Melbourne-based doctor advocates virgin coconut oil to weight loss
by Iris Cecilia G.Gonzales
Friday 16 March, 2007
source: Business World
the years, the problem of obesity has baffled experts from the fields
of science and medicine. These days, however, experts have discovered
that the cure is just right under their noses – virgin coconut oil.
Experts have noted the potential of virgin coconut oil in addressing the problem of increased accumulation of fat.
Nestor Fuertes, an Australia-based medical practitioner and an advocate
of virgin coconut oil, attests that continuous usage and administration
of the product on his patients — both Filipinos and Caucasians — have
yielded positive results.
Virgin coconut oil, a
byproduct of the coconut tree and considered by many as the "tree of
life," has become very popular in and outside the Philippines for
personal care, hair care and cosmetic products.
Its importance in fighting obesity, however, has boosted the product’s popularity all the more.
Fuertes, a graduate of Medicine from Our Lady of Fatima University and
5th placer in the Philippine Medical Licensure Board Examination, said
that he was initially unaware of the benefits of the product.
am a skeptic so I did not believe it at first and medical school does
not teach you these things," he said last week in a presentation to
doctors sponsored by Splash Holdings, a local firm which manufactures
and sells virgin coconut oil.
He later became curious
when the medical condition of his Filipino patients improved with the
use of the product which he realized, has helped strengthen patients’
After further studies and examination of
his patients he became convinced of the benefits of virgin coconut oil,
especially in combating obesity.
Virgin coconut oil, he
soon realized, has a thermogenic effect on the body, that slowly but
effectively increases the body’s metabolic rate, making it easier for it
to burn fats and perform better. Virgin coconut oil is a byproduct of
coconut tree, which is considered by many as the ‘tree of life.’
Mr. Fuertes said the product contains medium chain triglycerides which
are easily absorbed, transformed into energy and promote weight loss.
to a 2006 study by the World Health Organization, 3.3 million Filipino
females aged between 20 and 25 are overweight. Half of them are obese.
the other hand, about 1.2 million Filipino males are overweight and
half of them are obese. The figures noted that obesity occurs to
population who are at their productive stage, peaking at age 35 and are
likely to be diabetic, hypertensive and are at risk of heart attack.
Fuertes said virgin coconut oil aids in weight gain for those who are
underweight. He urged local physicians to use the product to help
address the problem of malnourishment in the Philippines especially
Mr. Fuertes recommended a daily dose of
two tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day to promote weight loss.
He cautioned against a higher dosage of virgin coconut oil to
drastically reduce weight loss as this may have a negative effect on the
"We want a gradual, steady and
sustainable weight loss. When using virgin coconut oil, it also hydrates
the skin thus making people even look younger," he said.
A regular daily dose of virgin coconut oil will reduce weight by about 4 to 6 pounds per month, he noted.
Fuertes recommended using liquid virgin coconut oil instead of the
virgin coconut oil capsules as one tablespoon of the product is
equivalent to 27 capsules.
He said more than 30 medical practitioners in Australia are already promoting the use of virgin coconut oil.
Australian nationals, he added, are very much receptive to the idea of using the product for medicinal purposes.
They are in fact, "more receptive" to complementary medicine or natural products compared to Filipinos.
from obesity, virgin coconut oil is commonly used to treat atopic
dermatitis, a condition of excessive dry skin. The product is used as
"skin moisturizer" in Australia while it is being used to help weight
loss among adults.
He added that a flavored virgin
coconut oil is no different from an unflavored virgin coconut oil. He
said flavored virgin coconut oil makes the product more "palatable" to
Mr. Fuertes serves as a general
practitioner supervisor for the Victorian Medical Alliance and an
out-of-campus medical professor for the General Practice Department of
the University of Melbourne, aside from his numerous medical positions
Thermogenic herbs, extra virgin coconut oil, weight loss