The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is hopeful to see increased in virgin coconut oil (VCO) production and domestic consumption given the positive results from the Department of Science and Technology’s clinical study wherein VCO was found to be an adjunct supplement that helps prevent the symptoms of COVID-19 from becoming severe.

The DOST-led study, “The Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil among Suspect and Probable Cases of COVID-19,” showed that symptoms in the VCO Group significantly declined at Day 2 and no symptoms were observed at Day 18. Compare this to the Control Group that showed diminishing symptoms at Day 3 and no symptoms only at Day 23.

The VCO used in the study were provided and strictly analyzed by the Laboratory Services Division of the PCA.

The DA, through PCA, is excited to have more collaboration with the DOST and the Department of Health (DOH) in conducting further studies on the health and wellness benefits of VCO, exploring other opportunities for innovation to further the growth and development of our VCO industry.