According to Dr. Mary Newport, ketone bodies that are formed when the body digests coconut oil can function as an alternative fuel for the brain. If accurate, this theory could be among the biggest and most significant health discoveries of all times.
Coconut oil is known to offer crucial benefits in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Newport had her own history with this disease, as her husband, Steve, struggled with progressive dementia for half a decade in his mid-50s. He then had an MRI that confirmed the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.
This is what she had to say in her case study:
“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… One day I would ask if a certain call came that I was expecting and he would say ‘No.’ Two days later he would remember the message from so-and-so from a couple of days earlier and what they said.”
According to her, Steve had no short-term memory, but the information remained somewhere in his brain, and she believed that his diet had something to do with her husband’s condition. Steve began to take some medications to stifle the development of the disease, but he sank into depression, lost weight, couldn’t perform even the simplest tasks, and even forgot how to cook as well as how to use a calculator.
Nonetheless, he remained in a stable condition and spent most of the time working in the garage and his yard.
Dr. Mary Newport got interested in the study findings that stated that medium chain triglycerides or ketone bodies could treat and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Likewise, experts regarded medium chain triglycerides as a potential treatment for multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and epilepsy.
“Ketone bodies may help the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns through adults, may help the heart recover after an acute attack, and may shrink cancerous tumors. Children with drug-resistant epilepsy sometimes respond to an extremely low carbohydrate ketogenic diet.”
In the absence of glucose, the body cells can utilize ketone bodies as an alternative fuel. They don’t usually circulate in the body, but only when you follow a very low-carb diet or when the body has starved for a couple of days. Dr. Newport adds:
“In Alzheimer’s disease, the neurons in certain areas of the brain are unable to take in glucose due to insulin resistance, and slowly die off… if these cells had access to ketone bodies, they could potentially stay alive and continue to function.”
Hence, she decided to give her husband 3 tablespoons of coconut oil twice every day. This was to ensure a constant circulation of ketone bodies in his system. After 2 months of treatment, Steve became alert and happier, cracked jokes and became more communicative. Moreover, his tremor became less noticeable and was no longer distracted while working.
After one year, he was completely transformed, he recognized their friends and relatives, was active in conversations, and was much more active and happier, with more animated facial expressions.
His wife added:
“For now, we are very pleased with where he is at and should coconut oil stop or slow down the progress of his disease, it will be worth every drop that he takes.”