Monolaurin is an anti-viral that works directly on the envelopy coat of the virus by disrupting the conformation of the lipid bilayer, preventing adsorption (attachment) to host cells.
This is a powerful antiviral, tested successfully for herpes types I and II, as well as non-specific viral infections. It contains the monoester of the acid lauric acid. Monolaurin has had good results in studies of Shingles, Herpes virus and Epstein Bar virus, which is closely related to the herpes virus. Monolaurin-based creams are being developed.
In addition to the commonly known supplements Vitmain D, Lactoferrin and echinacea, physicians recommend taking several capsules of Monolaurin on an empty stomach.
Drs. overprescribe antibiotics which will not work for viral infections. Monolaurin is a more judicious prescription for cold and flu.
Viral diseases result from a series of growth cycles that kill or alter cells. The maximal goal of antiviral treatment is to restore function to the infected cells, stop viral replication and thus prevent spread to additional cells. The difficulty is inhibition of the virus without harming the body's cells. Diseases may become evident only after extensive viral multiplication and cellular alteration have occured. Thirdly, antiviral therapy can result in resistant mutation.
Monolaurin is an exciting product because of its antiviral properties that enable selective use of a non-toxic agent to humans. Monolaurin works directly on the envelopy coat of the virus by disrupting the conformation of the lipid bilayer, preventing adsorption (attachment) to host cells.
It does not upset the gastrointestinal tract. No significant effect was noted in liver enzymes, leukocyte count, red cell count or hemoglobin levels in studies.
Not only does Monolaurin exert antiviral activity by direct activity, it also enhances both nonspecific as well as specific host defenses against viral invasion. It does not have an effect on lymphocyte or macrophage functions. It potentiates immunological activity by triggering agents as mitogens, antigens, phagocytic stimuli or lymphokines.
Although it is broad spectrum, it has no effect on diseaase caused by polio, coxsackie, rotaviruses, Western euine, Venezuela equine or Japanese B encephalitis.
Note: Some physicians recommend taking 6 capsules when one has a flare up of the herpes virus, and two capsules as a maintenance dose. Sometimes the herpes virus can be activated by Monolaurin, and then killed, reslting in a Herxheimer-like reaction where one feels worse before feeling better.
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