Monolaurin is a chemical made from lauric acid, which is found in Coconut Milk and breast milk.



  • Monolaurin is used for preventing and treating colds (the common cold), flu (influenza), swine flu, herpes, shingles, and other infections. It is also used to treat chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and to boost the immune system.
  • 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.


  • Preliminary research suggests monolaurin might be able to fight bacteria and viruses in test tubes. It is not known if monolaurin has these effects when used by people.

Other Names

Distilled Monoglyceride, Glycerin Monolaurate, Glycerol Monolaurate, Lauricidin, Lauric Acid Monoglyceride, Monoglycéride Distillé, Monolaurine.


Source: WebMD, “Monolaurin”;

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