Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease have become a major problem nowadays, and the number of patients keeps rising without any warning. Moreover, health experts believe that by 2050, about 15 million people will develop Alzheimer’s disease. What a terrifying statistics!
Dr Mary T Newport, a neonatal practitioner, is one of the health experts that did a thorough research on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease. Her research led to the discovery that medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, provide the best effect in the treatment of this debilitating disease.
Coconut oil is the richest source of these oils. Steve, Mary’s husband, was told to have developed progressive dementia when he was 54. His MRI showed that his disease is likely to progress, and eventually develop into Alzheimer’s disease.
Steve went through a rather bad experience. His memory was even worse. He could not get himself a spoon, or a bottle of water. Plus, depression was ‘killing’ him. Scientific literature showed Mary that depression is a precursor of Alzheimer’s disease.
MCTs are important for your overall health
Low blood glucose levels force the body to use a different form of fuel, and it is ketone bodies. The brain requires specific fuels to carry out its function. It is either glucose or ketone bodies. But, the body cannot produce ketone bodies.
What happens to patients with Alzheimer’s disease?
Insulin resistance is the reason why some brain cells are unable to use glucose as a fuel, and eventually die off. The entire process may develop in 10-20 years before the patient notices any symptoms. Even if brain cells succeed to find ketone bodies, they use them as an only source of fuel and manage to survive.
The same happens in patients with Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The patients experience the same problem, the only difference is the part that it affects.
MCTs go through a rather different metabolic process when compared to other fats. Our liver turns these fats into ketone bodies and energy. When MCTs are taken orally, they trigger hyperketonemia, or a higher level of ketone bodies in the blood. This is great, because brain cells can use these as a fuel source.
According to Dr Newport, the process of hyperketonemia stimulate the cerebral blood flow by whopping 39% and aids in the treatment of cognitive disorders associated with glycemia. The doctor also found that coconut oil is actually 60% medium-chain fat, it has no cholesterol, and provides great amounts of omega-6 fatty acids.
Breastmilk and palm kernel also contain medium-chain triglycerides. These fats are found in smaller amounts in cow and goat milk. Certain dairy products contain MCTs as well.
When she noticed that the disease has developed, Mary decided to replenish her husband with coconut oil, which she believed was a desperate attempt to save Steve. Dr Newport gave her husband 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, for about a month. She was surprised of how his condition developed!
Within two weeks, Steve could draw a clock, which was a great improvement in his case. Dr Newport recommends this treatment to everyone in need, especially to patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Source: Good Morning Center