We all know that Alzheimer’s disease is a terrible condition characterized with loss of memory. Dr. Mary T. Newport, a pediatrician told the story about her husband who got diagnosed with this disease in his 50s.
Steve had dementia 5 years before the MRI when he got this diagnose. He was in a really bad shape because most of the time he was confused, could not take something from the fridge and could not handle forks and spoons. He was also forgetting to deliver massages and then after two days, he would recall what he has been said.
Steve had his frontal and parietal lobes really damaged, he had no short term memory, but he could make out new info days later at least. Not knowing what to do, his wife decided to make some changes in his diet which she susspected would help.
Even though Steve took the meds from the doctors, they didn’t helped him at all, instead, he lost weight and got depression. Moreover, he even stopped moving rapidly or running and had tremors. This is the main reason why his wife studied different ways in which she could help her husband.
She managed to find a drug named Ketasyn AC-1202 which had the ability to stop the growing of Alzheimer’s in many patients during 3 months. After her thorough research, she discovered that the active ingredient in it was MCT medium chain triglycerides oil. So, this is the coconut oil! She rushed to the healthy food stores immediately.
After her discovery, she started giving her husband 2 spoons of this oil 2 times per day along with food. After only 2 months of this natural therapy, Steve was happier, alert and he talked more. His tremor was also gone. You will be shocked to hear that after just one year of this therapy, he saw familiar faces and talked with his family. Moreover, he could also read again which is uncommon for this disease. All these improvements occurred due to coconut oil.
How does coconut affect this disease?
Our brain needs nutrition which means that it needs even 60% glucose of everything people ingest.
On the other hand, when the brain is ill, it does not use all the glucose because it has hypometabolism, impaired cognition and decline too. Byproducts of fat breakdown inside are the ketones and they are energy replacement for the brain which even regenerate neurons and nerves after damage.
As a result, in certain areas, the neurons can’t take the glucose as it has insulin resistance developed. If those cells got in touch with ketones they could survive.
After we starve for some period of time, the ketones appear, but the MCTs can get oxygenized with the liver and arise more in ketones. Nearly 97% of the fat we ingest every day are long chain triglycerides and these have 14-18 carbons. When it comes to the medium chain ones, they have 6-12 carbons.
Beside being helpful for this disease, coconut oil is also an excellent candidate for curing Parkinson’s too, Huntington’s, drug resistant epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and even diabetes.
The Neurobiology of Aging conducted a study in 2004 which claimed that coconut oil has the ability to improve cognition in adults with memory issues. 20 people were included in the study who were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other similar issues. They were given placebos and coconut oil. The results showed that after 90 min of the treatment, the coconut people had more beta-hydroxybutyrate beta-OHB, the strongest ketone in the body. They were given 40 ml of coconut oil. According to Dr. David Perlmutter, neurologist, avoiding fat and consuming too much carbs are the core for Alzheimer’s and lifestyle has a great impact.
Both Dr, David and Dr. Mary think that fasting can be practiced with the oil treatment too for metabolic processes in the glycogen stores in the liver. As a result, this will burn storage fat which is why your will reach ketogenic phase. During this phase, you will lose weight in a healthy way and it will make your brain better, but it can be hazardous as well. Acidity in the blood rises when ketones rise too much, thus reaching ketoacidosis which is really serious and fatal even. In order to protect internal flora, stop eating sugar and gluten.