Using Monolaurin During the Worst Flu Season
Last Updated: February 1, 2019 | First Published: January 17, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Viatcheslav Wlassoff, Ph.D.
The 2017 - 2018 Flu Season is set to be one of the worst on record. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) announced that for the first time since the agency has been monitoring the spread of flu, US widespread flu activity has become an "epidemic" (Ref #1).
Unfortunately for those who received a flu shot this season, the 2017-2018 vaccine seems to be a relatively poor match, with an estimated 30% efficacy against the H3 strain of the virus.
To support their immune system this flu season, many people have turned to Monolaurin. Monolaurin is a natural supplement found in coconut oil, and has been shown in various studies to be effective in supporting immune response in the presence of viruses, including flu virus (Ref #2, 3).
Here are some considerations and research on how Monolaurin may be used to fight the flu this season:
Monolaurin to stimulate the immune system before exposure
Monolaurin has been studied in some reports for its ability to support the immune system even before exposure to pathogens (Ref #4). A strong immune system may help you avoid time off work and days spent in bed.
Monolaurin to support immune response if you’re sick
Monolaurin has been included in studies which suggests its ability to inactivate enveloped viruses in the lab, which include influenza (Ref #5). Monolaurin's immune-regulating properties have been the subject of many studies, and may be a natural alternative to some drowsy cold medicines.
Avoiding strain dependence - H3 and H3N2
Unlike flu shots which are manufactured to be particularly effective against one or two flu strains, monolaurin is not strain-dependent (Ref #3). Whatever strain of flu may be circulating in a particular flu season, a strong immune system supported by monolaurin is the best defense.
Washing hands frequently, staying at home, and getting the flu vaccine are still the best ways to avoid getting sick.
If you do find yourself faced with the flu, consider Monolaurin to help support your immune system this season.
As with any dietary supplement, it is best taken with the help and under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
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