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Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Wound Healing Time
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Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Wound Healing Time

Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Wound Healing Time

Indian researchers sought to evaluate the effect of topically applied virgin coconut oil (VCO) on excision wounds in young rats (Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010;23(6):290-7). They set up three experiments with three groups of female Sprague-Dawley rats, each consisting of six animals. Their wound closure time, antioxidant status and biochemical parameters were studied. Group 1 was the control; and groups 2 and 3 were treated with 0.5 and 1.0 ml VCO, respectively, 24 hours after wound creation for 10 days. After the experimental period, the healing property of VCO was evaluated by monitoring the time taken for complete epithelization, as well as levels of various parameters of the wound's granulation tissue. The collagen solubility pattern, glycohydrolase activity and histopathology of the granulation tissue were also analyzed. The antioxidant status during wound healing was monitored continuously for 14 days.

VCO-treated wounds healed much faster, as indicated by a decreased time of complete epithelization and higher levels of various skin components. Pepsin-soluble collagen showed a significant increase in VCO- treated wounds, indicating a higher collagen cross-linking. Glycohydrolase activities were also found to be increased due to a higher turnover of collagen. Antioxidant enzyme activities, and reduced glutathione and malondialdehyde levels were found to be increased on day 10 after wounding, which were found to have returned to normal levels on day 14 in the treated wounds. The lipid peroxide levels were found to be lower in the treated wounds. A histopathological study showed an increase in fibroblast proliferation and neovascularization in VCO-treated wounds compared to controls. The researchers concluded the beneficial effect of VCO can be attributed to the cumulative effect of various biologically active minor components present in it.
02-05-2013 02:13 AM
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RE: Virgin Coconut Oil Reduces Wound Healing Time
Hi James,
Virgin coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair, beneficial for heart health and effective in losing and maintaining healthy body weight. Virgin coconut oil boosts immune system and used to treat healing and infection also.
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10-11-2013 11:06 PM
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