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Using Monolaurin to protect your family during the worst flu season on record

Last Updated: December 18, 2018 | First Published: January 17, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Viatcheslav Wlassoff, Ph.D.

The 2017 - 2018 Flu Season is the worst on record. Can Monolaurin help?

The 2017 - 2018 Flu Season is the worst on record. Can Monolaurin help?

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" (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 antiviral supplement found in coconut oil, and has been shown in various studies to be effective against viruses, including flu virus (2, 3).

Here are some considerations and research on how Monolaurin may be used to fight the flu this season:

  1. Using Monolaurin to prevent getting the flu

    1. Monolaurin has been shown to be effective in preventing infections before they start when taken as a preventative treatment (4). Just 2-4 capsules of monolaurin can help avoid the flu, time off work, and days spent in bed.

  2. Using Monolaurin to fight the flu if you get sick

    1. Monolaurin has been shown to kill enveloped viruses including influenza (5). Monolaurin's powerful antiviral properties have been well documented, and this cold and flu season you can put aside the drowsy cold medicines in favor of Monolaurin. At the onset of symptoms, taking 4-6 capsules of Monolaurin a day can help prevent the flu from spreading and being an issue at all.

  3. Using Monolaurin to combat all flu strains, including H3 and H3N2

    1. Unlike flu shots which are manufactured to be particularly effective against one or two flu strains, Monolaurin can inactivate all enveloped viruses (3). Whatever strain of flu you may pick up, Monolaurin may be able to help.

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 this season.

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




  2. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid - Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative & Complimentary Therapies. 2006 December. Georgetown University Medical Center

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

  4. 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.

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



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