Lauric acid, also known as Dodecanoic Acid, was discovered in 1849 by Marrsson T. It was first discovered in Lauraceae seeds, but it is also commonly found in soaps, vegetable oil, coconut oil, and breast milk. Lauric Acid is a clear, solid compound that is insoluble in water. It also comes in the form of a white powdery substance. The chemical formula is C12H24O2. It has a molecular weight of 200. 32 g/mol. Lauric Acid also has a melting point of 44 C and a boiling point of 289. 9 C.
It is a saturated fatty acid and is also known as a medium chain fatty acid because it contains 12 carbon atoms. Lauric acid is non-toxic to the human body and is most commonly known for its uses in medicine. Lauric acid reacts with the human body creating Monolaurin. The Monolaurin then has antifungal and antibiotic properties. Even before its scientific discovery, the oil from these seeds containing Lauric Acid was used to prevent insect stings and to help with digestion problems.
Naturally found in many substances, Lauric Acid is easy to obtain, has a long shelf life, and is not dangerous to the human body. This property shows that it serves as a great natural medicine, which many people seek, compared to prescriptions and expensive chemically produced drugs. Now, Lauric acid is known for its ability to destroy lipid-covered viruses. This includes the flu, HIV, HPV, and herpes. The monolaurin created by the human bodies’ reaction with Lauric Acid targets the membranes of lipid membranes of infections and fungus and destroying them.
Lauric Acid has sanitizing and anti-viral properties. It is also very useful in treating skin infections on the human body. Lauric acid also is used in shampoo. It can dissolve fat allowing shampoo to remove grease from your hair. It is also known to be very beneficial in food. Lauric Acid in vegetable acid has been shown to have less of an effect on HDL or bad cholesterol and there have been plans on increasing amounts used.
The use of coconut oil/Lauric Acid in vegetable oil has been decreased due to cuts in budgets, switching to these cheaper unhealthier vegetable oils. But very recently scientists have discovered these benefits in coconut oil and there has been a very large movement in increasing the use of this oil. There have been pills, and various products that have emerged with the discovery of the medicinal properties of Lauric Acid on the human body. Before, things like coconut oil were considered unhealthy fats.
With recent studies, however, the discoveries of effects of Lauric acid in these oils have shown the healing potential. Daily intake of coconut oil ha been proven in helping prevent sickness and face cream made form breast milk has been proven to help prevent and treat acne. The effects and uses of this compound has proven that it is a very important part of science today and that everyday we are learning more and more about its capabilities.