Monolaurin is a compound derived from glycerin and lauric acid which is abundant in coconut fat, and is believed to be responsible for some of the health benefits of coconut products. While Monolaurin itself is not found in coconuts, the body converts some of the lauric acid ingested into small amounts of Monolaurin.
Monolaurin has been heavily researched for its ability to support immune system health and to support heathy digestion and is commonly supplemented for this purpose. It is not known how many coconuts need to be consumed to provide a beneficial dose, so Monolaurin remains popular as a dietary supplement.
Monolaurin is fat soluble and is best taken during or after a meal for best absorption.