There is a growing epidemic of obesity, type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and predictions that 15,000,000 people in the US alone will have Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2050.
For many of us who have experienced Alzheimer’s disease firsthand, there is no greater fear than having the disease ourselves one day.
But, recent studies suggest that some organic foods and products like coconut oil may be able to prevent dementias like Alzheimer’s. Learn more.
We’re always reading the latest tips on prevention – eat right, reduce stress, get plenty of exercises and keep your brain engaged in challenging activities. As far as diet, coconut oil continues to receive a great deal of attention from advocates like Dr. Mary Newport.
Mary T. Newport, M.D., a neonatal practitioner, who has been researching scientific literature about Alzheimer’s for the last ten years, fervently declares that her husband has shown a clear improvement in his dementia with regular use of coconut oil.
Her husband, Steve, age 58, has been diagnosed with progressive Dementia for more than 5 years. According to MRI results, the disease was likely to develop in Alzheimer`s.
He experienced huge memory issues such as an inability to find a spoon or how to get water out of the fridge. He also suffered from depression. In her research, she found that depression can be the precursor for Alzheimer`s.
When the disease had considerably advanced, Dr. Newport decided to try the coconut oil therapy. She bought 100% virgin coconut oil and gave her husband 36 grams (over two tablespoons) of coconut oil per day, for more than a month. The results were unbelievable.
After a month and a half, her husband was almost completely recovered.
This research supports Dr. Newport’s theory that ketones, which are byproducts of the breakdown of fats in the body, play an important role in brain health. The idea is that by boosting ketones, found in coconut oil, we can improve cognitive function.
How Coconut Oil Affects the Body and Mind
More recent research conducted in 2011 has looked at the role of diet in developing Alzheimer’s, and the role of cholesterol uptake to the brain. The brain represents only 2% of the body’s total mass, but contains 25% of the total cholesterol. One out of every four Americans over the age of 45 is now prescribed statin drugs (cholesterol lowering drugs), and many are now beginning to wonder if there is more than just a correlation between forcing cholesterol levels lower via a lucrative statin drug business and the epidemic rise in Alzheimer’s disease in recent years.
There is a strong correlation between insulin resistance in the brain and Alzheimer’s, leading some to now classify Alzheimer’s as a “type 3 diabetes.”
The low-fat high-carbohydrate diet that has been recommended by the USDA for so many years does not appear to be a diet that has been helpful to our mental health.
The testimonies of success in using coconut oil to treat Alzheimer’s has been nothing less than remarkable, especially considering the widespread failure of the drug companies to find drugs that can effectively deal with this disease.
For best results, experts suggest organic, cold-pressed, non-hydrogenated, virgin coconut oil – and don’t let the word “oil” frighten you. Coconut oil is a heart-healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats, and provides many benefits in addition to improving brain health, including:
- Improving the body’s use of insulin
- Improving cholesterol by increasing HDL (good cholesterol)
- Boosting thyroid function resulting in increased energy
- Acting as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic
- Improving overall health of skin and hair