Monolaurin as Antihypertensive
(Las Pinas City)
Is it true that monolaurin from coconut has antihypertensive effect?
Yes, monolaurin, the monoglyceride of the predominant Medium Chain Fatty Acid (MCFA) in coconut oil, lauric acid, has anti-hypertensive effect.
Coconut-eating populations show an absence of hypertension or high blood pressure. In one study, Polynesians who consumed 89% of their fat as coconut oil had lower blood pressure than Polynesians who ate only 7%.
Coconut oil is two-thirds MCFAs. And lauric acid makes up around 80% of the MCFA content of coconut oil. So, monolaurin, the monoglyceride of lauric acid, is easily the most abundant monoglyceride found in coconuts.