One of the crowning achievements of modern medicine is the invention of antibiotics.
Conservative estimates are that more than 200 million people have been saved by antibiotics since they were invented in 1928.
Sadly, the over-prescription of antibiotics is rendering them ineffective; and if antibiotics quit working make sure to have this coconut product on hand.
Coconuts are probably one of the world’s most versatile foods.
Not only do they deliver heart-healthy fat, great-tasting milk, and tons of gut-friendly fiber, coconuts can even protect you from getting sick with viruses and bacteria.
That’s because coconuts contain a special kind of medium-chain fatty acids that help prevent bacteria and viruses from growing unchecked in the body.
And not that long-ago scientists figured out how to isolate that short-chain fatty acid and turn it into a supplement that could keep fighting disease long after antibiotics stop working.
Hidden Coconut Ingredient Has Bacteria-Fighting Power
What most people don’t realize is half the reason coconut oil is included in topical health and beauty products is that it has natural antibacterial properties.
That hidden ingredient is lauric acid.
Lauric acid is one of the primary medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) in coconut oil.
Lauric acid doesn’t just help to fuel the body but can also help aid the immune system in fending off pathogenic invaders.
But here’s the exciting thing about how lauric acid helps keep your immune system healthy.
Instead of existing in a state of isolation, our bodies take dietary lauric acid and convert it into something known as monolaurin.
And monolaurin is the end-stage form lauric acid must take if it’s to exert its full effect of boosting immune function.
Only when lauric acid is converted into monolaurin will a person be able to resist the onset of various forms of sicknesses.
Monolaurin is so effective at keeping us well that the prominent Internet-health website, WebMD, listed the following as benefits associated with monolaurin use.
They write, “Monolaurin can help to treat 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.”
A few decades ago, researchers discovered that by processing lauric acid, they could isolate the molecules our bodies use for immune health and render it consumable in a supplement form.
While you can undoubtedly increase dietary intake of lauric acid to make more monolaurin, scientists don’t know the exchange rate of lauric acid to monolaurin conversion.
This is why supplemental monolaurin is used in medical settings as an exact amount can be administered and a net effect calculated from the prescription.
And that’s the good news about monolaurin, it’s been tested in controlled settings, and researchers found that it’s quite effective at keeping the immune system well enough that sickness and disease were kept at bay.
In one study, researchers tested how 15 different compounds (including monolaurin), would perform against the two strains of bacteria known to cause Lyme Disease.
After rigorous testing, they concluded that monolaurin, along with baicalein (which comes from skullcap) were the most effective at preventing bacterial proliferation.
These results led to them conclude that monolaurin might be one of the best natural products used for inhibiting antibacterial activity.
Another study that the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology published similar results.
As Dr. Weston Saunders noted in a blog post about monolaurin.
“Samples of skin cultures were taken from patients that had some bacterial overgrowth issues going on. The scientists exposed all the skin cultures (and bacteria) to 6 different forms of antibiotic as well as monolaurin.
The researchers noticed that the various forms of bacteria present on the skin did not have much resistance to monolaurin. That is to say, monolaurin proved helpful at preventing the bacteria from growing anymore and the bacteria couldn’t “make it past” monolaurin.
The researchers were impressed enough to recommend that future investigation into monolaurin’s antibacterial use be pursued.”
2 Proven Ways to Get More Monolaurin In Your Body
As stated before, your body converts lauric acid from coconut into monolaurin.
While we don’t know how much coconut oil it takes to form 1 gram of monolaurin, it’s safe to say that if you eat several grams of coconut oil a day, you’ll be making more monolaurin in a day than you would if you didn’t eat coconut oil.
If you’re looking for a regimented amount to take, consider adding a supplement to your diet.
There are various supplement manufacturers who produce high-quality monolaurin.
If you decide to supplement with it the generally recommended amounts are 750-1,500 mg 2-3 a day.