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Monolaurin & HPV (Human Papillomavirus) - Benefits, Dosage, Side Effects

Last Updated: December 18, 2018 | First Published: January 31, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Razak Nohri, Pharm.D, M.Phil, MBA

HPV impacts more than 79 million Americans. Could Monolaurin help with this common infection?

HPV impacts more than 79 million Americans. Could Monolaurin help with this common infection?

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]

Monolaurin Benefits

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 Dosage

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.

  

References

  1. Thormar, H.; Isaacs, C. E.; Brown, H. R.; Barshatzky, M. R.; Pessolano, T. (1987-01-01). "Inactivation of enveloped viruses and killing of cells by fatty acids and monoglycerides". Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 31(1): 27–31.

  2. Arora, Rajesh; Chawla, R.; Marwah, Rohit; Arora, P.; Sharma, R. K.; Kaushik, Vinod; Goel, R.; Kaur, A.; Silambarasan, M. (2011-01-01). "Potential of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Preventive Management of Novel H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Pandemic: Thwarting Potential Disasters in the Bud". Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2011: 1–16

  3. Isaacs, C. E.; Kim, K. S.; Thormar, H. (1994-06-06). "Inactivation of enveloped viruses in human bodily fluids by purified lipids". Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 724: 457–464.

  4. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A review of monolaurin and lauric acid: natural virucidal and bactericidal agents. Alternative & Complementary Therapies 2006;12(6):310-314.

  5. Fife, B. "Coconut Cures: Preventing and Treating Common Health Problems with Coconut". Piccadilly Books, Ltd. October 27, 2011

  6. Carpo, Beatriz G.; Verallo-Rowell, Vermén M.; Kabara, Jon (2007-10-01). "Novel antibacterial activity of monolaurin compared with conventional antibiotics against organisms from skin infections: an in vitro study". Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD. 6 (10): 991–998

  7. 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.

Beat HPV & Genital Warts naturally with Monolaurin

Last Updated: December 4, 2018 | First Published: January 15, 2016
Reviewed by: Dr. Viatcheslav Wlassoff, Ph.D.

The key to beating HPV is a strong immune system - can Monolaurin help?

The key to beating HPV is a strong immune system - can Monolaurin help?

The best treatment for fighting an HPV infection (which can cause genital warts) is a strong immune system. There are many ways to boost your immune system, including a healthy diet, plenty of rest, and nutritional supplements.

One way to support your immune system is through a daily dose of Monolaurin - a natural supplement made from coconut oil. Monolaurin has been shown to flight many STDs / STIs including Herpes, Chlamydia, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), among others. [please see references 1-9 below]

Monolaurin has powerful antiviral properties which breaks down and destroys the lipid layer of enveloped viruses where many pharmaceuticals fail.

If you are looking to boost your immune system in response to an HPV infection, a daily supplement of Monolaurin may give your body the support it needs to fight and push the virus into dormancy.

Natural Cure Labs makes the most pure and premium monolaurin supplements on the market and is laboratory tested. A recommended dose for fighting HPV is two capsules 2-3 times daily (at meal time).

As any natural treatment, it is safest and most effective when done under the supervision of a health care professional .


References:

  1. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative & Complimentary Therapies, December 2006. 12(6): 310-314.

  2. Bergsson G, Arnfinnsson H, Karlsson SM, Steingrímsson O, Thormar H. In Vitro Inactivation of Chlamydia trachomatis by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides. American Society for Microbiology 9 February 1998

  3. Isaacs CE, Kim KS, Thormar H. Inactivation of enveloped viruses in human bodily fluids by purified lipids. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1994 Jun 6;724:457-64.

  4. Sands J, Auperin D, Snipes W. Extreme sensitivity of enveloped viruses, including Herpes Simplex, to long chain unsaturated monoglycerides and alcohols. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 15; 1:67-73, 1979.

  5. Thormar H, Isaacs CE, Brown HR, Barshatzky MR, Pessolano T. Inactivation of enveloped viruses and killing of cells by fatty acids and monoglycerides. AntimicrobialAgents and Chemotherapy. 1987 Jan;31(1):27-31.

  6. "Arora R, Chawla R, Marwah R, Arora P, Sharma RK, Kaushik V, Goel R, Kaur A, Silambarasan M, Tripathi RP, Bharwaj JR. Potential of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Preventive Management of NovelH1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) Pandemic: Thwarting Potential Disasters in the Bud. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 586506, 16 pages

  7. Isaacs CE, Thormar H. Membrane-disruptive effect of human milk: inactivation of enveloped viruses. Journal of Infectious Diseases 1986; 154:966-971

  8. Thormar H, Isaacs CE, Kim KS, Brown HR. Inactivation of visna virus and other enveloped viruses by free fatty acids and monoglycerides. Annals of the New York Academy of Science. 1994 June 6, 724:465–471.

  9. Hierholzer, J.C. and Kabara, J.J. In Vitro Effects of Monolaurin Compounds on Enveloped RNA and DNA Viruses. Journal of Food Safety 4:1-12 (1982)

HPV and Genital Warts: your options and treatment with Monolaurin

Last Updated: December 1, 2018 | First Published: August 1, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Felix Boakye-Agyeman, M.D., Ph.D

HPV is the most common STI in the United States. Could natural antiviral supplements help?

HPV is the most common STI in the United States. Could natural antiviral supplements help?

You're not alone: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States that affects both men and women [1]. There are more than 100 types of the HPV virus, 40 of which can effect the genital areas of males and females. Most infections go away with adequate immune response, and your body may not show symptoms even though the virus is still present. However, when your body is unable to combat the virus, it may lead to genital warts or eventually cancer [1].

Traditional treatment options: For physical (genital) warts there are some prescription topical creams such as Imiquimod, Podofilox, or trichloroacetic acid, but these treatments can be extremely expensive ($400 per treatment ) and very painful. The most common side effects of these treatments include burning, pain, itching, redness, and swelling [2].

Home Remedies: Some home remedies include long cycles of uncomfortable and awkward apple cider vinegar (ACV) treatments, oil (tea tree, castor), or extracts to be applied for many hours over many days. These remedies have not been studied and may contribute to the spread of the infection.

Eliminate the virus through immune system boosting: Many HPV infections go away completely unnoticed. For persistent symptoms, a strong immune system is the best way to combat the disease. You can strengthen your immune system through rest, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and supplementing your diet with vitamins especially B, C, D, folic acid and Monolaurin.

Monolaurin Treatment: Monolaurin, derived naturally from coconuts, contains Lauric Acid which has well-documented antiviral properties. These anti-viral attributes may play an integral role in immune support and combating infections like HPV and genital warts [3]. Monolaurin can be safely taken in a range of doses depending on the severity of condition and personal tolerance.  Natural Cure Labs Monolaurin is the only monolaurin capsule made for treating infections which is both 100% vegetarian and contains no fillers or additives which may disrupt absorption.

Your prescription to beating HPV and Genital Warts:

  1. Take a daily multivitamin supplement (like Immune Support)

  2. Increase your intake of key immune-boosting vitamins:

    • Vitamin C - up to 1,000 mg

    • Vitamin B12 - 1,000 mcg

    • Vitamin D - 1,000 IU

    • Folic Acid - 400 mcg

  3. Try antioxidants such as garlic or green tea

    • Garlic - 4,000mg

    • Green Tea - 500mg

  4. Take an Antiviral supplement: like Monolaurin

    • Monolaurin 600mg 3-9 times daily

Always consult a health care professional before undertaking any supplement regimen. 

References:

  1. Genital HPV Infection - Fact Sheet. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed October 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm

  2. HPV Infection, Mayo Clinic, accessed October 2015http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hpv-infection/basics/treatment/con-20030343

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

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