Coconut Oil Can Help Alzheimer’s Disease

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Cognate Nutritionals, makers of Fuel For Thought®, has seen the public’s interest regarding coconut oil and Alzheimer’s disease grow. We bring you information about this important topic and some noteworthy research that is currently in progress.

When her husband, Steve, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2003, Dr. Mary Newport began to explore ways to help stave off the cognitive decline that is the hallmark of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Newport,  medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Hernando County in Florida at that time, researched treatments and tried to enroll  her husband in clinical trials, but his cognitive tests were too low to qualify.

MCT’s and Alzheimer’s

She read about the possibility of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) as a possible treatment. Since coconut oil is the food richest in MCTs, she began feeding Steve coconut oil. As Dr. Newport recounts in her book, “Alzheimer’s: What If There Was a Cure?”, she saw changes in her husband after she introduced large amounts of coconut oil on a regular basis. Her husband’s original personality returned, his gait improved, and his scores on cognitive tests rose.

The possibility of the MCTs in coconut oil as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is being researched at the University of South Florida Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. The research is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the effects of MCTs on 65 patients diagnosed with mild to moderate levels of Alzheimer’s disease. The institute is using Fuel For Thought® exclusively in the study because of its high concentration of coconut oil and MCTs.

The high concentration of MCTs in the body is converted to ketones in the liver. Ketones are scientifically proven to provide sustenance for brain cells when glucose can no longer be fully utilized by the brain, a condition that occurs in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, other neurological illnesses and even in the course of normal aging.

While the brain accounts for only 2 percent of the body’s weight,  it consumes 20 percent of the body’s energy and a means to supplement its nourishment could result in benefits to those experiencing many conditions of aging.

University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa

Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa, said that she is asked about coconut oil on “almost a daily basis.”

In an article in Brain Research Discoveries, Smith said, “I think it’s a question that’s been begging to be answered . . . . There’s been so much attention in the media about this topic. When people come to us with articles cut out of the paper, we don’t have the scientific data to answer their questions.”

The research using Fuel For Thought® is seeking to compile the data that will answer the question as to how effective concentrated, regular consumption of coconut oil and MCTs is in addressing the cognitive decline of Alzheimer’s.

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