Monolaurin is used for the common cold, flu (influenza), shingles (herpes zoster), and other infections, but there is no good scientific evidence to support its use.
In foods, monolaurin is used in the production of ice cream, margarine, and spaghetti.
In manufacturing, monolaurin is used in making cosmetics, detergents, and insecticides.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
- Common cold.
- Flu (influenza).
- Shingles (herpes zoster).
- Strengthening the immune system.
- Other conditions.
When applied to the vagina: There isn't enough reliable information to know if monolaurin is safe when applied as a gel in the vagina.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the vagina: There isn't enough reliable information to know if monolaurin is safe when applied as a gel in the vagina. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Monolaurin is LIKELY SAFE when consumed in the amounts found in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if monolaurin is safe to use in medicinal amounts when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts..
We currently have no information for MONOLAURIN overview.
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