- What other names is Lauric Acid known by?
- What is Lauric Acid?
- How does Lauric Acid work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Lauric Acid.
fats, particularly in coconut and palm kernel oils. People use it as medicine.
Lauric acid is used for treating viral infections including influenza (the flu); swine flu; avian flu; the common cold; fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV); genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV); and HIV/AIDS. It is also used for preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to children.
Other uses for lauric acid include treatment of bronchitis, gonorrhea, yeast infections, chlamydia, intestinal infections caused by a parasite called Giardia lamblia, and ringworm.
In foods, lauric acid is used as a vegetable shortening.
In manufacturing, lauric acid is used to make soap and shampoo.
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- Influenza (the flu).
- Common cold.
- Avian flu.
- Fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV).
- Genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
- Preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.
- Yeast (candida) infections.
- Intestinal infections caused by a parasite called Giardia lamblia.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Lauric acid is safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known. There is some concern about using lauric acid during breast-feeding because lauric acid passes into breast milk. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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