Obesity, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are the most common diseases. The bad news is that the number of people diagnosed with these diseases is increasing rapidly. Furthermore medical experts are warning that by 2015, about 15 million people will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Dr. Mary T. Newport, a neonatal specialist has been studying scientific literature on Alzheimer’s disease for years and she has found that probably the MCT (medium chain triglycerides) could be the best tool against this disease. Coconut oil is rich in these triglycerides. Steve, Mary’s husband was diagnosed with progressive Dementia when he was 54. The MRI showed that the disease will probably progress and lead to Alzheimer’s. Steve was in a difficult position because he had problems with memory loss, couldn’t find a spoon or get himself a water from the fridge. He was also depressed because of the disease. Mary found on the internet that depression is another sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
Why are MCTs so important?
If the body lacks glucose in the blood, then it uses ketone bodies as fuel. Brain cells require fuel to function properly –ketone bodies and glucose. But our body doesn’t produce ketone bodies.
What happens in Alzheimer’s disease?
Because of insulin resistance, the brain cells cannot use glucose so they start to die. This process begins 10-20 years before the first symptoms appear. But if the brain cells can find ketone bodies and use them as fuel, they can stay alive. This problem is also common in people who suffer from Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and ALS. All the patients have the same problem but in different areas in the brain or spinal cord.
MCTs are absorbed in different way than other fats. The liver is able to transform them into ketone bodies and energy. That is why we need to consume medium chain triglycerides, as hyperketonemia occurs which is actually an increased number of ketone bodies in the blood.
Dr. Newport claims that hyperketonemia improves the blood flow in the brain by 39% and decreases the cognitive disorders caused by hypoglycemia in humans. Dr. Newport also found that coconut oil contains about 60% medium fatty acids, is rich in omega-6 fatty acids and doesn’t contain cholesterol. MCTs are found in breast milk or palm kernel. Goat and cow milk contain these fats but in small quantities. They can be found in other dairy products as well.
Mary really wanted to help her husband so she decided to try coconut oil treatment. She gave him two tablespoons of coconut oil every day for a month. The results were amazing.
After two weeks, Dr. Newport asked Steve to draw a clock and he did. That is why Dr. Newport recommends coconut oil treatment to patients who have Alzheimer’s disease.