Originally emailed to family, I want to share this here, as well.
The gist is that coconut oil has a shorter length saturated fat that gets converted by the liver into ketone bodies. Ketones are used by our bodies for energy and our brains and heart both apparently like ketones a lot. The tie-in to dementia is that it may be the case that dementia is being caused by our brains losing the ability to burn glucose (the metabolic unit created from carbohydrates) for energy; therefore, over time our brain cells start starving and dying. In these cases, ketones subvert the busted glucose metabolic pathway and get the nerve cells the energy they require.
Obviously, it’s hard to say for sure based on her anecdotal research alone if this is a true ‘cure’ or preventative measure for Alzheimer’s, but really, given there is no particularly effective cure or treatment for the disease, giving a couple tablespoons of coconut oil a day to someone suffering from dementia is easy to do and worth a shot. Spread the word.
- Newport’s new site, CoconutKetones.com — looks to still be somewhat under development, but there is some good info here if you want to learn more.
- Original blogging on Newport, Coconut oil and Alzheimer’s — blogged on an article about Newport’s findings, including the clock drawing experiments.
- WHAT IF THERE WAS A CURE FOR ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND NO ONE KNEW? — Link to PDF file hosted at Newport’s site
- On using coconut oil with your cast iron skillet
- All about oils, Coconut milk and Whiskey and More on Coconut Oil