July 25, 2016

Lauric Acid

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What other names is Lauric Acid known by?

Acide Laurique, Acide N-dodécanoïque, Ácido Láurico, Coconut Oil Extract, Extrait d'Huile de Noix de Coco, N-dodecanoic Acid, N-alkanoic Acid.

What is Lauric Acid?

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.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Influenza (the flu).
  • Common cold.
  • Avian flu.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Fever blisters, cold sores, and genital herpes caused by herpes simplex virus (HSV).
  • Genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • Preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Yeast (candida) infections.
  • Chlamydia.
  • Intestinal infections caused by a parasite called Giardia lamblia.
  • Ringworm.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lauric acid for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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