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Monolaurin and Digestive Health - How to Help and Repair a Leaky Gut

Last Updated: January 4, 2019 | First Published: July 6, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Ahmed Zayed, M.D.

Leaky gut can lead to other health problems - can Monolaurin help repair a leaky gut?

Leaky gut can lead to other health problems - can Monolaurin help repair a leaky gut?

Digestive health is central to overall health because the digestive system is where nutrients from food are absorbed and then transported throughout the body for use in various processes. The digestive system is also on the frontlines of fighting disease by being home to a gut microbiome, a community of disease-fighting and health-maintaining microorganisms like bacteria. So, a healthy gut is a healthier you; however, as digestive health is compromised, so is your body.

Leaky gut contributes to this compromised health state, as it takes in toxic waste products and unabsorbed food particles along with desired nutrition. In turn, these waste products are transported throughout the body thus reducing overall health. This is where monolaurin comes into play: Monolaurin may help improve our intestinal ecosystem, our gut microbiome, and in turn our overall health.

Repairing a Leaky Gut with Monolaurin

In a leaky gut, the barrier inside the bowel that was once effective in the absorption of nutrients malfunctions and allows the entry of large molecules and germs producing a wide spectrum of symptoms. Leaky gut is associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, autism, lupus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, migraines and even food allergies (Ref #1). In this situation, the gut microbiome is compromised. Monolaurin then becomes a key player in this sense.

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. The bacteria that pass through the intestinal barrier also can be destroyed by monolaurin.  By virtue of being a medium-chain fatty acid, monolaurin has antimicrobial effects as well as a positive effect on the immune system. Studies have investigated the effect of medium-chain fatty acids on the gut microbiome and found that these kinds of fatty acids had a protective effect on intestinal structure (Ref #2).

To discuss further, monolaurin as a medium-chain fatty acid has been found to have roles in the gut and metabolic health in the following ways:

1. Supporting gut microbiome and fighting obesity: 

A study (Ref #3) has found that consumption of medium-chain fatty acids such as monolaurin from coconut oil helped in remodeling the gut microbiome by altering the distribution of good bacteria where they were needed the most. In addition to this, taking monolaurin was also shown to have anti-obesity properties.

2. Aiding nutrition absorption:

Since medium-chain fatty acids are more likely to be absorbed by the gut compared to long-chain fatty acids, a study (Ref #4) found that taking medium-chain fatty acids lead to an improvement in fat malabsorption in patients diagnosed with HIV, indicating an increase in their nutrition states.

3. Help fight malnutrition:

Another study (Ref #5) found that in patients with short bowel syndrome, medium-chain fatty acids provided calories even with minimal prior digestion.


Digestive and gut health is essential to holistic health, and monolaurin can aid in restoring digestive health by promoting a healthy intestinal flora, increasing the ability to absorb fat, and providing calories. Monolaurin can help you get more positive results from food as well as kill the harmful bacteria that get into the system because of a leaky bowel.



  1. “Leaky gut syndrome”. NHS Choices.

  2. N. Dierick, J. Decuypere, & I. Degeyter. The Combined Use Of Wholecupheaseeds Containing Medium Chain Fatty Acids And An Exogenous Lipase In Piglet Nutrition. Archives of Animal Nutrition. February 2003.

  3. S. Rial, A. Karelis, K. Bergeron, & C. Mounier. Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals. Nutrients. 2016.

  4. C. A. Wanke, D. Pleskow, P. C. Degirolami, B. B. Lambl, K. Merkel, & S. Akrabawi. A medium chain triglyceride-based diet in patients with HIV and chronic diarrhea reduces diarrhea and malabsorption: A prospective, controlled trial. Nutrition. 1996.

  5. N. Shah, & B. Limketkai. The Use of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Gastrointestinal Disorders. Nutrition Issues in Gastroenterology. February 2017.

Support your Digestive System and Promote a Healthy Gut with Monolaurin

Last Updated: December 3, 2018 | First Published: November 6, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Felix Boakye-Agyeman, M.D., Ph.D

Could Monolaurin help relieve gastric issued causes by H. Pylori?

Could Monolaurin help relieve gastric issued causes by H. Pylori?

Suffering from indigestion? Heart burn? Diarrhea?  Dull pains in the abdomen? Loss of appetite or lethargy? These symptoms can be the result from a number of ailments, but one which often goes undiagnosed is H. Pylori.

H. Pylori (Helicobacter Pylori) is bacteria which infects the stomach and gut and can cause complications like Gastritis or even Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).

Diagnosing H. Pylori may take time - they are usually misdiagnosed, and treatment can include expensive and harsh drugs which include proton pump inhibitors (eg. Protonics, Prevacid and Nexium), histamine (H-2) blockers (eg. Zantac) and Pepto-Bismol.

A natural and healthy alternative for treating H. Pylori may include a daily therapy of Monolaurin. Monolaurin, derived from coconut, is a natural antimicrobial supplement and is shown to kill bacteria including H. Pylori without harming desirable gut bacteria or causing bacteria drug resistance.

Benefits of Monolaurin for treating H. Pylori:

Monolaurin is a natural and superior treatment for H. Pylori overgrowth for three main reasons:

  1. Monolaurin is highly effective in killing H. Pylori with minimal side effects

    • Research may demonstrate that monolaurin is highly effective in quickly killing and eliminating H. Pylori regardless of stomach pH [1]. Some studies show that monolaurin kills over 99.99% of gram negative bacteria including H. Pylori, and is accomplished safely with minimal side effects [2].

  2. Monolaurin does not harm desirable gut bacteria

    • A healthy gut contains a significant amount of beneficial bacteria which aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients. Many people take probiotics to help restore healthy levels of gut flora after damaging effects of antibiotics, laxatives, or poor diet. Monolaurin does not appear to have an adverse effect on this desirable gut bacteria and targets only potentially harmful microorganisms. One study reported no inactivation of the common (healthy) Escherichia coli (E. coli) or Salmonella enteritidis by monolaurin, but major inactivation of Hemophilus influenza, Staphylococcus epidermis, and Group B gram positive streptococcus. [3]

  3. Monolaurin does not cause bacterial resistance

    • Unlike pharmaceuticals / antibiotics, Monolaurin is natural and does not cause bacteria such as H. Pylori to become resistant to treatment. This is extremely important if you suffer from chronic infections or require long term treatment. Monolaurin is shown to be highly effective even against resistant or difficult to treat bacterial infections of H. Pylori [4, 5].

Natural Cure Labs Monolaurin treatment

If you are looking to treat H. Pylori without harsh or expensive drugs, 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 digestive health, 1-2 capsules 1-2 times daily can be effective. 

# Caps* x Per Day Duration
New or Existing H. Pylori infection 2-3 capsules 2-3 times per day 6 weeks or until gone
Maintain a Healthy Gut 1-2 capsules 1-3 times per day Ongoing
*Capsules based on 600mg / capsule

For more detailed guidance on dosage, 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 .


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  2. Sun CQ, O’Connor CJ, Roberton AM. Antibacterial actions of fatty acids and monoglycerides against Helicobacter pylori. FEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology 36 (2003) p 9-17

  3. Isaacs CE, Thormar H. The role of milk-derived antimicrobial lipids as antiviral and antibacterial agents. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. 1991; 310:159-65

  4. Preuss HG, Echard B, Enig M, Brook I, Elliott TB. Minimum inhibitory concentrations of herbal essential oils and monolaurin for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 2005 Apr;272(1-2):29-34.

  5. Petschow BW, Batema RP, Ford LL. Susceptibility of Helicobacter pylori to bactericidal properties of medium-chain monoglycerides and free fatty acids. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. February 1996 vol. 40 no. 2 302-306


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