The journal “Therapeutic Advances in Infectious Disease” explains how phytochemicals and micronutrients, including monolaurin, have been found to work against the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. According to the study published in June 2016, traditional antibiotics can kill the bacterium if administered quickly, but about 20 percent of patients treated immediately still have chronic fatigue and muscle aches that last for up to 6 months or longer. Compounds in monolaurin showed the ability to eliminate 30 to 60 percent of bacteria without doing harm to the body’s tissues.
When monolaurin is able to produce these results, a longer-term administration of the compound could produce greater results.
One possible treatment that has been effective in many patients is the following three-step protocol:
Monolaurin kills the bacteria in addition to other pathogens in the body by weakening the complex biofilm structure and disrupting the bacteria’s ability to reproduce. Pathogens have a unique structure that is not shared by good bacteria, with lipid fat membranes. Monolaurin’s fatty acid structure is similar in size to the harmful bacteria and it can absorb into the cell. Good bacteria do not have lipid fat membranes and do not absorb fatty acids in this way. Eventually, monolaurin can cause cell membranes to rupture and the bacteria to die.
Many studies for the food industry and in medical research have shown that monolaurin does not interact with other drugs or have harmful side effects. It is used in food products as an antimicrobial that prevents spoilage.
2. Biofilm Enzymes
Researchers have found that monolaurin combined with natural peptides can produce the enyzmatic activity needed to effectively penetrate biofilms. Monolaurin can be absorbed by the bacteria cell but the enzyme helps to more quickly break down the complex structure between the cells.
3. Healing and Maintenance
Most symptoms lessen or go away entirely once the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria are killed off. However, those bacteria can leave damage behind even after they are gone. Lyme Disease is found to have a negative impact on brain function, and short-term memory issues can persist after treatment. As well, joints and muscles can continue to hurt. Supplements that help to heal these tissues after damage can clear up these symptoms more quickly.