Monolaurin is a monoester made of glycerol and lauric acid, found in coconut oil and is similar to other monoglycerides found in breast milk.
Lauric acid is a monosaturated fatty acid that is extracted from the coconut, it can be ingested and the human body transforms it into monolaurin.
Coconut oil, coconut cream, grated coconut and other products are excellent sources of lauric acid and monolaurin, but there are no studies showing that a small amount of food can have the therapeutic effects of monolaurin extracted from the laboratory. coconut.
For this reason, to benefit from the therapeutic effects of monolaurin, supplements containing monolaurin or lauric acid can be administered.
It is known that monolaurin inactivates viruses covered by lipids by binding to the lipid-protein shell of the virus, thus preventing attachment and entry into host cells, which makes infection and replication impossible. Other laboratory studies show that monolaurin disintegrates the protective viral envelope, killing the virus.
Monolaurin has been studied to inactivate many pathogens, including Herpes simplex virus and Chlamydia trachomatis, it also shows promising effects against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and protozoa, E. Choli bacteria, Candida albicans, Helicobacter pylori , Giardia lambia, Staphylococcus aureus and other microbes, have been neutralized by monolaurin in scientific studies.
Monolaurin also showed antibacterial and anti-biofilm properties against Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia garinii, the bacteria that cause Lyme disease in humans.
The therapeutic doses of monolaurin can be between 500 mg -1000 mg per day, 1-3 month cures are made and it can be administered in addition to the therapy with antibiotics and probiotics, helping the body to fight the infection faster, or in addition to viral treatments/ fungal/deworming.