The health benefits of virgin coconut oil though widely publicized is still met with lots of doubt. Many people find it hard to believe that a simple oil extract can be the cure for many diseases, including cancers and AIDS. Testimonials from ordinary persons seem not enough to convince many of its healing properties. However, even health professionals and doctors acknowledge the wonders VCO can do to oneís health.
Distinguished Filipino physicians promote and recommend its consumption:
For pediatrician-gastroenterologist, Dr. Arturo C. Ludan, VCO is beneficial for children because it increases energy, strengthens the immune system, a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Results of various clinical studies will support this claim. It is also a good source of Vitamin C making it an effective immune booster for kids. The lauric acid present in motherís milk protects an infant from germs and is an abundant component of VCO.
The results of a triple-blind, randomized-controlled trial done by Dr. E. Gabriel Martinez on premature infants revealed that VCO is good for babies. This is because the group that were given 0.5 ml of VCO per ounce of body weight gained weight and manifest shorter duration of intervention and fewer adverse events.
Dr. Daisy E. Davila studied the effects of VCO on frequent respiratory infection of children with ages of 1 to 5 years in the Pasay General Hospital. The result of the study revealed that children who were given VCO supplements experience less cases of respiratory infection.
Dermatologist and medical researcher, Dr. Vermen Verallo-Rowell considers VCO as an effective, natural, and cheaper alternative for antibiotics.
The lauric acid converted to monolaurin in digestion is an active antiseptic. Monolaurin is absorbed through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream and travels around the body. The consumption of VCO is a great help in the treatment of psoriasis secondary infection and atopic dermatitis.
Cardiologist, Dr. Conrado Dayrit believes that VCO is good for the heart. Virgin coconut oil lowers the level of bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol in the blood.
Family physician and nutrition support, Dr. Eliza Perez Francisco recommends VCO for the senior citizens as it help lessen the problems associated with old age like sensory impairment, tooth and gum problems, intestinal tract disorders, weak immune system, menopause, and andropause, among others.