Virgin Coconut oil” – An updated Pharmacological Review


Virgin Coconut oil” – An updated Pharmacological Review

Keywords : Virgin coconut oil (VCO), Therapeutic utility


Virgin coconut oil is extracted directly from fresh coconut meat without the use of high heating or chemicals. Either minimal heating is used to dry the meat before the oil is extracted by pressing, or the non-dried meat is pressed first and the mixture of oil and water which is obtained is allowed to separate to produce the virgin oil. This oil retains the characteristic scent and taste of coconut and is suitable for human consumption without any further processing. Copra and coconut oil are the traditional products based on the coconut. Their production has generally required large scale facilities with prices highly vulnerable to international supply and demand dictated by the output from countries such as the Philippines which produce a high proportion of world supply1.


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