Few Alzheimer’s “cures” are more controversial than coconut oil. This natural treatment got a popularity boost after Dr. Mary Newport wrote a detailed account of her husband’s treatment with coconut oil and his dramatic progress in Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure?
The medical establishment will never acknowledge coconut oil as a possible treatment until it’s been proven in studies. And even when and if it’s been successfully proven, you can expect it to take many years to seep into medical mainstream consciousness.
Right now it’s considered by most to be a quack treatment even though there are a lot of scientists, doctors, researchers, and drug companies working on using coconut oil, MCTs, and ketones to treat Alzheimer’s. One drug company has already used this principle to create a prescription-only Alzheimer’s “food” called Axona.
Participate in a Coconut Oil Clinical Trial
My alma mater, the University of South Florida, is hosting a clinical trial beginning June 13. If you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s, researchers are currently enrolling participants. Below is a copy of the official study flyer. If you are interested in participating, go to alz.health.usf.edu , or call Jill Smith at 813-974-4355 as soon as possible before the study is filled.
Why Coconut Oil?
If you aren’t familiar with the healing properties of coconut oil, you may wonder why Dr. Newport decided to try it with her husband. As a neonatal physician, she was familiar with the use of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the kind found in coconut oil, with newborns. They’re administered to premature babies because the oil is easily utilized by babies even before they have developed digestive enzymes. MCTs are found in mother’s milk and are added to all infant formulas.
Here’s a broad summary of how coconut oil works in the body and the brain.
Your brain’s main fuel is glucose. When your brain cells don’t get the glucose they need, they quickly die.
Insulin is needed to allow glucose to enter the brain cells. Alzheimer’s is sometimes called type 3 diabetes because the brain cells becomes insulin-resistant, don’t get the glucose they need, and subsequently die.
Our bodies have a back-up system for times when we can’t get enough energy from carbohydrates. The liver can kick in to produce ketones that can be used as a substitute fuel during times of starvation.
But you don’t have to starve to access ketones as a source of energy. The MCTs in coconut oil are broken down into ketones by the liver, then cross the blood-brain barrier to provide instant energy to brain cells.
Don’t Wait for “Proof”
If you or someone you love has Alzheimer’s and are waiting for coconut oil to be “proven”, it will be too late.
I use coconut oil for all my cooking. It offers many benefits over so-called healthy vegetable oils like canola. It is delicious, versatile, and much healthier than the oils you are currently using. There is no downside to adding it to your diet.
I’ve used Omega Nutrition’s 100% organic coconut oil for almost 20 years. I’ve tried other brands over the years but have always gone back. I like its neutral taste with no coconut flavor. I like coconut but don’t want everything I make to taste like it.
And if you are trying to treat Alzheimer’s, don’t try to wing it. This is too important. Pick up a copy of Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? to benefit from Dr. Newport’s experience.
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Coconut oil's brain-healthy properties derive from its high concentration of medium chain triglycerides. MCTs are being researched to treat Alzheimer's and other degenerative brain diseases.