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Supplements for Coronavirus Protection?

Can Supplements Help Fight the 2019 Coronavirus? There are many strains of coronavirus. Some cause mild illnesses that are never tested. One strain of coronavirus caused the SARS outbreak. Another strain caused MERS. The new strain originating in Wuhan China in December 2019 is also a coronavirus but little is known about it yet. This virus is referred to by the United States Centers for Disease Control as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

In this post we will look at the use of nanoparticulate silver, the monoglyceride monolaurin and other supplements such as zinc that have proven effective against hundreds of viruses and bacteria including drug resistant strains.

Can Supplements Help Prevent or Fight the 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

The short answer is: likely yes but no testing has been done. This is such a new virus there has not been time to test treatments. The long answer in my non-medical opinion is:

There are supplements that have proven effective against other coronaviruses, and drug resistant strains of influenza, bacteria and fungus so they may work against the 2019 coronavirus. There is currently no medical treatment for coronavirus so there is no reason not to consider natural supplements. In fact there is no alternative.

Natural substances such as monoglycerides and nanoparticulates are now considered ‘novel antimicrobials’ and are increasingly useful against drug resistant infections. There are hundreds of scientific papers referencing studies which show these substances are highly effective and being considered the next wave of antimicrobial technology when traditional medicines are ineffective or too slow to be developed. Some of these such as silver nanoparticles are now used in hospitals for disinfection because they are simply the most effective solution available. This is not pseudoscience. 

Please see References below for a small sampling of the scientific studies available on the supplements discussed here. 

Some of the supplements that are known to kill coronaviruses are those I take anyway due to auto-immune conditions. I take Lauricidin brand monolaurin every day to fight colds and flu with great results. I have had no side effects from Lauricidin and it has thousands of positive reviews and many decades of research supporting its efficacy.

What Supplements Can Fight Coronaviruses?

The first is a product called monolaurin that has been shown to kill hundreds of different viruses and bacteria in testing. It kills viruses including coronavirus by breaking down the lipid envelope that coats the virus. This lipid coating is what gives the virus it’s distinctive spiked shape and allows it to attach to our cells. It also protect the virus.

Note that there are many strains of coronavirus including SARS and the new 2019 Coronavirus. Monolaurin has been tested successfully with SARS. There is no testing yet that I am aware of to show monolaurin is effective against the 2019 coronavirus, however it is effective against most or all similar viruses with a protective, lipid envelope.

  • Lauricidin

Lauricidin is a brand of monolaurin. Monolaurin is a powerful antimicrobial that was first discovered in the 1960’s after it was determined that fatty acids and monoglycerides in mother’s milk have antimicrobial properties. In order to create a substance that mimicked this effect, monolaurin was produced from coconut oil and other plant based glycerols. Lauricidin is made from the triglyceride lauric acid derived from coconut oil. You cannot just eat enough coconut oil to get this however. There is a specific process to turn lauric acid into monolaurin. The lauric acid is mixed with a plant based glycerol to create the pure ester monoglyceride, monolaurin which is similar to that found in mother’s milk.

Lauricidin is the original brand that has been making this product since Dr. Jon Kabara PhD, professor emeritus at Michigan State University, discovered monolaurin in the 1960’s. The Kabara family continues to run the company today.  The common name is monolaurin which can be found under dozens of different brands.

Lauricidin is unique in it’s formulation. It comes in tiny pellets providing a much higher dose than capsules and other forms of monolaurin. You can easily adjust your dose with this product as well so different people in the same household can use it. You can start with just a tiny amount or take a larger dose (a small scoop comes with it for measurement). I take two scoops per day when I am fighting stuff off during cold and flue season. Start with a quarter or half scoop. The pellets make it easier to take a high does and get the full effect needed to fight a virus.

Lauricidin Monolaurin Kills Viruses such as SARS, other Coronaviruses and Influenza strains such as H1N1 (Swine Flu).

Monolaurin breaks down the protective lipid coating of these dangerous viruses and destroys them. 

Lauricidin has been found effective against the following viruses:

Influenza

Coronavirus

Measles

Epstein-Barr

Herpes Simplex types 1 and 2

Pneumonovirus

HIV1

HIV2

Rubeola rubella

Human papilloma virus (HPV)

Viruses that don’t have a protein shell such as pox and polio are unaffected by monolaurin.

Lauricidin Monolaurin Kills Bacteria such as Drug Resistant MRSA

Bacteria such as drug resistant MRSA Staphylococcus absorb monolaurin into their cells. The cells are weakened and rupture, killing the bacteria. 

Lauricidin has been found effective against the following bacteria and fungus:

MRSA (drug resistant staphylococcus strains) Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermis

Group B gram-positive Streptococcus

Streptococcus agalactiae

Candida albicans

Staphylococcus and Streptococcus show no resistance to monolaurin. It is almost 100% successful in treating all forms of these infections. 

  • Colloidal Silver

Silver nanoparticles are coming into interest as potential novel antimicrobial agents. As drug resistant strains develop and standard vaccines and treatments can’t keep up, novel anti-virals and antibacterials based in nanoparticulate metals such as silver and gold are gaining favor. Silver can kill hundreds of viruses and bacteria whereas standard antibiotics and anti-virals kill just a few specific strains.

Colloidal or ionic silver have been shown to kill or prevent infection of the following viruses and bacteria:

SARS

E-coli

Smallpox

Herpes Simplex 1 and 2

HIV

Hepatitis B

Streptococcus Pyogenus

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Staphylococcus aureus (such as MRSA)

Salmonella Typhi

Candida albicans

Candida Globota

Bordetella pertussis

Silver disables a specific enzyme used by single celled viruses and bacteria to metabolize oxygen which then suffocates the cell. There are other means by which silver can harm viruses and bacteria including disrupting their reproduction and respiration. Silver often works on drug resistant strains.

There is a lot to understand about different forms of so called colloidal silver. Some products claim to be colloidal silver but in reality they are ionic silver which is actually a solution like when you dissolve salt in water and it just looks like clear water.

The vast majority of silver health products on the market are ionic silver products but they may use the word “colloidal”.

The second most common form of “colloidal” silver is a product mixed with a protein.

True colloidal silver is not ionic or mixed with a protein.

The wrong kind of “colloidal silver” may not work at all or could cause discoloration of the skin. It pays to be picky with colloidal silver products. I don’t have much first hand experience with colloidal silver.

  • Possibly Recommended With Reservations-Sambucus

Sambucus is from the elderberry. It is one of the most powerful known herbal anti-virals. It can be found in syrups, lozenges and many other forms. It has been shown to be effective fighting influenza infections however with infections that target the lungs such as avian influenza, it may cause potential harm to the person in the process. This is because Sambucus can increase cytokine levels which can increase inflammation. This could cause dangerously high cytokine levels known as a “cytokine storm”. Other supplements can be taken to counteract this.

The 2019 Wuhan Coronovirus is primarily a respiratory virus and causes pneumonia. In that regard it is like the SARS virus. Pneumonia is very likely if someone gets a serious case of this 2019 coronavirus. It can cause gastrointestinal effects as well. If someone is prone to inflammation or pneumonia I would be careful with Sambucus. Keep in mind, I am not a doctor and don’t know much about the effects of sambucus or cytokines, and not much is known about the 2019 coronavirus yet.

Elderberry antioxidant flavanoids called anthocyanidins are responsible for it’s effectiveness against viruses. It can block viruses from entering our cells and prevent replication of viruses as well.

  • Potentially Useful-Stinging Nettle

See link below to study by Kumaki et al. done on SARS infected mice treated with stinging nettle. The study showed stinging nettle inhibited the SARS virus..

I take Stinging Nettle every day for it’s anti-inflammatory effect. I can’t vouch for it’s anti-microbial activity personally.

If you take stinging nettle I highly recommend using freeze dried product such as this one from the SolaRay brand. Freeze dried nettle is more potent and effective. You can see and smell the difference. Regular supplement capsules that are not freeze dried are brown. These are green and smell fresh. They are much more effective for me.

There are many other natural anti-viral herbs and supplements which I will list in an upcoming post.

I will give you a preview:

  • Zinc is a powerful antiviral against RNA viruses like coronavirus. Zinc is amazing. Not only is it naturally anti-viral, it is also anti-inflammatory and a natural antihistamine.

If you want to learn more about the useful effects of zinc, check out my posts on natural antihistamines, What Supplements Lower Histamine? and about Zicam, What is in Zicam? 

Please check these out for more information on how zinc kills viruses on contact. I take zinc every day for fighting colds and flu, inflammation and allergies.

Other Precautions to Protect Yourself From Novel Coronavirus

As you will see in many posts, ads and government documents, it is important to practice the basics to prevent the spread of disease.

  • Wash your hands often and especially before touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This virus can enter the body from any of these.
  • Wear a face mask if you are in a crowded public area and you are worried about infection.
  • Avoid traveling in areas that have coronavirus outbreaks.
  • Be aware that at this time (January 2020)  your risk of getting the seasonal flu is still much higher than the coronavirus in the United States. I know several people in the hospital right now for pneumonia and life threatening complications from this year’s seasonal flu.
  • The same supplements that can protect you from coronavirus can protect you from the flu.

As I referenced earlier, here are some of the many scientific studies showing the effects of monoluarin, silver, nettle and other anti-virals against coronaviruses and other drug resistant infectious agents.

References:

Eric Rentz , (2003) Viral Pathogens and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: Oligodynamic Ag+ for Direct Immune Intervention, Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, 13:2, 109-118, DOI: Accessed at 10.1080/13590840310001594061

Galdiero, S., Falanga, A. et al. (2011) Silver Nanoparticles as Potential Antiviral Agents, Molecules, Special Issue, Antivirals, 24 October 2011,16(10), 8894-8918; Accessed at https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules16108894,

Hierholzer, J.C. and Kabara, J.J. (1982), In Viro Effects Of Monolaurin Compounds On Enveloped RNA And DNA Viruses, 1. Journal of Food Safety, 4: 1-12. doi: Accessed at 10.1111/j.1745-4565.1982.tb00429.x

Kumaki, Y. et al., Inhibition of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus Replication in a Lethal SARS-CoV BALB/cMouse Model by Stinging Nettle Lectin, Urtica dioica agglutinin. Antiviral Res. 90:22-32. PMID: 21338626. Accessed at https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/advs_facpub/517/

Lieberman, S., et al., A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid: Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents, Alternative and Complementary Therapies.Dec 2006.310-314. Accessed at http://doi.org/10.1089/act.2006.12.310

Porter, R.S., and Bode, R.F., (2017) A Review of the Antiviral Properties of Black Elder (Sambucus Nigra L.) Products,  Phytother. Res.31533– 554. doi: Accessed at 10.1002/ptr.5782.

Kabara, J.J. Antimicrobial Agents Derived From Fatty Acids. J Am Oil Chem Soc (1984) 61: 397. Accessed at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF02678802#citeas

Seleem, D., Chen, E., Benso, B., Pardi, V., & Murata, R. M. (2016). In vitro evaluation of antifungal activity of monolaurin against Candida albicans biofilms. PeerJ4, e2148. doi:10.7717/peerj.2148 Accessed at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4924139/

Skrivanova et al., Susceptibility of Escherichia coli, Salmonella sp and Clostridium perfringens to Organic Acids and Monolaurin, Veterinarni Medicina, 51, 2006 (3): 81–88 . Accessed at http://vri.cz/docs/vetmed/51-3-81.pdf

Thormar, H, Hilmarsson, H. and Bergsson, G. Antimicrobial Lipids: Role in Innate Immunity and Potential Use in Prevention and Treatment of Infections. Accessed at https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/851a/3d85646f1a3b2e20ecd36e0823f61e142068.pdf 

Thormar, H, et al.,(1987) Inactivation of Enveloped Viruses and Killing of Cells by Fatty Acids and Monoglycerides. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Comments or questions?

If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment below. I would love to hear from you.

Jessica

Note: I am not a doctor or medical professional. These recommendations are based on personal experience and research. Consult a doctor for a diagnosis and treatment options. 

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22 Comments

  1. Judy

    Jessica,
    Wow – how VERY interesting. It’s pretty scary to hear about coronavirus, but great to learn of the preventative measures you’ve suggested. I will be ordering!
    Thank you!
    Judy

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      I am so glad you found this useful!
      Thank you,
      Jessica

      Reply
  2. Paul

    Hi Jessica,

    The timing of your post is just amazing. All the news channels and newspapers headlines are surrounded with Coronavirus.

    In the part of the world where I live 68 people who came from China are under observation. I was shocked to know that nearly 170 people died in China.

    As we all know prevention is better than cure. So your post means a lot and thanks for this helpful post.

    Information you shared on Lauricidin is an eye-opener and the benefits are amazing. Compared to other supplements Lauricidin sounds interesting to me. Your testimony and experience on Lauricidin adds more value to it.

    Many posts are discussing about the problems caused by Coronavirus but your post is providing preventive measures which is amazing.

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    1. admin

      Hello Paul,

      It is really scary seeing the news with the numbers of infected people going up every day. 

      I was so glad to realize I already take Lauricidin but I will order more and get my husband to start taking it now too.

      I started researching this to protect myself and then realized I could share what I found so everyone could benefit. I live in Anchorage Alaska. The United States just evacuated some of it’s citizens from the Wuhan area of China and the plane carrying 200 people from Wuhan just landed here last night on it’s way to California. It is nerve-wracking that people straight from Wuhan are coming through here. There were safety procautions in place but it is still concerning since they might be carrying the virus and not show any symptoms yet. 

      Anchorage Alaska is the second busiest cargo airport in the United States and the fourth busiest in the world. Much of that cargo comes from China. Luckily the virus is not supposed to live for more than a few hours on surfaces so hopefully none of the cargo can infect us.  

      I am so glad you found this useful!

      Thanks and good luck,

      Jessica

       

      Reply
  3. Scott Hinkle

    Thank you for this timely and interesting/informative article.

    I think bolstering your immune system in general is a great deterrent for many viruses.  That said, would you say this would be better or more effective to build up a resistance before-hand or as a potential treatment after the fact?  I’m guessing before-hand.

    I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to list various options and what they are good for.

    Thanks again,

    Scott

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    1. admin

      Hello Scott,

      I am not an expert but I know Zinc can only work on the virus when it comes in direct contact so you have to have the virus first for zinc to kill it. The monolaurin however can be taken preventatively…. from what I have read. I can’t say I have any direct experience with that but I know zinc has stopped many colds for me after they started. 

      I don’t know about silver and the others. 

      Thank you for your questions and thoughts here.

      Jessica

      Reply
  4. Taetske Guillaume

    Good Morning Jessica,

    An excellent and well-researched post. I hope that many people will read it and take the steps to protect and strengthen their immune system
    As our lifestyle often does not take good care of our body and the immune system is not at its best the Coronavirus might teach us a hard lesson. Take care and stay safe.

    Regards, Taetske

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Taetske,

      I agree with you. Many of us are not taking very good care of our health. This is a good reminder to be more careful. I am glad these supplements are commonly used and safe so I can take them for general immunity and they are also powerful enough to fight something like the new coronavirus as well.

      Thank you for stopping by,
      Jessica

      Reply
  5. Hamish58

    Wow! I find it a little surprising that you are even going to this space at this time.

    I know you are asking a question but I think your question on a seemingly authoritative  website would create a natural expectation that you will have the answer, when in fact the only real answer that anyone has to this question at the moment is that we have no idea.

    You have made statements about effectiveness against other strains of coronavirus here, and while you list a bunch of references at the bottom of your page you don’t relate those directly to the claims or examples in your main text, is that not unusual?

    Hey I really want to believe what you are saying but can you answer my questions to provide some faith in your claims?

    Thanks 

    Hamish

    Reply
    1. admin

      I state at the beginning of my post that no-one knows with certainty what will work against this new strain of coronavirus. I also state that there is no medical treatment available at this time. That is true. I also state since these supplements have been tested against hundreds of strains of viruses and bacteria including other similar types of coronaviruses like SARS which are difficult to treat and have a protective lipid coating therefore making them vulnerable to products like monolaurin which attack that lipid coating. There are many studies that show natural treatments like this are more effective than vaccines or drugs because they work on most ALL similar viruses vs. a few strains for which the medical treatments are targeted. By the time a treatment is developed the viruses can mutate and the treatment or vaccine is no longer of any use. Therefore natural treatment may be more effective against this virus. 

      I stand by my statements 100%. I stated I am not a doctor. I also stated no one knows what will work. I believe as I stated that these are some options that may be useful. I never claimed they are gauranteed to work. However, with NO MEDICAL TREATMENT or vaccine currently available many of us would rather know about possible options than do nothing. 

      These supplements are commonly taken daily by many thousands of people anyway for general immunity against common colds and flu. I take took these long before anyone had ever heard of the new coronavirus. These are not strange, expensive or scary supplements. They are great to have around even if you are not worried about coronavirus. 

      As for the references, each one addressed part of my post. Some cover use of monolaurin against coronaviruses and other strains. Some address silver and studies of it’s use against drug resistant infections and viruses. Some address elderberry and one addresses the use of nettle against coronavirus. I did not put in footnotes but I certainly could. I spent a considerable amount of time finding references that were scientific (not just news stories), had the full text available, not just an abstract, and a complete reference as well as an active link. Read all the references then tell me what you think. It is better to let the data speak for itself than me trying to interpret and explain it.

      I am not a doctor. This is not a medical study. I am a person who is interested in protecting myself and being as healthy as I can. This is made clear in my About page as well.  I am sharing what I have learned with others who may be interested. 

      Reply
  6. Robin Rasmussen

    Hey Jessica,

    Great article! Very informative. It is a little bit scary how many diseases and viruses are out there that are resistant to treatment. That proves my theory that natural PREVENTION is always the best practice. The earlier you start using natural products for better health, the better chance we have of a healthier and longer life.

    Reply
    1. admin

      Yes, I agree Robin. That is why I take some of these supplements anyway, long before anyone heard about the new coronavirus. 

      Thanks,

      Jessica

      Reply
  7. Harish

    Hey, While reading I found many useful info regarding Coronvirus. Now I know that Natural substances such as monoglycerides and nanoparticulates are now considered ‘novel antimicrobials’ and are increasingly useful against drug resistant infections. Sambucus is from the elderberry. It is one of the most powerful known herbal anti-virals.
    Supplements help to improve our immunity and give strength to fight the coronvirus.

    Reply
    1. admin

      Yes, I am glad you found this useful Harish and I hope you can try some of these supplements to improve immunity. 

      Thank you,

      Jessica

      Reply
  8. Deepanshi

    Hey, As I know it is very dangerous virus. Still we don’t have its medicine. According to news nearly 10,000 confirmed cases and 213 confirmed deaths attributed to 2019-nCoV, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 99% of the cases and all of the deaths have been in China. Lauricidin has been found effective against the coronvirus as I know from your article. Thanks for sharing such useful supplement. 

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hello Deepanshi,

      The first death has occurred outside of China. It is in the Philippines. Yes, Lauricidin is effective against other strains of coronavirus so hopefully it will work on this form as well. 

      Jessica

      Reply
  9. Carol Meador

    Thanks for this very informative and well researched article, Jessica. It is reassuring to know that there are some ways to combat these viruses like Novel Coronavirus and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thank you Carol. It is very reassuring indeed to know there is something we can do to safeguard ourselves against this coronavirus.

      Reply
  10. jahangir alam

    Many thanks to you for writing an important article.We all know that many people have died of coronavirus in China. The virus can spread around the world.So we have to be careful beforehand. Your article focuses on the use of nanoparticulate silver, the monoglyceride monolaurin and other supplements. Although I did not use them, after reading the articles, I realized that they would work

    Reply
    1. admin

      Hello, I am glad you got some information from my post that is useful for you. 

      Jessica

      Reply
  11. Zana Hart

    I’m following the coronavirus story mainly through Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart’s site, which can be found by googling their names. Your work is very complementary to theirs. I would add that somewhere (not sure where now) I also read that vitamin c is good against respiratory issues.

    Reply
    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thank you Zana. I plan to do a second post with additional information since there are a number of other supplements that may be beneficial. I will check out the author’s you mentioned.

      Reply

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