The herpes simplex virus (HSV) is a common virus causing painful, fluid filled blisters or a cluster of blisters around the lips, in the mouth or on the genitals. Herpes zoster is another virus from the herpes family that causes chicken pox and later on in life, shingles. Herpetic infections affect currently 800 million Americans, or 1 in 5 adults. Up to 500,000 Americans get genital infections with herpes, and many more have oral infections with herpes.
Monolaurin, also known as glyceryl laurate or glycerol monolaurate, is a natural supplement that may help to effectively manage herpes infections. Unlike conventional drugs that offer symptom relief but can’t eradicate the virus, monolaurin may help to permanently eliminate the fatty coat surrounding the herpes virus that is responsible for causing the blisters. Simply put, monolaurin melts the fats and other substances that cover the virus, and thus promotes the disintegration of viral particles.
This supplement was developed by chemist J.J. Kabara from the University of Detroit, based on his discovery that a chemical substance called monoglyceride formed from a mix of glycerol and lauric acid (lauric acid is a fatty acid found abundantly in coconut oil) can successfully inhibit the growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Dosage and Safety
Dr. Kabara recommends an initial dose of 1.5 grams, one to two times daily for one to two weeks, and then to double the dosage to 3 grams, one to two times daily. Thereafter, he recommends up to 3 grams, three times a day. He believes that monolaurin works best if you start with low doses and gradually increase it until you obtain maximum benefits. According to Kabara, you should expect to see results within three to six weeks.
This supplement should not be used during pregnancy and lactation. Although it has a good safety profile, adverse reactions associated with monolaurin include fever, irritability, muscle aches and pains, which may be explained by the fact that some natural supplements may temporarily cause a symptom aggravation before the healing mechanisms can start the recovery process.
Besides being effective in managing herpes virus HSV type 1 (oral) and 2 (affecting mostly genital area), monolaurin was found effective for the super bug MRSA (staph infection resistant to most antibiotics), measles, hepatitis C, and CMV (cytomegalus virus). Some individuals have used monolaurin for other, non-infectious medical conditions such as ulcerative colitis and chronic fatigue syndrome, reporting positive results.
Monolaurin is also a common ingredient found in deodorants, because it has the ability to eliminate the odor of the armpits caused by overgrowth of skin germs. Some shampoos, soaps, and even foods like ice cream and spreads contain monolaurin.
As usual, you should consult a physician before taking any supplements to learn more about the proper dosage and any interactions with other supplements or drugs you are taking. Monolaurin is available alone or in combination with other natural compounds, in capsule or small pellet form.