Monolaurin: Mother nature’s antimicrobial (and probiotic, and prebiotic, and anti-viral, and anti-fungal!) Whew.

7 Nov

Monolaurin is a dervative of lauric acid. Lauric acid occurs naturally in mother’s milk, and some plant oils, including coconut oil. It can also be found in butter and whole cream, as well as purchased as a supplement. Monolaurin is a germicidal fatty acid. It is also said to be prebiotic – thus encouraging the healthy population of flora in the digestive system.

Monolaurin has been shown to actively combat the flu virus (among a long list of other viral infections). Monolaurin disrupts the lipid bilayer of the virus thus preventing attachment to host cells. It binds to the lipid-protein envelope of the virus and inactivates the virus. In short, it weakens the virus by breaking down its protective layer. Monolaurin was discovered when microbiologists were studying the properties of human breast milk.

In addition to combating the flu virus it’s been known to combat pneumonia, staphylococcus, fungal infections, and can assist with a weakened immune system. From “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 (3). These included influenza, RSV, Rubeola, Newcastle’s, Coronavirus, Herpes Simplex types 1 & 2, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus. (Monolaurin has no effect on naked viruses, such as polio, encephalitis virus, coxsachie, or pox viruses.).  Monolaurin removed all measurable infectivity by disintegrating the virus envelope. ”

There are several different brands. It can be found in pill form or pellet form. The pellets  have the texture of candle wax. They’re odd, but easy to swallow. If you start taking monolaurin be aware that you may have a “die-off” reaction. Anyone with candida overgrowth, skin conditions attributed to fungal growth, viral infections, etc. may experience a worsening of symptoms as the body rids itself of infection. It’s important to follow the instructions carefully, working your way up slowly to the full dose to avoid extreme symptoms. Also known as the Herheimer effect, the die-off reaction is often a necessary step to cleaning up, internally, depending on the abuse you’ve put your body through, and for how long!

Remember, if you’ve had sugar or junk food addictions you’ve taxed your body and your immune system. Consuming a high-sugar, high-fat diet of dead foods on a long-term basis does damage. Cleaning up your act is going to be work – but it’s fun work! Learning new ways of eating is rewarding. Once you get past the first few hurdles cravings will dissipate. They may never fully go away – but finding healthy ways to fulfill them can also be fun and challenging. Later this week I’ll talk about food cravings, and healthy whole food-based snacks.

Happy eating!

2 Responses to “Monolaurin: Mother nature’s antimicrobial (and probiotic, and prebiotic, and anti-viral, and anti-fungal!) Whew.”

  1. Marquita Albriton October 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

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  2. marielena avila August 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

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