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Coconut Oil and Its Therapeutic Properties

Last Updated: January 8, 2019 | First Published: August 2, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Ahmed Zayed, M.D.

Understanding How Coconut May Benefit The Human Body

Coconut Oil is a natural source of Capric, Caprylic, and Lauric Acids - all with unique and intriguing benefits.

Coconut Oil is a natural source of Capric, Caprylic, and Lauric Acids - all with unique and intriguing benefits.

For decades, the consumption of saturated fats was considered bad for the human body. More recent studies have proven this to be wrong, and instead provided evidence that the consumption of unprocessed types of saturated fats seems to play an important role in the maintenance of an overall healthy body. These studies have contributed to a large number of publications and further studies focusing on the benefits that coconut oil has to offer the body.

Healing Properties of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a number of compounds that have now been shown beneficial. Medium chain fatty acids found in the oil is often the primary focus of studies, but the lauric acid and capric acid contents in coconut oil also possess potent medicinal properties that can be used for a number of different purposes.

These compounds have been shown to help the body fight against infections, to boost the immune system, to improve energy levels, to help regulate healthier blood sugar levels, and to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. Coconut oil also improves the skin’s texture and may even be used as an anti-aging regimen – it has been found that this oil can reduce the appearance of age spots, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Capric and Caprylic Fatty Acids

Medium chain triglycerides are converted to medium-chain fatty acids, including capric fatty acids and caprylic fatty acids. Medium chain triglycerides, a substance contained in coconut oil, is the result of laboratory processing of coconut into an oil. The compound is sometimes used as medicine for celiac disease, steatorrhea, digestion problems, and absorption issues. Many people have started to cook with coconut oil to increase their intake of medium chain triglycerides due to the potential health benefits associated with this compound. The substance is known to aid in weight loss and may also be useful in boosting physical and sports performance.

Medium chain triglycerides contain fewer calories than long-chain triglycerides, and the body is able to absorb this compound easier. The liver mainly processes these triglycerides.

Lauric Acid

Lauric acid (Ref #1) is another important compound found in coconut oil that is known to possess potent antimicrobial properties, which is why this compound is often used to assist with the treatment of bacterial infections (Ref #2), as well as antibiotic resistance.

Side-Effects of Coconut Oil

While numerous benefits have been associated with the consumption of coconut oil, it is important to recognize that certain side-effects may also develop. The medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil have been linked to side-effects (Ref #3) like stomach discomfort, irritability, vomiting, diarrhea, and intestinal gas.

References

  1. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-915/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts

  2. Laruic Acid. PubChem Open Chemistry Database. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/lauric_acid

  3. 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

Monolaurin Supplement Delivery Options - Which is Best?

Last Updated: January 8, 2019 | First Published: June 5, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Felix Boakye-Agyeman, M.D., Ph.D


Monolaurin is a dietary supplement metabolized from lauric acid. Lauric acid can be found in coconut oil and palm kernel oil, in addition to other natural sources. When taking Monolaurin as a dietary supplement, there are a few options and formats to select from. Here we explore some of the considerations when choosing how to take Monolaurin as a dietary supplement.

1. Pure Coconut Oil

Raw coconut oil contains 49% Lauric Acid, but how much of that is converted into Monolaurin in the body is unknown

Raw coconut oil contains 49% Lauric Acid, but how much of that is converted into Monolaurin in the body is unknown

  • Coconut oil contains around 49% lauric acid. Since lauric acid is converted into Monolaurin in the human body, you might assume you can get Monolaurin through coconut oil without taking a supplement. Unfortunately, it is difficult to estimate just how much of the Lauric Acid from coconut oil is converted to monolaurin, but one article suggests that it is less than 6%. Given a therapeutic dose of monolaurin can reach upwards of 3 to 9 grams of Monolaurin, one would need to consume an unrealistic 100 - 300 mL of coconut oil per day (Ref #1).

2. Monolaurin Pellets (Ex: Lauricidin)

Monolaurin Pellets may have some undesirable side effects

Monolaurin Pellets may have some undesirable side effects

  • Monolaurin in pellet form is popular amongst some brands such as Lauricidin, Inspired Nutrition, Tick Recovery, and others. Monolaurin in pellet form can deliver impressive volumes of monolaurin per dose, but may face some unwanted challenges. Some customers report finding undissolved pellets in their stool, suggesting that not all of the product is absorbed in the intestines after ingestion. Additionally, the delivery of the pellet is via a teardrop-shaped pellet which is made of glycerol. Glycerol may have adverse reactions with some individuals which includes stomach pain, dizziness, nausea, and diarrhea. (Ref #2) Some individuals have found travelling or daily routines with monolaurin pellets inconvenient, as they do not fit into pill organizers, purses, bags, etc.

3. Monolaurin Capsules

Monolaurin in Capsule form is the most popular - for good reason

Monolaurin in Capsule form is the most popular - for good reason

  • Monolaurin in encapsulated form is by far the most popular form of the supplement. It allows a precise amount of Monolaurin to be delivered, and the capsule itself ensures complete digestion in the stomach and intestine where the product can be most effective. There are some important considerations when it comes to Monolaurin in capsule form:

    1. Capsule Type: many capsules are made of animal gelatin (bovine or porcine) which may disagree with individuals on a vegetarian or vegan diet or those with religious considerations. Vegetarian (vegetable cellulose) capsules are available and availability varies by brand.

    2. Excipient: a common excipient (also known as a "flow agent" - an essential part of the encapsulation process) for many supplements is magnesium stearate. Unfortunately magnesium stearate, a synthetic lubricant used by many brands, may have negative side effects such as gastric distress and slowing of absorption of the supplement. Magnesium Stearate may also suppress T- cells, an essential part of the immune response system (Ref #4). A natural excipient such as organic rice power can offer the same manufacturing benefit without the potential harmful side effects.

    3. Additives: some brands of encapsulated Monolaurin may contain more than just Monolaurin. Some capsules may contain Inosine, Vitamin C, Silica, and other undesirable additives. These additives may interact with the principal ingredient or cause other unknown side effects. Purity of fill is the only way to avoid this.

4. Monolaurin Powder

Monolaurin Powder has a natural soapy taste, which makes taking it alone unplesant

Monolaurin Powder has a natural soapy taste, which makes taking it alone unplesant

  • Given the extremely soapy and bitter taste of Monolaurin, taking monolaurin powder is not typical or advised. If individuals have issues swallowing capsules or pellets, the power may be emptied into applesauce or another delivery mechanism (pudding, juice, etc). However, the strong soapy flavor will likely overwhelm the mouth depending on what is used. Consuming the straight powder is not recommended.

5. Monolaurin Tablets

Monolaurin in Tablet form doesn't really exist

Monolaurin in Tablet form doesn't really exist

  • In addition to its strong soapy taste, Monolaurin is naturally quite sticky. Therefore, it is not typically compressed into tablet format because most high speed encapsulation equipment would need to be stopped and cleaned multiple times per production run to ensure uniform tablets. Therefore, capsules have been widely accepted as the delivery mechanism of choice for Monolaurin.

Conclusion:

How to take Monolaurin is an individual preference and what works best for one individual may not be the right option for another. Regardless of which format you choose, all dietary supplements, including Monolaurin, should be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.


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


References

  1. Kabara JJ. Pharmacological effects of coconut oil vs. monoglycerides. Inform June 2005; Volume 16 p386-7.

  2. http://aocs.files.cms-plus.com/inform/2005/6/p386-387.pdf

  3. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-4/glycerol

  4. Magnesium Stearate: Does Your Supplement Contain This Potentially Hazardous Ingredient? https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/23/whole-food-supplement-dangers.aspx

An Exploration Of Lauric Acid - What Is Lauric Acid And How Might It Benefit Your Body?

Last Updated: January 7, 2019 | First Published: July 23, 2018
Reviewed by: Dr. Ahmed Zayed, M.D.

Lauric Acid is converted to Monolaurin which may have impressive health benefits. What can you do to increase your intake of this impressive substance?

Lauric Acid is converted to Monolaurin which may have impressive health benefits. What can you do to increase your intake of this impressive substance?

Lauric acid, a form of saturated fat, has recently received an increasing amount of attention. The primary source for this fat is usually coconut oil. Commercial cooking products have been introduced containing this saturated fat and have been proven to be a healthier alternative to standard cooking oils. Lauric acid also holds medicinal properties that are useful in the treatment of certain ailments.

When the body digests lauric acid, a potent compound known as Monolaurin is derived. Monolaurin is a powerful supplement and may hold antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

What Does Lauric Acid Do For The Body?

Lauric acid has been scientifically studied and results suggest it possesses several medicinal properties and health benefits (Ref #1). The fat is often used in the treatment of health conditions such as influenza, the common cold, bronchitis, yeast infections, gonorrhea, ringworm, Giardia lamblia, and even for chlamydia. Several studies have also proven the benefits of lauric acid in the treatment of bacterial infections.

Is Lauric Acid Good For Your Skin?

The use of lauric acid goes far beyond only the internal body. One study (Red #2) that was conducted by the University of California, among others, found that this saturated fat is useful in the treatment of Acne Vulgaris. The scientists found the use of the substance to be beneficial for killing off the bacteria that causes Acne Vulgaris, as well as for reducing the inflammation that the condition causes. Lauric acid is also often used to treat fever blisters that develop on the skin, as well as cold sores and warts – including genital warts.

Is Lauric Acid Good For Your Hair?

The use of products containing lauric acid on the hair may also be beneficial. One particular study (Ref #3) explains that the molecular weight and the fact that the chain has a straight linear shape means it is easier for lauric acid to enter the hair shaft. This, in turn, makes lauric acid a compound that may benefit the hair from the inside.

Which Foods Are High In Lauric Acid?

Two of the most common foods that are known to be high in lauric acid include coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Coconut oil, however, is the preferred source amongst these two as palm kernel oil contains a very large amount of saturated fats.

How Can I Increase My Intake of Lauric Acid?

Coconut oil is not the only coconut-derived source of lauric acid. People can also opt for coconut water, coconut flour, grated coconut, and coconut milk if they wish to increase their intake of lauric acid. Swapping standard cooking oil with coconut oil, adding a few bottles of coconut water to the freezer and switching unhealthy potato chip snacks for healthier coconut-based snacks are all great ways to start adding more lauric acid to your diet.

 

References

  1. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-1138/lauric-acid

  2. 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

  3. Rele A.S., Mohile R.B. Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. The Journal of Costmetic Science. 2003. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094

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