What Is Lauricidin? A Review And How To Take Monolaurin


Lauricidin is a naturally occuring, non-toxic solution for persistant viral and fungal infections such as herpes, shingles, and Epstein Barr, and candida. 

When used properly it can be one of the most effective tools in your natural arsenal against these stubborn infections. Let’s talk about what it is and EXACTLY how to use it for the best effect and benefit.

Lauricidin is a naturally occurring lipid (fat) that has been purified from coconut oil. This fatty acid compound, called monolaurin,  has a multitude of benefits to the body and immune system.

As I mentioned above, the most common reasons why someone would use Lauricidin is for viral infections, especially herpes, shingles, cold-sores, Epstein Barr (mono) and candida overgrowth (yeast) in the intestines. 

To be effective, however, you need to choose the right product and use the right dose, so keep reading for details on how to use this natural virus and yeast-killer.

How Does Lauricidin Work? 

The compound in Lauricidin, called monolaurin, appears to break up the outer coating of harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi, making it a safe and effective tool without the side effects of many drugs used to treat these same conditions…

How safe is it? 

We’ll cover this in detail a bit later, but in a nutshell…

Monolaurin is naturally found in breast milk and may be considered nature’s first antibiotic! The fact that it is found in breast milk speaks volumes to the question of safety. 

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If you want more details, keep on reading! 

What Is Lauricidin Used For?

Known as the original monolaurin supplement, made popular by Dr. Jon Kabara, Lauricidin has been used by health care practitioners for its potent antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal benefits.

Lauricidin appears to offer unique benefits over conventional antibiotics due to:

  • Broad-spectrum effects – It appears to be effective against many different strains of bacteria, fungi, and even viral infections.
  • Fewer side-effects – Generally, Lauricidin is well-tolerated with no serious side effects reported.
  • Considered non-toxic and safe – Nature deemed it safe enough to include in breast milk.
  • Inexpensive in comparison to many conventional antibiotics
  • Does not interact with most medications
  • Lacks resistance, in other words, bacteria, viruses, and fungi may not be able to develop resistance and defenses to Lauricidin 

Lauricidin And Herpes

Monolaurin, the core ingredient in Lauricidin, is one of the most important discoveries in natural medicine for people afflicted with the herpes virus.

Monolaurin and herpes are both lipid-based, meaning that herpes has a “fatty envelope” around it which acts as the target for monolaurin to do its job…

This powerful molecule basically attacks the lipid envelope of the virus, which helps to disrupt the virus’s ability to replicate, weakening it and making it susceptible to destruction from your immune system. 

Not all viruses are “enveloped,” so monolaurin may be more effective for some viruses (such as herpes and Epstein Barr) and not so effective for others (such as the cold virus).

The Lauricidin may be effective regardless of whether you’re dealing with genital herpes, cold sores, or shingles because they are all susceptible to the monolaurin. 

Lauricidin Side Effects

You may be wondering just how safe Lauricidin really is…

Lauricidin is so safe that the FDA considers it GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe), which places Lauricidin on the FDA’s list of non-toxic substances. As mentioned, it’s even found naturally in breast milk, so nature has also stamped it GRAS. 

That doesn’t mean that side effects aren’t possible. Sometimes people will report symptoms caused by what practitioners label a “Lauricidin Detox”…

What is Lauricidin Detox?

Even though Lauricidin is considered non-toxic and most people tolerate it quite well, you can occasionally develop a reaction called a “die-off effect”…

A die-off effect, also called a Herxheimer Reaction, occurs when yeast and other pathogens are being killed by the monolaurin.

As these bacteria, yeast, and/or viruses die, they can release toxins into the body that may result in flu-like, acne-like, allergy-like symptoms, including: fever, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, skin eruptions, etc.

Although these die-off side effects can be felt by some, even at low doses, these symptoms can be improved by starting with a low dose of Lauricidin and slowly increasing the dose over weeks to months. This allows the body time to acclimate and detox.

Many patients have also found that drinking plenty of water while using the Lauricidin also decreases the severity of the die-off effect.

The detox reaction is normally self-limiting and will improve over time; however, if the symptoms become overwhelming, simply give the body a break and then restart at a much lower dose.

What is the Best Way to Use Lauricidin?

Let’s discuss how to take monolaurin… 

Lauricidin comes in a jar full of monolaurin pellets that are taken via a provided scoop.

Using the scoop, you can dose in very small amounts and slowly increase the dose as you determine how well you tolerate it.

Adults will usually start with ¼ of a scoop or less two to three times daily and can slowly increase the dose up to 1 full scoop three times daily.

For stubborn infections, some health care providers will further increase the dose until benefits are noted.

Don’t be afraid to start with just a few pellets and work the dose up as you get some personal experience with it.

Children, 3-10 years of age, can start with 1-3 pellets (NOT SCOOPS) for a few days before gradually increasing the dose. After this initial trial, you can increase to 1-3 pellets twice daily and then three times daily over a couple of weeks.

Dos & Don’ts of Lauricidin Use

  1. Never chew Lauricidin tablets; swallow them whole
  2. Drink cold liquids when taking Lauricidin pellets, as hot liquids will melt them prematurely.
  3. Dose according to your response; some will need more and some will need less than the recommendations provided above.
  4. Always start slow in order to prevent a “die-off effect” caused by too many bacteria, viruses, or fungi dying too quickly.

Where To Buy Monolaurin

Lauricidin is considered the best supplement containing monolaurin and can be purchased through The Expert Nutrition Online Store. For more vitamins online, be sure to shop our store today!

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to diagnose, treat, or prevent any illness. For further discussion on “What Is Lauricidin” check out this article from eHow.

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18 thoughts on “What Is Lauricidin? A Review And How To Take Monolaurin

    • gaylep says:

      Hello Sansui, Thank you for your post. Can you tell me how large of a dosage you took at the time you had the flu? I just got sick.

      • Sansui says:

        I think it was 3 or 4 capsules per day of Monolaurin 550 mg capsules.
        If taking Lauricidin you could take 1 scoop a day divided into 2 doses and that should help out quite a bit. I no longer seem to tolerate either ML of LC. They both disrupt my GI tract too much. I prefer Biotics ADP, oil of oregano, and/or GSE,

  1. Sansui says:

    The manufacturers say

    “Lauricidin is so safe that it is found in breast milk and the FDA considers it GRAS (non-toxic)”.

    Yeah, found in breast milk, but certainly not in this concentrated form.


    They also say

    “Fewer Side-Effects – Generally, Lauricidin is well tolerated, with no serious side effects reported.”

    Unless of course they choose to ignore my side effects or not call them serious.
    It’s going to take me months, or a year or more to replenish my gut bacteria.

    • Dr. Dawn says:

      Lauricidin does not target the normal gut flora and is safe enough to take every day.

      If you had problems, you probably didn’t follow the directions on the canister. You start with just a few pellets and work up to larger amounts. If you take too much too soon, you kill off the infecting organism more quickly than the body can get rid of the waste products. (Herxheimer reaction)

  2. tango831 says:

    I have used this product short term numerous times for my grandson and myself and found cold symptoms reduced to a couple of days or less, with no side effects. We also were taking probiotics and/or drinking komboucha. Sorry to hear Sansui you had side effects.

  3. kim says:

    I’m having a die off effect I think and I’m only taking 1/4 at night. Been at it for 3 weeks. Acne at 50 isn’t too fun. How long will this go on?

    • Ray Hinish, Pharm.D. says:

      Hi Kim,
      It is very individual, and so I would have you start backing down to 5 pellets. Then each week increase by 2-3 pellets. If at any point the acne returns, try backing down. Eventually, the die off should subside. I also recommend pushing water to help with detox. If you continue with the issue, we may need to support the liver with other supplements.

  4. Jechelle says:

    I was just diagnosed with SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) I was told to take one scoop full with each meal. I’m wondering if the unusually increased has and bloating feeling I’m having is due to the Lauricidin?

    • Ray Hinish, Pharm.D. says:

      Hello Jachelle,
      It is very possible that the lauricidin is to blame for the increased gas and bloating. In all likelihood you just took too much too fast. Start with a quarter scoop once three times daily and slowly increase until you’re taking the full dose. Try that. If at any time you start to feel the gas build up again, then back down and maintain the dose for 1-2 weeks before increasing again.

    • Ray Hinish, Pharm.D. says:

      Hi Jesse, the monolaurin is a wonderful product for mono. I also like to combine it with VX Compound by Herbalist & Alchemist and if there is a lot of lymph swelling I’ll also add the Burdock/Redroot by Herbalist & Alchemist to help decrease that lymph back up.

  5. Kylee says:

    Hi. Looking at this as a supplement. How does lauricidin pallets distinguish bad virus, fungus and bacteria from the good ones in our gut? Could I be killing off my good bugs too ???

    • Ray Hinish, Pharm.D. says:

      Hello Kylee, that’s a great question. It is possible for lauricidin to negatively impact healthy organisms, however, because the healthier organisms are important to the health of the plant that produces monolaurin (in this case, the coconut tree) it is likely that through millions of years of evolution these compounds have been adapted to offer more specific action towards unwanted or unhealthy organisms. That being said, it is always important to take probiotics when attempting any type of candida, bacterial or viral cleanse.

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