WHAT IS MONOLAURIN?
Warm, cold, warm, cold, this weathers been pretty crazy huh? The perfect time to catch a cold...
People ask me all the time what supplements they should be taking when they feel a cold or flu symptoms coming on. Invariably my answer is... "try Dr. Nenningers Triple Flu Defense, Monolaurin, chicken soup and go to bed. Nine times out of ten their response is: What's Monolaurin? Well my friends, Monolaurin is an anti-microbial agent that helps protect 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 tract viruses.
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. These included influenza, RSV, Rubeola, Newcastle's, Coronavirus, Herpes Simplex types 1 & 2, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus. Monolaurin removed all measurable infectivity by disintegrating the virus envelope.
IS MONOLAURIN AN ANTIBIOTIC
No. Antibiotics kill unwanted micro-organisms, but they also kill many friendly micro-organisms, (which is why you need to take probiotics, but that's another story). Monolaurin, on the other hand, does not appear to have an adverse effect on desirable digestive bacteria, but rather only on unwanted microorganisms.
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. Monolaurin is also found in coconut oil, butter, and heavy cream; only recently has it been isolated and purified.
Monolaurin is best taken on an empty stomach, but for those with a sensitive stomach, Monolaurin can be taken with food. The dose can be tapered off as symptoms decrease. Of course, you should always seek the advice of a physician if you have fever, pain or if symptoms persist, but I can tell you from firsthand experience, monolaurin works great to help fight off that nagging cold, even if you've never heard of it.
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