MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of staph bacteria that is difficult or impossible to kill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, staph is present in the noses of every one in three people1, usually without any medical symptoms. About two out of every 100 people carry MRSA.
Medical professionals don’t yet fully understand what causes some people to harbor MRSA without any symptoms and why in some patients it can cause skin infections, pneumonia and sepsis. MRSA resists most antibiotics, so it can lead to severe infections, hospitalization and even death. Most MRSA cases are not as severe, but can be difficult to eradicate.
There are natural ways to fight MRSA infections. Monolaurin, a compound present in human breast milk and in coconut oil, exhibits natural antibacterial and antiviral effects. Scientific studies have shown that monolaurin, also known as glycerol monolaurate, can neutralize many types of harmful bacteria, including types of Gram-positive staph bacteria2.
A 2017 study reported in the International Journal of Nanomedicine found that monolaurin-lipid nanocapsules showed “potent activity” against all 14 strains of staph bacteria that researchers tested. Combined with varieties of a plant-based antimicrobial peptide called plectasin, monolaurin was even more effective, and both compounds together minimized the risk of developing resistance to the bacteria.
Monolaurin has been used for years as an antimicrobial agent in food and has been proven safe for use in humans. Products containing monolaurin may be useful in eradicating skin infections and other types of chronic infections caused by MRSA and other staph bacteria.