Proceedings of the International Dental Conference of Sumatera Utara 2017 (IDCSU 2017)

Virgin Coconut Oil and Its Antimicrobial Properties against Pathogenic Microorganisms: A Review

Authors
Nur Ainatul Mardia Mohamad Nasir, Zurainie Abllah, Anil Azura Jalaludin, Intan Azura Shahdan, Wan Nor Hayati Wan Abd Manan
Corresponding Author
Nur Ainatul Mardia Mohamad Nasir
Available Online February 2018.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/idcsu-17.2018.51How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Virgin coconut oil, medium chain fatty acids, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Abstract
Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is the purest form of coconut oil, essentially water-clear or colourless that consists mainly of medium chain saturated fatty acids. For over many decades, the biological properties of VCO have been widely explored and investigated due to their antimicrobial potentials. The large concentration of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) including lauric acid (LA) and its monoglyceride form, monolaurin makes VCO effective in their mode of actions against pathogenic microorganisms. Thus, VCO could be used as a daily supplement or an alternative remedy against microbial infections. We review and discuss the current state of knowledge of VCO studies and focus on its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral activities aiming to unravel the underlying mechanisms of VCO inhibition of these pathogenic microorganisms.
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Proceedings
International Dental Conference of Sumatera Utara 2017 (IDCSU 2017)
Part of series
Advances in Health Sciences Research
Publication Date
February 2018
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978-94-6252-474-3
ISSN
2468-5739
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/idcsu-17.2018.51How to use a DOI?
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