Holistic Health: Monolaurin Benefits
Monolaurin is a substance obtained from lauric acid. It is a medium-chain fatty acid that you can find in human breast milk and coconut oil. Monolaurin is available in supplement form and is said to offer a number of health benefits.
Monolaurin is also a type of food additive used as an ingredient in cosmetics and detergents.
Why do people use monolaurin?
Monolaurin is said to help treat the following health issues.
- Chronic fatigue
- Cold sores
Proponents also claim that monolaurin can boost the immune system and turn off bacteria and viruses.
The benefits of monolaurin
Although there are currently no clinical studies examining the health effects of monolaurin, some preliminary research suggests that monolaurin may provide certain health benefits.
For example, a lab study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology in 2015 tested the effectiveness of 15 botanicals and nutrients against bacteria known to cause Lyme disease. Tests showed that monolaurin and baicalein (a compound found in the skullcap) were the most effective antimicrobial compounds.
Possible side effects and safety
Due to a lack of research, little is known about the safety of high dose or long-term use of monolaurin.
Also, keep in mind that pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or taking medication can have monolaurin side effects.
Although monolaurin may show promise in treating certain conditions, it should not be used as a substitute for standard treatment for any condition.
Where to find it
Supplements containing monolaurin are available online, at some health food stores, drug stores, and stores specializing in dietary supplements.
Coconut oil, with its high lauric acid content, is sometimes considered good for treating certain conditions. However, some research suggests that coconut oil may not be helpful in overcoming infections.
Take that away
Frustration may not explain your feelings about trying standard treatments without much success. While monolaurin can be very appealing, you cannot be sure of its effectiveness or safety as there are no large clinical studies confirming these effects.
If you’re still debating whether to consider it, be sure to see your doctor to weigh the pros and cons and discuss whether it’s right for you.
Several natural remedies can provide effects similar to the purported benefits of monolaurin. For example, there is evidence that capsaicin cream and proteolytic enzymes may help with some symptoms of shingles.
To boost your immune system, you should eat a diet rich in immune foods, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and manage your stress.