Vespro Monolaurin & 20% Olive Leaf Extract 30 caps
Immune System Support
Serving Size: 2 Capsules Servings per container: 30
Amount per serving:
Oliveleaf Extract 20% 410 mg
Antibiotics not only indiscriminately kill unwanted micro-organisms, but they also destroy the friendly bacteria and viruses that the body needs to function efficiently. This can lead to major health disruptions, especially immune system function. Antibiotic resistance, a result of the abuse of prescription drugs, is one of the major problems facing the medical community today. An alternative to the use of antibiotics is to find new uses for a class of safe chemicals that are non-toxic to humans while providing broad-spectrum, anti-viral protection.
What is Monolaurin and How Does it Work?
This natural compound is a fatty acid and corresponding glycerol esters. Lauric acid was first discovered as the main anti-viral and anti-bacterial substance in human breast milk. Monolaurin is the glycerol ester of lauric acid and is more biologically active than lauric acid. In studies performed at the Respiratory Virology Branch, Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, (the CDC), Monolaurin was tested for virucidal activity against 14 human RNA and DNA-enveloped viruses in cell culture. These included influenza, RSV, Rubeola, Newcastleďż˝s, Corona virus (avian infectious, bronchitis virus), Herpes Simplex types 1 &2, Epstein - Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus. Monolaurin removed over 99.9% or all measurable infectivity of the 14 viruses by disintegrating the virus envelope. In addition to its antiviral effects, monolaurin is non-toxic and has also been shown to have antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Groups A, F &G Streptococci, Chlamydia, H.Pylori and against yeast and fungi as well, including Candida and ringworm. Monolaurin has no effect on naked viruses such as Polio, Coxsackie, Encephalitis or Pox viruses.
What is Olive Leaf Extract and How Does it Work?
Olive leaf extract (Olea Europaea) is derived from the
leaves of the olive tree, also known as the “tree of life,” native to
Asia Minor and Syria and cultivated in Mediterranean countries today.
Olive tree leaves were traditionally boiled and the liquid was used for
Olive leaf extract is a source of phytochemicals (plant-based
enzymes), including oleuropein, which is broken down into elenolic acid
(in the form of calcium elenolate, a calcium salt). Elenolic acid is
believed to have health-benefiting properties.
Shown to enhance the immune system
Functions as an antioxidant, working to help
protect your body's healthy cells from the damaging effects of free
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Supports a healthy blood pressure already within normal limits.
Supports healthy cholesterol values that are already within the normal ranges.
- Provides the benefits of olive oil without having to consume large amounts of oil in your diet.
Oliveleaf Extract 20% 410 mg
How Safe are These Supplements?
Not only is Monolaurin included on the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) list, but because of its origin, it may be safer than many other food supplements that are designed to boost the immune system. Olive Leaf has been traditionally used by herbalist to combat viruses and bacterial infections.
Monolaurin is not a nutritional supplement you need to take on a daily basis
but only when needed (although many people take it regularly for prevention) . It is always best to see your physician when you have a fever or swollen glands, but if you sense the early warning signs of influenza or a cold, Monolaurin and Olive Leaf Extract may begin to combat the virus.
Monolaurin and Olive Leaf Extract product contains 615mg of Monolaurin and 205mg of Olive Leaf Extract. As a food supplement, take 2 capsules per day.
Warning: Seek the advice of your health care professional before using if you are pregnant, nursing or have any medical conditions. If symptoms persist or worsen, consult a health care professional.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
WHAT IS MONOLAURIN
Monolaurin is an anti-microbial agent that protects the immune system from a range of infectious agents. Monolaurin is a glyceride ester derivative of lauric acid, a fatty acid found naturally in breast milk and certain vegetable oils. This fatty acid has been used as a germicidal agent for centuries. Lauric acid was originally discovered when microbiologists studied human breast milk to determine the antiviral substances which protected infants from microbial infections. It has been shown to protect newborns, whose immune systems are underdeveloped, from Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and other respiratory tract viruses (1,2). Monolaurin was found to have even greater viral activity than lauric acid. As a dietary supplement, Monolaurin has shown exciting results as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent.
HOW DOES MONOLAURIN WORK
Monolaurin works by destroying lipid-coated viruses such as herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, and various pathogenic bacteria and protozoa.
Monolaurin works by binding to the lipid-protein envelope of the virus, thereby preventing it from attaching and entering host cells, making infection and replication impossible. Other studies show that Monolaurin disintegrates the viral envelope, killing the virus.
WHAT IS MONOLAURIN EFFECTIVE IN TREATING
In studies performed at the Respiratory Virology Branch, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia, Monolaurin was found effective against 14 human RNA and DNA enveloped viruses in cell culture (3). These included influenza, RSV, Rubeola, Newcastle's, Coronavirus, Herpes Simplex types 1 & 2, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus.
(Monolaurin has no effect on naked viruses, such as polio, encephalitis virus, coxsachie, or pox viruses.) Monolaurin removed all measurable infectivity by disintegrating the virus envelope. In addition to its antiviral effects, monolaurin has also been shown to have antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus agalactiae, Groups A, F & G streptococci, Chlamydia, H. pylori, and against yeast and fungi as well, including Candida and ringworm.
Monolaurin is not the type of nutritional supplement you have to take on a daily basis (although many people take it regularly for prevention purposes), but only when the need arises. If you have a fever or swollen lymph glands, it is always best to see a physician.
ANTIBIOTICS, MONOLAURIN AND THE FLU
Antibiotics kill unwanted micro-organisms, but they also kill many friendly micro-organisms. Monolaurin, on the other hand, does not appear to have an adverse effect on desirable digestive bacteria, but rather only on unwanted microorganisms. In addition Monolaurin can reduce the resistance of germs to antibiotics.
Frequent antibiotic use can lead to major disruptions in health and especially immune system function. Antibiotic resistance, resulting from the over-use of prescription drugs, is one of the biggest problems facing the medical community today. Resistance is cumulative (and comes in part from antibiotics in our food supply). It is important to consider starting with nutritional agents, such as Monolaurin, first. Nutritional physiologic agents, such as Monolaurin, may be a good first choice.
IS MONOLAURIN SAFE
Not only is Monolaurin included on the GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) list, but it may, by virtue of its source of origin, be safer than many other food supplements that are designed to boost the immune system.
One of the safest substances known to man is breast milk. This is where the monoglyceride of lauric acid (Monolaurin) is found. When an infant is born, it is totally dependent on food factors in the mother's milk for immune protection. In analyzing the composition of human breast milk, medical researchers found lauric acid monoglycerides in high concentrations, which is what led them to study Monolaurin as an anti-viral agent (4,5). Monolaurin is also found in coconut oil, butter, and heavy cream; only recently has it been isolated and purified. It is highly unusual in pharmacology to find chemicals that are toxic to lower forms of life (bacteria, fungi, and viruses) but non-toxic to man.
For those with a
sensitive stomach, Monolaurin can be taken with food. The dose can be tapered off as symptoms decrease. Of course, you should always seek the advice of a physician if you have fever, pain or if symptoms persist.
Sometimes the herpes virus can be activated by Monolaurin and then killed, resulting in a Herxheimer-like reaction.
Similar protocols have been used with the Epstein-Barr virus (closely resembling the herpes virus), which may be responsible for Chronic Fatigue and even MS (16, 17).
Monolaurin - Antivirus supplement for colds, flu, shingles, herpes, Epstein-Barr Virus, chronic fatigue syndrome.
Helps protect the immune system from a range of infectious agents.
No antibiotics - Does not destroy friendly bacteria.
Monolaurin is good for both one-time and long-term preventative use.
Extracted from coconut oil.
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Because olive leaf extract may interfere with antibiotic medication, it's recommended that the two not be taken together.
Pregnant or lactating women, diabetics,
hypoglycemics, and people with known medical conditions and/or taking
drugs should consult with a licensed physician and/or pharmacist prior
to taking dietary supplements.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug
Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure
or prevent any disease.