Coconut oil is the edible oil harvested from the meat of mature coconuts (Cocos nucifera). Roughly 40 to 60% of coconut oil is comprised of lauric acid. Monolaurin is the highly purified glycerol ester of lauric acid and is more biologically active than lauric acid.
While consuming coconut products will give health benefits, monolaurin and lauricidin are more potent and reliable for treating specific diseases. It boosts immunity and treats bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
Monolaurin, also known as glyceryl monolaurate, glyceryl laurate, or 1-Lauroyl-glycerol, is a monoglyceride (a single molecule of glycerol attached to a fatty acid).
Lauric acid in vco is valued for its use in the food and health supplement industries. Lauric acid is converted to monolaurin in the body. The body system has to do extra job to emulsify the oil for better absorption in the body. Fret not, Lauryn’s in-house researchers have designed a completely miscible emulsion of VCO that contain higher percentage of activated monolaurin that has a tremendous higher absorption rate.
Health Benefits of Monolaurin
1) Monolaurin Is Antibacterial
Monolaurin showed antibacterial effects against a range of bacteria including antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cells and mice. Monolaurin was able to inhibit the growth of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria in children’s skin. Monolaurin is much more effective than lauric acid at killing viruses and bacteria.
2) Monolaurin Is Antiviral
Monolaurin inhibits several fat-coated viruses that infect humans and animals. Fat-coated viruses can live in your body fat for years and interfere with your metabolism. Monolaurin weakens or disintegrates viruses’ fat coatings and kill them.
3) Monolaurin Is Antifungal
Monolaurin may inactivate or destroy various fungi and yeasts. These include several species of ringworm. Monolaurin can kill Candida albicans present in the mouth, gut, and female reproductive system. In a study (DB-RCT) of 36 women, monolaurin was effective against Candida albicans, which may help treat vaginal infections. It may also control the growth of Candida albicans in the gut and decrease the risk of fungal infections.
4) Monolaurin Boosts the Immune System
Besides treating infections, monolaurin can be an immune booster. Monolaurin improves T-cell function, which recognize and kill bacteria and viruses.
5) Monolaurin May Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
Monolaurin may be beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, which has been linked to herpes infection.Medium-chain fatty acids, such as lauric acid, are present in coconut oil and convert into monolaurin in the body. The liver can convert them into ketones, which are an important alternative energy source for the brain. They may be beneficial to people with memory impairment.
6) Monolaurin Helps with Weight Control
Many fat-coated viruses can live in your body fat and disturb your metabolism, promoting obesity. Monolaurin may assist weight management by killing these stored viruses.In a study of 9 healthy overweight men, consumption of medium-chain fatty acids increased calorie burning and fat breakdown (through oxidation), reducing fat storage.
7) Monolaurin Improves Skin Health
Monolaurin stops skin infections, so it may be of use for acne and other skin conditions such as eczema. A study (DB-RCT) in two dermatology clinics showed that coconut oil, which contains monolaurin, is effective against Staphylococcus aureus infected eczema.
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