Your personal bodyguard against COVID-19 virus might just be coconut oil. This deadly coronavirus that broke out in Dec 2019 is a new strain called SARS-CoV-2, very different from its slow-moving viral cousins – SARS and MERS. The reason I said 'might' is because so far no one has confirmed that coconut oil can get rid of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
However, I'm pretty hopeful about coconut oil's amazing power to help fight off this fatal virus and restore peace to our world. Why?
1. The massive potential of coconut oil against coronavirus
In Coconut Oil: From Diet to Therapy, Professor Emeritus Dr. Fabian Antonio Dayrit said, "All lipid-coated (enveloped) viruses are susceptible to coconut oil's MCFAs or monoglycerides."
He further added, "The corona virus of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) as well as the bird flu virus, being lipid-coated, may also be sensitive to coconut oil but have not yet been tested. Of the MCFAs, lauric acid (C12) is the most potent, followed by capric acid (C10), myristic acid (C14), and caprylic acid (C8). The monoglycerides of these fatty acids are more active than their corresponding fatty acids. Monolaurin, therefore, is the most potent antimicrobial agent in this arsenal."
You know what he's trying to say? Not really? Never mind, let's use medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) in coconut oil to illustrate the professor's point. I want to explain clearly so that later you know exactly what you're eating coconut oil for.
As you can see, when MCT breaks up and releases 2 fatty acids from both ends, it forms a monoglyceride. In the formation of monolaurin for instance, both caprylic acid and capric acid go "scot-free". Forming monocaprin will set lauric acid and caprylic acid free. Most monoglycerides are T-shaped.
These monoglycerides are the hyperactive antimicrobials against the lipid-coated coronavirus Dr. Dayrit raved about. They should spare no mercy to the also lipid-coated SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease.
Unfortunately, when we consume coconut oil, we cannot command our body to produce the amount of monoglycerides out of coconut oil at will.
It largely depends on your current bodily conditions such as... do you like drinking alcohol?... do you smoke?... are you on chronic medication?... do you exercise regularly?... is your diet full of meat, refined carbs and other toxic junks?... are you obese?... do you sleep well every night... etc.
These factors can affect your body's digestive enzymes that react with coconut oil to "manufacture" monoglycerides.
2. How to make your body produce more monoglycerides
Since we won't know how much monoglycerides our body can make, what we can do to produce more monoglycerides for combating COVID-19 is to consume as much coconut oil as possible.
Oh, actually there's a "chemical" way to guarantee your production of monoglycerides for battling against COVID-19. That is, take supplement.
You'll find supplement of monolaurin much easier in the market than other monoglycerides. The reason is due to high demand for monolaurin. Demand leads to supply.
Why is monolaurin high in demand and not monocaprin or others?
Of all monoglycerides, monolaurin is the most potent antimicrobial agent against coronavirus. That's what Dr. Dayrit had said early on.
But, can monolaurin supplement alone hold out and help you destroy the disease-causing coronavirus?
2.1 Monolaurin supplement vs coconut oil
Let's compare Lauricidin, a pretty popular brand of monolaurin supplement against the 50% lauric acid content in virgin coconut oil.
To make it easy for you to understand, let's apply these information to tabulate the comparison:
- Lauricidin claims that one teaspoon (scoop) contains 3 g of monolaurin. Which means, one tablespoon will have 9 g. (1 tbsp = 3 tsp)
- One tablespoon (14 g) of virgin coconut oil contains 50% (7 g) lauric acid.
- Our body can convert 20% of lauric acid to monolaurin. (This is just a value for simplicity purpose. As mentioned earlier, each of us may convert differently due to varying body conditions. Some will convert more than 20%, some lesser.)
|One tbsp||Lauric acid||Conversion efficiency||Monolaurin|
|Virgin coconut oil||7 g||20%||1.4 g|
It seems like monolaurin supplement is a good fighter against coronavirus. Just one tablespoon you're getting about 6 times more monolaurin than a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.
2.2 Which one works better for COVID-19?
If you're solely combating COVID-19, monolaurin supplement should satisfy your need.
But in reality, we're not dealing with just the current outbreak of coronavirus alone. We're always surrounded by billions of other malicious viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.
They're silent killers and invisible to our naked eyes. And they're always waiting to take us down.
Monolaurin has limited power, to be honest. It may have the power to potently inactivate influenza virus, HSV, pneumonovirus, H. pylori plus several other lipid-coated viruses and bacteria. But what about other notorious pathogens that monolaurin has little or absolutely no impact upon? Who's going to take care of them?
Adding to the uncertainties, you never know if this ongoing coronavirus will mutate or evolve into another more robust version whereby monolaurin may fail to fully inhibit its destructive activity.
So, monolaurin supplement is not everything. It just doesn't cover as broad a range of viruses, bacteria and other germs as coconut oil does.
You'd also need the help of lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, monocaprin, monocaprylin, monomyristin and others (from coconut oil, of course) to ensure you're better covered and protected against COVID-19. Agree?
So, putting your faith in just monolaurin supplement alone may not produce the best result.
Also, my positive experience in using coconut oil to get rid of influenza virus whenever I'm down with flu has phenomenally bolstered my confidence in coconut oil.
That's why I'm betting on coconut oil to help me fight against the COVID-19 virus and other super germs.
If you're not a coconut oil fan, supplementing with monolaurin pellets or capsules might be your best bet.
Hey, it just dawn on me that you may want to try combining monolaurin supplement with coconut oil. This option should provide you with stronger defense against coronavirus. But beware of the side effects from overdosing on monolaurin.
3. What if coconut oil cannot kill coronavirus?
Though some scientists and researchers in US and Philippines do hypothetically believe in the efficacy of coconut oil against coronavirus, it has after all, yet to be tested and proven (as said early on).
Besides, no one has suddenly jumped out and shouted excitedly, "Yay, coconut oil has got rid of my COVID-19!" so far.
So, It's fair enough to doubt coconut oil's ability to kill coronavirus on contact.
In case it doesn't destroy coronavirus directly, coconut oil can still indirectly keep us safe from COVID-19. And I'm confident about that. Let me explain.
If you study the COVID-19 data of Singapore since Singapore is being hailed as the "Gold Standard" for responding to COVID-19, you'd have found that over 20% of infected cases were discharged upon full recovery from the disease. The recovery rate is so much higher than the mortality rate, which is less than 1%.
What does that tell you?
There's no drug for COVID-19 currently. So, the key to prevent, fight and even recover from COVID-19 lies with our very own immune system. Yes, that's right!
It also means that if your immunity runs low, you're likely to contract the coronavirus. That explains the climbing number of infected cases worldwide.
So, right now what you must do is do whatever it takes to fortify your immune system. Having a strong immunity is the most effective way to protect you from COVID-19. And coconut oil can quickly ramp up your immune system.
4. How coconut oil boosts your immunity against COVID-19
Did you know that we're constantly under attack by the infamous free radicals and common viruses and bacteria via the food we eat, water we drink, air we breathe, things we touch etc, day in and day out?
When our cells and tissues are injured due to attacks by the destructive micro-terrorists, inflammation takes place. Inflammation then prompts our immune system to respond to the injuries and help fight off the invaders.
By responding to injuries and common pathogens, it actually compromises our immune system to defend against more powerful enemies like the H1N1 flu or the currently fatal coronavirus.
With coconut oil, its saturated fats can block off the attacks by free radicals. Also, its intrinsic potent antimicrobials (lauric acid, caprylic acid etc) can kill off common pathogens point-blank.
Not only that, coconut oil's medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are capable of increasing metabolism. Having an increased metabolism means your injured cells and tissues can heal faster. Faster healing of cells and tissues can reduce inflammation dramatically.
That means, your immune system can now focus a lot more on fighting the deadly coronavirus, when you use coconut oil to free up the workload your immune system has to undertake.
5. Three ways to use coconut oil to rev up your immune system
Eating coconut oil to boost your immune health is definitely one way. And it's the best since every drop of goodness from coconut oil goes right inside your body to help fight coronavirus and keep you safe from COVID-19.
Secondly, put coconut oil on your skin. Yes, you don't just take care of your immune health internally, you should also take care of it externally.
Our skin is the first line of defense. Dangerous microbes and germs may crawl into our body via our skin.
Of course, our skin has its own barrier to keep germs that come into contact with at bay. But viruses are so tiny (in sizes of nanometer) and cunning that they might just slip through the barrier and sneak into our body.
Another concern is that you may not realize you have one or two minor wounds on your skin. I could accidentally cut or scrape my skin at times without realizing for hours until it pains when it comes into contact with water.
Open wound is like an open door to COVID-19. So, make sure you check for any open wounds and apply coconut oil to your skin to strengthen its barrier against any "unwelcome visitors".
Upon contact and reacting with the friendly germs on skin, coconut oil will break down into free fatty acids (lauric, caprylic, capric etc) and monoglycerides to wipe out common pathogens.
That said, you can actually also use coconut oil to sanitize your hands in case you can't find a place to wash your hands and it happens that you run out of hand sanitizer. If you feel greasy on your palms after rubbing coconut oil, wipe it off with a piece of clean tissue.
Lastly, scoop up a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish that in your mouth twice a day, each for 20 minutes. This is called oil pulling.
As you know, our mouth amasses billions of bacteria every now and then that can over time cause cavities or gum disease, which triggers persistent inflammation. To make matters worse, you tend to swallow these harmful bacteria as well via eating and drinking.
We're talking about strengthening immune system. So, we must do our best to free up as much antimicrobial resources for our immune system as possible so that it can tackle coronavirus effectively and keep COVID-19 a safe distance from us.
Hence, pulling with coconut oil is one of the great ways to dramatically reduce the number of bacterial load in your mouth.
6. Which coconut oil to use for strengthening your immunity?
I don't know about others. But I'll definitely choose the unrefined virgin coconut oil for fighting COVID-19.
Unrefined virgin coconut oil has always been my favorite powerhouse of antimicrobials when it comes to revving up immunity.
It has a mild to strong scent of fresh coconut depending on the brands and batches. You may or may not like the scent that's naturally present in virgin coconut oil.
If you think you're not going to like the smell, then get RBD coconut oil to step up your immunity against the killer coronavirus.
RBD coconut oil carries almost the same antimicrobial profile as virgin coconut oil, but with a neutral odor. Good for those who want to preserve the flavor of food rather than being overpowered by the fresh coconut smell.
So, these are the two types of coconut oil I highly recommend for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regular coconut oil should work fine as long as they have very similar properties and antimicrobial profile as virgin coconut oil.
If you only have edible fractionated coconut oil like MCT oil or liquid coconut oil with you, they may not perform well in boosting immunity. This is because they compose mostly of caprylic acid and capric acid with little or zero lauric acid.
If you can afford, get yourself a decent quality coconut oil like what I just recommended. Saving your life from COVID-19 is more important than saving money now. You can easily earn back the money once COVID-19 is over.
7. How to beef up your fight against coronavirus
I do have unwavering faith in coconut oil for keeping COVID-19 away from me. But, I don't want to take a chance. I don't want to land myself in hospital, especially its intensive care unit (ICU).
"In ICU, I was given sedatives to facilitate the intubation procedure in order to be connected to a ventilator. I woke up one day later and found six tubes on me - one in my mouth, one in my nose, one on my neck and three on my hands."
"I couldn't speak and the only way for me to communicate with the doctors and nurses was through writing. I was given some paper and a pen to communicate with them."
"I was suffering. I was in a very uncomfortable position with my hands tied down to the bed and unable to move. I kept staring at the clock in front of me. It was 11pm and I told myself to sleep. I thought I slept for a long time, but when I opened my eyes, only 10 minutes had passed."
"I never thought I would get the virus because I don't go to entertainment venues or engage in outside activities after work. So don't assume you are safe. Anyone can catch the virus anywhere."
The dialogues above come from Mr Raymond Koh, a COVID-19 patient who was critically wheeled into the ICU in Singapore hospital. After reading his horrifying story, I told myself I'm not going in there.
Besides applying the 3 methods (early on) of using coconut oil to defend myself against coronavirus, I wear mask in public. Especially in enclosed areas like a public transport, mall, office or elevator. It's much easier to catch the virus this way as it can transmit between humans in proximity.
You may even catch it from people who show no symptoms at all if they irresponsibly cough (due to irritants) or sneeze without covering their mouths. So, don't be complacent and think that you'll never get infected. Everybody stands a chance.
7.1 Protect yourself with these...
These are my protective "gears" against the currently widespread coronavirus. Virgin and RBD coconut oils I've told you early on. You're probably curious about that butter-flavored coconut oil, right?
Well, it's a Nutiva product introduced in 2018. It looks a bit orange when in liquid state. But it'll appear yellowish and look more like butter when it turns solid in fridge. It's 100% plant-based. I love butter but I'm cutting out dairy. So, this is the best option for people like me. It tastes yummy on bread. I take it every single day. And it adds to my intake of coconut oil for preventing COVID-19.
Next, the Analan face mask armed with a N99 filter. N99 means it can filter out 99% of particulates from the air. It's better than N95 definitely. Ever since I bought it, I never have to waste money on disposable surgical masks. And I don't have to queue up at pharmacies or supermarkets anymore. It's washable and hence, reusable. More eco-friendly this way. But you got to change the filter quite frequently depending on the usage.
Though I highly recommend using coconut oil for boosting immunity against COVID-19, it doesn't mean you're more likely to contract coronavirus if you don't use coconut oil at all.
As long as you eat more healthily like putting more fruits and vegetables and other whole foods on your plate, exercise a few times a week, observe good personal hygiene, keep a safe distance from others and wear a protective mask whenever you go outside, you still possess a high chance to get through this COVID-19 pandemic.
And more importantly, by keeping yourself safe, you're in fact protecting your family and loved ones from COVID-19. So, let's do our part to contain the spread of coronavirus and win the COVID-19 war together.