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Coconut Oil Contains Lauric Acid. It is Concentrated and Combined with Glycerol to Form Monolaurin, a Top Immune Boosting Compound.

Top Immune Boosting Supplements

Immune boosting supplements rock! Zicam which has the active ingredient of zinc great at stopping a fresh cold in it’s tracks. Monolaurin is made from highly concentrated lauricidic acid in coconuts and is a great immunity booster for all purposes. These are my recommendations for top immune boosting supplements.

Zicam

I am amazed at how well Zicam works to stop a cold for me. The key with Zicam is to take it right away when you first feel the slightest hint you are getting sick. If you are suddenly sneezing and you know you might be getting sick, pop a Zicam and stop it in it’s tracks. Have a runny nose and suspect you caught your family’s bug or co-worker’s germs? Time for Zicam. Just dissolve one in your mouth and you are done. Zicam comes in many flavors such as cherry, orange cream (my favorite) and lemon lime. I do not use the nasal swabs anymore since there are reports they can damage the sense of smell. I don’t know how big of a danger that is, but better to be safe than sorry so I stick to the quick dissolving lozenges. Another reason I prefer the orange cream flavor is that it is one of the Zicam Ultra varieties which contain 2 form of zinc. Regular Zicam contains only 1 form. The combination of 2 kinds of zinc (Zincum Aceticum and Zincum Gluconicum) seems to work more effectively to stop a cold.

How Does Zicam Work?

The active ingredient in Zicam is zinc. When you dissolve it in your mouth, the zinc acts to disrupt cold viruses. That action is not immune boosting per se, since it is not boosting your body’s immune system but taking out the virus directly! Zinc is also good for the immune system however. Therefore, Zicam has the double benefit of providing an immunity boost for your whole system while killing cold viruses! Long term use of zinc has been shown to reduce incidence of catching colds in the first place.

Most common colds are caused by the rhinovirus which lives in the throat and nasal passages. When Zicam is taken by dissolving a lozenge in the mouth, the zinc in Zicam prevents the viruses from attaching to the throat, prevents the viruses from replicating (reproducing), and also prevents the release of histamines which can make us feel lousy when we have a cold with swelling, sneezing and all the typical symptoms.

Zicam As Anti-Inflammatory

Whenever I took Zicam for a cold, I noticed my bursitis and inflammation would be better. It seemed odd but after years I finally did some research and learned that zinc is an anti-inflammatory and prevents the release of histamines which cause swelling! I was not imagining this benefit and it wasn’t just a coincidence. There are more affordable ways to get zinc, but Zicam is certainly handy and I would keep it on hand in case a cold virus pops up. Zicam is more effective than other forms of zinc for colds.

Are There Side Effects From Zicam? How Should It Be Taken?

There can be some mild side effects from taking Zicam. Most common is an acidy stomach if you are sensitive. This is easily avoided however by taking Zicam after a meal. As long as I eat a meal or snack first, I am fine.  It also has an unusual taste, but depending on the flavor I don’t mind it. I prefer the orange cream flavor. It tastes best to me and has the least aftertaste. Some of the others can leave a bitter aftertaste.

For full effectiveness, make sure you follow the instructions. don’t have any citrus for a half hour before or after, and don’t drink anything including water for 15 minutes after so it can work without getting washed away.

Lauricidin,  One of the Best Immune Boosters

Do you get sick often and dread the next bug coming around? I have a strange mix of immunity issues and I never know if my immune system is going to be super sensitive and attack me or if I will fall victim to the latest bug going around the office. My naturopathic doctor recommended I take Lauricidin which is a brand of monolaurin, for general immunity. He specifically said to take the Lauricidin brand since it is more concentrated than other monolaurin supplements and has  a well proven track record.

It really works! It seems very benign. I don’t feel or notice anything when I take it, but whenever I run out or stop taking it, I get sick! I know now to just keep taking it. It really helps fight off all the random cold and flu viruses and so much more that we are exposed to from co-workers or kids in school, or just being out in public during the winter season.

What is Lauricidin?

The active ingredient in Lauricidin is lauric acid which is derived from coconuts and combined with glycerol from plants. When these are combined they form monolaurin which is a monoglyceride. You cannot simply eat coconuts to get monolaurin, so a supplement is needed. Monolaurin is a component of breast milk, but is made from all plant materials when used in supplements. Lauricidin brand is more effective than many other brands of monolaurin because it is highly concentrated and also the most pure form available. If you chose monolaurin capsules instead you would have to take 10 standard 300 mg capsules  to equal 1 scoop of Lauricidin which contains 3000 mg monolaurin. I have tried other brands but don’t want to take so many extra capsules each day to get the same effect. I am not going to take 20 capsules per day! I only have to take 2 little scoops of Lauricidin.

How Do You Take Lauricidin?

Lauricidin comes in a tub which contains small white pellets. There is a scoop in the tub for easy measurement. You put a scoop of them in your mouth and swallow with water. They have no taste if you take them this way. Do not let them sit in your mouth or try to chew them however. They have a very bitter taste if you do. Just swallow them down without chewing and your won’t taste a thing though.

How Does Lauricidin Work? What Does It Do?

Monolaurin, the active ingredient in Lauricidin disrupts the outer layer of a virus and prevents the virus from attaching to your body’s cells. It works the same way with bacteria and fungus (yeast) as well! So, Lauricidin helps us stay healthy by fighting off viruses and much more. Many drugs such as antibiotics only work on bacteria for example or an anti-viral may only work on viruses. It is great to have one product that works on all three types of invaders.

Because of the way monolaurin works, the potent dose in Lauricidin can fight off fungal yeast infections such as Candida albicans as well as the common cold and flu viruses. It also works on staph and strep infections and even swine flu! Whatever is out there lurking around, Lauricidin can help protect you. It can even help fight the HIV virus and measles.

Are There Side Effects From Taking Lauricidin?

I have not noticed any side effects. I started with the recommended small amount and worked my way up over a few days. I have never had any side effects from it. Some people could have side effects from a die off of bacteria when starting Lauricidin. That is why it is recommended to start with a smaller amount and work your way up.

Give Immune Boosters Zicam and Lauricidin a Try

Zicam and Lauricidin are made from natural substances and provide general health benefits as well as boosting immunity. If you want a top immune boosting supplement, why not give Zicam or Lauricidin a try?

Please leave me your comments or questions below! I would love to hear from you.

Jessica

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I am not a doctor. Posts here are for information purposes only and based on personal experience. Always consult with a doctor for advice on any health problem or before starting a supplement. 

https://www.healthline.com/health/monolaurin

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273515483_Zinc_is_an_Antioxidant_and_Anti-Inflammatory_Agent_Its_Role_in_Human_Health

http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001364.pub4/full

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/getting-a-cold-finally-something-that-works/

40 Comments

  1. Abraham Kidane

    Thank you for the information about Lauricidin. I am not familiar with this product though it seems it has a great advantage taking them consistently. Most of the time I encounter running nose and sneezing, I just use Ginger powder and mix it with hot water and a spoon of sugar. Even though this is better for me and keeps using it for a long time, but it is only I can make it T home. But the product you are introducing me is portable and I can have it anytime I want. I think I have to try them.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Abraham,

      Your ginger drink sounds really good! Unfortunately, I am allergic to ginger. I am sure it is beneficial for you. If you want a general supplement to help fight all sorts of viruses and bacteria, Lauricidin is a good choice.

      Thanks for your comment!
      Jessica

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  2. Dave

    I used to preach the benefits of Zinc Lossenges, especially when you start developing the symptoms of a cold (sore throat), but then they stopped selling them at our local drug store. I’m going to have to check this ZiCam out.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Dave,

      I have tried Vit C, Echinacea and other supplement mixes like Emergen-C etc. but nothing works as well as Zicam for me. That is why I recommend it. It really works! Other supplements are healthy for us but when I need to kick a cold I only want what is effective for that purpose.

      Thanks for your comments!
      Jessica

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  3. Jill

    Hi Jessica, Will have to keep Zicam handy as it is usually at the least opportune times when one feels a cold coming on and if it can be stopped in its tracks, that is a great help.
    Over the years I have tried many things but never found one that worked quickly to actually stop the cold from developing.
    Must give these products a try.
    Thanks for the information.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Jill,

      Yes, I have tried many other products but none work so well for me as Zicam for a cold. The key is to start early and then keep it up. Many times I take just one or two doses of Zicam and feel all better. Then I stop taking it and the cold comes back!

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope it works for you,
      Jessica

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  4. Carleigh Reynolds

    Hi Jessica,
    I have always heard of Zicam, but never knew what it was for. Also, I have never even heard of Lauricidin. The benefits from both of these are amazing. Also, thanks to reading your posts and the chats we have had, I’ve added more supplements to my daily routine. Your posts are so well laid out and extremely informative. Thank you.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thanks Carleigh,

      I have been using Zicam since I was a kid so I can definitely recommend it. It was only very recently that I figured out how beneficial the zinc is however and how much it helps me in other ways. It was so strange that I noticed my joints always felt better and I had less inflammation when I took Zicam for a cold. When I researched it I realized I was not imagining things since it is an anti-inflammatory and reduces allergy response!

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Jessica

      Reply
  5. Steven Pidgeon

    I know Zinc really is a great thing when it comes to immunity and fighting off colds and flu. Maybe I’ll check out Zicam some time. It was really interesting what you said about your experience of the zinc reducing inflammation too. That’s a nice insight to have passed on.

    Thanks for sharing this,

    Steven

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Thanks Steven,

      For the longest time I thought it was odd but just a coincidence that my joints were better when I had a cold. It seemed totally counterintuitive. Then it just dawned on me it may be something I was taking that helped. I researched the zinc and sure enough, that was it! It felt like a real light bulb moment!

      The only catch is that zinc can be hard on the stomach so I make sure to eat a meal before I take it, then I am fine.

      Thanks!
      Jessica

      Reply
  6. Matron Okoye B.N

    Your post needs to be applauded!
    In all the writups, what really got me is this informative outline, where you said that ‘Cold can be caused by the rhinovirus which lives in the throat and nasal passages’. It’s really amazing to educative us through your post. Thanks very much. I will now be watchful.

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    1. admin

      Thank you so much! I am glad you appreciate my post and found it educational. I hope to add many more such posts to this website in the future that pass on practical information on health and wellness. 

      Reply
  7. louise

    Thank you ! So happy I came across this article. So many ways I have never thought or heard of to improve my immunity.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Louise,
      I am so glad you found good information here. I take Lauricidin every day and it makes a huge difference. I take Zicam whenever I feel a cold starting or if I am exposed to someone close to me that is getting sick. I can strongly recommend these!

      Jessica

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  8. Laura

    Thank you, Jessica. I would normally avoid over-the-counter remedies, but after reading your experience and the comments that follow, I’m going to get Zicam. I want it available on-the-spot when I feel a cold coming on! The joint help will be appreciated, too.

    Here’s a question: It’s about Lauricid. It looks like the 8 ounce container lasts you about one month. Is that right?
    I’m looking forward to your reply.

    Great info. I appreciate your help.
    Laura

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Laura,

      Yes, the Lauricidin lasts me about a month. The dosage depends on your needs so some people take less, some more. Zicam is great! I really depend on it to keep my from getting colds.

      Thanks for stopping by,
      Jessica

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  9. Joe Joson

    Great and timely information as a lot of us are getting really old fast and our immune systems failing! I like supplements and I have not heard of Zicam before and will definitely put it on my list!

    Thanks for this very informative piece! The article is well written!

    Joe Joson

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Joe,
      I hope these work for you. They work for me and all of my family. My parents and husband used them too.
      Thank you for stopping by,
      Jessica

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  10. A.J. Somarriba

    nice i did not know what zicam and how it comes from zinc. I really like this page there is a lot of valuable content to help people as of when they are sick, they could try a different remedy.  It’s good to see more websites and blog closer related to what i’m doing  with meditation as it inspires me to learn more from others doing who have similar interests. 

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    1. admin

      Thank you A.J. I am glad you found this interesting. I really like Zicam since zinc is natural and it works so well. I truly believe in natural remedies and love sharing what I learn.

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  11. Alenka

    Thank you for these great suggestions of Lauricidin and Zicam to boost and prepare our immune systems for the winter time. 

    My children and I have just gone through one whole month of being continually sick, and frankly, I’m sick of it! I’ll be getting these supplements and hope the winter passes without any more colds.

    Do you have any suggestions for supplements for children? Mine are only 3yrs old, so for that age would be great.

    Thanks again!

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    1. admin

      Hello Alenka,

      Their website says kids 3 and older can take Laurcidin in very small doses. You can start with just a few of the tiny pellets. I imagine you could give them in food. Though they don’t taste good if chewed, they are tiny so if they were in mashed potatoes or something like that I bet it would work just fine. They are hard so you have to work at it to actually chew one so they would just be swallowed. 

      Zicam makes kids varieties. If you go to Amazon from my Zicam link just look at the other Zicam products offered there for the kid’s ones. 

      I also recommend Nature’s Answer Sambucus Mega Gummies. I just found these recently and I need to add a new post or add them to this post. They are made from elderberries which are a natural anti-viral and immune booster. These things taste amazing…like high quality berry jam. If you go to Amazon you can search for them too. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  12. Juliet

    Speaking of busting my immune system, that is one of my favourite hobbies. Zicam sounds interesting but with the side effect of an acidic tummy, I would stay away from it. Lauricidin on the other hand has not shown any side effects. I love to drink lemon and honey in hot water almost everyday. Do you think adding an immune booster supplement to my daily lemon drink is a good thing?

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    1. admin

      Hello Juliet,

      I have acid indigestion as well but you don’t have to take Zicam on an empty stomach. I make sure to take it right after I eat. You just can’t eat after you take it since you want it to absorb directly into your mouth. Having food on your stomach is not the issue (luckily). Likewise you can’t drink anything right afterward either since it would wash it away too quickly. 

      I would not mix Lauricidin into hot water. It actually advises not to do this. The pellets have no taste if you just swallow them with cold water but hot water would dissolve them and they have a very bitter taste. 

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Jessica

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  13. Niley Revers

    Sometimes when I suffer from flu, it will take me about 2 months to heal. I hope I can find these two supplements in the pharmacies here (in Africa) and or from the vendors who sell supplements. I wish I knew what Zicam and Lauricidin are made from since its a supplement, I would probably eat directly :). Like when I chew ginger when I have a cold.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      I bet you can find Zicam there. I don’t know about Lauricidin. You can’t get Lauricidin from food. It is made from coconut oil but you get it from just eating coconut oil as the post explains. Zicam is made from zinc which the post also details. You can get zinc in other forms and in foods but Zicam is a strong form of zinc that is absorbed directly into the mouth rather than the stomach. You can’t get this same effect from foods.

      Thank you for stopping by,
      Jessica

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  14. Victor

    I have always be given natural medicine to combat common illnesses; my mother is a true believer of natural medicine. However, this Lauricidin sounds very interesting that I could give it a try. I work as a middle school teacher and I’m exposed to all types of viruses from students and “extra protection” for my immune system will be so much helpful. The minimum to no side effect information is crucial for me since I cannot get sick! I have two kids and I’m the only one making money at home.

    Thank you for sharing the details of this great product. 

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    1. admin

      Hello Victor,

      I have never experienced any side effects from Lauricidin. Just make sure you take it with cold water or other beverage and not a hot drink. A hot drink would not hurt but it would taste bitter. Swallow the tiny pellets whole just like you would a pill and they dissolve in the stomach. 

      I hope it works well for you!

      Jessica

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  15. Sharon

    Hello Jessica. I have not heard of these products. But definitely good to know. Whenever I notice the first sigh of getting sick, especially the flu (runny nose) I will reach for paracetamol. After reading your article, I think Zicam is worth a try. I do get the flu quite often. It is good that you pointed out the mild side effect of the acidity. With a gastric problem. I will know what to do should I need to take Zicam.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    Sharon

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    1. admin

      Hello Sharon,

      As long as I eat some food before I take Zicam I am fine. Just don’t take it on an empty stomach if you are especially sensitive. Some people don’t have any problem.

      I hope it works,

      Jessica

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  16. sanjay

    I have issues with cold and cough. Every year when winter knocks the door my health get affected badly. It takes 3-4 days to get relief and you may return any day. I would consider taking Zicam and let’s see what it does to my body. I would share my result with it soon.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Sanjay,
      I hope it works very well for you. It certainly does for me.
      Let me know.

      Thank you,
      Jessica

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  17. Kit

    zinc is a powerful supplement for me. As a male, zinc helps many body functions. I heard it improves immune system, fights acne and help produce high quality sperm. I feel more energy when I take zinc. I have tried several supplement but this one is new for me. Give me a week or two , I will see how does this work on me.

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    1. admin

      Hello Kit, 

      My husband has found zinc really helps clear up his skin as well. I love the anti-inflammatory affect of zinc and Zicam. Please let me know what you think of it!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

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  18. Kent

    These natural supplements are definitely a better alternative to traditional pharmaceutical pills, I’ve always favored products with natural ingredients.

    I don’t have colds or flus very often, but I am having lots of allergies lately and have been sneezing all day everyday since last week. Does Zicam or Lauricidin help fight off sneeze allergies as well? I’m using Reactine right now and I’d really like to find a better alternative for it.

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    1. admin

      Hello Kent,

      Zinc is an anti-inflammatory so Zicam (zinc is the active ingredient of Zicam) may help with allergies. I cannot vouch for this use but it wouldn’t hurt to try it! Zinc is a basic mineral that we all need so I would certainly give it a try! If you do, let me know how it works!

      Thanks,

      Jessica

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  19. Chris

    Excellent and interesting article on the immune boosting benefits of these supplements.

    I was especially interested in the supplement you covered called Zicam, as I haven’t heard of it before and I’m surprised it has cold fighting abilities. I was always told that echinacea was best for fighting off the effects of cold – in your opinion, do you feel Zicam is better at this?

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    1. admin

      Hello Chris,

      Yes, for me Zicam is very effective at fighting colds. I have to say, echinacea does not do much at all for fighting colds in my experience. I would take Zicam every single time over echinacea. Zicam also has other benefits since the active ingredient is zinc which is a necessary mineral and used in the body for many functions. It is a great anti-inflammatory for example. 

      I always take Zicam if I feel like I might be getting a cold. All of my family uses it too. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

      Reply
  20. John

    Wow, thank you for enlightening me.  I had never heard of Zicam before!  It contains Zinc which is powerful.I have also never heard of Lauricidin. I usually gargle warm salt water and also drink lemon and honey hot water drinks when I notice a cold or throat thing or virus coming on. How important is gut health in overall immunity do you think?Thank you for your great tips!  John

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    1. admin

      Hello John,

      I think gut health is of utmost importance for immunity, digestion, nutrient absorbsion and many other aspects of health. I will be adding additional posts on that topic as well. 

      I never understood how important zinc was before I learned that it was the active ingredient in Zicam. I have used Zicam since I was a kid but didn’t pay attention to the zinc it contained. I just knew it worked to shorten and fight colds. I discovered when I took Zicam it reduced my inflammation and started looking into it. Now I realize just how important zinc is! 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Jessica

      Reply

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