Researchers in Florida are currently studying the benefits of coconut oil in fighting Alzheimer’s. I have had already published Dr. Mary Newport’s theory 3 years ago, in which I explained how the ketone bodies are produced in our body on digesting coconut oil. This alternative fuel for our brain may have significant benefits in fighting against Alzheimer’s disease.
When I published it, if her theory was to be proven correct, it could have become one of the biggest natural health discoveries of our times. Currently, Dr. Newport’s research is being studied in a pioneering clinical trial at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.
Returning Focus on Coconut Oil Benefits
The research has 65 Alzheimer’s patients for evaluating the effects of coconut oil on their condition against a placebo. According the Dr. Newport, she will have the results in a year’s time.
It is worth noting that Dr. Newport’s husband has also been a patient of the disease for some years.
According to a CTV News report there is no clinical data currently that shows coconut oil benefits in preventing and treating dementia. But Dr. Newport started noticing significant improvements in her husband (who is 51), after she began giving him 4 teaspoons of coconut oil a day.
Before she started this treatment, he was unable to tie his shoes and he had slow gait. But all that has changed and he is even beginning to run. He also began reading again. There’s significant improvement in his conversation and over few months his memory has improved too. Before coconut oil treatment was started, Newport claims that no medication helped his condition.
Coconut Oil Seems to Be the Perfect Brain Food
Our body is capable of converting only 2 kinds of fuels into energy:
When our body transforms fat into energy, it produces ketones (not glucose in this case). Medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs in coconut oil are a rich source of ketone bodies, as it has around 66% of MCTs.
MCTs are a kind of fats which are processed in a different way than long-chain triglycerides. Usually, it requires mixing with bile (from gallbladder) before our digestive system can break down fats. However, MCTs directly reach our liver, which will then convert them naturally into ketones without the bile part. Then ketones are instantly released by liver into our bloodstream and then moved to our brain for use as fuel.
Our brain does work on glucose, but there’s also evidence that shows that ketone bodies might be beneficial in restoration and renewal of neurons and nerve function in our brain (in fact, even after there has been damage). The system behind the MCT-ketone bodies metabolism seems that our body takes MCTs to be carbs and not fats. In fact, ketone energy is able to enter our bloodstream without the regular spike in insulin which occurs with carbs. Thus, coconut oil is just another fat but its works like a carb when it is about brain fuel.
So What is the Amount of Coconut Oil Required?
Studies show that the therapeutic levels of medium-chain triglycerides are 20g per day. As per calculations by Dr. Newport , 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (or 7 teaspoons or 35ml) is enough for supplying 20g of MCT. It is considered a preventative measure to fight degenerative neurological diseases or for treating established condition.
Although additional research is required in this area, I think there goes nothing against coconut oil why it should not be included in your or your loved one’s diet (especially if there are brain degeneration symptoms). There are so many notable health benefits of it and it doesn’t have any side effects.
The tolerance for coconut oil is different in different people. So you should start using it at small levels and reach the therapeutic levels gradually. I will recommend starting with 1 teaspoon (with your morning breakfast). Then add a little more at a gradual rate every few days and reach 4 tablespoons after some time. Take it along with food and this will help prevent an upset stomach.
How the Low-Fat Trend Caused Significant Increase in Alzheimer’s Cases?
Many severely inconsistent nutritional guidelines have caused many health problems among Americans. The low-fat diet (focused on heart disease prevention) is one of the biggest one. When you avoid healthy fat it will both increase heart disease risk and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Dr. David Perlmutter (neurologist), claims that avoiding fat and over-consuming carbs are big factors in Alzheimer’s epidemic (which can be fully prevented). In his book, Grain Brain, he offers a strong argument to eliminate grains from our diet to keep our brain health safe.
The other big factor is the development of genetically engineered (GE) grains and its growing consumption. They can now be found in almost all processed foods in the United States. It is unfortunate that not sufficient amounts of funds are provided for researching treatments involving use of regular food items. According to Amanda Smith’s (Medical Director – University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute) interview in CTV News, the pharmaceutical industry is working to make profits, and ‘help people’ only on a theoretical basis. Eventually, it is all about making money, and they invest it in only those items which can are new and can be patented instead of on things already available on the shelf.
How to Maintain Your Healthy Brain Functioning & Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease?
It is well known that Alzheimer’s can be prevented depending on your lifestyle. The most important factor is diet, and the optimized nutrition plan created by me can help in preventing and treating almost any chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.
In those who undergo minimal cognitive function decline (until they die), were found (during post-mortem) to not have brain lesions. This showed that it was fully possible to avoid the damage. A healthy lifestyle is one of the most effective ways to do so.
These tips are going to help you in protecting your brain’s health through the old age:
- Stay Away From Refined Fructose & Sugar
Make sure that control your sugar levels. Don’t consume more than 25g of fructose a day. If you suffer from insulin resistance or some related problems, keep it to 15g a day.
- No Gluten Please (Especially Wheat)
According to research, our blood-brain barrier is adversely affected by gluten (this is the barrier that prevents unwanted things out of our brain). Gluten makes our brain more permeable, allowing proteins to enter our bloodstream. This will sensitize our immune system and lead to autoimmunity and inflammation. The two conditions can cause development of Alzheimer’s.
- Enrich the Gut Flora
When you take fermented foods on a regular basis (or high-quality/high-potency probiotic supplements) it will help in optimizing and enriching good bacteria within your gut.
- Take More Healthy Fats (like animal-based omega-3 fatty acids)
Our brain requires fats that promote health. Best examples are organic butter (made of raw milk), olives, clarified butter (organic grass-fed raw butter), coconut oil, organic virgin olive oil, nuts (macadamia and pecans), wild Alaskan salmon, free-range eggs, and avocado.
Glucose is not the perfect fuel for our brain, it is ketones. Our body generates ketones when fat is converted into energy. As already mentioned in the beginning, the MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) in coconut oil work as the perfect source of ketone bodies. Ketones seem to be the ideal source of brain food for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or diabetes.
It is important to get adequate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats like krill oil. Though fish are natural and rich source of omega-3, most have high contamination of mercury, so they are not recommended. When you take high levels of omega-3 fats DHA and EPA, they are beneficial in prevention of cell damage due to Alzheimer’s. Thus, they slow down Alzheimer’s progression and lower its risks too.
- Minimize calorie Intake (And Irregular Fasting)
As already mentioned, taking coconut oil (and other foods containing healthy fats) in place of carbs can help in mobilizing ketones. Even a 1-day fat could help in ‘resetting’ your system and initiate fat-burning in place of sugar-burning.
I will recommend an intermittent fasting regimen that limits your food intake to a small duration every day. When you consume food in a 6 to 8-hour window, you will be successfully fasting for 16 to 18 hours a day.
- Increase Magnesium Intake
According to latest preliminary study, increasing magnesium levels in the brain may help in decreasing symptoms of Alzheimer’s. But almost all existing magnesium supplements are unable to surpass the blood brain levels. However, magnesium threonate (a new supplement), is seen to be promising in future treatment of the condition.
- Get Enough Vitamin D through Safe Exposure to Sunlight
Studies have shown strong relation between poor results in cognitive tests and lower vitamin D levels in those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. According to researchers, optimizing vitamin D levels may help in increasing crucial chemicals in our brain, protecting our brain cells through increased efficacy of glial cells in treating damaged neurons.
Vitamin D may also be beneficial in Alzheimer’s because of its anti-inflammatory and immune-strengthening properties. Our immune system requires adequate vitamin D for fighting inflammation related to Alzheimer’s.
- Maintain Fasting Insulin (<3)
This has indirect relation to fructose because it can cause insulin resistance. But other types of sugars, grains and shortage of exercise are also crucial factors. When you lower your insulin, it also helps in lowering your leptin levels (another important factor for Alzheimer’s).
- Consume Folate-Rich Foods
Increase your intake of foods rich in folate. Vegetables are the best foods in this category. Make sure you consume lots of fresh and raw vegetables daily.
- Get Rid of Mercury from Your Food & Body
Dental amalgam filling have 50% mercury and are considered one of the main sources of heavy metal toxicity. Before you remove them from your body, you must be in good health. When you have changed your diet to this optimized nutrition plan recommended by me, implement this mercury detox protocol. Then you can ask a biological dentist for removing the amalgams.
- Avoid Aluminium Too
Avoid antiperspirants, vaccine adjuvants, and non-stick cookware that can allow aluminium to enter your body.
- Regular Exercise
According to studies, exercise may be helpful in causing changes in metabolizing process of amyloid precursor protein. This can slow down both the commencement and development of Alzheimer’s. When your exercise, it can also help in increasing PGC-1 alpha’s levels (a protein). According to studies, Alzheimer’s patients have low levels of this protein in their brains. Cells containing higher levels of PGC-1 alpha generate less amounts of toxic amyloid protein related to Alzheimer’s.
- Stay Away from Flu Vaccines
Avoid flu vaccinations because most of them have mercury, which is an immunotoxic and neurotoxic agent.
- Consume more Blueberries
Wild blueberries have high levels of antioxidants and anthocyanin. They help in protecting against various neurological diseases including Alzheimer’s. But don’t consume them in excess.
- Mind-Challenging Exercises
Challenge your mind for mental stimulation. Learn something new like playing instruments and speaking new languages to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. According to researchers, mental challenge may be beneficial in building your brain. It may help in reducing risks of lesions related to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Stay Away From Statin Drugs & Anticholinergics
Acetylcholine is a nervous system neurotransmitter. Avoid drugs that can block it because they have been studied to increase chances of dementia. They include some nighttime pain relievers, antidepressants, antihistamines, drugs for controlling incontinence, some narcotic pain relievers, and sleep aids.
Statin drugs are especially troublesome, as they work by suppressing cholesterol synthesis, and preventing sufficient delivery of essential fat-soluble antioxidants and fatty acids to brain by slowing down generation of crucial carrier biomolecule called low-density lipoprotein. They also reduce neurotransmitter precursors and coenzyme Q10 in your brain.
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