Potential role of virgin coconut oil in reducing cardiovascular risk factors

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Kamsiah Jaarin, Masbah Norliana, Kamisah Yusof, Mohammad Nursyafiza, Qodriyah Mohd Saad

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Abstract

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in many countries. It has multiple risk factors which include obesity, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, sedentary life style, stress and dietary habits. Herbal treatments are the most popular form of traditional medicine and are highly lucrative in the international market. There is a growing interest in traditional medicines of plant origin due to several factors such as availability, affordable cost, safety and efficacy. Recently, virgin coconut oil (VCO) has been very popular as a food supplement to maintain good health. Although VCO and copra oil have similar fatty acid composition, VCO, however, retains a higher concentration of unsaponifiable components such as polyphenols, tocopherols, tocotrienols, β-carotenes and phytosterols which compensate for its higher saturated fatty acid content. VCO has potential role in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors as it has been reported to have a high antioxidant property, a favorable effect on serum lipid profile as well as the ability to reduce visceral adiposity, oxidative stress-induced hypertension and improve cardiac morphological changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3399-3410
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental and Clinical Cardiology
Volume20
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Traditional Medicine
Cardiovascular Diseases
Fatty Acids
Tocotrienols
Hypertension
Phytosterols
Aptitude
Tocopherols
Adiposity
Polyphenols
Feeding Behavior
Carotenoids
Dyslipidemias
Dietary Supplements
Psychological Stress
Life Style
Cause of Death
Diabetes Mellitus
Oils
Oxidative Stress

Keywords

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Virgin coconut oil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Physiology

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Potential role of virgin coconut oil in reducing cardiovascular risk factors : Original article. / Jaarin, Kamsiah; Norliana, Masbah; Yusof, Kamisah; Nursyafiza, Mohammad; Mohd Saad, Qodriyah.

In: Experimental and Clinical Cardiology, Vol. 20, No. 8, 2014, p. 3399-3410.

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