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Fight Candida, Thrush, and Other Yeast Overgrowths with Monolaurin

Last Updated: January 4, 2019 | First Published: June 25, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Ahmed Zayed, M.D.

Yeast infections, or Candida overgrowth, can affect 75% of women during their lifetime

Yeast infections, or Candida overgrowth, can affect 75% of women during their lifetime

Yeast infections, or candida overgrowth, are becoming increasingly common in women, affecting up to 75% (Ref #1) of women at some point in their lifetime. A yeast infection, also known as candidiasis, is an opportunistic human fungal infection that occurs either in the mouth and throat as thrush, the genitourinary tract as vaginal candidiasis, and the skin as cutaneous candidiasis. The fungal infection produces its symptoms by the formation of biofilms and the attacking of the immune system.

Current treatment for yeast infections include antifungal agents; however, there is a rise in antifungal resistance because of its widespread use. Furthermore, an infection is increasingly difficult to treat without the risk of chronic reinfection. Since fungal infections are becoming even more common, and there is a growing antifungal resistance, there is a need for a search in new and effective treatments (Ref #2). There is an excellent interest in the investigation of natural compounds as antifungal medications because they can be found easily in food and plant sources (Ref #3). Monolaurin is a natural compound that has been found to have antifungal activity against candida, including candida albicans.

Fighting Candidiasis With Monolaurin

Candida Albicans, the fungus causing thrush and yeast infections, is opportunistic and its targets are those who have weak immune systems. In these immunocompromised individuals, the fungus creates biofilms, a closely packed community of cells that when mature, are characterized by dense communities of yeasts.

Monolaurin, the biologically active form of lauric acid, is a medium-chain fatty acid found in coconut oil that is capable of destroying fungi, bacteria, and viruses. One study proved the use of lauric acid to be highly effective in the treatment of candida albicans (Ref #4). To fight fungal infections as well as bacterial and viral infections, monolaurin disrupts the protective fat coating (Ref #5) of these organisms so that they cannot attach and enter the host cell.

A number of studies have delved into the role of monolaurin as an alternative natural compound to treat candidiasis and combat antifungal resistance. The studies have found that monolaurin can support in the following:

Monolaurin might halt biofilms and reduce inflamation

  • A study (Ref #6) found that treatment of candida biofilms with monolaurin significantly reduced yeast concentration. In addition to this, monolaurin was able to cause anti-inflammatory responses which indicate that the infection was stopped dead in its track towards

Monolaurin may be effective at killing candida at even small doses

  • Another study (Ref #7) found that small doses of monolaurin were already effective in the killing of candida versus the use of capric acid which required a higher dose to kill candida.

Monolaurin may kill Candida albicans

  • Yet another study (Ref #5) found that monolaurin was most effective against Candida albicans, a species of candida, followed by Staphylococcus.

From this, we can see that monolaurin is an efficient and strong antifungal treatment that stops the production of symptoms of candidiasis.

Conclusion

 As antifungal resistance becomes increasingly widespread, and the growing difficulty of effectively treating fungal infections, monolaurin, a completely natural compound, is a welcome addition to the arsenal of antifungal treatments. It has been proven to be effective in the killing of candida itself and stopping symptoms from appearing with the use of minimal doses.

 

References

  1. M. C. Stoppler. Yeast Infection (in Women and Men). MedicineNet. https://www.medicinenet.com/yeast_infection_in_women_and_men/article.htm

  2. P. Vandeputte, S. Ferrari, & A. T. Coste. Antifungal Resistance and New Strategies to Control Fungal Infections. International Journal of Microbiology. December 2011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3236459/

  3. C. V. Martins, D. L. Silva, A. T. Neres, T. F. Magalhaes, G. A. Watanabe, L. V. Modolo, M. A. Resende. Curcumin as a promising antifungal of clinical interest. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 26 November 2008. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/562e/46ba09678fdc5103b9c163d6f5386f501651.pdf

  4. G. Bergsson, J. Arnfinsson, O. Steingrimsson, & H. Thormar. In vitro killing of Candida albicans by fatty acids and monoglycerides. Journal of Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy. November 2001. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11600381

  5. V. O. Ezigbo, E. A. Mbaegbu. Extraction of Lauric Acid from Coconut Oil, Its Applications and Health Implications On Some Microorganisms. African Journal of Education, Science and Technology. April 2016. http://www.coou.edu.ng/journals/ajest/vol_3_iss_2/extraction_of_lauric_acis_from_coconut_oil.pdf

  6. D. Saleem, E. Chen, B. Benso, V. Pardi, & R. M. Murata. In vitro evaluation of antifungal activity of monolaurin against Candida albicans biofilms. PeerJ. 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4924139/pdf/peerj-04-2148.pdf

  7. G. Bergsson, J. Arnfinnsson, O. Steingrimsson, & H. Thormar. In Vitro Killing of Candida albicans by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2001. http://aac.asm.org/content/45/11/3209.full

Natural Support for Candida and Yeast Infections

Last Updated: December 2, 2018 | First Published: October 8, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Razak Nohri, Pharm.D, M.Phil, MBA

Yeast infections can impact 75% of US women. Can Monolaurin help?

Yeast infections can impact 75% of US women. Can Monolaurin help?

Fungus and Yeast - It's all around us

The human body and environment are surrounded by different microbial agents including fungi and yeast. This relationship is natural and safe, but complications may arise when the balance is disrupted. Candida is a genus of yeasts and is the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide [4]. In fact, 75% of U.S. women experience a Candida infection during their reproductive years. Between 40% to 50% of these women have recurrent episodes, and 5% to 8% experience chronic candida infections. [5]

Candida albicans and Yeast infections - trying a Natural Cure approach:

Candida albicans is the strain most commonly associated with urinary tract and yeast infections in women. Candida albicans and other Candida species can also affect the intestines following use of antibiotics or chemotherapy.

Many traditional treatments rush to apply topical creams to treat the infection, but this can lead to drug resistance and iterating side effects. An alternative and natural approach to treating fungal and yeast infections including Candida, uses Monolaurin - a medium chain fatty acid found naturally in coconut. Monolaurin is an effective, safe, and natural anti-microbial agent with lots of laboratory research behind it

  1. Monolaurin is effective at killing Candida albicans and other "bad" microbial infections [1, 3]

  2. Monolaurin is targeted, and does not kill "good" (beneficial) bacteria naturally found in your gut [2, 3]

  3. Monolaurin does not contribute to drug resistance [7]

  4. Monolaurin can be taken as a long-term therapy, protecting your body from a range of fungal, viral, and bacterial infections [6]

According to one research study, Monolaurin is just as effective as natamycin (a powerful antifungal drug) in killing Candida albicans. In laboratory tests against Candida albicans , Monolaurin killed over 90% yeast cells rapidly within 15 min and caused a complete loss of viability in 120 min [1].

Unlike wide-spectrum antibiotics which indiscriminately destroy good (beneficial) microbes along with the bad (harmful), Monolaurin has been shown to target and inhibit Candida albicans yeast while supporting and promoting healthy bacteria [2, 3]. In addition to better targeting of an invasive overgrowth, monolaurin does not contribute to microbial resistance as some antibiotics have shown [7].

A fungal overgrowth may be an indication that you are more susceptible to other viruses and infections which are dormant in your body. Monolaurin also possesses a wide range of anti fungal, anti viral, and anti bacterial properties which may help protect you from an increased risk of infection.

Natural Cure Labs Monolaurin treatment

If you are looking to treat a fungal or yeast infection without harsh or expensive drugs or lotions, monolaurin may be a great natural alternative.

A recommended Monolaurin dosage for treating existing or new infections is 1-2 capsules 2-3 times daily.  For those who have recently overcome an infection and want to maintain good health and avoid reinfection, 1-2 capsules 1-2 times daily can be effective.

# Capsules* x Per day Duration
New or Existing Yeast Infection 2-3 capsules 2-3 times per day 6 weeks or until gone
Maintain health & avoid reinfection 1-2 capsules 1-2 times per day Ongoing
*Capsules based on 600mg / capsule

For more detailed information on monolaurin dosing, 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. Zhang H, Xu Y, Wu L, Zheng X, Zhu S, Feng F, Shen L. Anti-yeast activity of a food-grade dilution-stable microemulsion. Applied Microbiology andBiotechnology. 2010 July;87(3):1101-8

  2. Huang CB, Alimova Y, Myers TM, Ebersole JL. Short- and medium-chain fatty acids exhibit antimicrobial activity for oral microorganisms. Archives of Oral Biology. 2011 July; 56(7):650-4

  3. Bergsson G, Arnfinnsson J, Steingrímsson O, and Thormar H. In Vitro Killing of Candida albicans by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2001 November; 45(11): 3209–3212

  4. Manolakaki, D., Velmahos, G., Kourkoumpetis, T., Chang, Y., Alam, H. B., De Moya, M. M., & Mylonakis, E. Candida infection and colonization among trauma patients. Virulence, 2010 1(5), 367-375.

  5. Wilson C. Recurrent vulvovaginitis candidiasis; an overview of traditional and alternative therapies. Advance for Nurse Practitioners. 2005 May; 13(5):24-9

  6. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative & Complimentary Therapies, December 2006.

  7. 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 . 2007 Oct;6(10):991-8

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