The Mayo Clinic defines Alzheimer’s Disease as “a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions… the connections between brain cells and the brain cells themselves degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function.” It is a heartbreaking disease for those who have it, as well as for the friends and family. It robs it’s host of precious memories and of their independence. Sadly, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s but, according to some, there may be a solution directly under our noses.
At the age of 51, Dr. Mary Newport’s husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Knowing that there is no cure, she decided to do some research into how feed your brain. Newport states, “Our brains rely on glucose from carbohydrates. But if that isn’t available, because we haven’t eaten anything or are on a low-carbohydrate diet, then our brain cells switch to using the energy from our fat. This energy comes in the form of small molecules called ketones.” Food made up of medium chain triglycerides can be easily converted into ketones by the body because their carbon chain is smaller that that of long chain triglycerides. She began looking more into sources for these ketones and discovered that some scientists had stated that the body can convert coconut oil into ketones easily. So, she went straight to the store, bought some coconut oil and started her husband on a daily regimen.
“[I] gave him a little over two tablespoons every morning for breakfast. So I measured it out and then started cooking with it the rest of the day. I started substituting it for things in the diet,” Dr. Newport explains. She says that the coconut oil seemed to have an almost immediate effect. She noticed “he was more alert in the morning. He used to come out very sluggish and not very conversive in the morning. He couldn’t remember how to get water out of the refrigerator door, you know, and confusion about utensils, and things like that and he just came out with a lot more energy and more animation in his face, more personality, joking with me, could find the water. These kinds of things started happening.” Dr. Newport also noted that if there was ever an occasion that he did not take the coconut oil, his Alzheimer’s symptoms were more prevalent.
So, why haven’t we heard more about coconut oil for Alzheimer’s patients? Well, there are no studies with published results on the effects of coconut oil on Alzheimer’s Disease. The University of Southern Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is currently conducting a study with hopes of publishing results this year. Many people who feel as if they don’t have time to wait for the results have started themselves on their own regimen. I went to WebMD to look the possible sides effects of using coconut oil and they state that it “is safe for most people if used in amounts commonly found in foods. It also appears to be safe when applied to the scalp in combination with other herbs.”
Neuroline Solutions always looking for any information on natural treatments for neurological diseases and disorders. Even if there is not a product currently available, Neuroline Solutions is always looking to educate our patients about any information that is available to our disposal. Dr. Marano plans to follow the continued studies of coconut oil closely as he deals with many Alzheimer’s patient every day and, like most of us who are dealing with a friend or family member battling this degenerative disease, he has been hoping for a new, natural approach to actually help his Alzheimer’s patientsl. We are interested in hearing your feedback on this topic, as well as hearing about any first hand experiences with using coconut oil for memory loss. The medical industry may just be on the brink of uncovering a natural solution for a heartbreaking disease.
Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/basics/definition/con-20023871
CTV News Story on coconut oil for Alzheimer’s Disease: http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/health-headlines/u-s-study-looks-into-the-benefits-of-coconut-oil-on-patients-with-alzheimer-s-1.1491406
iHealthtube.com interview with Dr. Newport: http://www.ihealthtube.com/aspx/viewvideo.aspx?v=8e5ce1ff8380246d#
Check out this video of Dr. Newport speaking on her coconut oil therapy for Alzheimer’s disease!