A new theory being touted by Dr. Mary Newport suggests that coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
She believes that compounds known as ketone bodies, which are made when the body is digesting coconut oil, could be an alternative fuel for our brains.This could promote one of the most groundbreaking discoveries in natural medicine in recent years.
How it all started…
Dr. Newport’s husband, Steve, suffered from progressive dementia more than five years in his mid-50s and was later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
She recounts, “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.”
Her husband had little to no short-term memory, yet the external information flooding his body like everyone else was still logged somewhere in his brain. She started to think that her husband’s diet had a major role to play. Medication for her husband led to depression, rapid weight loss and general degredation of motor abilities took hold. Steve forgot how to perform many common tasks, but spent most days working in the yard or in his garage and remained in good physical condition.
But there was hope…
Medium chain triglycerides or ketone bodies have been cropping up a lot in Alzheimer’s studies recently. They are thought to not only treat but prevent Alzheimer’s disease and this caught Dr. Newport’s attention.
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.”
When glucose is unavailable, the body may be able to use ketone bodies as an alternative energy source. Ketone bodies do not normally circulate in the body unless it has been starving for a few days, or if one is on a very low-carb diet, such as Atkins.
Dr. Newport states, “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.
The results speak for themselves…
Dr. Newport started implementing a daily dose of coconut oil to her husband, Steve.
Just 60 days later, she recalls that Steve was alert and happy, talkative and joking, and the tremor he’d been gradually developing was less noticeable. His overall health and concentration levels rose dramatically.
Steve still receives about 2 tablespoons of coconut oil twice a day, to make sure that there are no periods where ketone bodies aren’t circulating.
One year on from the start of her husband’s treatment, Dr. Newport says she sees him as a different person. Although he has difficulty in finding some words, she notes, he recognized relatives on a family trip, 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.”
Mary Newport M.D explains the power of coconut oil:
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