Digestive System and Healthy Gut Support

Last Updated: April 18, 2019 | First Published: November 6, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Felix Boakye-Agyeman, M.D., Ph.D

Monolaurin could help the gut

Monolaurin & Digestive Health

Intro to H. Pylori

Suffering from indigestion? Heart burn? Diarrhea?  Dull pains in the abdomen? Loss of appetite or lethargy? These symptoms can be the result from a number of ailments, but one which often goes undiagnosed is H. Pylori.

H. Pylori (Helicobacter Pylori) is bacteria which infects the stomach and gut and can cause complications like Gastritis or even Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Diagnosing H. Pylori may take time - they are usually misdiagnosed, and treatment can include expensive and harsh drugs which include proton pump inhibitors (eg. Protonics, Prevacid and Nexium), histamine (H-2) blockers (eg. Zantac) and Pepto-Bismol.

A natural alternative to supporting digestive health may include Monolaurin. Monolaurin, derived from coconut, is a natural dietary supplement supplement with some interesting laboratory studies. In vitro, monolaurin has been shown to inactivate bacteria including H. Pylori without harming desirable gut bacteria or causing bacterial drug resistance.

Research for Monolaurin and H. Pylori:

Monolaurin benefits from some published academic studies which include the bacteria H. Pylori.

  1. Monolaurin possesses inhibitory functions regardless of stomach pH

    • Research demonstrates that monolaurin can inactivate H. Pylori regardless of stomach pH [Ref #1]. Additional studies show that monolaurin eliminates over 99.99% of gram-negative bacteria including H. Pylori, and can be accomplished safely with minimal side effects [Ref #2].

  2. Monolaurin does not harm desirable gut bacteria

    • A healthy gut contains a significant amount of beneficial bacteria which aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients. Many people take probiotics to help restore healthy levels of gut flora after damaging effects of antibiotics, laxatives, or poor diet. Monolaurin does not appear to have an adverse effect on this desirable gut bacteria and should only impact potentially harmful microorganisms. One study reported no inactivation of the common (healthy) Escherichia coli (E. coli) or Salmonella enteritidis by monolaurin, but major inactivation of Hemophilus influenza, Staphylococcus epidermis, and Group B gram-positive streptococcus. [Ref #3]

  3. Monolaurin does not cause bacterial resistance

    • Unlike pharmaceuticals or antibiotics, Monolaurin is natural and does not cause bacteria such as H. Pylori to become resistant to treatment. This is extremely important if you suffer from chronic infections or require long term treatment. Monolaurin is shown to impact antibiotic-resistant or difficult to treat bacterial infections of H. Pylori [Refs #4, 5].

Monolaurin and Gut Health

If you are looking to boost your digestive support in the presence of H. Pylori without harsh or expensive drugs, monolaurin may be a natural alternative.

A common Monolaurin dosage for regulating digestive health is 1-2 600mg capsules 2-3 times daily.  For those who have recently overcome an infection and want to maintain good digestive health, 1-2 capsules 1-2 times daily has been shown popular.

# Capsules* x Per day Duration
New Digestion Complications 2-3 capsules 2-3 times per day 6 weeks or until gone
Maintain Digestive Health 1-2 capsules 1-2 times per day Ongoing
*Based on 600mg Capsules

For more detailed guidance on dosage, 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. Bergsson G, Steingrı́msson O, Thormar H. Bactericidal effects of fatty acids and monoglycerides on Helicobacter pylori. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. Volume 20, Issue 4, October 2002, Pages 258–262

  2. Sun CQ, O’Connor CJ, Roberton AM. Antibacterial actions of fatty acids and monoglycerides against Helicobacter pylori. FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology 36 (2003) p 9-17

  3. Isaacs CE, Thormar H. The role of milk-derived antimicrobial lipids as antiviral and antibacterial agents. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 1991; 310:159-65

  4. Preuss HG, Echard B, Enig M, Brook I, Elliott TB. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of herbal essential oils and monolaurin for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 2005 Apr;272(1-2):29-34.

  5. Petschow BW, Batema RP, Ford LL. Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to bactericidal properties of medium-chain monoglycerides and free fatty acids. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. February 1996 vol. 40 no. 2 302-306