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Monolaurin is a chemical compound derived from a medium-chain triglyceride like lauric acid. It is a by-product released in the body during the metabolism of coconut fat.

Recent research studies have revealed the immense therapeutic and preventive potential of this compound. It has been found to be beneficial in the management of common health conditions including infections and those linked to the weak or abnormal functions of the immune system. [1]

Scientists have also found possible applications of monolaurin in the field of sanitization, and food preservation most of which could be attributed to the ability of this compound to destroy infectious pathogens.

What are the best sources of monolaurin?

Monolaurin can be obtained through dietary sources or foods having lauric acid or as a dietary supplement.
Coconut oil is one of the best natural sources of Monolaurin. Coconut and some coconut products contain nearly 50% lauric acid, which is a precursor of Monolaurin.

However, it should be noted that monolaurin is more effective at destroying bacteria and viruses than lauric acid. Hence, the intake of Monolaurin through the use of supplements is considered more beneficial for protecting yourself against the risk of infections than relying on dietary sources of lauric acid.

The natural dietary sources of lauric acid and monolaurin include:

  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut cream, raw or canned
  • Coconut milk
  • Fresh shredded coconut
  • Human breast milk
  • Cow and goat milk

 

References:

1. Monolaurin – Uses, Side Effects, and More

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