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Using Monolaurin this Cold and Flu Season

Last Updated: December 4, 2018 | First Published: December 25, 2015
Reviewed by: Dr. Felix Boakye-Agyeman, M.D., Ph.D

Monolaurin has been shown in laboratory test to kill influenza virus

Monolaurin has been shown in laboratory test to kill influenza virus

Another year, another flu season. While the best protection you can offer yourself is an annual flu shot and constant hand washing, you can't always predict which strain you'll come across or eliminate all germs from your daily routine.

Do not rush to expensive and largely ineffective antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu®, Relenza® or drug resistant alternatives such as Amantadine and Rimantadine. These drugs, if effective, only slightly lessen the duration (typically by one day) or severity of the infection.

A natural, safe, and possibly more effective alternative is with Monolaurin - a naturally antiviral supplement derived from coconuts.

Monolaurin has powerful antiviral properties, including against influenza [1, 6]. Monolaurin can help support your immune system and fight off the flu virus. It can be taken at the onset of symptoms, but also as a preventative treatment when your colleagues, friends, or family members are ill.

Monolaurin is a powerful ally during this cold and flu season for three amazing reasons:

  1. Monolaurin can help prevent the flu

    • If your friends, colleagues, or family is coming down with a cold or flu, don't be a victim. Monolaurin has been shown to be effective in preventing infections before they start when taken as a preventative treatment [2]. Just 2-4 capsules of monolaurin can help you avoid the flu, time off work, and those miserable days in bed.

  2. Monolaurin flights and kills the flu

    • Monolaurin has been shown to kill enveloped viruses including influenza [3]. Monolaurin's powerful antiviral properties have been well documented, and this cold and flu season you can put aside the drowsy cold medicines in favor of Monolaurin. At the onset of symptoms, taking 4-6 capsules of Monolaurin a day can help prevent the flu from spreading and being an issue at all.

  3. Monolaurin kills ALL flu strains and will not contribute to drug resistance

    • Unlike flu shots and antiviral drugs which are effective for only one strain of influenza (Influenza Type A, Influenza Type B, etc.), Monolaurin is effective against all DNA and RNA enveloped viruses including influenza. Perhaps more importantly, Monolaurin is effective against drug resistant viruses and will not further contribute to drug resistance [4,5].

This cold and flu season, protect yourself from feeling miserable and promote your health.

Natural Cure Labs premium monolaurin may help you avoid getting sick and stop the flu in its tracks.

A simple Monolaurin dosage guide for using Monolaurin this flu season:

# caps x Per day Duration
Preventing the flu 1-2 capsules 1-3 times per day During the flu season
When you feel flu-like symptoms 2-3 capsules 1-3 times per day Onset of flu symptoms until better

For additional guidance, see the Monolaurin Dosing page. 

If this is your first time buying Monolaurin, be sure to review some of the important considerations in the Monolaurin Buying Guide. 

As with any illness treatment, it is best done with the help and under the supervision of a healthcare professional.


  1. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid - Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative & Complimentary Therapies. 2006 December. Georgetown University Medical Center.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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 : JDD [2007, 6(10):991-998]

  5. Ruzin A, Novick RP. Glycerol monolaurate inhibits induction of vancomycin resistance in Enterococcus faecalis. Journal of Bacteriology. 1998 Jan; 180(1):182-5

  6. Silver RK et al. Factors in human milk interfering with influenza-virus activities. Science 123:932-933, 1956



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