Monolaurin-Avail™ is an encapsulated formula of monolaurin (glycerol monolaurate), a form of lauric acid, which is the predominant fatty acid in coconut and palm kernel oils and is also present in human breast milk (as 3.5-6.6 percent of total calories). This product is designed to offer potent support for immune health without adverse effects on beneficial intestinal flora. It contains vitamin C for added immune benefit, and sunflower lecithin to enhance absorption of the monolaurin.**
Coconut is one of the richest sources of special fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs, sometimes also called medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs). Among these MCFAs is a unique type of fatty acid, lauric acid. Lauric acid is the most abundant individual fatty acid in coconut and it is believed to be responsible for most of this food’s health benefits. When lauric acid is in the form of monolaurin—one molecule of lauric acid joined to a glycerol molecule—it has impressive effects for supporting the body’s natural defenses against undesirable organisms.
Monolaurin has greater immune-supporting activity than lauric acid, and in order to be used for this purpose, it may be needed in higher amounts than would be obtained from reasonable amounts of coconut oil in the diet. A special attribute of monolaurin as an immune-supporting compound is that, unlike conventional products used for this purpose, it has not been shown to result in antibacterial resistance, nor to have adverse effects on beneficial intestinal flora (the “good bacteria”). This product contains vitamin C for added immune benefit, and sunflower lecithin to enhance absorption of the monolaurin.