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What Makes Coconut Such a Healthy Food?
Jennifer Morganti, ND, Director of Education for NEEDS

One of the important compounds in coconut oil is lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, which when digested is converted into monolaurin. Monolaurin has antiviral and antimicrobial benefits. One the most unique benefits is that is can access and kill "coated" viruses, which includes difficult-to-control viruses such as Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), herpes viruses, and cytomegalovirus (CMV), to name a few.

EBV is the cause of mononucleosis or "mono," and to date, there is not an effective medical treatment. It causes extreme fatigue and lethargy and intermittent fevers and is most prevalent among teenagers. Bed rest is the standard recommendation.

Monolaurin is one of the few effective treatments for EBV because it can access coated viruses. I have personally seen quick recoveries of EBV in teenagers using monolauin, even after dragging through several weeks of feeling awful. There are specific directions for Monolauin—it requires a high initial loading dose, and a gradual tapering over many months. It is important to follow the protocol for the duration, or the virus may re-appear even after feeling better.

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