Desperate after the unsuccessful orthodox medical attempts for her husband’s dwindling dysfunction from Alzheimer’s, Dr. Mary Newport heard about coconut oil and prevented him from having to be put away in a special home.
His impressive recovery went viral on the internet and Dr. Newport also wrote a bestseller in 2011-12, Alzheimer’s Disease: What if There Was a Cure?
Furthermore, the Internet’s coverage and her book started an international grassroots movement of folks with early dementia, even just brain fog and senior moments, helping themselves or their relatives diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, creating a wave of success reports as well as testimonial videos.
Regardless of how successful those reports were, coconut oil wasn’t recognized by the mainstream medicine as an effective aid for Alzheimer’s or any type of dementia. Moreover, the Alzheimer’s Association and other similar groups still won’t suggest or mention coconut oil to be used by Alzheimer’s sufferers simply as there are no peer reviewed studies.
On the contrary, somehow, there has recently been carried out peer reviewed study and published with another in progress with positive results.
On December 1, 2015, Nutricion Hospitalaria publishes the following: COCONUT OIL IS NON-ALTERNATIVE DRUG TREATMENT AGAINST ALZHEIMER´S DISEASE
This clinical trial was done in Spain, but Spain as well as other EU nations and middle eastern nations, including Israel, which seem less restricted with what they can research and study without pharmaceutical funding. To be more specific, Spain and Israel have conducted thorough research and human studies on the medical applications of cannabis.
The Spanish clinical trial followed Alzheimer’s patients of varying ages and genders with and without diabetes in order to find out if coconut oil consumption had any impact on decreasing their Alzheimer’s mental dysfunction.
Namely, cognitive testing were used before and after the clinical trial to determine changes. In addition, the intervention group was fed 40 ml of coconut oil a day, which comes to 2.7 tablespoons. Experts recommend three tablespoons or more on a daily basis, depending on dementia severity and coconut oil digestive tolerance.
The researchers found a statistically great increase in test score and an improvement in cognitive status, improving particularly women’s, severe patients, and those without diabetes mellitus type-II.
It was concluded by the Spanish researchers that this study, although preliminary, showed the positive influence of coconut oil at the cognitive level of Alzheimer’s patients, depending on sex, presence or absence of diabetes and dementia degree.
There is another clinical study, of course, supported by private funding, on the effects of coconut oil for Alzheimer’s, which was started in 2013 at the University of Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, Tampa, Florida.
The results of that study are expected in 2016. According to the word on the street, there has been a high success rate.
The misconception of no and low fat dieting
In fact, clean saturated fats, which are not hydrogenated or otherwise adulterated are of vital importance for brain and overall health. They do not actually trigger obesity and heart disease.
In the 1950s, the notoriously faulty Ancel Keys Seven Countries Study was accepted whole cloth by the medical establishment, media, and the margarine and processed cooking oil manufacturers. To explain you more deeply, it gave Crisco and others the base to pitch their unhealthy processed hydrogenated oils, which contain trans-fats, to substitute c palm oil, oconut oil, and butter.
It’s been found that hydrogenated and semi-hydrogenated oils that contain trans-fats are more responsible for heart disease, obesity, and a variety of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis.
But, refined carbohydrates, added high sugar, particularly high fructose corn syrup, have added to the increase in obesity with heart problems remaining at the top of disease morbidity despite the no or low fat mania of several decades.
What about the pharmaceutical failures for Alzheimer’s
So far, all pharmaceutical drugs designed for Alzheimer’s have been unsuccessful, creating adverse side effects. Therefore, Alzheimer’s is considered untreatable disease.
According to a study, there are many with high cholesterol counts that live to well into their 80s. But, ironically, blockbuster Big Pharma revenue statin drugs trigger more by doing what they claim, decreasing cholesterol counts.
Coconut oil for prevention and reversal of Alzheimer’s
Dr. Stephanie Steneff explains the brain represents only 2% of the body’s total mass, but contains 25% of the total cholesterol. What’s more, cholesterol is required everywhere in the brain as a structural scaffold for the neural network, an electrical insulator to prevent ion leakage, as an antioxidant, and a functional component of all membranes. It is also used in the wrapping and synaptic delivery of the neurotransmitters. Plus, it also plays a significant role in the formation and functioning of synapses in the brain.
Since it contains medium chain triglycerides or MCTs, coconut oil differs from most other saturated fats, i.e., essentially fats that remain solid at room temperature. Unlike the more common long chain triglycerides, these are easily digested by the liver as well as converted to energy in the form of ketones.
On the other hand, long chain triglycerides don’t get readily converted into ketones, which can be used by cells for energy. Additionally, most of LCTs or LCFAs end up getting stored as fat.
Also, brain cells that have difficulty uzing insulin for glucose end up starving to death. Whole brain sections become useless as from the lack of energy triggered by reduced glucose utilization.
That’s not all, this similarity to diabetes type-2 with it’s cellular inability to process insulin, or insulin resistance, which is a major reason why Alzheimer’s or any dementia is considered diabetes 3.
However, the solution for diabetes 3 is ketones derived from the liver’s processing coconut oil MCTs.
Unluckily, ketones are easy come easy go. A person should maintain a steady healthy virgin coconut oil diet at the recommended pace of three or more tablespoons on a daily basis in order to maintain the cells energy levels.
But, thanks to coconut oil, you can get the benefits of better brain structure and increased energy.