Coconut Oil, an Alternative Treatment for HIV?

Although we have made much progress in developing treatment for HIV, it seems that research facilities the world over have overlooked the possibility of using natural ingredients to treat the dreaded disease. In Asia, for instance, coconut oil is promoted as a cheaper alternative method of treating HIV and the infections caused by it.

Several success stories have been documented about HIV and AIDS patients whose viral count have been dropped to non-detectable levels after drinking coconut oil for weeks. One case narrated an AIDS patients who applied the oil all over his skin infections three times a day and consume six tablespoonfuls of coconut oil every day. After several weeks, his appearance changed completely. The lesions have disappeared, he gained weight, and symptoms of pneumonia are gone.

Another case features a man whose viral load decreased from 600,000 to non-detectable levels in two months after consuming a bowl of coconut oil and cooked cereal every day, even without the use of antiretroviral drugs.

The healing effects of coconut oil on HIV-infected patients were first studied by Filipino doctor Conrado Dayrit, who conducted the study at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, known for its ward that caters to HIV patients. The clinical study, which was done in 1999, involved 14 HIV-infected patients who were given three tablespoons of coconut oil or coconut-oil-derived supplement daily. No ARV drugs were given and the progress of the patients was monitored for six months. After the monitoring period, 60 percent of the patients showed noticeable improvement such as increased levels of CD4 count, lower viral load, and better overall health.

Coconut oil works on HIV because of its unique group of fats called medium chain triglycerides (MCT). When consumed in our body, MCT is transformed into medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) and monoglycerides, both of which possess antiviral properties.

Take note that this treatment does not cure HIV, but could decrease the number of viruses in the body, thus enabling HIV patients to live normal lives. Also, the amount of coconut oil and lifestyle are important. The higher the dosage, together with a healthy diet, the more effective the treatment.

Since coconuts are grown in many parts of the world where HIV is a major health problem, this appears to be a feasible, cheaper, and seemingly more effective solution in combating the disease.

Source: American Chronicle

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