Viruses are Killed by Monolaurin (non toxic to humans)

Discussion in 'Health & Medicine' started by Teachable, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Teachable

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    I found out about this wonderful product (Monolaurin 600 mg) from a retired nutritionist friend. Now I've been given a page of technical data on it, to share. It's available on Google Shopping, NexTag or Yahoo Shopping, (prices vary wildly, so sort by price).
    I have been using it (for 2 months now) whenever I feel that I have been exposed to any people that have any flu symptoms.
    This is my first post, I think it's really worth the time to read, and I look foreward to several dialogs.
    Teachable

    What is Monolaurin?
    Monolaurin is a physiologic anti-microbial agent that protects the
    immune system from a range of infectious agents. A
    monoglycerol ester of the fatty acid lauric acid, it can be found in
    mammalian breast milk, amniotic fluid, and some foods, most
    notably coconut oil. It has been shown to protect newborns, whose
    immune systems are underdeveloped, from Respiratory Syncytial
    Virus (RSV) and other respiratory tract viruses (1,2). As a dietary
    supplement, it has been used as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial
    agent.
    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.
    Monolaurin’s lack of toxicity makes it most promising.

    Which microorganisms are killed by Monolaurin?
    While Monolaurin is most widely used as an anti-viral agent, it
    also has beneficial effects against pathogenic bacteria, yeasts
    and fungi; other fatty acids such as caprylic and sorbic acids are
    more effective against yeasts, but ineffective against viruses.
    In a study performed at the CDC, which focused on Monolaurintested
    strains of viruses, Monolaurin was able to solubulize the
    enveloped membrane of 14 human RNA and DNA viruses (3).
    These include 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 works by disintegrating the lipid
    envelope coat of viruses. Data from these studies suggest that the
    loss of virus infectivity is associated with the solubilization
    of Monolaurin into the envelope. The virus absorbs the fatty acid
    for its own replication, but winds up destroying its own protective
    coat.
    How can I protect myself during the cold and flu season?
    20,000 people die each year from the flu, primarily the elderly
    and immunocompromised. Neuraminidase inhibitors (Influenzaspecific
    antiviral drugs) such as Tamiflu®, Relenza®,
    Amantadine, and Rimantadine are important adjuncts but not a
    substitute for a vaccine. And aside from being an expensive
    per-course of treatment, they can cause serious side effects. At
    best, these drugs will cut the illness by a day and a half. If they are
    started too late, they won’t work at all. Furthermore, there are
    influenza subtypes and strains that may be non-responsive to drug
    therapy.
    There are some new monoclonal antibodies administered by
    injection that are excellent drugs, and a new inhaled mist will be
    available in a few years. Drug developers look to the simple
    mechanism factor of Monolaurin in developing these newer
    powerful anti-viral drugs. In addition to the commonly known
    supplements, Vitamin C, Lactoferrin, and Echinacea, 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 one has to
    take on a daily basis, but only when the need arises. If one has 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.
    How do I know whether bacteria or a virus is causing an infection?
    Pediatricians often practice the best medicine, performing a
    differential diagnostic to rule out viruses before prescribing Rx
    anti-biotics. They’ve seen too many recurrent ear infections
    and use antibiotics more judiciously. Most family practice doctors
    don’t perform a differential diagnosis or throat culture to see if
    the infection is bacterial or viral in origin, and simply prescribe an
    antibiotic, even though antibiotics will not work for viral
    infections. The patient is just happy to leave with the prescription
    in hand.
    Unfortunately, this is why anti-biotic 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
    may come first.
    What is the role of Monolaurin and other nutrients against herpes?
    Herpes is one of the most ubiquitous viruses, occurring in both oral
    and genital forms. It is also highly contagious and resistant to
    conventional pharmacology.
    Some physicians recommend taking 6 capsules when one has
    a flare up and 2 capsules as a maintenance dose during quiescent
    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 (16, 17).
    Some biotech companies are studying the use of a Monolaurinbased
    cream for genital herpes. The amino acid Lysine and the
    preservative BHT have also been studied in herpes with mixed
    results.
    Have there been any studies about Monolaurin in medical journals?
    Most of the studies with Monolaurin have been in vitro, studying
    the sensitivity of viruses to its effects outside the body; other
    studies point to its safety and presence in foods. A literature search
    on Medline will produce a range of published scientific articles in
    such prestigious journals as: Antimicrobial Agents Chemistry,
    Science, Nutrition Reviews, J. Food Safety, and Archives of
    Virology (6-15).
    The cost of conducting a large scale, multi-centered study and the
    lack of patent protection has discouraged pharmaceutical companies
    from developing this product further. However, there are a
    number of studies pointing to the safety and absorption of
    Monolaurin and other fatty acid esters.

    What is the best way to take Monolaurin?
    For those who feel as if they are coming down with a viral
    infection, doctors often recommend taking six of the 300 mg capsules
    (or 3 of the 600 mg capsules) with food, first thing in the
    morning, and for acute cases, the same dose again at night. The
    dose can be tapered off as symptoms decrease. Some physicians
    recommend a maintenance dose of 600 mg daily in the presence of
    high titers to the Epstein-Bar Virus, Herpes 1 & 2, or other chronic
    viral conditions, such as Mononucleosis. Of course, one should
    always seek the advice of a physician in cases of fever and/or pain,
    or if symptoms persist.

    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

    (I removed the references because the post was too long. They are available if anyone wants them).
     
  2. The_Blob

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    My primary concern is the thinking that lauric acid is converted into monolaurin. This is not true. Lauric acid cannot be broken down or converted into monolaurin. This inaccurate statement is often found on many websites. Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs)are composed of three medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) attached to a glycerol molecule. When we consume coconut oil or mother’s milk or any source of MCTs, during digestion fatty acids are broken free from the MCT. When one MCFA is broken off from a medium chain triglyceride it produces 1 free fatty acid and a diglyceride (a glycerol attached to 2 MCFAs). When a second MCFA is broken off, the diglyceride transforms into a monoglyceride (a glycerol attached to 1 MCFA). If all three MCFAs are broken off then it produces 3 free fatty acids and a free glycerol molecule.

    If the MCT contains lauric acid the monoglyceride that is produced when 2 MCFAs are removed is monolaurin. Monolaurin is produced from MCTs, not from lauric acid. Lauric acid can be produced from monolaurin but monolaurin cannot be produced from lauric acid.

    In like manner, MCTs produce other monoglycerides such as monocaprin and monocaprylin, which are monglycerides containing 1 each of capric acid and caprylic acid respectively.

    Another problem brought out in the article and one that is often expressed on websites is the mistaken belief that the antimicrobial power of coconut oil is based exclusively on monolaurin. The antimicrobial properties of coconut do NOT come from monolaurin. They come from the MCFAs. Monoclycerides possess antimicrobial properties and some of the oil is converted into monoglycerieds, including monolaurin, but the vast majority of the antimicrobial power is due to the free fatty acids--the medium chain fatty acids released from the triglycerides. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how much or how little of the MCTs are converted into monolaurin because it is the MCFAs that do the work and gives coconut oil is miraculous healing powers, not monolaurin. Monolaurin plays a supporting role, it is not the main player or even necessary.

    Based on my research, coconut oil appears to be more useful than monolaurin for fighting most infections.
     

  3. Necred

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    Monolaurin

    "Based on my research, coconut oil appears to be more useful than monolaurin for fighting most infections. "

    How do you administer coconut oil?
     
  4. JayJay

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  5. iprepare143

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    Monolaurin

    I have heard that Monolaurin is the chemical name of Lauricidin, that lowers down your dependencies on drugs. You can use Lauricidin as a regular diet, you may get benefit.
     
  6. shalmedicosimm

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    No in vivo analysis i found about monolaurin...but this theory is really good.
     
  7. Soldernut

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    A Monolaurin Convert

    I'm so glad to see the word getting out about Monolaurin. This is a real wonder supplement.

    My wife and I both use a high-grade Monolaurin product that's delivered in a small, pearl-like "mini-pill," and, starting about three weeks after we began using it, we noticed an improvement in our resistance to exposure to pathogens.

    Friends, neighbors and co-workers would expose us to colds, flus and God only knows what else; and we stayed well.

    The chief beneficiary is my wife, an educator constantly surrounded by sick kids. I haven't seen her "sick" for over a year; about the time we began using monolauren

    When our dog took ill with some kind of gastric bug, we hid half-teaspoonsfull of monolaurin in cottage cheese, which he dearly loves. His illness cleared up in about four days.

    The product we use is called "Opti-Monolaurin," and we get it from Nutrition Pure and Simple on line. We use several of their other products because of their great quality, but monolaurin is our favorite.

    You can find it here:
    http://www.nutritionpureandsimple.com/p-82-opti-monolaurin.aspx
     
  8. Ezmerelda

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    As Necred asked, "how do you administer coconut oil?" Or, do you just use it for cooking, etc., and gain the benefits from just having it as a part of your diet?
     
  9. JayJay

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    Update: I got 3 bottles and it did nothing for my fever blisters..after a month, I stopped taking them.
    And I don't ever have colds or the flu---ever. This MAY be attributed to taking fish oil and garlic tablets. But even for years before, I never got colds or flu--former educator.
     
  10. kirklandwater

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    I got Monolaurin. In the first few days, I did not feel any different, But after a week, I can see the improvement in my blister.
     
  11. The_Blob

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    considering herpes outbreaks last 9-10 days on average for men & 11-14 days for women on average, I'm not surprised that 'after a week' it was subsiding...
     
  12. JayJay

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    I still have some capsules; I will admit I didn't take 3 each morning and night.
    Will surely try this next flare up; fever blisters are a real nuisance.
     
  13. kentuck

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    Vitiminlife.com sells 1100 MG Monolautin...90 all vegi caps for 10.49 best price and highest MG I can fine anywhere....I begin my journey to try and cure Hep C>>.Please wish me luck>>>>>
     
  14. Lake Windsong

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    For fever blisters, try L-lysine supplements, you can find different brands in the vitamin aisles at most stores.
     
  15. backlash

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    Looks a lot like [​IMG].
    Several new posters all hyping the product.
     
  16. jsriley5

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    funny thing though backlash is none of the newbies posting joined recently though all the join dates are months or years ago.
     
  17. backlash

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    Didn't realize this is an old thread that was revived recently.
    OP started it in 2009 and another new user replied in Aug. 2012.
    OP has not posted recently so it still looks like spam to me.
     
  18. jsriley5

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    funny I noticed the join dates but didn't look to see when the thread was started. Duh.
     
  19. AnonyManx

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    In our house, with a spoon. It's quite tasty.
     
  20. Immolatus

    Immolatus Just getting started. Always.

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    Took me a sec to realize that the bulk of this thread is obvious spam too. Besides JayJay, anyone use it on a regular basis?

    Blob, are you a doctor or chemist or something? Thats a pretty technical post, but I only took chem 101 and 2 out of curiosity.
    So generally what are your thoughts on coconut oil? I chow it (straight, and use it in my sourdough recipes) pretty consistently for its supposed health benefits.
    From webmd on monolaurin:
    Monolaurin is a chemical made from lauric acid, which is found in coconut milk and breast milk.

    Monolaurin is used for preventing and treating colds (the common cold), flu (influenza), swine flu, herpes, shingles, and other infections. It is also used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and to boost the immune system.

    In foods, monolaurin is used in the production of ice cream, margarine, and spaghetti.
    In manufacturing, monolaurin is used in making cosmetics, detergents, and insecticides.
    How does it work?
    Preliminary research suggests monolaurin might be able to fight bacteria and viruses in test tubes. It is not known if monolaurin has these effects when used by people"

    You really dont want to know... :)
    Joking aside, I generally just eat it straight, its a solid.