. . . new study could prove it helps prevent or reverse symptoms of dementia
Recent data estimates 5.4 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Plus another 30 million across the globe. Chances are, you know someone who has this dreaded disease, or are worried that you might be a likely candidate for Alzheimer’s. You can go here to read more on why Alzheimer’s is on the rise.
But today, there’s reason for hope. A new study is underway to test the affects of coconut oil on volunteers with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.
University of South Florida researchers know the stakes are high. In fact, previous studies at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute using other treatment options have come up empty. But while nothing currently exists that can cure or slow down the progression of the disease, Dr. Mary Newport and fellow researchers have reason to feel optimistic.
A compelling case study on Alzheimer’s
Mary’s husband, Steve, has been battling Alzheimer’s for years. Frustrated that none of the standard medications could relieve his symptoms, Mary began researching ketones—molecules created when our body converts fat into energy. A primary source of ketones is medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), like that found in coconut oil.
Normally, our brains get their energy from the glucose in carbohydrates. Yet when starved of carbs like during dieting—or with Alzheimer’s patients who struggle to metabolize glucose—our brain cells switch to using energy from fats. Unlike other types of fats, our body metabolizes MCTs rather quickly making them available to starving brain cells.
Because it’s easier for our body to convert coconut oil into ketones, scientists suggest they could be the perfect alternative energy source for maintaining a healthy brain.
No studies exist proving coconut oil benefits those with Alzheimer’s, or any other type of dementia. However, on a hunch, Newport decided to have her husband start taking four teaspoons of coconut oil per day. And his symptoms began improving almost immediately.
“Before the coconut oil, he could not tie his shoes. His weird slow gait… That improved. He walked normally and he was able to start running again. He was able to start reading again, his conversation improved dramatically and then over several months we saw improvements in his memory,” Newport said.
You can read more details about the therapeutic potential of coconut oil to benefit Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases in Dr. Mary Newport’s compelling case study. Then go here to see why you have been misled for years, when in fact it, coconut oil is a miracle fat that solves a whole host of health issues.
Canadian researcher Stephen Cunnane shares Dr Newport’s excitement. He studies brain metabolism at the Universite de Sherbrooke. Having used PET scans to study ketones, he agrees they show promise as an alternative brain fuel.
“The reason it is exciting, it suggests the brain is starving as you slip into Alzheimer’s disease. If you can provide an alternative fuel, there may be an alternative to resuscitate parts of the brain,” said Prof. Cunnane.
While the USF study is ongoing, Dr. Newport indicated she could expect results as early as the fall of 2014.
Admittedly, we’re excited about the new scientific research on coconut oil. We’ve been telling our readers all along about its benefits—even why it’s a good idea to treat Alzheimer’s disease with coconut oil!
In fact, we insist on making it easy to benefit from this incredibly healthy saturated fat. That’s why we offer our readers our high quality Beyond Health organic coconut oil. It took Beyond Health two years to find someone who could supply this superior oil. Most of the coconut oil on the market has been heated to damaging high temperatures and is often contaminated with mold. The coconut oil offered by Beyond Health is true extra-virgin oil.
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