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Virgin coco oil boosts sexual activity - study

- Ma. Elisa Osorio  () - March 1, 2012 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - A recent study on virgin coconut oil (VCO) showed that it not only helps increase good cholesterol levels but also enhances sexual activity.

“It was an interesting observation that 13 percent of the VCO takers experienced becoming sexually active during the whole duration of the study,” the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) said.

Other positive reactions include regular bowel movement, increase in appetite, better body stamina and good sleep, while the negative feedback included having soft bowel, stomachache, sweating, feverish symptoms and nausea.

The PCA financed the four-month clinical study conducted by the University of Santo Tomas research team involving 189 Filipinos with or without one risk factor of controlled hypertension and no other clinically significant abnormalities.

They were divided into VCO and placebo takers, but both the investigators and subjects were not aware who among them were taking VCO and who were placed in the placebo group.

The study showed that although VCO intake showed an increase in total cholesterol, there were reductions in bad cholesterol and elevation of good cholesterol.

This means that the chance of heart attack, coronary artery disease and hypertension may be lessened.

Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala said the result of the study would help them draft guidelines in the manufacture of VCO products, adding that penalties await fake VCO makers while incentives will be given to those who follow the guidelines.

PCA administrator Euclides Forbes revealed that they are currently implementing reforestation of 20 million trees to address the decrease in coconut production.

The DA has allotted P60 million for the sustainable livelihood program for coconut farming communities, which include coconut planting, replanting, fertilization and intercropping.

Meanwhile, PCA reported that the export earnings for 2011 are 20.28 percent higher compared to last year. Earnings for coconut exports last year amounted to $1.96 billion.

Forbes said that the top seller is coconut oil with $1.4 billion, which is 12 percent higher, followed by desiccated coconut with $286.77 million and coco chemicals with $35.36 million.

However, Forbes said that the increase in value does not match the volume, which registered a 35.44 percent decrease with 1.5 million metric tons versus 2.3 million metric tons in 2010.

Forbes said that despite the decrease in volume, the prospects remain bright for the coconut industry with the emergence of new products like coconut sap sugar and its byproducts.

AGRICULTURE SECRETARY PROCESO ALCALA CHOLESTEROL COCONUT EUCLIDES FORBES FORBES INCREASE MILLION PHILIPPINE COCONUT AUTHORITY STUDY UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS VCO
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