In this interview with Dr. Jeff Moss I discussed all of the health benefits and uses of monolaurin which is one of my favorite supplements for infections and healthy immune system function. The interview is about twenty minutes but it is packed with great information.
What is Monolaurin?
Monolaurin is a “monoester” formed from lauric acid which is a medium chain fatty acid. Monolaurin is the main antiviral and antibacterial found in human breast milk as well as in coconut. Monlaurin works well against certain viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Monolaurin has also been shown to improve immune system function in addition to its ability to target infections.
Monolaurin has been shown to be effective for the following infections:
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Herpes viruses
- Influenza (The Flu)
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Streptococcus agalactiae
- Group A, B, F and G streptococci
- Helicobacter pylori
- Candida albicans
- Giardia lamblia
I use monolaurin quite a bit for these types of infections because it is extremely reliable, effective and well-tolerated by most people. Although it is found in high concentrations in coconut, you really must supplement with it to have an effective treatment for specific infections. You can certainly increase your monolaurin intake by consuming coconut-based products on a regular basis.
Here is a list of the lauric acid content of some foods; monolaurin is made from lauric acid in the body (grams are per cup):
- Coconut cream, raw 37 grams
- Coconut cream, canned 23.3 grams
- Fresh grated coconut, packed 19.4 grams
- Fresh grated coconut, loose 11.9 grams
- Coconut cream pudding 1.29 grams
- Coconut milk contains 3.5 grams per 2 ounces.
What is the best way to take it?
The general recommended does is 1-3 grams for adults. Monolaurin is best taken in small doses for the first week so that your body gets used to it. The second week the dose is then increased for one week. And then the third week it is taken at its highest dose for one week. After that, I have patients taper down their dose for maintenance and to keep any infections from returning.
As always, supplement only under doctor supervision. Monolaurin is a phenomenal compound from Mother Nature to help us fight infections and improve immune system function.