Can Coconut Oil Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease and Protect Your Brain?

Posted on January 14th, 2011 by comadm  |  17 Comments »

Ketone bodies, substances found in the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in coconut oil, appear to be the preferred source of brain fuel for diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease patients.

A study by Dr. Richard Veech, senior scientist at the National Institutes of Health, found that ketones can help protect brain cells from both Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Ketone Bodies Provide an Alternative Brain Fuel

Coconut oil is one of the few plant-based sources of saturated fats. It contains about 66 percent MCTs.

Your body produces ketone bodies when it converts fat into energy, Dr. Joseph Mercola explains. Here’s how it works: You usually produce bile from your liver in order to break down fat. MCTs skip the bile and go directly to your liver, where it is converted to ketone bodies and fuels your brain.

Glucose is one of your brain’s main fuels for energy. One of the things discovered in the fairly new research on the brain’s glucose uptake is that the brain produces its own insulin to convert glucose in your bloodstream.

Diabetes is the result of your body’s inability to produce insulin for blood sugar regulation. Your brain begins to “starve” when your insulin production decreases due to a low supply of glucose-converted energy.

Diabetics increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 65 percent, though the exact mechanisms are yet to be determined, Dr. Mercola points out. The brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease experience atrophy, which impairs mental function and eventually causes loss of memory, movement, personality, and speech.

Your brain can begin to atrophy from starvation if it becomes insulin-resistant and loses its ability to convert glucose into energy.

Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil and Positive Developments for an Alzheimer’s Patient

After studying Dr. Veech’s research and other studies on ketone bodies, Dr. Mary Newport started giving her husband Steve — an Alzheimer’s patient — extra-virgin coconut oil.

After just five months of taking coconut oil, Dr. Newport shares that her husband’s tremors have subsided, the visual disturbances that prevented him from reading have disappeared, and he has become more social and interested in those around him.

There is no known cure or treatment to reverse the brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. But based on Dr. Newport’s case study, coconut oil appears to help.

According to Dr. Newport’s calculations, about two tablespoons of coconut oil (about 35 milliliters or seven level teaspoons) provides you with the equivalent of 20 grams of MCTs, which is indicated as either a preventive measure against, or treatment of degenerative neurological diseases.

People tolerate coconut oil differently, so you may have to start slowly and gradually move toward therapeutic levels.” You can start with one teaspoon — taken with food in the morning to avoid upsetting your stomach,” Dr. Mercola recommends. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate four tablespoons.

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  1. jack franco says on :

    will coconut oil tabs be as effective as the stuff in the jar. and how many tabs or caps per wife has early stage alzheimers, and is currently
    in a stage 1 drug trial. not helping so far.
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  2. Eric Weimar says on :

    1/30/2011 Started coconut oil treatment. Will note any changes and pass them on.

  3. mathew says on :

    Well its been a week and 2 days since i have been taking coconut oil and i must say theres been a big difference in my life. i went from not being able to have a normal convo to being able to have a normal convo. like i could talk for hours. also im beginning to beable to think a bit more clearly although my mind is still rather foggy not fun at all :( but i have been noticing improvements :). actually within 6 hours of first taking it i noticed improvements. it just feels like my brains working much better and i do feel my memory coming back its almost like a puzzle being built. but im sure itll come back :)

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