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Can monolaurin crack the shell of flu virus and keep it from replicating

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A recent article in The Examiner, an online and print paper from the DC area, asks if monolaurin, a food supplement extracted from lauric acid in coconut oil (that you can buy online or in a health food store) can keep the H1N1 flu virus as well as herpes simplex (facial herpes virus) from reproducing/replicating?

Monolaurin, according to various studies, many from reputable sources, that are cited in the article is supposed to be effective against these viruses by breaking down the shell, membrane, or outer wall of the viruses so that they are chopped into bits, turned to liquid, and eventually are removed from your body.

Does any experts know if this is truly the case?
 
 

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