19. However, if your pet comes into contact with virus particles, they can become a vector. So ensure good hygiene around your pets. It is especially important to properly groom after your pets and wash your hands thoroughly after touching them. It is important to note that official recommendations for animal and human transmission can change almost daily due to ongoing research and development related to animals. For the latest information, see the If you have pets page at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the next section of the post, we’ll take a look at the science behind how coconut oil kills viruses. Later, we’ll share some practical tips on how to use coconut oil to keep your family and pets safe from viral infections.
4. How does coconut oil kill viruses?
How exactly does coconut oil kill viruses? Let’s take a look at science. Coconut oil contains different types of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), each responsible for different health benefits. The most common of these is the “super ingredient” lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body to a molecule called monolaurin, which destroys the lipid membrane of viruses, bacteria and fungi. Dr. Mary Enig, Ph.D. Nutritionist / Biochemist and one of the world’s leading experts on fats and oils, explains: “The lauric acid in coconut oil is formed into monolaurin monoglyceride in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by humans or animals to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including Listeria monocytogenes and Helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as Giardia lamblia. Some studies have also shown some antimicrobial effects of lauric acid.”
The use of coconut oil as a possible antiviral for COVID-19 was first proposed by Dr. Fabian Dayrit of Ateneo University of Manila and Dr. Mary Newport of Spring Hill Neonatology, Inc. in their research entitled “The potential of oil coconut and its derivatives as effective and safe antiviral agents against the new coronavirus (nCoV-2019)”, published January 31, 2020. As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are many scientific studies to support these claims. Let’s take a quick look at another example. In a 2015 study, researchers tested a monolaurin vaginal gel on female primates. The results showed that daily doses of the gel reduced the risk of primates developing SIV (the primate equivalent of HIV). This means that the monolaurin in the gel effectively protected the primates from virus infection.
These results suggest that coconut oil may be effective against influenza viruses and SARS-CoV-2. In light of these studies, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines, in collaboration with the University of the Philippines – Philippines General Hospital (UP-PGH), will conduct clinical studies on the use of virgin coconut oil for the treatment of new coronavirus disease (COVID -19).
5. Using virgin coconut oil and MCT-3 oil to support and protect you and your pets
CocoTherapy Virgin Coconut Oil is rich in lauric acid – at least 53% (compared to an average of 45% for food brands). Numerous scientific studies have shown that lauric acid has the ability to kill viruses and reduce the viral load in the body. CocoTherapy TriPlex MCT-3 oil contains a high proportion of caprylic and capric acid, which have been shown to have strong antiviral and antifungal effects. It is important to note that treatment studies of patients with COVID-19 with virgin coconut oil are still ongoing and, to date, the FDA has made no complaints about virgin coconut oil or MCT-3 oil as a treatment or ” cure” for COVID-19 However, it has been scientifically proven that the MCFAs in virgin coconut oil kill various viruses, bacteria, fungi and other microbes. In addition, virgin coconut oil is a proven immune support food supplement that can be taken as a prophylactic measure.
Based on scientific studies that pure coconut is antiviral and has proven immune support, it can reasonably be assumed that the effects of these MCFAs (lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid) on the body play an important role in protecting against diseases caused by virus. And although the theory that coconut oil as a cure for COVID-19 has not yet been established by the scientific and medical community, it is a very safe addition to your pet’s diet as an adjunct therapy and a natural supplement to maintain you and your pets healthy.
This is how we use these products on ourselves and our pets for additional immune system support:
- Consume daily. Add CocoTherapy Virgin Coconut Oil and MCT-3 Oil to your pets’ food. We recommend giving MCT-3 oil in the morning for quick energy supply and brain health. At night, give pure coconut oil for high lauric acid, sustained overnight blood ketone levels, and extra immune support.
- Apply virgin coconut oil or MCT-3 oil to paws, exposed skin, and even fur for added protection. We rub some oil on our palms and the oil on our dogs’ skin and paws when we go for a walk.
- When you go back inside, wash your dog’s paws with soap and warm water. Apply fresh virgin coconut oil or MCT-3 oil to the paws. It’s a great moisturizer for dry, cracked paws.
- Clean your dog or cat’s teeth with virgin coconut oil. Using a clean gauze, rub the oil gently into your pet’s teeth and gums.
- Clean any wounds, cuts, scratches or ears with yeast with virgin coconut oil. It is a fantastic antibacterial and antimicrobial agent.
- For people, rub virgin coconut oil or MCT-3 oil on hands as a moisturizer before going out. This will add a protective lipid barrier to the skin.
- Gargle and “rinse” daily with virgin coconut oil for oral health, relieving sore throats and minimizing oral microbes in the mouth. Gargle 1 tablespoon coconut oil and spit the rest into the trash. Then rinse 1 tablespoon of oil in your mouth with fresh oil for at least 5 minutes (or more if possible). Note: do not put coconut oil in the sink; always throw in the trash.
6. Make your own hand sanitizer
You can also make your own hand sanitizer with CocoTherapy TriPlex MCT-3 Oil using a coarse mixture of 3 parts MCT-3 oil and 7 parts alcohol.
- 2/3 cup 90-99% isopropyl alcohol or ethanol
- 1/3 cup of MCT-3 oil
- Mix all ingredients and shake well.
- Pour into a small spray bottle.
- Shake well before each use.
We recommend using 90-99% isopropyl alcohol. If you’re using 70% alcohol, you’re using more alcohol and less MCT-3 oil (although this can be harder on your hands).
c. Other optional ingredients
- Aloe Vera Gel to soothe the skin
- Essential oils with scent
The essential oil you choose can also help protect you from germs. Thyme and clove oils, for example, have antimicrobial properties.
7. Protect your hands
Alcohol dries the skin and removes protective oils. After sanitizing your hands (or washing your hands), apply virgin coconut oil to keep your skin in top shape. Damaged skin has tiny cracks that trap bacteria and viruses, making them harder to remove. If you have sensitive skin, try to keep the amount of alcohol in your hand sanitizer between 60 and 70%. Higher concentration may cause irritation.
B. Five Claims About Coconut Oil Debunked
Coconut has been a valuable food in tropical areas for thousands of years, traditionally appreciated as coconut water from the middle of the coconut, coconut pulp or coconut milk (made by soaking the pulp in hot water). Solid white coconut oil (I use this popular term even though it’s technically a fat, not an oil) is now a favorite of celebrities and bloggers, paleo enthusiasts and superfood sellers. Claims of its alleged medicinal value reverberate on the internet, but how well do they stand up to scientific scrutiny?
1. Helps to lose weight
No studies have found coconut oil to help you lose weight. The claim on hundreds of websites that it has a special ability to get rid of body fat is based on the misconception that coconut oil is synonymous with a semi-synthetic laboratory product known as MCT oil. Unlike normal edible oils, MCT oil is water soluble and was originally developed for use in tube feeding or for people who were malnourished due to a lack of normal fat-breaking enzymes. Unlike most fats, which are absorbed into the bloodstream, MCT oil is absorbed directly by the liver. This allows it to be used as fuel more quickly than other fats. There is some evidence that MCT oil can help with weight loss, although the dose needed and side effects may – at least initially – include nausea, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Even so, sites that assume the effects of MCT oil apply to coconut oil are wrong. The two products are not equivalent and you cannot apply the results of each other.
MCT is composed of two fatty acids – caprylic and capric acid. Coconut oil contains small amounts of these acids, but its dominant fatty acid is lauric acid. Lauric acid is not digested in the liver, but digested and metabolized in the body like fatty acids in other edible oils. If chewing a piece of coconut meat (which is a reasonable source of fiber) helps you eat less overall, it can be beneficial. However, a study of several fats, including coconut oil, found no beneficial effects on hunger, satiety, satisfaction, or current thoughts about food.
2. Reduces the risk of heart disease
Careful studies show that the overall effect of coconut oil in raising LDL cholesterol (which increases the risk of heart disease) is greater than that of corn, thistle, or a mixture of soy and sesame oils. It’s a little better than butter, though. Much evidence from studies of people living traditional lifestyles with coconut (as the pulp or the creamy liquid extracted from the pulp) as the main source of fat shows low levels of heart disease. This includes studies from the 1960s of lean and active inhabitants of the Pacific Islands, whose diet consisted mainly of fish, squid, taro, breadfruit, bananas and coconuts.
The same applies to the very small population of Kitava (a small island in Papua New Guinea) with their traditional diet of sweet potatoes, cassava, sweet potatoes, taro, bananas and other tropical fruits, fish and coconuts. In addition to being low in fat, your diet is low in alcohol, salt, sugar, dairy or processed foods. Unlike the restricted diets of earlier times, coconut failed to protect against major changes in diet and activity. In Samoa, for example, coconut consumption has not changed, but the total daily diet contributed 3,800 kilojoules (900 calories) more in 2007 than in the 1960s. The population of the Pacific Islands is now at the top of the world chart obesity, heart disease is high and type 2 diabetes is three times more common than in Australia – all despite coconut consumption. As a recent review of 21 research articles and one more review showed, coconut oil cannot be trusted to lower blood cholesterol or protect against heart disease.
3. It kills bacteria and viruses
Some websites claim that coconut oil can kill viruses, fungi and bacteria due to its content of monolaurin, a compound derived from lauric acid. Studies in rats show that monolaurin may provide some protection against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (which is responsible for some staph infections), but the researchers who conducted this study found no effect with refined or virgin coconut oil.
With certain types of infections, the possibility exists that monolaurin may be helpful, but it is not acceptable to use it to make claims about coconut oil unless there is evidence that the body can produce monolaurin from coconut oil. coconut. Instead, a manufactured form of monolaurin (glycerol monolaurate) is found in coconut oil and is popular in cosmetics, detergents, and soaps because of its emulsifying and moisturizing properties. These properties of coconut oil can enhance its benefits as a surface moisturizer or makeup remover.
4. Fix your hair
Several articles published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science claim that coconut oil applied to the hair penetrates the hair shaft better than mineral oil. This can be helpful, and coconut oil applied to hair is unlikely to have any negative impact on human health. So, if it works, it might be worth using for that reason.
5. It whitens your teeth
This claim is another extrapolation of the idea that coconut oil can kill harmful organisms. The practice of rinsing the mouth with oil for 10 to 30 minutes (so-called “oil extraction”) before spitting comes from Ayurvedic practices in India and supposedly removes toxins. If you are feeling unwell or shaking your head, this should be evidence that you are extracting toxins. There is no scientific evidence to support this practice and it should not replace proper dental care.