Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Monolaurin
1. How long until I see results*?
As enthusiastic natural supplement users ourselves, we get it… we all want to have an idea how long before we see if a supplement works like intended! And while there is no “one size fits all” answer, here are some common health situations in which people take our Monolaurin. Please keep in mind these are general timelines shared anecdotally by our customers.
- As a seasonal flu preventative: many people have shared their success with preventing the flu by takin Monolaurin prior to and the duration of flu season. It’s even more impressive when these people are teachers and nurses, professions with increased exposure.
- Uh oh, I have the flu and I just started Monolaurin: many people report a lessening of symptoms and/or duration of their infection if they begin Monolaurin at onset of symptoms.
- MRSA Staph: people plan for a 2-3 month protocol, and may benefit from taking our Bio-Film Enzymes for stubborn infections.
- Lyme Disease: people can see benefits by 2-3 months into the protocol, however, on average people anticipate 6-7 months taking their full daily amount. Severe infections can take much longer. Our Bio-Film Enzymes is considered one of the essentials for most people in this protocol.
- Herpes (EBV, Shingles): similar to Lyme Disease, people anticipate several months to lower their viral count and significantly reduce outbreaks.
* Important… “results” doesn’t equal “cure”. Please see our disclaimer for further information.
2. Can I take Monolaurin with my prescription medications and/or other supplements?
Please consult your physician and/or pharmacist with questions about taking Monolaurin with prescription medications. A frequent customer observation is that their practitioner isn’t familiar with natural supplements and, in this case, your pharmacist may be more knowledgeable. It may be helpful to show these FAQs to your physician/pharmacist.
3. How do I take Monolaurin (aka does it dissolve in water)?
Place the intended amount of pellets in your mouth and swallow them with a drink of water. Chewing or holding the pellets in your mouth can result in a very bitter taste. Monolaurin does NOT dissolve in water until temperatures too hot to drink (around 140 degrees).
4. When do I take Monolaurin?
Consider dividing up your daily amount of Monolaurin into 2-3 portions, and take it at meal times to help your body digest and absorb the supplement.
5. How much do I take?
One level blue scoop (one serving) is 3000 mg, and approximately 75-80 pellets of Monolaurin. Following is a chart for adult suggested servings, first time use/start up suggestions, and considerations for children:
|Maintenance (dosage for ongoing general immune support)
|Up to 140 lbs
|Over 140 lbs
|Flu Season (enhanced support)
|Up to 140 lbs
|Over 140 lbs
|Up to 140 lbs
|2x per day
|Over 140 lbs
|2x per day
First time use / Start up: Start with 1/4 blue scoop (20 pellets) or less for the first 3-4 days. Increase to 1/2 scoop for 3-4 days. Then increase to 3/4 scoop for 3-4 days and so forth until at your full amount.
Children: Adjust for weight. Example- a 50 pound child is about 1/3 the weight of an average adult, so the child would work up to a 1/3 amount for a given health situation.
6. What size is the blue scoop?
One level blue scoop is a teaspoon size (labeled as 5 cubic centimeters on the scoop). Don’t see a blue scoop in your pouch? Sometimes it sinks to the bottom of the pouch, so please use a spoon or similar utensil to gently search through the pouch.
7. Can I start out with the full amount of servings I intend to take?
Some people can, however this would significantly increase the potential for a Herxheimer Reaction (see next questions). If you have recently ended another antibacterial protocol, you may be able to work up more quickly with the Monolaurin.
8. What is a Herxheimer Reaction?
Many people don’t experience this reaction, however, sometimes taking Monolaurin can result in toxins from dead bacteria building up faster than the body can filter them out. If so, a person can experience some ‘gunky’ flu-like symptoms from their immune system called “Herxheimer” reactions. While this indicates the Monolaurin is interacting with pathogens, people can experience discomfort in the form of mental and physical fatigue, body aches, rashes, etc. Herxheimer reactions are generally experienced in the first 1-4 weeks of taking Monolaurin (and sometimes Bio-Film Enzymes too).
9. What do I do if I experience a Herxheimer reaction?
Simply stop taking Monolaurin for 2-3 days. Drink plenty of water, and consider foods and supplements (like our Heavy Metal Detox) to help your body’s detoxification efforts. For most people, it does not take long for the body to eliminate the toxins. Then, start taking Monolaurin again at a lower amount and slowly build up to your full amount.
10. How can I avoid Herxheimer reactions?
As mentioned in the “How much do I take?” section above, starting slowly, with a few pellets at a time, and working up incrementally over a longer period of time (3-4 weeks) can reduce your chances of having a Herxheimer reaction. Eating foods that are known for their detoxing benefits, and taking a supplement like our Heavy Metal Detox for the first month of your protocol can also help significantly.
11. Can I experience constipation or diarrhea when first taking UltraLaurin?
Yes, while infrequent, taking Monolaurin can result in constipation or diarrhea. Much like dealing with a Herxheimer reaction, simply stop taking Monolaurin for a couple days to allow your digestive system to return to normal. It may help to look into foods and supplements known for their detoxing benefits.
12. Why do I see the Monolaurin pellets when I have a bowel movement, what can I do?
Monolaurin is a saturated fat. Some people have trouble digesting fats, especially as they age. If you see any pellets in your stools, there are a few challenges to consider.
- Low stomach acid: This is often the problem, and there are supplements available to help normalize the pH in the stomach (Zypan by Standard Process is one we mention to our customers).
- Liver, gall bladder, and intestinal issues: digesting fats requires enzymes, and these issues can significantly impact the absorption of Monolaurin. Please consult your physician / health practitioner for assistance with these issues.
13. Is Monolaurin the same as coconut oil?
No, while there is a significant amount of lauric acid in coconut oil, our Monolaurin is a monoglycerides (Monolaurin), which is a combination of the lauric acid with glycerol. When you eat coconut oil, your body can turn a small percentage of the lauric acid into monolaurin, however our Monolaurin is a highly concentrated (95%) amount of Monolaurin. It also oxidizes very slowly and doesn’t go rancid as you may have experienced with other oils/supplements.
14. Where is Monolaurin sourced from?
The lauric acid in Monolaurin is sourced from coconuts, and the glycerol is sourced from coconut or palm. All sources are from the Philippines, and Monolaurin is manufactured in a European lab.