Antimicrobial effects of virgin coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acids on Clostridium difficile.

  title={Antimicrobial effects of virgin coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acids on Clostridium difficile.},
  author={Michael P. Shilling and Laurie Matt and {\'E}velyn Figueiredo Rubin and Mark P. Visitacion and Nairmeen Awad Haller and Scott F. Grey and Christopher J. Woolverton},
  journal={Journal of medicinal food},
  volume={16 12},
Clostridium difficile is the leading cause of hospital-acquired antibiotic-associated diarrhea worldwide; in addition, the proliferation of antibiotic-resistant C. difficile is becoming a significant problem. Virgin coconut oil (VCO) has been shown previously to have the antimicrobial activity. This study evaluates the lipid components of VCO for the control of C. difficile. VCO and its most active individual fatty acids were tested to evaluate their antimicrobial effect on C. difficile in… 

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