Other ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate, Cellulose Powder and Silicon Dioxide Monolaurin contains the monoester of the fatty acid lauric acid.
Contains no corn, yeast, wheat, liver, citrus, or other common food or chemical allergens. Manufacturing methods incorporate special delayed release properties.
Suggested Use: Take 2-6 capsules daily in divided dosage.
Suggested Use: For those who feel as if they are coming down with a viral infection, we recommend taking 1800mg on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, and for more severe cases, 1800mg more at night. (If you have a sensitive stomach, Monolaurin can be taken with food.) The dose can be tapered off as symptoms decrease. Young children can also take Monolaurin at a reduced dose (300-600mg depending on the age of the child). If you are giving Monolaurin to children (or adults) who have difficulty swallowing capsules, you can break them open and sprinkle the Monolaurin into something such as applesauce or yogurt.
Some physicians recommend a maintenance dose of 600mg daily for Epstein-Bar Virus, Herpes 1 & 2, or other chronic viral condition. Of course, you should always seek the advice of a physician if you have fever, pain or if symptoms persist.
To treat herpes virus, some physicians recommend taking 1800mg of Monolaurin when there is a flare-up and 600mg as a maintenance dose during dormant periods. Sometimes the herpes virus can be activated by Monolaurin and then killed, resulting in a Herxheimer-like reaction.
Similar protocols have been used with the Epstein-Barr virus (closely resembling the herpes virus), which may be responsible for Chronic Fatigue and even MS.
Read Customer questions and answers about Monolaurin in our FAQ.
What is Monolaurin? Monolaurin is an anti-microbial agent that protects the immune system from a range of infectious agents. Monolaurin is a glyceride ester derivative of lauric acid, a fatty acid found naturally in breast milk and certain vegetable oils. This fatty acid has been used as a germicidal agent for centuries. Lauric acid was originally discovered when microbiologists studied human breast milk to determine the antiviral substances which protected infants from microbial infections. It has been shown to protect newborns, whose immune systems are underdeveloped, from Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other respiratory tract viruses (1,2). Monolaurin was found to have even great viral activity than lauric acid. As a dietary supplement, Monolaurin has shown exciting results as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent.
How does Monolaurin work? Monolaurin works by destroying lipid-coated viruses such as herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, and various pathogenic bacteria and protozoa.
Monolaurin works by binding to the lipid-protein envelope of the virus, thereby preventing it from attaching and entering host cells, making infection and replication impossible. Other studies show that Monolaurin disintegrates the viral envelope, killing the virus.
What is Monolaurin effective in treating? In general, Monolaurin can help treat colds, flu, EBV, shingles, herpes, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
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. In addition to its antiviral effects, monolaurin has also been shown to have antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Groups A, F & G streptococci, Chlamydia, H. pylori, and against yeast and fungi as well, including Candida and ringworm.
Monolaurin is known to be effective against several lipid-coated viruses (a class which includes the AIDS virus), and against certain bacteria as well. Until recently researchers have had little interest in using monolaurin as a treatment for disease. Biochemical theories predict that the digestive system would break down monolaurin into the same end products already provided by ordinary foods, making it ineffective for systemic use as an antiviral. But recent experience suggests that these theories may be wrong.
Monolaurin works against lipid coated (enveloped) viruses much like AL 721 -- an experimental AIDS treatment developed in Israel, and covered in depth in earlier articles in this series. The same theories which predict that monolaurin could not work as an antiviral after passing through the digestive system also predict that AL 721 would not, for the same reason. But human experience now suggests that AL 721 can be effective orally as an antiviral. At least one of the leading researchers on monolaurin believes that if AL 721 can be an antiviral after passing through the digestive system, then monolaurin probably would too -- and the combination may be especially effective.
A group in Tulsa, Oklahoma called Oklahoma Project Inform has studied monolaurin, and brought it to this writer's attention. Two people in that group have now used the treatment for almost 60 days, and report that it has been effective in reducing severe swelling of lymph nodes when nothing else had helped. Others have used monolaurin for shorter times, not long enough yet to tell whether it works. But no one so far has been unhappy with this treatment or stopped using it for any reason.
How can I protect myself during the cold and flu season? Monolaurin serves as a valuable nutritional adjunct for people who feel that they are coming down with a cold or flu. Many physicians have developed their own clinical protocols in their cold and flu prevention program and recommend taking several capsules of Monolaurin on an empty stomach.
Monolaurin is not the type of nutritional supplement you have to take on a daily basis (although many people take it regularly for prevention purposes), but only when the need arises. If you have a fever or swollen lymph glands, it is always best to see a physician, but if you sense the early warning signs of the flu, like sniffles, sore skin and perhaps a scratchy throat, Monolaurin may offer the first line of defense.
ANTIBIOTICS, MONOLAURIN AND THE FLU Antibiotics kill unwanted micro-organisms, but they also kill many friendly micro-organisms. Monolaurin, on the other hand, does not appear to have an adverse effect on desirable digestive bacteria, but rather only on unwanted microorganisms. In addition Monolaurin can reduce the resistance of germs to antibiotics.
Frequent antibiotic use can lead to major disruptions in health and especially immune system function. Antibiotic resistance, resulting from the over-use of prescription drugs, is one of the biggest problems facing the medical community today. Resistance is cumulative (and comes in part from antibiotics in our food supply). That's why it's important to consider starting with nutritional agents, such as Monolaurin, first. Uncomplicated flu, while unpleasant, is not life threatening and doesn't necessitate drug therapy. Nutritional physiologic agents, such as Monolaurin, may be a good first choice.
Is Monolaurin safe? Not only is Monolaurin included on the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) list, but it may, by virtue of its source of origin, be safer than many other food supplements that are designed to boost the immune system.
One of the safest substances known to man is breast milk. This is where the monoglyceride of lauric acid (Monolaurin) is found. When an infant is born, it is totally dependent on food factors in the mother's milk for immune protection. In analyzing the composition of human breast milk, medical researchers found lauric acid monoglycerides in high concentrations, which is what led them to study Monolaurin as an anti-viral agent (4,5). Monolaurin is also found in coconut oil, butter, and heavy cream; only recently has it been isolated and purified. It is highly unusual in pharmacology to find chemicals that are toxic to lower forms of life (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) but non-toxic to man.
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I recently purchased MonoLaurin after experiencing an onset of symptoms from EBV. I received my order promptly and am happy to say the MonoLaurin helped me. Within a couple days my energy returned. I will definitely repurchase this item!
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Reviewed by anyone from va.
I have been using the Monolaurin caps for a month. It seems to help so far so good
helps with herpes
Reviewed by jule from Hinesburg, VT.
Found that Monolaurin helped to reduce duration of herpes outbreak.
Reviewed by Tiffany from Tucson Arizona.
Monolaurin is working great. I feel better everyday. I purchased it because of my Gluten Allergy and stomach issues and it's helping improve the stomach pains.
Reviewed by Feryne from New Jersey.
Monolaurin is wonderful it helps keep Viruses away. My doctor recommends this product to keep me healthy.
Will Order Again!
Reviewed by Lori from Medina/ Ohio.
I started taking this about a month ago for herpes simplex I get on my face. I developed a few cold sores as a herxheimer reaction, but I kept taking it and they went away quickly, hopefully never to return! I will definitely order this again.
Reviewed by Gina from Rantoul, IL.
Seems to be helping with my viral mono - am feeling mcuh better! I will definitely order again! thanks!
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