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Virgin coconut oil and its antimicrobial properties against pathogenic microorganisms: a review

Mohamad Nasir, Nur Ainatul Mardia and Wan Abd. Manan, Wan Nor Hayati and Shahdan, Intan Azura and Abllah, Zurainie and Jalaludin, Anil Azura (2018) Virgin coconut oil and its antimicrobial properties against pathogenic microorganisms: a review. In: International Dental Conference of Sumatera Utara 2017 (IDCSU 2017), 7th-9th Dec. 2017, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 5964/65522
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virgin coconut oil, medium chain fatty acids, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Subjects: Q Science > QR Microbiology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Biomedical Science (Effective:1st July 2011)
Kulliyyah of Dentistry
Kulliyyah of Dentistry > Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics & Dental Public Health
Kulliyyah of Science
Kulliyyah of Science > Department of Biotechnology
Depositing User: Dr zurainie abllah
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 12:01
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2018 12:01
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/65522

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