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Coconut Oil Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s (but the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know This)

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Dr. Mary Newport made an amazing discovery when she decided to do her own research on Alzheimer’s in an effort to help her husband who had been diagnosed with the early-onset form of the disease.

She found that the medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil may offer profound benefits for Alzheimer’s sufferers. In fact, a drug company tested (from and palm kernal oil) as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s, and found that they work! But you won’t soon see this natural solution being touted as the next Aricept. That’s because they can’t patent it.

Of course, coconut oil is not the only proven natural, inexpensive way to prevent or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. Jean Carper’s latest book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss, contains plenty of shining examples!

We’d like to share with you this fascinating account of Dr. Newport’s discovery, published by our friends at the Alliance for Natural Health USA. We were amazed and inspired by Dr. Newport’s fearless approach to dealing with what can be a devastating disease.


Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease

How worried should drug companies be about supplements eating into their monopoly profits? A lot — as this story will show. Please share it with anyone you know who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or is worried about it.

Of course, just about everyone worries about Alzheimer’s. It currently afflicts 5.2 million people in the US and is the seventh leading cause of death. The cost of treating it is estimated at $148 billion.

Mary Newport, MD, has been medical director of the neonatal intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida since it opened in 2003. About the same time the unit opened, her husband Steve, then 53, began showing signs of progressive dementia, later diagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease. “Many days, often for several days in a row, he was in a fog; couldn’t find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator,” she said.

They started him on Alzheimer’s drugs — Aricept, Namenda, Exelon — but his disease worsened steadily. (It should be noted that the latest research shows that the various Alzheimer’s drugs, like Aricept, have proven disappointing, with little real benefit and often distressing side effects.) When Dr. Newport couldn’t get her husband into a drug trial for a new Alzheimer’s medication, she started researching the mechanism behind Alzheimer’s.

She discovered that with Alzheimer’s disease, certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat), the brain’s principal source of energy. Without fuel, these precious neurons may begin to die. There is an alternative energy source for brain cells — fats known as ketones. If deprived of carbohydrates, the body produces ketones naturally.

But this is the hard way to do it — who wants to cut carbohydrates out of the diet completely? Another way to produce ketones is by consuming oils that have medium-chain triglycerides. When MCT oil is digested, the liver converts it into ketones. In the first few weeks of life, ketones provide about 25 percent of the energy newborn babies need to survive.

Dr. Newport learned that the ingredient in the drug trial which was showing so much promise was simply MCT oil derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil, and that a dose of 20 grams (about 20 ml or 4 teaspoons) was used to produce these results. When MCT oil is metabolized, the ketones which the body creates may, according to the latest research, not only protect against the incidence of Alzheimer’s, but may actually reverse it. Moreover, this is also a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug-resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and type II (insulin-resistant) diabetes.

So Mr. Newport, not being able to get into the drug trial, started taking the coconut oil twice a day. At this point, he could barely remember how to draw a clock. Two weeks after adding coconut oil to his diet, his drawing improved. After 37 days, Steve’s drawing gained even more clarity. The oil seemed to “lift the fog,” and in the first sixty days, Dr. Newport saw remarkable changes in him: every morning he was alert and happy, talkative, making jokes. His gait was “still a little weird,” but his tremor was no longer very noticeable. He was able to concentrate on things that he wanted to do around the house and in the yard and stay on task, whereas before coconut oil he was easily distractible and rarely accomplished anything unless he was directly supervised.

Over the next year, the dementia continued to reverse itself: he is able to run again, his reading comprehension has improved dramatically, and his short-term memory is improving — he often brings up events that happened days to weeks earlier and relays telephone conversations with accurate detail. A recent MRI shows that the brain atrophy has been completely halted.

Let’s take a moment to consider what actually happened here. Synthetic (patentable) Alzheimer’s drugs have failed. A drug company reluctantly decides to put a non-patentable natural substance (medium-chain triglycerides derived from coconut or palm) through an FDA trial. It works. But, darn it, a smart doctor figures out that a natural food can be substituted for the super-expensive drug. Not only that, the ketones from natural coconut oil last in the body longer than the drug version — eight hours instead of three hours. This is enough to make a drug company start worrying about its future. What if this natural health idea really catches on? Goodbye to monopoly profits!

Coconut oil can be found in many health food stores and even some grocery stores. One large chain sells a non-hydrogenated (no trans-fat) brand of coconut oil in a one-liter size (nearly 32 ounces) for about $7. It can be purchased in quantities as small as a pint and up to five gallons online. It is important to use coconut oil that is non-hydrogenated and contains no trans-fat. We would also strongly encourage the use of virgin oil (chemicals used to extract non-virgin oil are potentially dangerous, and better still, virgin organic, still quite reasonably priced.)

For more information, see Dr. Newport’s website. Sadly, you will not find any information on ketones, or the use of coconut oil or MCT oil, on the Alzheimer’s Association website.

Coconut oil is not the only natural product that has the potential to turn Alzheimer’s around. We will cover some other ones, and drug industry efforts to steal some of them, in a future issue.


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35 Responses to “ Coconut Oil Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s (but the Drug Companies Don’t Want You to Know This) ”

  1. Sue on October 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    This article is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it. I think it’s time to look at natural treatments for this disease. It is so simple. Hats off to Dr. Newport.

  2. MaryJane on October 8, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    This is great! What is the best way to get coconut oil besides eating coconuts? Where can you purchase coconut oil supplements and what should i look out for on the labels?

    • Denver Howard on March 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      You can buy the coconut oil that Dr. Newport recommended at your neighborhood Wal-Mart. The brand name is Lou-Ana and it is about $6.95 for almost a full quart (31.5 fluid ounces ).
      She also has a book available. Title: Alzheimer’s Disease What if there was a cure?

      • Jim Doolittle on March 6, 2013 at 2:47 AM

        I was under the impression coconut oil came in a ‘flakes’ form and had to be heated to liquify…What isn’t used then will go back to original state.

  3. Ed Anderson on April 26, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    Coconut Oil is very available at most health food stores. It was used in baking before all the artificial shortenings became popular. For that reason is still available in some grocery stores. You can also find coconut milk in some groceries. (Food City, for one) It has the oil in it as well and is easy to mix in smoothies and such.

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  5. Di on October 26, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    I think this is great and will definitely trial it on my mum who is aflicted with Alzheimers. She is also using a really potent fish oil which I think is also helping. Happy to pass this on if you want to contact me:
    incontro@optusnet.com.au
     
    She was on some powerful experimental drugs but has since stopped. The fishoil she is taking is showing greater results. I’m taking it too and have noticed a remarkable difference in my memory and foggy brain symptoms.

    cheers
    Di

    • Kaye on April 11, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Di,
      Did you give coconut oil to your mum?  If so, can you report on the progress?

  6. jj on January 22, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    i just graduated from nursing school, but love holistic treatment first and foremost. It doesn’t say how to take it; straight or mixed in foods?

    • Denver Howard on March 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      I have used it instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich and it is great. The Lou Ana brand does not have a strong taste so it doubles as mayonnaise very well.

    • C Jensen on March 7, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      I put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in my coffee cup before pouring the coffee in the morning. If it is cold (above 76 F) it is solid, but melts easily. Doesn’t effect the flavor and keeps the lips moist and smooth. Also use it for cooking and baking. Use bottled MCT oil for salad dressing since it does not get solid when cold.

    • Judi on March 29, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      Try it as the “butter” for cinnamon toast. The subtle coconut fragrance makes the best cinnamon toast I have ever tasted (especially on Dave’s Killer Bread – 21 whole grain). If you don’t like to use refined, white sugar with your cinnamon, Nutiva sells a coconut sugar that would probably be delicious with it. It’s easy to get 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil this way.

  7. Rodriguez on March 26, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    Is it safe for a diabetic or should the dosis be adjusted?

    • Kate on April 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Ridriguez,
      Coconut oil is great for diabetics. I am diet controlled and use it for all cooking and 2 tblsp a day as a supplement,
      It has been shown to control blood sugar. It works for me. Being on very low carb, this oil is brain  food for me as well as energy.

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  12. Alan on March 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    How do you get around the taste. I have tried ingesting organic virgin coconut oil. right out of the jar in order to get the daily recommended quantity. It is hard to get that much just from cooking. In a short time it became harder and harder to keep down. Are there any pill forms out there?

    • ariete burch on March 5, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      I use the oil on toasted bread instead of butter. Season it with Ms. Dash or herbs of Provence. use jelly on it and a slice of cheese. No problems getting the oil down.

    • Denver Howard on March 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Use it in place of mayo. Lou-Ana brand does not have a strong taste, if any. See my post above.

  13. joe on March 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    can it help if someone has advanced dementia

  14. joe on March 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    can it help if someone has advanced dementia

  15. alexander diamond on March 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The statement “Drug companies don’t want you to know” is just total marketing bullshit. I have never seen anything that proves that statement to be true., What it does accomplish is to destroy the credibility of the business that insists on using it.

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  17. Maria Gay on March 19, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I use coconut oil on skin, to cook with as well as taking 2 tbsp a day (melted) as I dearly want to prevent dementia and Alzheimer in my dotage. I like your prices but when I tried to order it elsewhere the cost of freight made it quite impossible to order it. I live in Australia and how much would shipping be for a 32oz jar coconut oil?? Maria

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