President of VCO Philippines and vice chairman of the United Coconut Association of the Philippines (UCA) Engineer Marco Reyes called out the Department of Health on their lack of serious effort to promote virgin coconut oil (VCO) as a major weapon against Covid-19.
MANILA — VCO produced positive results on a clinical study of the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) conducted last year.
The study showed that VCO is a highly effected functional food that can help cure or speed up recovery of Covid-19 cases.
“VCO is the most viable prophylaxis against Covid-19 so far, which has been scientifically studied,” Reyes said.
“VCO should still be as effective against the Delta strain and upcoming strains. Because the mutation is in the spike protein. VCO works on the viral envelope—same mechanism as with HIV, SARS and other lipid coated viruses,” he noted.
Reyes also expressed his concerns on the government’s current “vaccination-focused strategy,” saying this will not as long term.
“The concern with a vaccination-focused strategy is that those with comorbidities such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, hypertension, etc., will remain sick when they are fully vaccinated. So they are protected against the original variant as the vaccine designed for which was the Alpha variant, but not when the vaccine efficacy falls with new variants,” he explained.
He stressed that the DOST study was a double-blinded randomized clinical trial—the gold standard of a scientific study.
“VCO is readily available in our country. It’s organic. I really don’t see why it remains to be ignored by our doctors in the government,” he said. (HMP/Headline PH)