Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by M ws On Friday, October 21, 2011 6 comments
How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot—as this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or is worried about it.

Of course, just about everyone worries about Alzheimer’s. It currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is the seventh leading cause of death. The cost of treating it is estimated at $148 billion.

Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003. About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, began showing signs of progressive dementia, later diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease. “Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn’t find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator,” she said.

They started him on Alzheimer’s drugs—Aricept, Namenda, Exelon—but his disease worsened steadily. (It should be noted that the latest research shows that the various Alzheimer’s drugs, like Aricept, have proven disappointing, with little real benefit and often distressing side effects.) When Dr. Newport couldn’t get her husband into a drug trial for a new Alzheimer’s medication, she started researching the mechanism behind Alzheimer’s.

She discovered that with Alzheimer’s disease, certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat), the brain’s principal source of energy. Without fuel, these precious neurons may begin to die. There is an alternative energy source for brain cells—fats known as ketones. If deprived of carbohydrates, the body produces ketones naturally.

But this is the hard way to do it—who wants to cut carbohydrates out of the diet completely? Another way to produce ketones is by consuming oils that have medium-chain triglycerides. When MCT oil is digested, the liver converts it into ketones. In the first few weeks of life, ketones provide about 25 percent of the energy newborn babies need to survive.

Dr. Newport learned that the ingredient in the drug trial which was showing so much promise was simply MCT oil derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil, and that a dose of 20 grams (about 20 ml or 4 teaspoons) was used to produce these results. When MCT oil is metabolized, the ketones which the body creates may, according to the latest research, not only protect against the incidence of Alzheimer’s, but may actually reverse it. Moreover, this is also a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug-resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and type II (insulin-resistant) diabetes.

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Thanks to SK Tio who sent me this article. Have a nice day!

6 comments to Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. says:

    UP41 Dear MWS, this may be one of the many things the powerful drugs companies are trying to kill or suppressed. Remember the discovery of bacterial being the cause of gastric problem? The discovery was suppressed for more than a decade until the drug companies patent for gastric drugs are over.

  1. says:

    YTW The Eskimos have the most healthy heart and the worst bone because of the high amount of fish they consume. The Omega 3/DHA is good for the heart, and the need to break down the fish protein by drawing calcium from the bones is bad for the bone. Take only moderate amount of fish, and take fish oil if you have to.
    The Filipinos and the Sri Lankans have the lowest Cardiovascular disease among developing countries because they took a lot of coconut products. Imported edible oil is too expensive for most of them, and coconut derived edible product is found in abundance.
    Check out the next when you go to Organic section and you will notice that coconut oil is now making a huge comeback as a healthful food. Just recall the health condition of our forefathers, they had less cancer and cardio V disease, and coconut oil/milk were prominent in their cooking then.
    Again, I think the key is “Moderate”.

  1. says:

    Jimmy Liew Thanks for this article. I will start looking for coconut oil :)

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear UP41

    Thanks for your enlightening comment! Much truth in what you said and we all have to be ultra careful. Take care and catch up soon!


  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear YTW

    Thanks so much for sharing such vital and interesting information. I am also a health freak and find what you share most informative. I do agree with what you shared wrt coconut oil and other observations. Thanks for taking the time to share. Take care and do keep in touch!


  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear Jimmy Liew

    You are most welcome! Hope you find it! Take care and stay in touch!


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