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Monolaurin: Your Holiday Season Immune Booster

As we head into colder months, supporting and maintaining a strong immune system becomes even more important. A return to travel, office parties, and social gatherings means a potential return to colds, flu, and other bugs common to this time of year.

In addition to your annual flu shot, there are other ways you can help protect yourself and loves ones this season – a supplement called monolaurin.

What is Monolaurin?

Monolaurin is a compound derived from lauric acid – a medium chain fatty acid found naturally in coconut oil. Monolaurin is currently used in several commercial industries including food production and cosmetics, but has recently gained popularity as a dietary supplement. Monolaurin has some outstanding research supporting its antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties (Ref #1), as demonstrated in lab conditions.

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Cold and Flu: Seasonal respiratory viruses

Influenza (flu) and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but caused by different viruses. Flu is caused by the influenza virus, while the common cold can be caused by a number of viruses including parainfluenza and seasonal coronaviruses (different than SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19) (Ref#2).

What is interesting to note about these viruses is most are “enveloped” viruses – a type of virus which has a fatty lipid shell called a capsid. This protective outer layer helps the genetic material (RNA or DNA) of the virus survive and protect other cells.

Interestingly, some studies have demonstrated that monolaurin is able to disintegrate this protective outer layer, therefor inactivating the virus. Monolaurin helps to disrupt the fatty outer layer of these enveloped viruses, causing the virus to die:

“it has been suggested that the fatty acids and their monoesters are incorporated into the lipid membrane, causing destabilization of the bylayer. A similar mechanism might lead to the complete disintegration of cell membranes and viral enveloped we observed” (Ref #3)

Another study goes on to demonstrate:

“Monolaurin … were tested for in vitro virucidal activity against 14 human RNA and DNA enveloped viruses in cell culture. At concentrations of 1% additive in the reaction mixture for 1 h at 23°C, all viruses were reduced in infectivity by >99.9%” (Ref #4)

The mechanism by which monolaurin helps disrupt these types of viruses has been researched since the 1980’s. Laboratory studies explore monolaurin’s ability to dissolve the protective envelope of these virus types, including influenza specifically.

“…Removing the M protein from the virus envelope resulted in loss of envelope integrity, which is essential for virus infectivity. …. As with influenza virus, the loss of envelope integrity results in loss of infectious virus titer.” (Ref #4)

The results of these studies offer a promising take on monolaurin as a potential supplement to supporting immune health during cold and flu season.

How Monolaurin can help during Flu Season

Several research studies proport monolaurin’s ability to inactivate different types of influenza (Ref #5), so a daily dose of monolaurin may help bolster your immune response during these periods of heightened stress.

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There are a few ways to take monolaurin capsules.

1. Introduction

If you’re new to monolaurin, you may consider taking monolaurin at low doses and gradually increasing the amount until you get to a therapeutic dose. This might be useful in avoiding the “Herxheimer Reaction” (or “die off” reaction). This reaction occurs when a pathogen like a bacteria or virus rapidly dies off releasing protein endotoxins into your system. Your body’s natural response is an inflammatory one, causing side effects similar to a cold or flu. To avoid this potential complication, taking a low dose of monolaurin and gradually increasing the dose over several days or weeks may help.

2. Maintenance during cold and flu season

Monolaurin can be taken daily just like another vitamin or mineral in your supplement routine. While dossing will depend on the individual, their weight, age, gender and other considerations, a common dose is 2 to 6 600mg capsules per day with food. Food may help increase the bioavailability of monolaurin and avoid an upset tummy.

3. Increased intake during times of stress

Feeling like you’re getting a scratchy throat or feeling run down? Just as you might increase your daily intake of Vitamin C or Zinc, you might choose to increase your daily intake of monolaurin to give your immune system the support it needs to fight off a bug.

What makes a good monolaurin?

Not all monolaurin is created equal – several factors should be considered when selecting a brand of monolaurin.

First is the source – does the monolaurin come from coconut or palm kernel? Some articles suggest that coconut is a better source and may not contribute to negative environmental impacts that palm kernel is associated with.

Second is the form factor – power, pellet, or capsule. Monolaurin powder is naturally extremely soapy and bitter, so pellet or capsule is preferred. Capsules are often preferred over pellets due to their better absorption, bioavailability, and convenience.

Finally, when it comes to quality and safety always look for a company who follows Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) and sends their products to accredited laboratories for testing. When it comes to supplements, quality, safety, and transparency is paramount.

What monolaurin to consider this holiday season

One brand of monolaurin stands apart from the rest: Palmara Health (formerly Natural Cure Labs). The company has been in continuous operation since 2015 and is the most awarded brand of monolaurin on the market. Es Monolaurin Bottle Front

All monolaurin products from Palmara Health / Natural Cure Labs line are vegan, non-GMO, gluten free, and manufactured in the USA in GMP-certified facilities. The brand produces several variants of monolaurin including their original Premium Monolaurin 600mg, Extra Strength Monolaurin 800mg, and the combination L-Lysine + Monolaurin products.

 

Looking to give it a try? Save 10% from the Palmara Health / Natural Cure Labs website:

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Like all supplements, monolaurin should be taken under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

References:

1. Lieberman S, Enig MG, Preuss HG. A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative & Complimentary Therapies, December 2006. 12(6): 310-314. 2. Cold Vs Flu, CDC – accessed November 2022 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/coldflu.htm

3. H Thormar, C E Isaacs, H R Brown, M R Barshatzky and T Pessolano. Inactivation of enveloped viruses and killing of cells by fatty acids and monoglycerides. Antimicrob. Agents Chemotherapy. January 1987 vol. 31 no. 1 27-31. doi: 10.1128/AAC.31.1.27

4. Hierholzer, J.C. and Kabara, J.J. In Vitro Effects of Monolaurin Compounds on Enveloped RNA and DNA Viruses. Journal of Food Safety 4:1-12 (1982)

5. Flu Season Is Coming – Can Monolaurin Help? Accessed November 2022 https://www.monolaurinandmore.com/articles/flu-season-is-coming-can-monolaurin-help

Why You Should Treat Your Herpes with Herbal Medicine

Guest Post By: Chris Scipio- Herbalist, Holistic Viral Specialist

We need plants; they don’t need us. They give us oxygen, building materials, food, and medicine. Plants are living, evolving, complex life forms. They are the true masters of chemistry and can produce medicines far past our ability to even conceive.

When looking to manage herpes symptoms, there are a few ways to go about it. You can manage your herpes through drug therapies, you can go the holistic route using herbal medicine and/or natural supplements to build your immune system, or you can decide to not treat your herpes at all and just deal with regular outbreaks. Drug Therapy can be expensive, may have side effects detrimental to your health, and does not actively build up your immune system or improve your overall health. 

Herbal medicine is safe and effective for treating herpes. It builds up your immune system and helps to protect yourself against other sexually transmitted infections and immune-related illnesses which drug therapy is not able to do. Herbal medicine also helps you better cope with the emotional and psychological impact of having herpes.

When we turn to plants for healing, the energy and vitality of the plants in the plant medicine are just as important, if not more so than the chemicals we wish to extract. Herbal medicine is steeped in the ancient traditions of holistic and traditional healing from all world cultures – so it’s getting back to your roots and reconnecting with nature in a satisfying and uplifting way.

Herbal medicine has been the main healing modality for human beings since the beginning, and even today it continues to be the main source of medicine for 70% of the world’s population. More and more people in the richest countries of the world are rejecting pharmaceutical drugs and their side-effects and returning to herbal medicine. If you wish to get the best that plant medicine has to offer, get your herbal medicine from an herbalist or learn how to make it yourself.

When you buy “herbal medicine” from the internet or health food stores, you are likely buying products mass-produced on an industrial scale that lack the care, attention, and energy of an herbalist. You are receiving an impersonally made product rather than a medicine made by a professional medicine-maker. Herbal medicine has always been made and should be made either by an herbalist or by yourself- someone who will make your medicine with integrity and with the right thoughts and intentions. Someone who will only use healthy, organic, ethically harvested plants, and does not compromise on quality. You will often get a product that in no way tastes, smells, feels, or looks like the plants it came from and likely has had its molecules re-arranged and modified.

It is also highly suggested to get your herbal medicine in a liquid form, such as tea, decoctions, and tinctures, as has been the tradition for the past 30,000 years or more. We evolved from the sea, as did all life on this planet. Your body is more than 80% liquid. The planet is 70% liquid. Plants are mostly liquid. Real herbal medicine is liquid. Herbal medicines should not be in capsules or pills which are hard on your body and out of harmony with the plants themselves.

If you are looking for traditional herbal medicine to help with herpes or strengthening your immune system that is effective and 100% safe, the NPH19 Immune Strengthening formula from Green Sun Natural Plant Medicine is an excellent source. Each remedy is made by hand in small batches by an herbalist and Holistic Viral Specialist. All plants are ethically harvested in the wild or organically farmed, combining Amazonian, Chinese, and Western herbs, mushrooms, and seaweeds. 

What the Perseid Meteor Shower Has To Do With My Business

It’s a Thursday afternoon and I am getting ready to go camping with my daughter and her best friend to view the Perseid Meteor showers.

You might ask…what does that have to do with business?

Everything!

Can I start by telling you a story?

Listen in as I share how the magic of the meteors reminds me of why I started in business years ago.

If you are a woman in business who is ready to grow her business without exhausting herself….this is for YOU!

The fascination with the magic of the meteor showers started when I was a little girl.

I can thank my Aunt KK for bringing me and my cousin out into the cornfields of Delaware to view them.

Want to know the rest of the story? Listen in.

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Is Life Happening For You?

Is life happening for you?

This has been a query for coaches for years.

Maybe you have even been asked if life is happening to you or for you.

I know I have asked clients of mine to make the shift from life happening “to them” to “for them”.

If you are wondering how you can energetically align with your heart’s desires, owning your worth and claiming the life your heart desires, then you will want to listen in.

It’s NOT what you think….
It’s NOT what you have been told…

The question I have for you today, will blow your mind and help you to make sense of things.

Listen in….this amazing insight came to me this morning while I was listening to a teacher of mind.

You might never look at life the same after you listen to THIS!
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Your Words Create Your Reality

Are you still having trouble owning and releasing your bitterness and anger in order to do discover peace and surrender?

If so, then I can suspect that you might be having challenges in your relationships, whether they be in your love life or in your professional life.

Believe me when I state that your words are so powerful and every day your words are shaping your reality.

Want me to prove it to you?

This is truly a part 2 discussion of last week’s #TransformationalTuesday topic From Bitterness To Sweet Surrender.

You are not going to believe what happened to me since last week’s conversation with you!

Tune it to discover…
-How your words imprison you or empower you
-How thought becomes your reality
-How to retrain the brain to be more peaceful

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From Bitter To Sweet Surrender

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Do you carry a BITTER love, health, or money story inside of you?

Wanting more SWEETNESS and EASE?

They say that what you can’t be with will control you!

This past weekend I witnessed the most profound healing around love and loss.

I attended a Special Ceremony in the mountains on Sacred land.

As we all set our intentions, lit a beautiful fire and made offerings, we surrendered to the the HOW our healing would happen.

If you are struggling and suffering with a bitter story that you keep replaying in your mind…

listen in to this #TransformationalTuesday story on how to #releasethebitter and #embracethesweetness of life.

Want more sweetness?

DM me, tell me a little about yourself and we can set up a Worthiness Breakthrough Session as my gift to you.

Because…#YourWorthIt #BecauseYourWorthIt
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Your’re Worth It!

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I said YES!

Have you been waiting to say YES to your dreams?

Yes to the abundance of health, love, and wealth that lies within you?

This is a time of great AWAKENING.

Are you listening to your inner callings or are you on the sidelines, waiting for things to turn in your favor?

If you want to own your WORTH as a woman, then you’ll want to listen in to today’s #TransformationalTuesday

We’ll chat about the difference between living on the sidelines of life or being out on the playing field.

I was inspired by the Neflix original, Sweet Magnolias last night as one of the lead characters made a HUGE pivot in her life.

A pivot that took her YEARS to finally make.

I will share with you how she made the pivot to own her worth and how you can too!

Whatever has been placed on your heart, you CAN have it!

You CAN have it all!

Come join me in a conversation to get you back in the game of life as you intend it to be!
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Love Panel Tonight!: Warning…may spark joy and inspiration

Join us tonight on zoom for a celebration of Engagements.

Dr. Kelly Schuh is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Love Is Here: A celebration of Engagements and Covid Love Stories
Time: Jun 11, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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What Do Lobsters Have To Do With Love?

What makes the difference between women who find LOVE and MARRIAGE and those that don’t?

After receiving several Engagements announcements during these past few months from women whom I’ve worked with, I started asking myself what made all the difference?

What do THESE women have now, that they didn’t before we starting working together?

In one word, I can sum it up, but first you need to hear the Lobster story and how this relates to your LOVE LIFE, finding YOUR PERSON, YOUR KING…

This is HUGE ladies!

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