The number of people with obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is increasing rapidly in the US Moreover, scientists warn of strong possibility that in 2050, 15,000,000 Americans have developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Mary T. Newport, MD, a neonatal doctor who has been researching the scientific literature on Alzheimer’s disease for the past ten years, found that medium chain triglycerides (MCT) containing coconut oil can be miraculous remedy for preventing and slowing the progression of Alzheimer.
Her husband, Steve, 58 years old, has been diagnosed with progressive dementia for more than 5 years. According to MRI results, the disease was likely to progress to Alzheimer’s.
experienced huge memory problems such as the inability to find a spoon or how to get the water from the refrigerator. He also suffered from depression. In his research, he found that depression can be a precursor to Alzheimer’s.
Why MCT important?
human body cells use ketone bodies as fuel when there is a lack of glucose. Brain cells are the most selective cells in the human body, as they are limited in what kind of fuel they use in order to stay alive. Generally they need glucose but can also be used ketones. Normally, the human body does not have ketone bodies that may be available for the brain to use them.
What exactly happens in Alzheimer’s disease?
Nerve cells in certain parts of the brain are unable to use glucose as fuel due to insulin resistance and slowly begin to die. This process lasts for 10 or 20 decades before clear symptoms of the disease. However, if these neurons use ketone bodies as fuel to survive and continue functioning normally. Similar is the case with patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and ALS, where the problem is the same, but in a different part of the brain and spinal cord.
MCT oil is metabolized differently than other fats. Namely, the liver converts directly and ketone bodies for energy. Oral and intravenous application of MCT oil leads to hyperketonemia, a large number of ketone bodies in the blood that can be utilized by brain cells in the case of glucose deficiency.
“ hyperketonaemia results in a substantial increase (39%) in cerebral blood flow, and appears to reduce cognitive dysfunction associated with systemic hypoglycemia in normal humans, says Dr. Newport.
In his further investigation, it was found that coconut oil is medium-chain fatty acids about 60%, has zero cholesterol and is rich in omega-6. Other sources of MCT are oil and palm kernel human breast milk. In addition, it can be found in smaller cow’s milk and goat concentrations and butter from these types of milk.
When the disease had progressed significantly, Dr. Newport decided to try the coconut oil therapy. She bought 100% of virgin coconut oil and gave her husband of 36 grams (more than two tablespoons) of coconut oil per day, for more than a month. The results were amazing.
After two weeks, and again at 37 days after starting coconut oil, he asked him to draw a clock. There is a marked improvement evident, she says.
This means that after a month and a half to her husband recovered almost completely after consuming 35 mg (more than 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil per day.