Coconut oil might help Alzheimer's patients by boosting the brain’s energy supply. Most of the time our brains rely on glucose from carbohydrates for energy. When glucose isn't available because we haven’t eaten any carbohydrates for a while, our brain cells can switch to using the energy from our stored fat. This energy comes in the form of small molecules called ketones. Coconut oil contains a high concentration of a particular fat that our bodies can use to make more of the ketones, which can be utilized as“brain food”. They are known as medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and it’s not found in most of the fats that we eat.
One theory is that Alzheimer's sufferers can’t get enough glucose into brain cells to give them the energy they need to lay down new memories and think clearly. Their brain cells could develop insulin resistance, which is being referred to as "diabetes of the brain". If you have diabetes, you are three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Dr Mary Newport, a pediatrician in Florida, began using coconut oil to treat her husband four years ago. He had been suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s for eight years. She claims the results after he started taking the oil were remarkable. He began to get his short-term memory back. Her accounts of Harry’s improvement is on YouTube. While coconut oil supplies ketones, most are gone from the body in eight hours. A teaspoon of coconut oil every 8 hours keeps
up the ketone supply. Blood triglyceride levels could become elevated and should be monitored from consuming coconut oil.
As well as coconut oil there is MCT oil, which can be bought over the counter and has been used by some athletes for years since ketones also can be burned for muscle power.
This all is just anecdotal evidence, but the first coconut oil study for Alzheimer's patients is now being set up by Dave Morgan, professor of molecular pharmacology and physiology and head of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Florida.
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