Sunday, August 16, 2009

Microorganism and virgin coconut oil

Antibiotics still work for most bacterial infections; viruses, however, are another matter. They are all, in a sense, supergerms because there are no drugs that can effectively kill them. Antibiotics are only useful against bacteria, not viruses. To date , no grugs have been developed that can effectively eradicate viruses and cure the illnesses they cause. Antiviral drugs may reduce the severity of the infections but do not eliminate them completely. That is why there is no cure for the common cold – a viral infection. Whwen you get aviral infection such as a cold, flu, herpers, or mononucleosis, there is little the doctor can do for you. The doctor’s only option is to help you feel a little more confortable by reducing the severity of the symptoms while your body fights the infection.

The most effective weapons against viruses are vaccines, but tese are used to prevent disease, not treat it. Vaccines used dead or weakened viruses that are injected into the body. The body recognizes a vaccine as a viral infection and mounts a feverish attack by producing its own “antiviral” compounds, called antibodies. These vaccines, however, have the potential to cause infections and other illnesses, so they aren’t completely safe. Viruses are continually mutating and new strains emerging, so vaccines for most of them aren’t available. The only real protection against viral infections is our body’s own natural defenses.

Because they is no cure for viral infections, they can become deadly, especially individuals with depressed immunity. Many children and elderly die each year from flu that ordinarily would not be fatal. One of the most hideous outbreaks in modern times is AIDS, caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and the latest is H1N1 . Particularly the HIV virus attacks the cells of the immune system, leaving the person vulnerable to infection by any number of opportunistic organism. Infection by these organism eventually causes the victim’s death. As yet, none of the antiviral drugs can stop it.

We are in the age of supergerms, and our environment is teaming with microorganisms. They are in the air, we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink, and they even live on our skin. Many of these germs cause disease. Some have become drug-resistant supergerms. Medications can’t be relied on to protect us against all infectious organisms.. Fortunately , nature has provided us a number of medicinal plants to help protect us from attack by these harmful pests. Coconut is one of these. We need something more to boost our immune system and help us fight these troublesome invaders – a super antimicrobial, virgin coconut oil.

Virgin coconut oil : A super antimicrobial

When coconut oil is eaten, the body transforms its unique fatty acid into powerful antimicrobial powerhouse capable of defeating some of the most notorious disease-causing microorganisms. Even the supergerms are vulnerable to these lifesaving coconut derivatives. The unique properties of coconut oil make it, in essence, a natural antibacterial, anti viral, antifungal and antiprotozoal food.

Most bacteria and viruses are encased in a coat of lipid (fats). The fatty acids that make up this outer membrane or skin enclose the organism’s DNA and other cellular materials. But, unlike our skin, which is relatively tough, the membrane of these microorganisms is nearly fluid. The fatty acids in the membrane are loosely attached, giving the membrane a remarkable degree of mobility and flexibility. This unique property allows these organism to move, bend, and squeeze through the tiniest opening.

Lipid coated viruses, such as Human immunodeficiency virus HIV-1 or HIV+ , Influenza virus, Herpes simplex virus-1 &2 and many others and lipid coated bacteria, such as listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus and many others are easily killed by MCFAs, which primarily destroy these organism by disrupting their lipid membranes. Medium-chain fatty acids, being similar to those in the microorganism’s membrane, are easily attracted to and absorbed into it. Unlike the other fatty acids in the membrane, MCFAs are much smaller and therefore weaken the already nearly fluid membrane to such a degree that it disintegrates. The membrane literally splits open, spilling its insides and killing the organism. Our white blood cells quickly clean up and dispose of the cellular debris. MCFAs kill invading organisms without causing any known harm to human tissues.

However, there is evidence from some recent studies that one antimicrobial effect of monolaurin is related to its interference with signal transduction in cell replication.


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