coconut oil stronger than monolaurin?

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   Posted 5/7/2018 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have any experience with this. I have been doing great with monolaurin (1 scoop a day) but i had some coconut oil pills and tried it for the past 2 days. I initially herxed worse than on monolaurin but now almost all of my remaining symptoms are gone. Only the slightest twitches when I'm in bed in the morning and night remain if at all. I'm just wondering if the reduction in symptoms is because coconut is stronger or if i'm just herxing less than before while on monolaurin. I'm taking 4,000 mg of coconut vs 3,000 of monolaurin. the coconut has the full spectrum of acids, about 10, which supposedly creates a more synergistic effect than monolaurin alone. any thoughts would be appreciated.

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   Posted 5/7/2018 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been wondering this too as I regularly consume coconut oil and have for years. I sometimes thing this might be another factor in the very slow progression of symptoms for me.

After the monolaurin discussion I did some reading and came up once again with mixed opinions about the different compounds in coconut oil and which was better or if the whole food was the best. I'm always little suspicious when studies isolate and separate out a single therapeutic compound from foods or herbs as often it's later found that the original was a synergistic mix. On the other hand there were so many enthusiastic comments on monolaurin I've been meaning to try it once I can find some.
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   Posted 5/7/2018 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
At one point I was eating SO much coconut oil that my naturopath said I was eating too much. I have no idea the exact amount I was eating, but I never helped any of my symptoms any.

I'm wondering if this means that monolaurin probably wouldn't work for me either.

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   Posted 5/7/2018 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I'm not sure if the coconut is working better because I just stopped monolaurin the other day and then took a few pellets today. The coconut oil i'm taking is mostly the full spectrum of mct oils in coconut oil. It says 65% mct oil on the label and it doesn't really look like the stuff in the jar at the grocery store, but I could be wrong. It took a while for the monolaurin to kick in but it worked well once it did. How long have you taken it and did you herx?

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   Posted 5/7/2018 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
i used to eat coconut oil (actually coconut butter) instead of regular butter and took a big part of my daily calories from coconut oil. i ate it as spread on gluten free bread. i consumed about half a kilo (1 pound) every 2 weeks.

It helped a lot with my digestion, and generally as nutrition rich food ... but ... it is not going to "cure" you. i got worse and worse while doing the oil, and i was taking many other herbs too. In the end i had to switch back to antibiotics.

let's put it from a different perspective: if candida is one of your main coinfection, then consuming large amounts of coconut oil/butter will kick your candida hard and may restore your gut function.

but it will not get your lyme under control. not all by itself.

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   Posted 5/7/2018 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have seen many reports of people herxing from coconut oil as well many research papers saying that it has antimicrobial properties. I doubt it's a cure but i'm prepared to take it indefinitely as long as it's doing me some good. My only concern is that it might be masking my symptoms due to immune suppression or anti inflammation, but I don't think that's the case.

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   Posted 5/8/2018 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Ooooh coconut oil, youch.

I thought I was flaring Candida after some rashes reappeared and were making me nuts.

I took a big spoonful and I was down for two days. I still use small amounts occasionally but would caution the same everyone advises with all, start low and slow.
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