I was intrigued when I first heard of this article by Dr. Mary Newport on the use of coconut oil in reversing the effects of Alzheimers. Actually, I was more than intrigued. I was pretty flabbergasted.
Is it possible that something as simple as coconut oil could provide a cure for a disease thought to be incurable?
I encourage you to read the article linked above, but here’s how this works in a non-technical nutshell…
Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and these MCT metabolize as ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are, simply put, a form of energy that comes from breaking down fats. Your brain needs energy. If you eat carbs, those carbs get converted to glucose, and your brain uses glucose as energy. HOWEVER, your brain is also quite comfortable using ketone bodies as energy. What’s more, there seems to be mounting evidence that your brain does better with ketone bodies than it does with glucose.
What appears to be happening is that when the brain uses ketones for energy patients see improved cognitive abilities and the brain actually repairs itself!
If this is true (and truly, there has not yet been enough research to make any conclusive claims), this is HUGE and has the potential to bring an end to a devastating degenerative disease. The science on this is still young, but there’s enough evidence already that some researchers are referring to Alzheimers as Type 3 Diabetes.
This is stunning research to me.
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