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Monolaurin and Herpes – The Definitive Guide

Last Updated: February 19, 2019 | First Published: September 2, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Rosmy Barrios, M.D.

Introduction to Herpes

Herpes is a common and global virus. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 67% of the world’s population has HSV-1 (oral herpes which can cause cold sores) and 11% of the population has HSV-2 (genital herpes) [Ref #] It is possible to have a Herpes Simplex infection and not have any symptoms. Herpes is a lifelong disease and can be spread even when symptoms are not present. Antiviral medications like acyclovir can help relieve the frequency and intensity of symptoms, but there is no “cure”.


Types of Herpes

Herpesviridae is a family of DNA viruses, which include many types and strains but the most common include HSV-1, HSV-2, and Herpes Zoster.

Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV 1) – Oral Herpes

Herpes Simplex 1, or HSV-1, is most commonly known as “oral herpes”. HSV-1 can cause cold sores or fever blisters around the lips and mouth, but can also affect others parts of the body including the genital area. Johns Hopkins Medicine estimates that up to 80% of individuals in the United States has HSV-1, making it one of the most common infections. [Ref #2]

More Information: Explore additional details about Monolaurin and its potential impact on cold sores on the Insights blog.

Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV 2) – Genital Herpes

Herpes Simplex 2, or HSV-2, causes genital herpes and is almost exclusively sexually transmitted. HSV-2 effects more women than men globally, and affects upwards of 15% of people in the Americas. HSV-2 can be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, meaning many people can be infected without knowing it. Generally, HSV-2 causes blisters or ulcers in the genital and anal region.

More Information: Read more about HSV-2 and Monolaurin on the Insights blog.  

Herpes Zoster – Shingles

Herpes Zoster is a type of herpes virus which can cause shingles via the reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (the virus which causes chicken pox). Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, can cause painful skin rashes and blisters.

More Information: Read more about Herpes Zoster (Shingles) on the Insights blog 


Herpes Symptoms

Depending on the type of herpes infection, the symptoms may vary. In short:

Herpes Symptoms by Type

HSV-1 (Oral herpes)

Characterized by painful blisters on or around the lips which can be accompanied by tingling, itching, leading eventually oozing and or crusting.

HSV-2 (Genital herpes)

Similar to the symptoms of HSV-1, genital herpes can be characterized by painful blisters or sores, tingling, and or itching around the genital area.

Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

Characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters which occurs in a strip on either side of the body or face. There may also be tingling or local pain in the area before an outbreak.

Herpes Outbreak

An outbreak is simply the expression of symptoms resulting from a herpes virus infection. An initial outbreak may last days or weeks. There may be delays between outbreaks lasting weeks or months. Outbreaks and outbreak symptoms may diminish over time, and it is possible to be infected with a herpes family virus with little or no symptoms.


Traditional herpes treatments use antivirals to suppress the virus, but what if Monolaurin could actually kill the herpes virus?

Traditional herpes treatments use antivirals to suppress the virus, but what if Monolaurin could actually kill the herpes virus?

Herpes Cure

Herpes Simplex 1 and Herpes Simplex 2 are lifelong infections with no known cure. Monolaurin, a natural supplement derived from coconut, has been studied in various in vitro laboratory experiments to inactivate the Herpes Simplex virus, but this may not correlate to the inactivation of herpes virus in vivo. This section explores and highlights some academic and scientific research which may suggest Monolaurin kills herpes, however additional research is required to conclude that Monolaurin can cure herpes.

Suppressive Treatment for Herpes with Antivirals:

Controlling the frequency, duration, and intensity of herpes outbreaks is the main goal of suppression therapies and antiviral drugs. Reducing virus replication and in turn reducing the risk of transmission is another goal of antiviral therapy. Acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir are common antivirals used to treat herpes, but there is growing concern that the virus may develop resistance to the drug making them less effective [Ref #3]. Furthermore, some individuals face unwanted side effects from  antiviral pharmaceuticals including rash, hair loss, headaches, depression, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting (Ref #15, 16, 17)

Potentially Kill Herpes by Disintegrating the Viral Envelope:

A possible alternative to suppressing the symptoms and replication of the virus may be to kill the herpes virus. Herpes is an enveloped virus, meaning there is a fatty protective layer (envelope) surrounding the virus. Monolaurin has been shown in some laboratory studies to kill enveloped viruses, which may include herpes virus.

The antiviral action, attributed to monolaurin (the monoglyceride of lauric acid), is that of solubilizing the lipids and phospholipids in the envelope of the pathogenic organisms causing the disintegration of their outer membrane. There is also evidence that medium chain fatty acids interfere with the organism’s signal transduction and the antimicrobial effect in viruses is due to interference with virus assembly and viral maturation.” [Ref #4]

"Antiviral fatty acids were found to affect the viral envelope, causing leakage and at higher concentrations, a complete disintegration of the envelope and the viral particles. They also caused disintegration of the plasma membranes of tissue culture cells resulting in cell lysis and death."[Ref #5]

Lipids commonly found in natural products could possibly be used as antiviral agents against enveloped viruses." [Ref #6]

Killing the viral envelope of the herpes virus might produce effects similar to traditional antiviral suppressant drugs without the risk of side effects or drug resistance common to pharmaceuticals. 

More Information: To learn more about enveloped viruses and Monolaurin, please see the Insights Article called Fighting Enveloped RNA and DNA Viruses


Monolaurin, made from coconut, has been shown in laboratory studies to inactivate enveloped viruses like Herpes

Monolaurin, made from coconut, has been shown in laboratory studies to inactivate enveloped viruses like Herpes

Monolaurin for Herpes – Does Monolaurin Kill Herpes?

Monolaurin has been the subject of numerous clinical studies which test if Monolaurin kills herpes, if Monolaurin is effective for herpes, and if Monolaurin can eradicate herpes. While the majority of the tests are in vitro (in the lab) and not clinically supported, the results are provocative with regard to Monolaurin’s ability to kill herpes.

Some studies and publications report success with Monolaurin to kill herpes in the lab:

"In studies performed at the Respiratory Virology Branch, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, Monolaurin was found effective against 14 human RNA and DNA enveloped viruses in cell culture. These included influenza, RSV, Rubeola, Newcastle's, Coronavirus, Herpes Simplex types 1 & 2, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus. Monolaurin removed all measurable infectivity by disintegrating the virus envelope." [Ref #7]

We have shown that a variety of fatty acids and fatty acid derivatives have potent antiviral effects against the lipid-containing bacteriophages PM2, ø6, and PR4 and against at least one enveloped mammalian virus, herpes simplex virus type 2.” [Ref #8]

"Unsaturated monoglycerides and alcohols of chain lengths of 16 or 18 carbons were found to be extremely potent inactivators of two enveloped viruses, herpes simplex virus type 2 and bacteriophage phi6 " [Ref 9]

These publications suggest that Monolaurin kills herpes in the lab. However, more research is needed to establish if Monolaurin cures herpes in the body.

More Information: Read more about Herpes family viruses and Monolaurin in the Insights Blog post by Dr. Zayed here.  


Monolaurin may be taken during a herpes outbreak to reduce severity and duration, and in-between outbreaks to limit frequency.

Monolaurin may be taken during a herpes outbreak to reduce severity and duration, and in-between outbreaks to limit frequency.

Monolaurin Dosage and Protocol for Herpes

Monolaurin is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the Food and Drug Administration [Ref #10], and some choose to take it as a dietary supplement with the goal of using Monolaurin against herpes.

A Monolaurin dosage for herpes will generally be separated into three areas, as explained below. 
For more detailed dosing information, see the Monolaurin Dosage Guide.

1. Build Up

People respond differently to dietary supplements, so it’s recommended to start slow and build up to a level you are individually comfortable with. In some cases, the strong antimicrobial properties of Monolaurin may trigger a reaction called the Herxheimer (Herx) Reaction, or “die off”. A Herx Reaction may occur if Monolaurin is taken at high doses in a short period of time, causing a die-off of more viruses and bacteria than your body can effectively filter. This may trigger an inflammatory response ironically similar to the flu, called the “Herx Reaction”. To avoid this, you may want to start with a low dose of monolaurin and slowly build up to a therapeutic dose over time.

More Information: To learn more about the causes and symptoms of the Herx Reaction / Die off, please see the Insights article : Monolaurin Die Off Symptoms.

2. During Outbreaks

During a herpes outbreak, many increase their dose of Monolaurin in response to the increased viral load. The monolaurin dosage during a herpes outbreak will depend on the individuals’ physical characteristics (weight, etc) and the severity of the symptoms. It may be best to increase monolaurin intake at the very beginning of symptoms to try and stop an outbreak before it becomes an issue. Some people will find taking 2-3 600mg capsules 3 times per day helpful during a herpes outbreak.

3. Maintenance

In-between outbreaks, some people find it beneficial to maintain a daily dose of Monolaurin to promote general health and prevent future outbreaks. A routine dose might include 1-2 capsules 2 or 3 times per day.

More Information: For more detailed information on monolaurin herpes protocols and dosing guidance, including monolaurin during a herpes outbreak, please see the Monolaurin Dosing Guide.


Monolaurin Side Effects

As mentioned in the Build Up section above, the most common symptoms individuals may encounter is a “Herx Reaction” which may be attributed to the rapid die off of virus and bacteria caused by Monolaurin. To avoid this, a slow introduction of Monolaurin at low doses might help.

Other side effects are those similar to an increased intake of coconut oil. The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil have been linked to side-effects like stomach discomfort, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal gas. [Ref #11]

More Information: Additional details on the health benefits and potential side effects of coconut oil is available in the blog post on Coconut Oil.


Monolaurin may work in conjunction with L-Lysine to reduce symptoms and duration of a Herpes infection.

Monolaurin may work in conjunction with L-Lysine to reduce symptoms and duration of a Herpes infection.

Monolaurin and L-Lysine

Monolaurin is not the only supplement which has shown promising results in laboratory studies against herpes. When combined with L-lysine, synergistic benefits may be realized.

L-Lysine has been shown to potentially reduce the symptoms and duration of a herpes infection [Ref #12]. L-Lysine has also demonstrated the potential to reduce the recurrence of herpes outbreak [Ref #13]. Yet another study showed L-lysine could help with reducing the replication of the virus in the lab [Ref #14]. These studies suggest that while Monolauin may help disable or destroy the Herpes virus, L-Lysine can play a potential accompanying role in reducing the symptoms, duration, recurrence, and replication of the herpes virus.

More Information: For additional information on L-Lysine and Monolaurin for herpes, check out the article: Monolaurin and L-Lysine – Better Together.

More Information: Lean more about 16 additional helpful supplements which have been studied for their antiviral properties on the Immune Support page.


Additional Information and Help

There is a lot of information available to those looking to learn more about monolaurin and herpes. When researching monolaurin and herpes, be mindful of personal opinion and always look for appropriate scientific references and citations. 

NCBI (PubMed)

NCBI is a free online database of over 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains the database, which is a great way of getting direct access to many of the studies cited on this website.

Herpes Forums

Forums and support groups are a good way to find peer-to-peer support. There are also secret groups on various social media sites (like Facebook) to meet others with similar questions and concerns. It is highly recommended to get involved in your local sexual heath communities - the empathy and support they provide is genuine and many find it helpful.

More Cited Research

The Research Page of this site contains a list of curated studies featuring Monolaurin and herpes studies, all containing original NCBI or DOI links for further reading and fact-checking. 


Ready to Try Monolaurin, but Not Sure Where to Start?

There are many factors which should be considered when purchasing Monolaurin, which include:

  • What Monolaurin source is best - Coconut or Palm Kernel

  • What is the recommended way to take Monolaurin - Capsule or Pellet

  • What is an Excipient, and why does it matter - Synthetic or Natural

  • What hat to look for to ensure manufacturing safety - Certifications and Location

All of these questions can be answered in the comprehensive Monolaurin Buying Guide


References:

  1. World Health Organization, 31 January 2017, http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/herpes-simplex-virus

  2. Oral Herpes. (n.d.). Retrieved from Johns Hopkins Medicine: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/adult/infectious_diseases/Oral_Herpes_22,OralHerpes

  3. Frobert E, Ooka T, Cortay JC, et al. Resistance of Herpes simplex virus type 1 to acyclovir: Thymidine kinase gene mutagenesis study. Antiviral Res 2006 Aug 30

  4. 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

  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. 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.

  7. Hierholzer JC and Kabara JJ. In vitro effects of Monolaurin compounds on enveloped RNA and DNA viruses. Journal of Food Safety 4:1, 1982

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

  9. 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.

  10. FDA : 21CFR184.1505 ; https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfcfr/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=184.1505

  11. Nakatsuji, T., Kao, M. C., Fang, J.-Y., Zouboulis, C. C., Zhang, L., Gallo, R. L., & Huang, C.-M. (2009). Antimicrobial Property of Lauric Acid Against Propionibacterium acnes: Its Therapeutic Potential for Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris. The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 129(10), 2480–2488. http://doi.org/10.1038/jid.2009.93

  12. Griffith R.S.,Norins A.L., Kagan C. A Multicentered Study of Lysine Therapy in Herpes simplex Infection. Dermatologica 1978;156:257–267

  13. Griffith R.S., Walsh D.E., Myrmel K.H., Thompson R.W., Behforooz A. Success of L-Lysine Therapy in Frequently Recurrent Herpes simplex Infection. Dermatologica 1987;175:183–190

  14. Milman N, Scheibel J, Jessen O. Lysine prophylaxis in recurrent herpes simplex labialis: a double-blind, controlled crossover study. Acta Derm Venereol. 1980;60(1):85-7.

  15. Everyday Health Acyclovir (Zovirax) Side Effects http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/acyclovir

  16. Web MD, Drugs & Medications Valtrex http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-14126/valtrex-oral/details#side-effects

  17. Sharma A, Mohan K, Sharma R, Nirankari VS. Alopecia following oral acyclovir for the treatment of herpes simplex keratitis. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol. 2014 Jan-Mar;21(1):95-7. doi: 10.4103/0974-9233.124131.

Monolaurin Die Off Symptoms - the Herxheimer (Herx) Reaction

Last Updated: March 27, 2019 | First Published: February 2, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Rosmy Barrios, M.D.

Can the rapid die-off of bacteria and viruses from Monolaurin make you feel ironically "sick" when you're actually getting better?

Can the rapid die-off of bacteria and viruses from Monolaurin make you feel ironically "sick" when you're actually getting better?

Monolaurin is a potentially powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial natural supplement derived from coconut.

Monolaurin has been the subject of laboratory studies and may be used to treat various infections, including herpes (cold sores and genital herpes), yeast infections (including candida albicans, thrush, and other yeast overgrowth), Lyme disease, Epstein Barr virus (EBV), Mono, and more.

Despite its potential beneficial results and relief from nagging symptoms, monolaurin may unintentionally produce a side effect ironically similar to a cold or flu. This side effect is known as the Herxheimer (Herx, sometimes Herxing) Reaction or "Die off" symptom.

Herxheimer (Herx) Reaction

Clinically known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction, this complication is the result of a reaction to the release of endotoxin-like products in the body caused by the death of various virus, bacteria, yeast, and other microbes. When microbes are destroyed by antibiotics or antiviral supplements like Monolaurin, proteins and cytokines are released which the immune system may have an inflammatory response.

Monolaurin Herx Reaction

Why would Monolaurin cause a Herx (or Herxing) Reaction? If taken at high doses in a short period of time, Monolaurin may destroy more viruses and bacteria than your body can effectively filter. Monolaurin has been clinically studied for its ability to rapidly destroy various viruses, bacteria, yeast, and other microbes, and if done so in a short period of time it could cause a herx or die off reaction.

Monolaurin Die Off Symptoms

The symptoms of a Monolaurin die-off or herx reaction are strikingly similar to the flu. This is your body's immune response to what it thinks is an infection. A typical herxing reaction or die-off symptoms include body aches, muscle pain, sore throat, sweating, lethargy, chills, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms. If symptoms get worse, this is not necessarily a sign that the treatment is not working - in fact, it could be the opposite - the treatment may be so effective at killing the infection your body is unable to process all the microbial waste.

How long does the Herx reaction last?

Luckily, the Herx reaction is relatively short - from a few days to a few weeks. It will depend on the individual, type of infection, and amount of die off. If the symptoms last more than a few weeks or do not improve over time, you may need to discontinue or change the therapy.

What to do when you get a Herx or Die-Off Reaction

The first reaction by an individual when they start feeling the symptoms of a Herxing Reaction is to discontinue the supplement. However, because the reaction is an indication of the effectiveness of the treatment, many patients actually heal quicker the more severe the reaction is when treatment is continued. The best method is to avoid the herx reaction in the first place by adopting a "low and slow" method of introducing supplements into your routine. If experiencing a due off or herx reaction you should consider reducing or limiting the supplement until your body is able to better cope with the die off and drink plenty of fluids to aid in the removal of cytokines and proteins in the system.

Monolaurin Die Off Symptoms by Disease

  • Lyme - a very common contributor is of die off symptoms is Lyme disease. Lyme disease die off can be quite severe and cause fever, chills, body pain, headache, and other flu-like symptoms. If symptoms continue, you should lower or stop treatment.

  • Yeast and Fungi - depending on where the yeast overgrowth is, a herx reaction may be quite prevalent. If there is gastric distress, the herx reaction may be caused by a die off of yeast in the intestine. The rapid killing of yeast can cause nausea, swollen glands, bloating, gas, constipation or diarrhea, sweating, and more.

  • Viruses - Monolaurin is used to fight carious viral infections (herpes, influenza, measles, Epstein Barr Virus, etc), and depending on the severity of the infection some individuals may experience a die off effect. Die off symptoms for increased viral loads are similar - body aches, fatigue, itchiness, chills, joint or muscle pain, etc.

Looking to Try Monolaurin, but Not Sure Where to Start?

There are many factors which should be considered when choosing a Monolaurin brand, which include:

  • What Monolaurin source is best - Coconut or Palm Kernel

  • What is the recommended way to take Monolaurin - Capsule or Pellet

  • What is an ‘excipient’, and why does it matter - Synthetic or Natural

  • What hat to look for to ensure manufacturing safety - Certifications and Location

All of these questions can be answered in the comprehensive Monolaurin Buying Guide

Monolaurin Dosing

Monolaurin dosing can be tricky. Many factors may come into consideration including (but not limited to) age, weight, infection, severity of symptoms, or personal sensitivity to supplements. Additional details on the recommended dosing of Monolaurin and guidance on different diseases can be found on the Monolaurin Dosing page. 

As with any nutritional supplement or medicine, it should be administered and monitored by a healthcare professional. 

Ways to buy:

References:

  1. Bryceson, A.D.M. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 133, Issue 6, 1 June 1976, Pages 696–704,https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/133.6.696

  2. Batovska, D.I., Todorova, I.T., Tsvetkova, I.V. and Najdenski, H.M. (2009) Antibacterial study of the medium chain fatty acids and their 1-monoglycerides: individual effects and synergistic relationships. Pol J Microbiol 58, 43–47.

  3. Goc, A., Niedzwiecki, A. and Rath, M. (2015), In vitro evaluation of antibacterial activity of phytochemicals and micronutrients against Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia garinii. J Appl Microbiol, 119: 1561–1572. doi:10.1111/jam.12970

  4. Shaw, W. Biological Treatments for Autism and PPD, Third Edition. Chapter 4 Yeats and Fungi: How to Control Them. 2008

  5. Goc, A., Niedzwiecki, A. and Rath, M. (2017), Reciprocal cooperation of phytochemicals and micronutrients against typical and atypical forms of Borrelia sp.. J Appl Microbiol, 123: 637–650. doi:10.1111/jam.13523

Monolaurin and Lyme Disease - treating chronic and long term Lyme disease with Monolaurin

Last Updated: December 12, 2018 | First Published: June 18, 2017
Reviewed by: Dr. Viatcheslav Wlassoff, Ph.D.

Lyme disease is one of the most common infections in North America and Europe. Could Monolaurin help combat the symptoms of Chronic Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is one of the most common infections in North America and Europe. Could Monolaurin help combat the symptoms of Chronic Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and can effect over 300,000 people per year in North America. Spread by ticks, Lyme disease may begin with a rash followed by severe headaches, stiffness, joint pain, nerve pain, and flu-like symptoms.

Traditionally, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics when caught early. However, some patients are unable or unwilling to use antibiotics, or have symptoms which last for longer than six months. Long term symptoms of Lyme disease is commonly called "Chronic Lyme disease", but the proper term is “Post-treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome” (PTLDS). [1]

Chronic Lyme Disease and Monolaurin

For those suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease or PTLDS, natural antibacterial and antiviral supplements like Monolaurin can be an effective option.

Monolaurin is a naturally occurring medium chain fatty acid found in coconut oil with powerful and well-researched antimicrobial properties.

For treating Lyme disease, Monolaurin has exciting research to support its benefits. 

Monolaurin Kills the Bacteria that Causes Lyme Disease

A 2015 in-vitro study tested monolaurin on the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia garinii (the bacteria which cause Lyme disease in humans) and concluded:

"The most effective antimicrobial compounds against all morphological forms of the two tested Borrelia sp. were baicalein and monolaurin. This might indicate that the presence of fatty acid and phenyl groups is important for comprehensive antibacterial activity." [2]

Monolaurin has been long studied for its strong antibacterial properties, and this particular study demonstrated how Monolaurin can be effective on the specific bacteria which causes Lyme disease. For a comprehensive list of the bacteria, viruses, and yeast which monolaurin is known to inactivate, please see the "Monolaurin Top 10" page. 

Professionals Use Monolaurin to Treat Lyme Disease

Full treatment protocols which leverage Monolaurin's strong antibacterial properties to treat Lyme have been prescribed by some medical professionals. One doctor and author, Dr. Richard Horowitz, whose clinic has treated over 12,000 patients over the past 26 years wrote about monolaurin in his 2017 book:

"Monolaurin, a coconut oil extract, has also recently been shown to have the ability to significantly affect three morphological forms of Borrelia burgdoferi and Borrelia garinii: spirochetes, latent round body forms, and borrelia biofilms, while simultaneously deceasing yeast overgrowth in the GI tract." [3]

For more specific guidance on dosing and using Monolaurin for various infections, please see the "Monolaurin Dosing" page. 

Monolaurin as a "Biofilm Buster" for Lyme 

Monolaurin is a natural "biofilm buster" and benefits from several studies which show its efficacy in dissolving biofilms in vitro. [4] Biofilm provides bacteria a hiding place by forming a physical barrier and causing physiological changes in cells. The elimination of biofilm is essential to killing the bacteria and eliminating infections like Lyme disease. [5]

Monoacylglycerols like Monolaurin are recognized as safe and have been tested in the lab to inhibit biofilms. [5]

Additional supporting research on the therapeutic benefits of Monolaurin on biofilms, yeast, and bacterial infections can be found on the "Research" page. 

Starting a Lyme Disease Treatment Protocol with Monolaurin

To begin a Lyme disease treatment protocol with Monolaurin, many people have found the "low and slow" method beneficial to avoid any "Herx" (Herxheimer Reaction) die-off common with Lyme disease. Monolaurin may kill off bacteria faster than your body is able to filter out the endotoxins and dead bacteria which may result in some flu-like symptoms including muscle and joint pain, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, etc. This discomfort is temporary and can generally be avoided by a slow introduction of Monolaurin into your regimen.

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

Monolaurin has no defined safe upper limit, but many have found relief with taking two 600mg capsules daily with meals. Any treatment should be administered under the guidance and supervision of a health care professional.

References:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Lyme Disease https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/treatment/index.html

  2. Goc, A., Niedzwiecki, A. and Rath, M. (2015), In vitro evaluation of antibacterial activity of phytochemicals and micronutrients against Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia garinii. J Appl Microbiol, 119: 1561–1572. doi:10.1111/jam.12970

  3. Horowitz, Richard. How Can I Get Better?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease. St. Martin's Griffin, 2017. P73

  4. Seleem D, Chen E, Benso B, Pardi V, Murata RM. In vitro evaluation of antifungal activity of monolaurin against Candida albicans biofilms. Goyal P, ed. PeerJ. 2016;4:e2148. doi:10.7717/peerj.2148.

  5. Ham Y, Kim T-J. Inhibitory activity of monoacylglycerols on biofilm formation in Aeromonas hydrophila, Streptococcus mutans, Xanthomonas oryzae, and Yersinia enterocolitica. SpringerPlus. 2016;5(1):1526. doi:10.1186/s40064-016-3182-5

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