Monolaurin is a physiologic anti-microbial agent that protects the immune system from a range of infectious agents. A monoglycerol ester of the fatty acid lauric acid, it can be found in mammalian breast milk, amniotic fluid, and some foods, most notably coconut oil. It has been shown to protect newborns, whose immune systems are underdeveloped, from Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other respiratory tract viruses (1,2). As a dietary supplement, it has been used as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent.
Monolaurin works by disintegrating the lipid envelope coat of viruses. Data from these studies suggest that the loss of virus infectivity is associated with the solubilization of Monolaurin into the envelope. The virus absorbs the fatty acid for its own replication, but winds up destroying its own protective coat.
For those who feel as if they are coming down with a viral infection, doctors often recommend taking six capsules on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, and for acute cases, six more at night. (If you have a sensitive stomach, it can be taken with food.) The dose can be tapered off as symptoms decrease. Some physicians recommend a maintenance dose of two capsules daily in the presence of high titers to the Epstein-Barr Virus, Herpes 1 & 2, or other chronic viral conditions. Of course, one should always seek the advice of a physician in cases of fever and/or pain, or if symptoms persist.
Monolaurin has been shown to be active against Influenza Virus, Pneumo Virus, Paramyxo Virus (Newcastle), Morbillivirus (Rubeola), Corona Virus (Avian Infectious, Bronchitis Virus), Herpes Simplex I & II, CMV and EBV.
Has Been Commonly Used for:
· Yeast and Fungus
· Colds & Flu
· H. Pylori (acid reflux bacteria)