Coconut oil may protect you from coronavirus COVID-19

A personified coconut oil jar giving coronavirus a flying kick

Your personal bodyguard against the highly transmissible COVID-19 might just be coconut oil. This coronavirus that broke out in Dec 2019 is apparently a new strain comparing to its slow-moving viral cousins, SARS and MERS. The reason I say 'might' is because so far no one has jumped out and shouted in ecstasy, "Yay, coconut oil has got rid of my COVID-19 virus!"

It hasn't been tested and proven yet. However, I'm pretty hopeful about coconut oil's amazing power in killing this pathogenic coronavirus that started from Wuhan, China. Why?

1. The massive potential power 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 was saying? Not really? Never mind, let's pick a medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) to illustrate the professor's point. I want to explain clearly so that later you know how to use coconut oil more effectively to keep the malicious COVID-19 away from you.

Medium-chain-triglycerides converting to monoglycerides

What do you see from the above figure? When the MCT breaks down and releases any 2 fatty acids, it forms a monoglyceride. In the formation of L-shaped monolaurin for instance, both caprylic acid and capric acid go "scot-free". Forming T-shaped monocaprin will set lauric acid and caprylic acid free. And so forth.

MCT may also take the form of 2 lauric acids + 1 caprylic acid, or all 3 lauric acids, or 2 caprylic acids + 1 capric acid and so on. Also, monolaurin may appear as a T-molecule as well if lauric acid stays on at the middle while both ends release fatty acids.

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 COVID-19 coronavirus.

Sound good to have these monoglycerides protect us against COVID-19?

Unfortunately, when we consume coconut oil, we cannot instruct our body to produce the amount of monoglycerides at will.

It all depends largely on your bodily conditions such as... are you an alcoholic?... do you smoke?... are you on chronic medication?... do you exercise regularly?... is your diet full of meat and other junks?... are you obese?... do you sleep well every night... etc.

These factors will influence our body's enzymes that will react with coconut oil to "manufacture" monoglycerides.

Since we can't determine how much monoglycerides our body is capable of making, the only thing we can do to ensure more production of monoglycerides to prevent the infection of COVID-19 virus is to consume as much coconut oil as possible.

Of course, without suffering the adverse effects from taking too much coconut oil.

Oh actually, there's a "chemical" way to guarantee your production of monoglycerides for the battle with COVID-19 virus. That is, to take supplement.

You'll find supplement of monolaurin much easier in the market than other monoglycerides. The reason is due to high demand of monolaurin. And demand leads to supply.

Why is monolaurin high in demand and not monocaprin or others?

That's because of all monoglycerides, monolaurin is the most potent antimicrobial agent against coronavirus. Remember what Dr. Dayrit had said earlier?

But, can monolaurin supplement alone really hold out and help you destroy the disease-causing coronavirus?

2. 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 everything easier to comprehend, I shall 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 tablespoon (14 g) of virgin coconut oil contains 50% (7 g) lauric acid.
  • Our body is capable of converting 20% of lauric acid to monolaurin. (This is just a value for simplicity purpose. As I said earlier, each of us may convert differently due to varying body conditions. Some will convert more than 20%, some lesser.)
One tbspLauric acidConversion efficiencyMonolaurin
Lauricidin9 g
Virgin coconut oil7 g20%1.4 g

It seems like taking monolaurin supplement is a good deal for the fight against COVID-19. Just one tablespoon you're getting about 6 times more monolaurin than a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil.

My take is, if you're solely combating the COVID-19 coronavirus, monolaurin supplement should suffice and satisfy your need.

But the harsh reality is, relying solely on monolaurin supplement is never enough to save you from microbial harm.

Look around you, we're not dealing with just the current outbreak of COVID-19 alone. We're always surrounded by billions of other fatal viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. SARS or MERS coronavirus may stage a comeback, who knows? They're all invisible to our naked eyes.

And monolaurin has limited power, to be honest. It may have the power to 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?

To add to the uncertainties, you never know if this current COVID-19 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 still need the help of lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, monocaprin, monocaprylin, monomyristin and others (from coconut oil, of course) to make sure you're better covered and protected. Agree?

Take monocaprin for instance. It can inhibit respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human parainfluenza virus type 2 (HPIV2) more effectively than monolaurin and other monoglycerides.

On top of that, when these antimicrobials bundle up, they may generate a massive, synergistic effect that can wipe out a whopping size of different strains and versions of viruses and bacteria at one fell swoop.

So, putting your faith in just monolaurin supplement alone may not produce the best outcome.

That's why I'm betting on coconut oil to keep me safe from coronavirus COVID-19 and other super germs.

Of course, you're free to make your choice. If you're already taking coconut oil, just try to ingest more daily to put up a stronger battle against the coronavirus. Which is what I'm doing now.

If you're not a coconut oil fan, supplementing with monolaurin pellets or capsules might be your best bet.

However, if you're keen on getting started with coconut oil to increase your chances of surviving this coronavirus outbreak, read on.

Hey, it just dawn on me that you might just want to combine monolaurin supplement with coconut oil. This option should provide you with stronger protection against the COVID-19 virus. But beware of the side effects from overdosing on monolaurin.

3. Which coconut oil should you consume for COVID-19?

I don't know about others. But I'll definitely choose the unrefined virgin coconut oil for the prevention of 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 dislike, then get RBD coconut oil and pour over your meals to protect yourself against the COVID-19 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 the food rather than being overpowered by the fresh coconut scent.

So, these are the two types of coconut oil I highly recommend for combating the far-reaching COVID-19 virus. Regular coconut oil should work fine as long as they have very similar antimicrobial profile as virgin coconut oil.

If you only have fractionated coconut oil like MCT oil or liquid coconut oil with you, they may not provide strong defense against the deadly COVID-19 virus. This is because they mostly compose 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.

4. How to step up your fight against COVID-19

I do have faith in coconut oil for keeping COVID-19 away from me. But, I don't want to take a chance.

Even IF some scientists or researchers come forward and confidently confirm that coconut oil can effectively fight and kill off the COVID-19 coronavirus, I still won't let my guard down.

Besides upping my coconut oil intake to defend against the infectious 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.

coconut oils plus face mask against novel coronavirus

You see that? They're my protective "gears" against the currently widespread COVID-19 virus. 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 the prevention of COVID-19 virus.

Next is 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 health stores anymore. It's washable and hence, reusable. But you got to change the filter quite frequently depending on the usage.

5. Conclusion

Though I highly recommend eating coconut oil for boosting immunity against the COVID-19 coronavirus, it doesn't mean you're more likely to get infected if you don't consume coconut oil at all.

If you take a closer look at the mortality rate of this deadly COVID-19 virus, it's actually pretty low as a whole. What does that mean?

It simply means that even if you contract COVID-19 and get quarantined, as long as you are being taken good care of, have strengthened your immunity, practise good personal hygiene and work with the people around you during quarantine, you still possess a great chance to get rid of the virus and recover.

Look at the majority who got infected at first and then later got discharged and freed from quarantine. That's the obvious message from the low mortality rate.

In other words, all is not lost even if you're not keen on getting started with coconut oil to protect yourself from COVID-19, though it's a very convenient and low-cost option.

You just have to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet, and improve your lifestyle. Putting more natural plant-based food on your plate and leading a healthy lifestyle definitely help to increase the odds of winning the battle against any super germs, not just for now, but for the rest of your life.

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