Monolaurin is a mono-ester of lauric acid, a fatty acid found in coconut oil and present in breast milk. It has been studied for its reputed ability to provide nutritive support for the immune system.
It has a great virucidal and bactericidal activity. Humans metabolize small amounts of monolaurin from lauric acid but the amount is believed to be relatively low and as a therapeutic intervention monolaurin is typically required in higher amounts than would be obtained from reasonable amounts of coconut oil in the diet.
Monolaurin may be especially helpful for individuals plagued by chronic recurrent stealth infections such as those linked to Lyme disease and conditions involving chronic fatigue. Some typically difficult to treat infections may result from viruses that are encapsulated in such a way that they cloak themselves in parts of the infected individual’s own cell membranes and are thus “hidden” from the immune system. In such cases monolaurin may be an effective choice.
Monolaurin is believed to inactivate lipid-coated viruses by binding to the lipid-protein viral envelope thereby preventing it from attaching to and entering host cells rendering infection and replication impossible.
Evidence also suggests that monolaurin solubilizes the lipids and phospholipids in the viral envelope causing disintegration of this protective envelope and killing the virus. Additionally as a lipid-based surfactant monolaurin is effective against microbial biofilms which are associated with a variety of clinical presentations including periodontitis otitis media endocarditis biliary tract infections prostatitis osteomyelitis burn wound infections surgical site infections and device-related infections such as those associated with catheters sutures and stents.
Biofilm-associated bacteria are typically less susceptible to antibiotic therapy than are free-living bacteria possibly owing to the inability of some antibiotics to fully penetrate the biofilm and interact directly with bacteria. Researchers believe this is due to “the presence of occasional areas of lipid-containing matrix encasing some bacteria within the biofilm. This lipid matrix prevented comparatively small ordinarily diffusible molecules from coming into contact with the encased bacterial cells.
In light of these findings it is conceivable that antibiotics may be able to diffuse through the biofilm but not come in contact with all bacterial cells throughout the biofilm. There may be areas in the biofilm that are shielded by a lipid hydrophobic barrier that prevents diffusion of antibiotics into these areas. As a surfactant capable of disrupting lipid-containing structures monolaurin was shown to interfere with biofilm development by Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis.
An additional mechanism behind monolaurin’s antimicrobial effects is that it can be inserted into bacterial cell membranes “and subtly modify membrane structure to interfere with the conformational shifts in the structure of transmembrane proteins by which signals are projected through membranes” thereby impairing bacterial intercellular communication.
The list of pathogens monolaurin has been shown to inactivate reads like a who’s who of common infections and illnesses: herpes simplex virus chlamydia trachomatis gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria yeast fungi and protozoa including candida albicans several species of ringworm and the giardia parasite.
As if all that weren’t enough unlike conventional antibiotics monolaurin has not been shown to result in antibacterial resistance nor to have adverse effects on beneficial intestinal flora. As such in addition to acute therapeutic use it may also be used as a potential preventive measure during cold and flu season or taken on an ongoing basis by those susceptible to recurrent infection and illness.
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