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Natural Support for Candida and Yeast Infections

Last Updated: December 2, 2018 | First Published: October 8, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Razak Nohri, Pharm.D, M.Phil, MBA

Yeast infections can impact 75% of US women. Can Monolaurin help?

Yeast infections can impact 75% of US women. Can Monolaurin help?

Fungus and Yeast - It's all around us

The human body and environment are surrounded by different microbial agents including fungi and yeast. This relationship is natural and safe, but complications may arise when the balance is disrupted. Candida is a genus of yeasts and is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide [4]. In fact, 75% of U.S. women experience a Candida infection during their reproductive years. Between 40% to 50% of these women have recurrent episodes, and 5% to 8% experience chronic candida infections. [5]

Candida albicans and Yeast infections - trying a Natural Cure approach:

Candida albicans is the strain most commonly associated with urinary tract and yeast infections in women. Candida albicans and other Candida species can also affect the intestines following use of antibiotics or chemotherapy.

Many traditional treatments rush to apply topical creams to treat the infection, but this can lead to drug resistance and iterating side effects. An alternative and natural approach to treating fungal and yeast infections including Candida, uses Monolaurin - a medium chain fatty acid found naturally in coconut. Monolaurin is an effective, safe, and natural anti-microbial agent with lots of laboratory research behind it

  1. Monolaurin is effective at killing Candida albicans and other "bad" microbial infections [1, 3]

  2. Monolaurin is targeted, and does not kill "good" (beneficial) bacteria naturally found in your gut [2, 3]

  3. Monolaurin does not contribute to drug resistance [7]

  4. Monolaurin can be taken as a long-term therapy, protecting your body from a range of fungal, viral, and bacterial infections [6]

According to one research study, Monolaurin is just as effective as natamycin (a powerful antifungal drug) in killing Candida albicans. In laboratory tests against Candida albicans , Monolaurin killed over 90% yeast cells rapidly within 15 min and caused a complete loss of viability in 120 min [1].

Unlike wide-spectrum antibiotics which indiscriminately destroy good (beneficial) microbes along with the bad (harmful), Monolaurin has been shown to target and inhibit Candida albicans yeast while supporting and promoting healthy bacteria [2, 3]. In addition to better targeting of an invasive overgrowth, monolaurin does not contribute to microbial resistance as some antibiotics have shown [7].

A fungal overgrowth may be an indication that you are more susceptible to other viruses and infections which are dormant in your body. Monolaurin also possesses a wide range of anti fungal, anti viral, and anti bacterial properties which may help protect you from an increased risk of infection.

Natural Cure Labs Monolaurin treatment

If you are looking to treat a fungal or yeast infection without harsh or expensive drugs or lotions, monolaurin may be a great natural alternative.

A recommended Monolaurin dosage for treating existing or new infections is 1-2 capsules 2-3 times daily.  For those who have recently overcome an infection and want to maintain good health and avoid reinfection, 1-2 capsules 1-2 times daily can be effective.

# Capsules* x Per day Duration
New or Existing Yeast Infection 2-3 capsules 2-3 times per day 6 weeks or until gone
Maintain health & avoid reinfection 1-2 capsules 1-2 times per day Ongoing
*Capsules based on 600mg / capsule

For more detailed information on monolaurin dosing, please see the Monolaurin Dosing Guide

As any natural treatment, it is safest and most effective when done under the supervision of a health care professional .

References:

  1. Zhang H, Xu Y, Wu L, Zheng X, Zhu S, Feng F, Shen L. Anti-yeast activity of a food-grade dilution-stable microemulsion. Applied Microbiology andBiotechnology. 2010 July;87(3):1101-8

  2. Huang CB, Alimova Y, Myers TM, Ebersole JL. Short- and medium-chain fatty acids exhibit antimicrobial activity for oral microorganisms. Archives of Oral Biology. 2011 July; 56(7):650-4

  3. Bergsson G, Arnfinnsson J, Steingrímsson O, and Thormar H. In Vitro Killing of Candida albicans by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2001 November; 45(11): 3209–3212

  4. Manolakaki, D., Velmahos, G., Kourkoumpetis, T., Chang, Y., Alam, H. B., De Moya, M. M., & Mylonakis, E. Candida infection and colonization among trauma patients. Virulence, 2010 1(5), 367-375.

  5. Wilson C. Recurrent vulvovaginitis candidiasis; an overview of traditional and alternative therapies. Advance for Nurse Practitioners. 2005 May; 13(5):24-9

  6. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative & Complimentary Therapies, December 2006.

  7. Carpo BG, Verallo-Rowell VM, Kabara J. Novel antibacterial activity of monolaurin compared with conventional antibiotics against organisms from skin infections: an in vitro study. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology . 2007 Oct;6(10):991-8

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