Last Updated: December 18, 2018 | First Published: January 31, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Razak Nohri, Pharm.D, M.Phil, MBA
Monolaurin and HPV - Monolaurin has been widely researched for its benefits and treatment of viruses such as herpes, influenza (flu), EBV, cold sores, etc, but can it treat HPV? Today we cover some of the basics of Monolaurin and HPV and discuss the treatment, dosing, benefits, and possible side effects.
What is Monolaurin?
Monolaurin is a natural anti-viral supplement (medium chain fatty acid - MCFA) derived from coconut oil. It has been widely researched for its powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties in vitro and in vivo. The majority of the research and clinical application seems to focus on the treatment of Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1 or cold sores) and Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV -2 or genital herpes), but monolaurin may benefit the treatment of HPV (Human papillomavirus).
Monolaurin and HPV
Monolaurin destroys viruses by attacking the protective lipid sheath of a virus' DNA & RNA, effectively disintegrating the virus. Some research suggests that monolaurin further prevents the replication of viruses by binding to this lipid coat and making replication and infection impossible. [Ref # 1, 2, 3] When it comes to HPV, Monolaurin has been shown to be effective, in vitro, against HPV [Ref #4]. Further research suggest that coconut products like monolaurin may be helpful in preventing certain types of cancers - including those caused by HPV - due to the natural effects of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) [Ref# 5]
The benefits of Monolaurin are far reaching. Monolaurin is natural, non-toxic, and listed on the FDA's "Generally Regarded as Safe" (GRAS) list. Monolaurin can be used to treat a wide range of viruses, bacterial, and microbial infections without contributing to antibiotic resistance [Ref #6]. In some cases, Monolaurin can even be used to prevent an infection in the first place [Ref #7]. New applications for the supplement are being explored and considered almost daily. An updated list of research can be found on the Research Page.
Monolaurin can be taken at different dosages and intervals depending on the individual and the infection being addressed. The "low and slow" application is generally accepted - beginning with a low dosage (one capsule once per day, for example) will help introduce the individual to the supplement and avoid the herxheimer reaction (a rapid die-off of virus which creates ironic flu-like symptoms). A gradual build up to two capsules with each meal (three times daily) is generally tolerated for most individuals. Larger or smaller doses can be used depending on the severity of symptoms and the individual's tolerance. See additional detailed dosing information in the Dosing Guide .
Monolaurin Side Effects
Given its natural properties, Monolaurin rarely causes side effects. Monolaurin has no documented "upper limit", but if taken too quickly at high doses may cause a rapid viral or bacterial die-off commonly known as the herxheimer reaction. The result is an abundance of dead virus or bacteria by-products in the body which may inadvertently cause an immune response similar to the flu. Monolaurin has a naturally soapy taste if the capsule is opened or chewed, and some may experience stomach upset if large doses are taken on an empty stomach. The majority of negative side effects are actually from synthetic fillers or excipients added by manufacturers such as magnesium stearate (slows absorption), glycerol (can upset the stomach), or silica (may cause cell inflammation). Natural Cure Labs Premium Monolaurin contains no synthetic fillers, surfactants, or excipients.
Monolaurin is a powerful supplement, and if used correctly and in conjunction with other supplements or lifestyle changes may contribute to fighting infections like HPV.
If this is your first time taking Monolaurin, be sure to note some of the important considerations when selecting your first Monolaurin product in the Buying Guide.
As with any new dietary supplement, Monolaurin should be taken under the supervision and guidance of a healthcare professional.
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