According to Dr. Mary Newport’s theory, ketone bodies are an alternative fuel for the brain. These bodies are produced by the body when it digests coconut oil, so this means that coconut oil may offer profound benefits when it comes to combating Alzheimer’s disease.
If this theory proves to be correct we will have one of the greatest natural health discoveries in years.
Dr. Newport herself has had an experience with Alzheimer’s. namely, her husband Steve suffered from progressive dementia for more than five years in his mid-fifties. An MRI has provided a clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. This story is retold in a case study. She recalls numerous days, frequently several days in a row when her husband was in a fog; he could not even find a spoon or remember how to even take water out of the fridge. There was an instance when he was asked by Dr. Newport if she received a call she was expecting and his answer was ‘no’, and then, two days later, he remembered the message from a couple of days ago.
This was indication that Steve had no short-term memory, still, the information was still filed somewhere in his brain. Something was telling Dr. Newport that this had something to do with his diet. He started taking medications that were supposed to slow down the process, but he only ended up depressed, lost a lot of weight, and forgot how to cook, to use the calculator, or even perform simple addition. He forgot how to do some common tasks and started spending his days working in the yard or in the garage, which helped him maintain his good physical condition.
Dr. Newport got attracted to several studies about the possible use of medium chain triglycerides or ketone bodies both for treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Not only are medium chain triglycerides considered to be a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s, but they are also thought to treat Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, drug resistant epilepsy, and diabetes. Dr. Newport says that the ketone bodies are able to aid the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns and adults, to aid the heart recover after an acute attack, and to shrink the cancerous tumors. The drug resistant epilepsy in children has been shown to sometimes respond to an extremely low carbohydrate ketogenic diet.
When glucose is unavailable, the cells of the body may use ketone bodies as an alternative fuel. These compounds do not normally circulate in the body, only in cases when it has been starving for several days, or if one is on a very low-carb diet, such as Atkins. According to Dr. Newport’s explanation, the neurons in some brain regions are unable to take glucose in a person that suffers from Alzheimer’s. This happens due to insulin resistance, and it leads to their dying off. In case those ketone bodies were available for these cells, they could possibly stay alive and go on with their function.
To sum up, Dr. Newport began giving her husband a daily dose of coconut oil. Only two months later, Steve was alert and happy, talkative and making jokes, and the tremor that has previously started developing became less noticeable. Steve’s focus on one task significantly increased and he was not that easily distracted anymore. Dr. Newport was giving Steve two tablespoons of coconut oil twice daily, making sure that the ketone bodies are circulating in Steve’s body non-stop.
A year later, this natural treatment already gave considerable results and Steve became a different person. As Dr. Newport recalls, he still had difficulty finding some words, but he became able to identify relatives on a family trip, actively took part in conversations, and his facial expressions became more animated.
She says that they are very satisfied with the results and with where her husband is at. She also adds that if the coconut oil stops or slows down the progress of his disease, it will be worth every drop that he consumes.
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