Dr. Mary Newport has a theory that ketone bodies makes coconut oil digest. It may act as an alternative fuel for the brain. She believes that coconut oily may offer reflective benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
If her assumption is correct, coconut oil is one of the greatest natural health discoveries in years.
Dr. Newport has own experience with Alzhemer. Her husband Steve, suffered from progressive dementia for five years in the mid 50s. When he had an MRI scan, he found that he suffers from clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.
She has recalled her story in a case study.
“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… One day I would ask if a certain call came that I was expecting and he would say ‘No.’ Two days later he would remember the message from so-and-so from a couple of days earlier and what they said.”
She noted that her husband had no short term memory but the information was still filled somewhere in his brain. She felt that his diet must be changed to bring change in him.
He began taking medication in hopes that it would help slow the process, but he became depressed, lost weight, forgot how to cook, use a calculator or even perform simple addition. Her husband forgot how to perform many common tasks but he is spending all his days in the yard or in his garage. He remained in good physical condition.
A few studies about the potential use of medium chain triglycerides or ketone bodies say that they are used to prevent Alzhemier’s disease, which was caught by Newport’s eye.
Medium chain triglycerides are also regarded as a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, drug resistant epilepsy, and diabetes.
Dr. Newport explains, “Ketone bodies may help the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns through adults, may help the heart recover after an acute attack, and may shrink cancerous tumors. Children with drug resistant epilepsy sometimes respond to an extremely low carbohydrate ketogenic diet.”
The cells of the body may be able to use ketone bodies as an alternative fuel when glucose is not available. Ketone bodies do not normally circulate in the body unless it has been starving for a few days. Or when a body is on a very low carb diet such as Atkins.
Dr. Newport explains, “In Alzheimer’s disease, the neurons in certain areas of the brain are unable to take in glucose due to insulin resistance, and slowly die off… if these cells had access to ketone bodies, they could potentially stay alive and continue to function.”
Dr Newport started giving coconut oil daily to her husband, Steve. Newport recalled that her husband was happy and alert, talkative and making jokes, just after 60 days of after taking coconut oil.
Steve was able to concentrate on one task instead of being easily distracted. Steve took about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil twice a day to make sure that there are no periods where ketone bodies are not circulating.
After taking treatment for few years, Dr. Newport says that her husband is a different person after using coconut oil. She has noticed that her husband still has one difficulty finding some words but he is recognizing relatives. He also participated actively in conversations, and his facial expressions were more animated.
She adds, “For now, we are very pleased with where he is at and should coconut oil stop or slow down the progress of his disease, it will be worth every drop that he takes.”
Source: David Wolfe