Lauric acid is a saturated fat. It is found in many vegetable fats, particularly in coconut and palm kernel oils. People use it as medicine.
Lauric acid is used for treating viral infections including influenza (the flu); swine flu; avian flu; the common cold; fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV); genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV); and HIV/AIDS. It is also used for preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to children.
Other uses for lauric acid include treatment of bronchitis, gonorrhea, yeast infections, chlamydia, intestinal infections caused by a parasite called Giardia lamblia, and ringworm.
In foods, lauric acid is used as a vegetable shortening.
In manufacturing, lauric acid is used to make soap and shampoo.
How it works
It is not known how lauric acid might work as a medicine. Some research suggests lauric acid might be a safer fat than trans-fats in food preparations.
Not ProvenInfluenza (the flu)Common coldAvian fluBronchitisFever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV)Genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV)HIV/AIDSPreventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their childrenGonorrheaYeast (candida) infectionsChlamydiaIntestinal infections caused by a parasite called Giardia lambliaRingwormOther conditions
Lauric acid is safe in amounts found in foods. But there isn't enough information to know whether it is safer when used as a medicine.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Lauric acid is safe forpregnantandbreast-feeding women in food amounts. But larger medicinal amounts should be avoided until more is known. There is some concern about using lauric acid during breast-feeding because lauric acid passes intobreast milk. Stay on the safe side and stick with food amounts if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.Dosing considerations for Lauric Acid.
No information available.