Some clarification and further research evidence for any doubters concerning the true benefits of virgin coconut oil (VCO).
The most useful protective ingredient by far in VCO is lauric acid -- a medium chain triglyceride fatty acid(saturated fat) which, after it enters the body is easily converted to monolaurin -- a monoglyceride and the active and protective form. VCO contains about 50% lauric acid. By comparison, mother's breast milk contains only 20% lauric acid which works to actively protect babies who feed on the milk.
As far as I'm able to work out, monolaurin acts on lipid coated viruses and bacteria in much the same way as BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and Hydrogen Peroxide. Monolaurin has several weak hydroxyl(OH) chemical bonds which react with all lipid (fat) coated viruses and bacteria in the same way to disrupt their hydrogen bonds, thus fluidizing the lipids and phospholipids in the outer envelope of the virus and completely exposing their DNA for recognition and direct attack and removal by the body's white blood cells, antibodies and neutralase enzymes. Monolaurin additionally also seems to adversely effect signal transduction during replication of these lipid coated pathogens.
To keep it short -- here is a simple list of Viruses and Bacteria that are already known to be destroyed by VCO:
Viruses killed by VCO
* HIV 1 and HIV
* Measles Virus
* Herpes HSV 1
* Herpes HSV 2
* Herpes Viridae (all)
* Human lymphotrophic viruses(type 1)
* Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)
* Visna virus
* Epstein-Barr virus
* Influenza virus
* Leukemia virus
* Sarcoma virus
* Syncytial virusr
* Ruboela virus
Bacteria killed by VCO
* Lysteria monocytogenes
* H. Pylori (gram negative)
* Hemophilus Ibnfluenza (gram negative)
* Staphilococcus aureus
* Streptococcus agalactiae
* Groups A, B , F & G streptococci
* E. Coli
* Gram positive organisms
* Gram negative organisms if first pre-treated with a chelator.
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