Monolaurin

What other names is Monolaurin known by?

Distilled Monoglyceride, Glycerin Monolaurate, Glycerol Monolaurate, Lauricidin, Lauric Acid Monoglyceride, Monoglycéride Distillé, Monolaurine.

What is 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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of monolaurin for these uses.

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How does Monolaurin 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.

Are there safety concerns?

Monolaurin is safe for most people when used in amounts commonly found in foods. It is not known if monolaurin is safe when used in medicinal amounts.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of monolaurin during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Dosing considerations for Monolaurin.

The appropriate dose of monolaurin depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for monolaurin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011