Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s – Preventing and Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease_Featured_, Diet, Food, Healing, Nutrition Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are on the rise, with over 5 million people suffering from the disease in the U.S. It is costing the country $148 billion annually—and pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t have it any other way, as their profit margins continue to increase. While we tend not to worry about diseases that occur much later in life, knowing how to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s is essential. Lifestyle choices such as diet can help prevent the disease, with some research pointing to the relationship between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s – and how this oil can help prevent and reverse the problem.
Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s – Coconut Oil Helps the Body Produce Ketones
Big Pharma was not on Steve Newport’s side when he began experiencing progressive dementia at age 53 and later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Doctors put Mr. Newport on Alzheimer’s drugs like Aricept—a treatment already proven rather ineffective and which often comes with overwhelming side effects (like all pharmaceuticals.) Eventually, Mr. Newport could neither remember how to get water out of the refrigerator nor draw the face of a clock. The pharmaceutical ‘treatments’ failed miserably.
Rather than pursue the fruitless path paved by pharmaceutical companies, his wife Mary Newport, MD, began researching Alzheimer’s itself. She found that ketones provide an alternative energy source for brain cells when they have trouble using glucose as they do in patients with dementia. The body naturally produces ketones in the absence of carbohydrates, but rather than put Mr. Newport on a strict diet, Dr. Newport simply had her husband take 20 grams (about 4 teaspoons) of coconut oil a day.
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