A state-funded clinical trial handled by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FRNI) in Sta. Rosa, Laguna administered virgin coconut oil to 57 adult patients at the Sta Rosa Community Hospital and the COVID-19 Quarantine Facility in Canossa Institute. The patients were either admitted or isolated for suspicion of coronavirus inspection or for a probable case of infection.
The main finding of the study declared that VCO had shortened the recovery period for patients by at least five days.
MANILA — Clinical trials on the virgin coconut oil (VCO) results showing it is an effective “functional food” to help treat probable and suspect cases of the coronavirus disease have been published in an international journal.
Science Secretary Fortunato de la Peña says the randomized, double-blind, controlled intervention study on VCO by the DOST-FRNI was published on 25 May in the Journal of Functional Foods.
“It is important to have this published in a scientific journal,” says Dela Peña.
Of the 57 suspected and probable patient-participants, a total of 37 tested positive for COVID-19. Those who tested positive were divided into two groups where one group of 19 individuals were fed meals mixed with VCO. The other 18 individuals, was the placebo group.
The publication in the international journal with the clinical trials and fundings can be reviewed by the world’s top scientists says Rowena Cristina Guevara, undersecretary for research and development and chairperson of the Task Group on Vaccine Evaluation and Selection
“Being published in the international medical journal means being peer-reviewed and having other scientists affirm that your scientific finding is sound,” says Guevara.
“Being reviewed by other scientists is enough. It affirms what DOST has been saying all the time.”
The DOST supports an expansion of clinical trials on VCO in Valenzuela and Muntinlupa cities, which are expected to end by July. (LO/The MiNT)