Using Monolaurin this Cold and Flu Season

Last Updated: February 4, 2019 | First Published: December 25, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Felix Boakye-Agyeman, M.D., Ph.D

Monolaurin and Flu Influenza

Monolaurin & Flu

Another year, another flu season. While the best protection you can offer yourself is an annual flu shot and constant hand washing, you can't always predict which strain you'll come across or eliminate all germs from your daily routine.

Do not rush to expensive and largely ineffective antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu®, Relenza® or drug resistant alternatives such as Amantadine and Rimantadine. These drugs, if effective, only slightly lessen the duration (typically by one day) or severity of the infection.

A potential natural and safe alternative is Monolaurin - a dietary supplement derived from coconuts.

Monolaurin has well-documented immune-boosting properties, including some specific studies regarding influenza [Ref #1, 6]. Monolaurin can help support and maintain a healthy immune system during flu season. Monolaurin can be taken at the onset of symptoms, but also as before symptoms occur when your colleagues, friends, or family members are ill.

Monolaurin can be a powerful ally during this cold and flu season for three amazing reasons:

  1. Monolaurin can be taken before exposure

    • If your friends, colleagues, or family are coming down with a cold or flu, don't be a victim. Monolaurin has been shown in laboratory studies to help regulate immune response before an infection occurs [Ref #2]. Just 2-4 capsules of monolaurin could give your immune system the support it needs to help you avoid time off work, and miserable days in bed.

  2. Monolaurin promotes a healthy immune response

    • Monolaurin has been shown in some laboratory research the ability to inactivate encapsulated viruses [Ref #3]. Monolaurin's powerful immune-regulating properties have been well documented, and this cold and flu season you can trade drowsy cold medicines in favor of Monolaurin. At the onset of symptoms, taking 4-6 capsules of Monolaurin a day can help give your immune system the support it needs.

  3. Monolaurin is not strain-dependent and does not contribute to drug resistance

    • Unlike flu shots and antiviral drugs which are effective for only one strain of influenza (Influenza Type A, Influenza Type B, etc.), Monolaurin can be taken to support immune response for any strain. Perhaps more importantly, Monolaurin has been shown to be effective against drug resistant bacteria and does not further contribute to drug resistance [Ref #4,5].

This cold and flu season, protect yourself from feeling miserable and promote your health.

Natural Cure Labs premium monolaurin may give your immune support it needs to get through the season.

A simple Monolaurin dosage guide for using Monolaurin this flu season:

# Capsules* x Per day Duration
Before Symptoms are Present 1-2 capsules 1-3 times per day During the flu season
Onset of flu-like symptoms 2-3 capsules 1-3 times per day From start of symptoms until better
*Based on 600mg Capsules

For additional guidance, see the Monolaurin Dosing page. 

If this is your first time buying Monolaurin, be sure to review some of the important considerations in the Monolaurin Buying Guide. 

As with any illness treatment, it is best done with the help and under the supervision of a healthcare professional.


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  2. Fahmy ZH, Aly E, Shalsh I, Mohamed AH. The effect of medium chain saturated fatty acid (monolaurin) on levels of the cytokines on experimental animal in Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia infection. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. January 2014.

  3. Kabara JJ. The Pharmacological Effect of Lipids. Champaign, Ill, USA: American Oil Chemist’s Society; 1978. Page 92

  4. 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 : JDD [2007, 6(10):991-998]

  5. Ruzin A, Novick RP. Glycerol monolaurate inhibits induction of vancomycin resistance in Enterococcus faecalis. Journal of Bacteriology. 1998 Jan; 180(1):182-5

  6. Silver RK et al. Factors in human milk interfering with influenza-virus activities. Science 123:932-933, 1956