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Monolaurin: A natural, powerful antiviral from coconut

Monolaurin, derived naturally from coconut, is a source of the medium chain fatty acid ‘lauric acid’. Lauric acid has been the subject of published research which explores the ability of the acid to break down and destroy the lipid layer of enveloped viruses. Monolaurin occurs naturally in mother's breast milk and in certain plants (ig: palm kernel, coconut), and is classified by the FDA as "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS). Monolaurin may be taken as dietary supplement or for general health. 

To help you better understand a bit more about Monolaurin, we've put together the Top 10 things you should know about Monolaurin. Further explanations and direct quotes from scientific studies can be found on the Research page. Every statement below has been taken from published research studies and papers, which are cited using [Ref #: _], and all articles have been reviewed by our medically certified research team.

1. Monolaurin and Viruses

  • Monolaurin studies shown in-vitro the ability to inactivate a wide range of DNA and RNA enveloped viruses by breaking down the outer lipid membrane and destroying the virus. Viruses inactivated by Monolaurin include [Ref #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 37]:

    • Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV-1)

    • Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV-2)

    • Measles

    • Vesicular Stomatitis

    • Visna Virus

    • Epstein–Barr Virus (EBV)

    • Cytomegalovirus

    • (SIV) Simian immunodeficiency virus

2. Monolaurin and Bacteria, Yeast, Fungi, & Protozoa

  • Monolaurin has also been shown effective in vitro and in vivo against a number of bacteria (both Gram Positive and Gram Negative), yeast, and protozoa by disintegrating the cell membrane and blocking signal transduction. Microbes killed by Monolaurin include [Ref #: 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 31, 32, 35, 36]:

    • Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia garinii (the bacteria which cause Lyme disease in humans)

    • Chlamydia

    • E. coli (responsible for food poisoning)

    • Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)

    • Candida albicans (commonly associated with urinary tract and yeast infections)

    • Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori)

    • Entamoeba histolytica (causes stomach and intestinal problems)

    • Giardia lamblia (causes diarrhea)

    • Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    • Staphylococus aureus (Staph infection and MRSA)

    • Enterococcus faecalis (urinary tract infections)

    • Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B streptococcus or GBS)

    • Biofilms

3. Monolaurin is Generally Regarded as Safe

  • Monolaurin is listed on the FDA's "Generally Regarded As Safe" (GRAS) list, and has been studied in the lab for decades. It is currently used in food production in items as common as ice cream and pasta. Monolaurin can be taken in high doses and has not been shown to irritate sensitive organs such as skin or mucus membranes [Ref #: 17, 23, 33, 34]

4. Monolaurin is Naturally Occurring

  • Monolaurin is derived naturally from coconuts. It is a medium chain fatty acid which occurs naturally in human breast milk and in some plants (ie: coconut and palm kernel). It is produced in humans when the appropriate medium-chain fatty acid is ingested such as Lauric Acid [Ref #: 23]

5. Monolaurin can be More Effective than Coconut Oil Alone

  • People have been consuming coconut oil for therapeutic reasons for many years. Because Monolaurin provides a more concentrated dosage of the medium chain fatty acid Lauric Acid, Monolaurin has been shown to be more effective than just coconut oil alone in lab tests against bacteria [Ref #: 24]

6. Monolaurin may Disrupt the "Bad" Bacteria, Not the "Good"

  • Monolaurin may be effective in supporting the immune system to target infections and inactivate harmful viruses and bacteria without impacting healthy flora. Unlike antibiotics which are considered "wide spectrum" and indiscriminately kill good bacteria along with the bad, in-vivo Monolaurin research suggests the product to be harmless to bacteria found naturally in the gut. Monolaurin may support the ability to rid bad bacteria, and also may work to promote good digestive health. [Ref #: 25]

7. Monolaurin is Easier to Take than Coconut Oil

  • Coconut oil naturally contains around 40-50% Lauric Acid, the principal ingredient in Monolaurin. To get an equivalent dose of Monolaurin, you may need to take many tablespoons (or even milliliters!) full of oil. Some people may find this inconvenient or unpleasant. Monolaurin in capsule form is naturally tasteless, colorless, and odorless. It can be easily transported and taken virtually anywhere with any liquid, with or without food [Ref #: 26]

8. Monolaurin Does Not Contribute to Drug Resistance

  • Many bacteria and viruses can develop resistance to antibiotics or antivirals over time. This means that the prescription drugs may become less effective in treating or preventing the spread of the disease. Monolaurin has been shown in the lab to not create resistant bacteria or viruses, and may even be effective at inactivating antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria and viruses where traditional drugs are ineffective. [Ref #: 18, 27, 28]

9. Monolaurin may Support Healthy Immune Response Before and During Infection

  • Monolaurin is commonly taken during existing viral or bacterial infections. Laboratory research suggests that Monolaurin may also be effective in supporting immune response when taken before exposure or onset of symptoms to help against infection [Ref #: 17]

10. Monolaurin may be Effective Over Long Periods

  • Monolaurin may be safe to take in a variety of doses and lengths of time. Monolaurin can be used to maintain good health over time, as research shows that the inhibitory benefits from Monolaurin can be reversed when the supplement is removed. Furthermore, Monolaurin has been shown to possess additive benefits, meaning when Monolaurin is combined with additional supplements or therapies health benefits are also increased [Ref #: 29, 30]

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

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



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