Archive | November, 2013

Addition Diet Experiment #1: Lauricidin

9 Nov

Ah addition!  Doesn’t that sound lovelier than “elimination” in the context of food?  I really needed a break from the “can’t have” mentality in my quest towards feeling better.  Recently, I have been toying with a few supplements to see if any improvements in my symptoms might surface.

So far, no dice.

The first supplement I tried is called Lauricidin: http://lauricidin.com/.  Lauricidin is made from monolaurin, a purified extract of coconut oil.  Monolaurin is proposed to have significant antimicrobial effects: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17966176.  In theory, taking monolaurin internally could help kill off some of the nasty bugs (bacteria &/or fungi) that I suspect are loitering in my intestines.

Unfortunately, the study cited above was an in vitro study.  In vitro studies separate components of organisms from their natural settings.  In the link above, for example, they combined isolated skin cells with monolaurin.                 In vivo experiments are much more promising, because the organisms themselves (people for instance) can be tested for positive results.  To my knowledge, we don’t have any in vivo results to go off of for monolaurin yet.  In other words, we know its capable of killing microbes in test tubes, but we don’t know what effects a monolaurin supplement truly exerts inside the human body.

Some people swear by the stuff.  In my own n=1 experience, it didn’t seem to make me feel much better in the tummy department.  It made my eliminations (heh, like my play on words?) a bit more  predictable but not enough to warrant continued use.  To be fair, I probably could have been more consistent with my trial.  I only gave it a good 2 or 3 weeks of religious use before deciding it wasn’t really helping.  I kept taking it more sporadically after that until the container was empty.  One container costs about $30.00 and will last awhile, depending on how much you choose to take daily.  If I had noticed more improvement, I wouldn’t consider it an expensive investment to keep up with.  However, since I felt more or less the same while taking it, it would be a fairly expensive placebo to maintain.

On an interesting side note, after being virus free for a whole year, I got a cold while taking the supplement faithfully.  I’m not suggesting the Lauricidin made me sick but rather that its expected antiviral properties didn’t seem to fend off the invading germs.  I think it is an interesting product, and I am happy for those who find symptom improvement through its use.  As for me, it was not the magic cure I have been looking for.

My current experiment is with a fancy soil-derived probiotic called Prescript Assist: http://www.prescript-assist.com/ My next post will discuss my experience with this product.  Until then, try to sit tight.  I know the suspense is killing you! 😉