Coconut Oil And Herpes

Herpes is an infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV); it’s a common virus and most infections can go unrecognized and undiagnosed.

HSV is a family of viruses that includes Epstein-Barr Virus and Varicella-Zoster Virus. Epstein-Barr causes Mononucleosis, also known as ‘kissing disease’, and Varicella-Zoster can cause Shingles and Chicken Pox.

There are variations of the virus with Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) causing the majority of infections.

Herpes Simplex Type 1 typically causes oral lesions and Herpes Simplex Type 2 causes genital lesions. However, these viruses are not typically unique with regards to symptoms and some individuals with Herpes Simplex Simplex 1 may also exhibit genital sores. These sores can be quite painful and embarrassing; however, once the virus enters a dormant stage there may be no symptoms or lesions present.

The virus is easily spread from person-to-person during an active outbreak and even a few days before an outbreak. Affected individuals may not show any symptoms yet it is possible to infect another person; this stage is called ‘Asymptomatic Shedding’.

People that exhibit recurrent lesions and skin eruptions may need to go on long-term antiviral medications such as Zovirax (Acyclovir) and Valtrex (Valacyclovir). These medications have been proven effective for destroying the herpes virus and suppressing outbreaks. Side effects (although rare) may include seizures, diarrhea, headaches and nausea.

Recent studies have shown coconut oil contains a fatty acid that can help destroy the lipid membrane of the herpes virus, thus neutralizing the virus and lessening herpes lesions and outbreaks.


Crack the Virus Code with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is an excellent source of the medium chain triglycerides, lauric and capric acid. Research on lauric acid shows it forms the building blocks of ingredients that have potent antimicrobial properties; these ingredients are proven to destroy certain virus, bacteria and fungi.

Depending on the type of coconut oils purchased, you can get up to 40 – 50% lauric acid and 8 – 10 % capric acid. When properly metabolized, both lauric acid and capric acid change into monoglycerides (a glycerol molecule) called monolaurin and monocaprin.

Research on lauric acid and monolaurin proves they are potent antivirals; scientists have found they kill lipid-coated viruses (such as Herpes, HIV, and Cytomegalovirus) by destroying the lipid membrane of the viruses, causing them to disintegrate.

The unique properties of these monoglycerides have opened the door to an interesting field of research on lauric acid and scientists are currently trying to harness the antimicrobial powers of these powerful fatty acids.

Does Virgin Coconut Oil Cure Herpes?

It’s a proven fact that lauric acid kills lipid-coated viruses, such as herpes and HIV. But there’s a few factors affecting how well it works:

  • How much coconut oil needed to achieve therapeutic amounts of lauric acid in your body.
  • How much lauric acid actually converts into monolaurin for an effective anti-viral response?

The Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to our diets, suggests infected individuals eat as much coconut oil as possible to maximize lauric acid levels in the body. Other health food advocates recommend starting with 2 – 3 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil per day and then slowly increasing the dosages until symptoms subside.

Results appear mixed; some individuals found positive results within days with fewer outbreaks and milder symptoms; others found no significant reduction in symptoms. These results may also be affected by the type of coconut oil used and dosage amounts tested.