The benefits of monolaurin

What is monolaurin and why do we need it?
I learned about monolaurin much later than coconut oil came into my life.

I knew that coconut oil contains saturated fatty acids that are not synthesized by the body. They give the body energy and increase vitality.
Let me remind you that I am talking about unrefined cold-pressed coconut oil, which is an organic and natural product.

Coconut oil contains 9 useful fatty acids: lauric, myristic, capric, caprylic, palmitic, oleic, stearic, linoleic and hexane. Each of which carries certain benefits for our body.

What is monalaurin?

Monolaurin is an organic substance that is formed by the interaction of glycerol and lauric acid. The largest amount of this substance is contained in coconut oil; it consists of almost half of monolaurin.

Monolaurin is also found in breast milk (7%). It has been suggested that monolaurin is what protects newborn babies from infectious diseases.

If you don't get monolaurin from coconut oil or breast milk, a third way to get it is to take supplements containing monolaurin.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted monolaurin a GRAS safety status, which confirms the harmlessness of its use. In Russia, monolaurine also has the status of an approved nonaddictive dietary supplement.

Functions of monolaurin

The main function of monolaurin is to fight infections
It copes well with both pathogenic bacteria, viruses and fungi. When interacting with a virus, monolaurin attaches to its shell, preventing its penetration into cells.
Many pathogenic bacteria are also neutralized by interaction with monolaurin. Bactericidal effect is manifested by penetration of the substance inside pathogenic bacteria and destruction of intracellular bonds.

At the same time, the drug is not a drug and has no negative effects on the human body. This allows you to take monolaurin for many years and not to form resistance to drugs.

In addition to its bactericidal, antiviral, and antifungal effects, monolaurin

  • Protects the body from parasites
  • Supports the health of intestinal microflora
  • Stabilizes metabolism and improves digestion

Monolaurin is used for the prevention of various diseases
  • In the period of colds and flu;
  • At high physical, mental and emotional stress;
  • At problems with eating and sleeping.
  • With a lack of immunity.
  • In chronic fatigue

For the treatment of viral diseases:
Flu; herpes, smallpox, rubella, stomatitis, etc.

For the treatment of fungal diseases:
Mildew; candidiasis, trichophytosis

For the treatment of diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria:
Streptococcus, Salmonella, Chlamydia, Staphylococcus aureus

Where to buy and how to take monolaurin?

The easiest way to add monolurine to your life is to start consuming unrefined coconut oil.

You should start with small portions. Taking very large doses without the body adapting leads to disorders in the gastrointestinal tract.

Coconut oil can be eaten at the same time as other foods containing fats, such as nuts.
You can also add a teaspoon of oil to coffee or use it along with salad dressing.

The second option is to buy monolaurin as a dietary supplement, which can be found in specialized pharmacies, health food stores or on websites such as IHERB.

You should take capsules 2-3 times a day with meals, drinking plenty of clean water (200-300 milliliters).
You should keep a maximum of equal time between doses and maintain regularity, take the drug as a course, and not quit after a week.

The maximum daily dosage of monolaurin for adults is 3000 milligrams.
The dosage of monolaurin for children should be adjusted with a therapist.
The minimum age at which children can start taking monolaurin is 3 years old.

Monolaurin has a strong effect on the herpes virus. It cannot be considered a full-fledged medicine, but it helps speed up the relief of symptoms and skin recovery if it is used simultaneously with antiviral drugs.

If you want to prevent the appearance of herpes, it is enough to take about 1000 mg of monolaurin a day - 2 capsules a day. If you already feel symptoms that herald the onset of a rash, you can take an increased dose of 1500-2500 mg for the first few days.

It is recommended to start taking monolaurin even before the first symptoms appear: as soon as the season of colds and flu begins. This will strengthen the immune system and prepare it to any troubles, cleansing the body of viruses and bacteria. In this case, 2 capsules of 500 mg per day is enough.

If you already feel sick, you should increase the daily dosage for a few days to 1500-2500 mg. If your condition improves, you can reduce the dose and continue the course for prevention. If the disease takes over, you can continue the course with an increased dosage (the main thing is not to exceed the limit of 3000 mg per day). It is better to reduce the dose of monolaurin to 1000 mg when using medications.

Important: Pay attention to the date of manufacture, the drug has a shelf life of 2 years if the storage conditions are observed. Do not take the supplement after the expiration date.

Side effects and contraindications of monolaurin

If you follow the instructions for taking monolaurin, this natural drug will not cause any harm.
However, manufacturers do warn about possible side effects that may occur due to the breakdown of pathogenic bacteria, destruction of viruses or fungi. Their toxins can enter the blood or digestive system, causing nausea, dizziness or headaches. In this case, according to the instructions for use of monolaurin, the dosage should be reduced.

No contraindications have been found for the drug either, and so far no cases of allergy to monolaurin have been reported.
When taking the drug during pregnancy, breastfeeding or at the age of 3 to 18 years, when the body is still forming, it is worth consulting a doctor.

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