Alzheimer's Disease and Coconut Oil - Coconut Oil Shows Promise of Reversal

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Preface

I have been a huge proponent of using coconut oil in place of canola or vegetable oil for quite some time now. I use it in all my high-heat cooking. It’s completely natural and can be used in place of butter, margarine and liquid oils. A little goes a long way, so it’s also economical.

Pure coconut oil has absolutely no trans fats or polyunsaturated fats and is a great food source to raise your HDL (good) cholestoral levels. There’s much, much more to the benefits of coconut oil than I was aware, as I have recently discovered.

I’ll get back to that in a minute. First, let’s discuss Alzheimer’s Disease.


A Note About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s is considered to be much like Diabetes of the brain. The effects of Alzheimer’s begin 10-20 years before symptoms ever show. That’s scary! Insulin resistance prevents the brain from accepting glucose which is a primary fuel for the brain. When the brain doesn’t accept glucose, the cells eventually die. That’s when the effects of Alzheimer’s become apparent: memory loss, diminishing intellect, even physical difficulties.

However, the brain does accept ketones which are first metabolized in the liver then sent to the brain. A good source of ketones is medium chain triglycerides. Guess what is a really good source of medium chain triglycerides? You guessed it – coconut oil! In fact, some say it’s the only viable source.


Story Time

Let me tell you a little story then I want you to watch the video I’ve included in this article. Be sure to watch the video immediately following the first, as it goes into more detail.

Dr. Mary Newport runs a neo-natal unit in a Tampa hospital. Her husband has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. After failing the Alzheimer’s Clock Test (the patient is asked to draw a circle and place the numbers of the clock inside), she was informed her husband had progressed beyond moderate Alzheimer’s. Naturally, she began researching to see what could be done to help her husband. That’s when she discovered the relationship between ketones and the brain. This discovery led her to coconut oil. She then began adding coconut oil to her husband’s foods. Two weeks later, he took the clock test again and showed remarkable improvement. Three weeks later more improvement was evident. Not only could he now draw an intelligible clock, but he improved intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Watch the video here. This is very important!

http://www.cbn.com/tv/1472017228001

More Benefits of Coconut Oil

Incorporating coconut oil (it must be pure, not a blend) in the diet appears to not only slow the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, but actually seems to reverse some of the damage. This brings me back to the amazing benefits of coconut oil.

We have already learned that coconut oil raises HDL cholesterol. Because this ‘good’ fat is metabolized in the liver and sent to the brain, it carries ketones, which are well accepted by the brain, including that of Alzheimer’s patients. Now, here’s the really cool news. By sending ketones to the brain, other brain-related disorders have shown to be positively affected. Look at the list:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism

Isn’t that amazing? It makes sense. If the brain can’t accept glucose as fuel to keep the cells alive, but can accept ketones, why not feed the brain with fuel it can utilize?

Another benefit of coconut oil is it is a natural antibacterial agent. It kills viruses such as HIV and Herpes and builds your immune system.

What Are You Waiting For?

So, what are you waiting for? Throw out your canola oil and shortenings. Use coconut oil instead. Use it in cooking, baking, even seasoning your foods. Start now. You’ll become healthier and may be able to ward off Alzheimer’s Disease. Incorporate pure coconut oil into the diet of your loved ones who have Alzheimer’s. It can’t hurt and chances are very good you’ll see an improvement in your loved ones’ symptoms.



Shauna L Bowling

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A Personal Note

So many of my dear friends on HubPages have loved ones who are suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. I wrote this piece in hopes you will try adding coconut oil to their diets. I would love to hear your feedback once you have tried this natural treatment.

I love you all and would like to help bring your loved ones back to you.

Peace,

Bravewarrior

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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

Coconut oil does not kill the HIV virus, and it can have some serious side effects. The dosage is critical, and there are some people that should not use coconut oil at all. A lot of research needs to be done into new treatments such as coconut oil. Natural remedies should always be taken just as seriously as conventional treatments.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Healthyannie, I agree as far as some people having allergic reactions to certain foods, but the benefits of coconut oil are huge. I use it myself. Did you watch the video?

Do you mind telling what the 'serious' side effects are of using coconut oil?


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Like you said, what can it hurt. My best friend suffers from this disease...he is 52 yrs old...it is ugly and so very sad to watch...passing this on immediately. Thank you Sha!

love,

bill


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome, Bill. I hope you clicked on the link to the video. It's not one that's supported by our video capsule, so I had to include it via link. The 2nd video in the series is even more informative than the first.

Use coconut oil yourself. It's good stuff!

BTW, in a reaction to Healtyannie's comment, I researched 'serious' side effects to using coconut oil. Unless you're allergic to coconut, there are none! Even pregnant and breastfeeding woman can take it. The key is to use PURE coconut oil, not a blend.


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

I have been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately..... I am seriously looking into switching to it. It's all neutral and can't really hurt you unless you are allergic to it. Thanks, Sha, for sharing this.... Passing it on :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Lizzie, I use it instead of oils and shortening, but had no idea of the additional benefits until I received an email with the video I've included in this hub. I've not used it in place of butter yet, but tonight I'm making candied carrots with baked salmon and wild rice, so I will try it on the carrots instead of butter.

I hope you watched the video. The second part is sooooooo informative!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Useful information. This sounds promising and will bookmark it. I have a family member who was diagnosed recently. thanks for sharing.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're very welcome, Lovedoctor! That was my sole intent on posting this hub. When I saw the video, I thought, "I need to spread the word!"

If coconut oil can make any difference at all, it will benefit those who are trapped inside their bodies and their loved ones who are so very hurt by watching the demise.

Start using it yourself. The video states Alzheimer's starts doing its damage long before it is suspected. Kinda like menopause, but we get over that with our minds still in tact!


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Really interesting article Bravewarrior. I use olive oil but if there additional benefits to coconut oil, I could alternate that in. It sounds like, for a lot of older people it might make a huge difference. Thanks for this, I am always looking for ideas to get us a bit healthier :)


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Anna, I use olive oil and apple cider vinegar in lieu of salad dressing, but use coconut oil for cooking. Olive oil is good for cold food items that call for oil. If you really paid attention to the video (you have to click on the link to view it), Alzheimer's starts attacking us 10-20 years before symptoms ever rear their ugly heads. It's imperative we take preventative measures by using coconut oil in place of our usual cooking and baking oils.

I've been using it for a couple of years now because of the health benefits. I had no idea of the long term effects. I will be using it more now that I know what coconut oil can do for us that no other oil can!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I am so glad you wrote about this. I heard this story also...I hope people get on the bandwagon. It cannot hurt. I also have started using coconut oil along with olive oil. I am sure the pharmaceutical companies are not happy about this...Great hub..Voting up, pinning, sharing and spreading around facebook.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Carol, thank you. The farther this message can run the better off we will all be. God bless you!


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Suzie HQ 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi bravewarrior,

This was a very informative piece researched well. I can vouch for Coconut Oil as one of the best skin care ingredients around. It is one "carrier oil" I will be featuring in an upcoming hub as it is a real power ingredient as this hub shows. I also have Epilepsy (one of the brain associated disorders you mentioned) and seeing the correlation with coconut oil was super to know as I didn't prior to your hub. Many thanks for this great write, voted up, useful, interesting & shared.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is a very interesting and well researched hub. I have been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately. Your videos are excellent and very informative. I will be looking fo pure coconut oil at the store on Monday! Thank you for thinking of others and sharing this information! Voted up, useful and interesting! :)


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Since pure coconut oil helps raise "good" cholesterol, I use it for that purpose. If it wards off Alzheimers, too, that's even better. Thanks for sharing this info.

Voted Up++

Jaye


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

This is not the first I have heard of this. Me? I'm a coconut nut. Thank you


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Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

Hi, sorry I didn't express that last comment well, I had picked up it was a preventative measure for the future as well.

Purely as a preventative measure, I would begin introducing it now, but the additional health benefits make it a big pull for me.

I do need to keep some olive oil cooking for hot food though, mushrooms in olive oil is my favourite Sunday morning thing :)

But I am sold on other hot cooking, I will look into where I can buy it and make the change.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA

I had not heard of this (or maybe I forgot) but I will be using coconut oil from now on. What do you think of coconut milk? I just bought some of that.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

SuzieQ, I'm glad this was of help to you. I'll be looking forward to your skin care hub!

Shiela, I'm about out of mine. I'll be buying more today!

Jaye, the additional benefits are exciting, aren't they?

Do you use coconut oil, Martin?

Anna, I get mine at the grocery store. Make sure it's pure coconut oil. That should be the only ingredient listed on the cannister.

Millionaire, I'm not sure about coconut milk. It's the oil that creates ketones when metabolized by the liver. It's worth looking into, tho!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is amazing news! I have never heard this before. I use canola oil, but i am going to start using coconut oil today. Thank you so much. I will pass this news on to a family member who has an autistic child. Thank you again.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, you are so very welcome. Let me know if they see a difference. I've been using coconut oil for a couple of years now, but I had no idea how truly beneficial it is! I don't even buy canola oil anymore, but I do buy and use organic extra virgin olive oil to use in cold foods.


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MelonieGilchrist 3 years ago

Love this article and it is great when people write about things that are close to them. Finding alternative cures and sharing them with people is something that I hold dear to my heart and I really enjoy reading about new ones that I have never heard of! People always say more testing is needed for everything, but honestly unless you have an allergy I don't understand why you wouldn't want to add this to your diet right away. Well written, voted up!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Melonie, unless you are allergic to coconut, there are absolutely no side effects! I've been using it to try to cook in a more healthy manner. The fact that it sends ketones to the brain is a plus.

I don't have anyone in my family who has Alzheimer's but I know of many who do. That's why I posted this. I felt it my duty. I'm a bleeding heart; anything I can do to make a difference in the world, I will!

Thank you for stopping by and reading. It is very much appreciated. Together we can all spread this very simple, yet important message.


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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

Common side effects are stomach upsets, and nausea. Coconut oil can also contra indicate with several medications . There is no clinical proof that coconut oil causes healthier levels of cholesterol. A lot research needs to be done into coconut oil before claims can be verified. A 54 year old Alzheimer's suffer will suffer from Early onset Alzheimer's which is the genetic variant of the disease.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Hi bravewarrior,

This is fascinating news here dear one! I have used coconut oil for a lot of other purposes. Thanks for the very insightful hub here.

I pray this is truly a remedy or cure!

Voted up +++ and sharing

God bless, Faith Reaper


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Healthy, any time you introduce a new regime, your body reacts until it becomes acclimated. I offer you the below article. If you feel the benefits of trying this for yourself are not warranted, feel free to dismiss yourself from the discussion. I have found no evidence to verify your combatant replies. Again, I ask you to show me proof of what you speak. And why are you so resistant to help???

http://www.naturalnews.com/036156_Coconut_oil_supe...


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Faith, I ask those who try this with their loved ones to give me feedback. I use it also, but had no idea regarding the extent of the benefits. It certainly can't hurt. Hopefully, it'll help those who have 'momentary lapses of reasoning' in their brains!


Ghost32 3 years ago

Excellent, Sha. Thanks.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're welcome Ghost. I had Pam in mind when I posted this. I hope the gel caps work as well as the actual oil. I buy the brand shown above, LouAna.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I bought it yesterday at Walmart, Louana pure coconut oil, now, can it be used to fry eggs, meat, etc? I put a tbs. in my oatmeal this morning and it had no taste, which is great. Do you heat it when you use it on salads? Thank you...


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Ruby, you can absolutely use it to fry eggs, etc. Start out with a small amount. It melts quickly and goes a long way. If you're going to use it on salads, yes heat it first. I use olive oil in salads and cococut oil everywhere else.


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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

bravewarrior, this is such excellent information. My mother-in-law needs help with her Alzheimer's Disease for sure. The meds are doing nothing for her short-term memory at all. She does crave sugar and anything sweet--probably because her brain is starving for it. I have told my husband about this article, and he is very excited to learn about coconut oil. Thank you so much for sharing. Voted Up+++ and will share.

;) Pearl


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Healthyannie 3 years ago from Spain

The link does not provide any clinical evidence . A safe dosage would be 1 tablespoon per day for a person who does not suffer from heart disease or liver problems. I am not resistant to help people with Alzheimer's but I believe that people with the condition need to know the truth.Dr. Newspaper's results have never been replicated. Alzheimer's disease sufferers sometimes experience episodes of remission. There are many ways to treat this disease which have been proven to help but none offer a cure at this stage. Supplements and remedies are often hyped up. Many work others cause problems and contra indicate with a patient's current treatment.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Pearl, I'm very excited you are going to try this for your mother-in-law. I'm interested to know how it works out. Please let me know.

Healthyannie, this does not yet proclaim to be a cure, but may offer the patient and families a little more time with the cognizant person they knew before the disease set in. It cannot hurt, but if it can help, why not give it a try? It's better than drugs. This is a natural food source. Unless the patient is allergic to coconut, there are no side effects.

I'd rather implement healthy eating over taking drugs that mask the symptoms and come with ugly side effects any day!


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Shauna, this is VERY interesting and I will be buying coconut oil tomorrow for all of my family. If we can prevent even one person from losing to this disease, it is important enough to try. Thank you so much for the loving care with which you researched this subject. I love you girlfriend.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

I love you, too, Linda. Start giving it to your dad and see if it makes a difference. Did you watch the videos? The information brought forth on the videos is what excited me enough to post his hub.


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

I am watching the video now. It really is impressive.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Make sure you watch the second one. I hadn't even watched it when I posted this, but it is soooooooooooooo informative and got me very excited for all my friends who are going thru this.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

ya know - i was sure i read this already - but i hadn't..sometimes i open up a ton of hubs i want to read - optimistically - and often can't manage them all...i KNOW i've wanted to read it - does that count? lol...

And - now i have, altho, the link wouldn't open for me..i still think i got the gist!

tell me - is diabetes a PRECURSOR to alzheimers? My daughter's been type I since she was 10 - she's 31 now...sigh..

it makes perfect sense to me that keytones can be used as a asub for glucose - why not - they're sugar!

one more question: is coconut better than olive? From what i read here the benefits are much the same - other than the brain disease aspect, of course..

I've learned much here! thank you, my friend!

voting and sharing on


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rasta1 3 years ago from Jamaica

I have been using coconut oil for several years now. I did not even know it was this beneficial.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Leslie, I'll forward the video to your email. Hopefully you can open it that way. No, I don't think Diabetes is a precurser to Alzheimer's although I've heard over and over again that diet sodas and sugar substitutes contribute to it. I've not checked medical research on that, so don't take it to the bank.

Olive oil is better than vegetable or canola oil but is not recommended as a substitute when you bake because it loses its beneficial properties. Nor does it manufacture ketones, which is what the coconut oil is all about in this application.

Rasti, I didn't know either and I've been using for about 2 years now. What a nice surprise, huh?


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Anyone who wants evidence of LOTS of scientific research into the benefits of coconut oil (surpressed by the drug industry for obvious reasons) can find it, with 35 footnotes and links to information about thousands of studies in the long, thorough article, here:http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/The%20Coconut...


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Jaye, thank you so much for including this very informative link. Perhaps Healthyannie will read it and stop arguing with me! :-)


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This sounds promising. voted up awesome!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Lovedoc, I became so excited when I saw the video, I had to share. Thank you for reading!


SilverGenes 3 years ago

Great information here, bravewarrior! I use virgin coconut oil and olive oil almost exclusively and love it. Frankly, if there is evidence that it works for horrible diseases like Alzheimer's, that's all I need to make sure it is part of my diet. I've been using organic canola oil for baking bread but now am thinking maybe coconut oil would be better. Do you know if baking with it would have healthful benefits?


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

SilverGenes, my canister of coconut oil says it can be used in place of butter, margarine and liquid oil. So, I would say yes to baking. I cook with it, so baking should be fine also. Try it and see if you notice a difference in the consistency of your bread. If not, make the change - it certainly can't hurt!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Thank you for this well-researched hub! I am going to look into it more and integrate it into my diet. Voted up and more!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thank you for reading, FlourishAnyway (love your pen name!) and thanx for the follow. I'll check you out.

Last night I made scrambled eggs for dinner and it was delicious. I sauteed chopped onion and chopped baby portabella mushrooms in coconut oil, then added the eggs (I mix mine with organic fat-free milk to make them light). I added salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. When the eggs were done I sprinked some cheddar cheese on top and mixed it in until you couldn't see the cheese anymore. It was awesome! I didn't miss the butter at all. The thyme and rosemary added a flavor I wouldn't have wanted to taint with butter. Yumm!!


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Shauna, I am a convert thanks to your research. I have been on the coconut oil now for about five days. I've used it on potatoes, eggs, corn, and, I've tossed a couple of shots down when I didn't have food to put it on. It is tasteless, for those who think it might taste bad. I've even used it on my elbows and shins since they are dry from the winter heat. For $5.98 (at Walmart), you can't beat it's all around usefulness. Thanks girlfriend. Oh, and I bought some for my Dad (Alzheimer's) too but trying to get my Mom to use it is proving to be a challenge. She can't seem to grasp that it is not bad for your cholesterol. I'll keep trying though.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Linda, I am so pleased to hear this! Is your dad using it? I really am curious to see the difference in your dad. Who is responsible for his meals? Play the video for your mom. Please! I so want to help your dad!!!!


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

You are so precious and mean the world to me. I have sent Mom the video but she is being slightly resistent because she had heard the misinformation about coconut oil contributing to high cholesterol. It may take a few arguments to get her on board. lol

I'll keep you posted. Hugs!!!!!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Keep trying, Linda. You may also want your mom to read the information provided by JayeWisdom via the link in her comment. It dispels the misconceptions and verifies the information in the video.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

You mentioned this article in the comment section of one of Suzie's articles on eye cream, and it made me curious. I have been thinking a lot about things I can do to change my diet and lifestyle in a healthy way, and coconut oil sounds great. I don't use butter or shortening, but I use canola oil once in a while. I will have to keep an eye out for coconut oil. Is it usually in the same section of the store as other oils? Or is it a specialty item that can't be found in most grocery stores? Of course, every place is different, but any clue to where I could possibly find it would be welcome.

Thanks for sharing this with us. It's very interesting.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kathryn, I'm so glad you stopped by. Coconut oil is so versatile and is tasteless. I use it instead of canola oil and butter. The only time I still use butter (organic) is when I have fried eggs; I just like the buttery taste.

Coconut oil can be found in any grocery store in the oil section. It's usually found near the shortenings. It is in congealed form, much as shortening, but melts much quicker than butter. It also requires much less product than butter to coat your pan.

Make sure when you purchase, you buy 100% pure coconut oil or you are not gaining the benefits. LouAnn is 100% and is commonly found in the grocery store.

If you store it on the shelf away from the stove it will have the consistency of shortening. If you find your kitchen isn't conducive to storing on the shelf, you can keep it in the fridge.

I use it for almost everything except for recipes that call for olive oil. Scrambled eggs and omelets are great with coconut oil; it allows the flavor of the veggies to come thru without the mask of butter flavor.

Take the time to watch the first two videos in the link I provided. They will blow your mind!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Thank you for the input. I'll put this information on my grocery list, and buy it shortly! Also, I will watch the videos right now, before I leave this page. Thanks again!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

You're very welcome Kathryn and thank you!


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Kasman 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

Great job on this Bravewarrior! I keep hearing more and more about coconut oil and it's benefits. I wish I'd known about this one earlier because I have a friend of mine who's epileptic to the point of having surgery on his brain to help. Maybe I should shoot this one to him. I'm voting this up and sharing across the board!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Thanx, Kasman. By all means send this to your friend. Make sure he watches the videos in the link. The second one is especially interesting.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

This was very good for me to read. As you know, my son has Autism. I've been tinkering with the no glucose diet thing myself here recently. I have a store nearby that has a huge selection of natural foods and glucose-free foods. I'm going to stop in there this week. Last time I picked up a vinegar infused with honey and herbs. It's so delicious. I've been making my salad dressings out of that and olive oil.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Crafty, the vinegar with honey and herbs sounds delicious. I normally just use apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Your dressing sounds refreshing!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I had to revisit this. I finally went to this little store down the street from my house. They sell close-outs and stuff, but they carry other items like gluten free products. They have coconut oil in solid form in a jar. My question was how would I use it. So, I came back and re-read this Hub. Got it now. I can use it instead of other oils. The solid form threw me off when I saw it! LOL


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Yeah, it looks more like shortening. I guess I should have mentioned that in the article. You can use it in place of butter, too, Crafty. It's very versatile.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Oh wow, I never thought to use it in place of butter. I'm thinking of pancakes now with some bananas, pineapple and coconut flakes on top! :D


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Go for it. Try it instead of butter the next time you make grilled cheese. Put in in oatmeal and cream of wheat, too. You can even melt it and drink it by the teaspoon as a daily elixir.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I read this before, and was frustrated when I couldn't find coconut oil in the stores. But the other day I was in the Target in the town I'll be moving to next weekend, and I saw it in the baking aisle, where the oils are. It wasn't there before! I look forward to trying it, after all of this time!

Thanks again.

~ Kathryn


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kathryn, my store carries it on the shortening/oil aisle. I'm glad you were able to find it. It's a staple in my house; I use it all the time.


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Jeannieinabottle 3 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is really useful information. My father has Alzheimer's, so I will be buying coconut oil for him. Thanks!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Jeannie. I hope it helps. You'll find it in the shortening aisle.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It is so amazing how all these natural remedies and for conditions and diseases are coming about. Thanks for this valuable info about coconut oil as a remedy for Alzheimer's. I found it most interesting, so I will share it!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rebecca, coconut oil is beneficial for those of us who don't have Alzheimer's as well. I use it all the time. Thanx for the share. There are so many healthier options we can choose to utilize in every day living that work to maintain good health and hopefully can ward off ill-health in the future.


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CampbellLena2013 3 years ago from Maryland

My mother in law has Alzheimer's Disease. And this is something I haven't heard of yet shes in the really early stages I will have to look into this cause if that's the case I'll cook with, Thank you for sharing this


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

CampbellLena, be sure and watch the videos in the link provided above. I think you'll find the information quite hopeful.


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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

bravewarrior...Very informative and interesting Hub !

A heart healthy food that helps resist viruses, bacteria, yeast, fungi, and candida, boosts thyroid function, improves blood sugar control and reduces the need for insulin, increases energy and endurance, increases digestion and improves absorption of vitamins, lowers cholesterol, helps control weight, has anti-aging effects, is good for skin and hair, and is quite safe to take in "reasonable amounts".

(Check with a nutritionist /dietician ) .

The uses for coconut oil, including treating sunburns, athlete’s foot, Alzheimer’s disease, nasal allergies, arthritis, insomnia, autism, heartburn, hemorrhoids, depression, acne, cellulite, mosquito bites, and lice. Can be purchased in the Hispanic section of any grocery store, or Bravo Grocers...Affordable !

Although rare, coconut oil can possibly cause an allergic reaction and serious anaphylaxis. This is a sudden, severe, and whole-body allergic reaction which can be potentially life threatening. Patients who have allergies to hazelnuts may develop a cross reactivity to coconuts. This type of side effect only attacks those who are hypersensitive to the fruit, and it is quite a rare phenomenon.

Go for coconut oils with the certified seal of approval from the United States Department of agriculture for organic production, and purchase only either organic or virgin coconut oil to minimize, if not eliminate, coconut oil side effects. Like any dietary change...ALWAYS check with your Primary Care Physician before initiating, to ensure no contradictions with Prescribed medications...or supplements...

Thanks for sharing...Awesome job...


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Kj, thank you for the additional information regarding coconut oil. I only buy pure coconut oil. It's actually found in the oil/shortening aisle in most grocery stores and costs less than $6 for a 30 oz. jar. Your comment has enhanced my hub. Thank you, again.


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torrilynn 2 years ago

great article it is good to know that using coconut oil to help possible reverse some of the effects of Alzheimer's and other diseases due to the ketones is valuable information indeed. thanks for this hub. shared with others!


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rls8994 2 years ago from Mississippi

Great info here...I have been using coconut oil for my dry hair. I had thyroid cancer and have had dry hair since then...it seems to be helping my hair since I started using it a couple of months ago.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Torrilynn, coconut oil is great stuff. I use it all the time for cooking. I'm glad you found this information useful. Thank you for sharing!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Rls, I never thought of using coconut oil on hair, but it makes sense. Try using it instead of vegetable oil in your cooking, also. That way you get the benefits inside and out.


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LeslieAdrienne 2 years ago from Georgia

I have heard really wonderful things about coconut oil. I use it and I can tell the difference in how I feel after I have cooked with it. I am not dragged down, but rather perked up. Expensive though it may be, I highly recommend it for cooking. Thanks for sharing. God Bless You!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Leslie, it's not really expensive when you consider a little goes a long way. I use far less than I'd use when I cooked with canola oil. I like that is has no flavor and is light, letting the food speak for itself. Have you tried making a grilled cheese with coconut oil instead of butter? It's pretty tasty!


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Loooove coconut oil. Great hub! I also like to do something called "oil pulling" with it. It's great for that, too.

I've incorporated it into my cooking, but this makes me want to do even more. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I'll share this hub, too!


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Cyndi, what is oil pulling? Clue me in. And thanx for the share!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

if that is nthe case, old folks should consume more coconut oil to prevent the disease


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bravewarrior 22 months ago from Central Florida Author

Even more helpful, peachpurple, would be to do it before we get old. Perhaps the disease can be bypassed entirely. Not everyone comes down with Alzheimer's. Everything we can do to stay healthy throughout life is always a good idea.


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida

I have a friend who is 85 , and has NO wrinkles. She takes a spoonful of coconut oil every night and swears by it. I am using it more now in my cooking.

Good info here. Voted UP and shared.


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

Mary, my mom uses it as a moisturizer. She has no wrinkles either, at age 76!


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Crissylite 20 months ago

Thanks for this article. It's very informative. I like using coconut oil for cooking and for others things too, like in my hair. I am pinning this one.


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida Author

I'm glad you found this article useful, Crissylite. Thank you for commenting and pinning!


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Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Many thanks for your information. We already do use Coconut Oil to cook and fry with but never knew all the benefits. Voted up!


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bravewarrior 17 months ago from Central Florida Author

Awesome, Nadine! One of my favorite TV chefs, Dimaris Phillips (Southern at Heart) uses coconut oil, too. It makes me shudder when I see TV chefs like Bobby Flay use canola oil or vegetable oil. Don't they know they are made from GMO seeds??????


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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

Shauna, thank you for the information in this article about coconut oil. I've used it some but not with the understanding of the facts you share here. Will definitely try it.


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bravewarrior 12 months ago from Central Florida Author

Dora, coconut oil has so many health benefits. Why didn't we learn of this earlier in life? I use it all the time now that I know how healthy it is. Glad you got something from this article!


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PNWtravels 11 months ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

Interesting information, and I use coconut oil because I figure it probably can't hurt and might help. Did you find any links to peer reviewed medical research that would support the claims of benefit in preventing or reversing Alzheimers?


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bravewarrior 11 months ago from Central Florida Author

PNW, if you follow the link to the video I mention in this article, you'll find several studies (in video form) that talk about the effects of coconut oil on not only Alzheimer's, but other disorders that involve the nervous system as well. It takes a while to get through them all, but the information presented is quite hopeful.


flakycrustedmemry 10 months ago

My mother passed away from Alzheimer' Disease 8 months ago. So I am very familiar with the disease and the destruction that occurs to the brain. Alzheimer's has no cure and nothing medically has been proven to slow the process down. Do you honestly think when all of todays medical advancements cannot heal the brain of an Alzheimer patient that a grocery store shelf food is a medical miracle that can slow the progress down. I have seen what this disease can do to someone you love and it is the most heart breaking thing anyone can experience. You look for hope any where you can find it. Until you realize what the medical world has to say is true. There is no cure and no reversing it or slowing it down. Please do not give anyone that is trying anything they can to hang on to there loved one just a little bit longer this kind of false hope. Have you cried your self to sleep because your mom had a seizure from what Alzheimers has done to her brain. Have you cried because your mom refused to eat because she can't remember how to swallow. Have you watched your mom feed a stuffed animal real food because she no longer knows it is not real. You have no idea what your talking about. Please do not give people false hope like this. I find this insulting, hurtful and scamming.


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bravewarrior 10 months ago from Central Florida Author

I'm sorry about your mom, flakycrustedmemry. I know you're hurting and, yes, Alzheimer's is an awful, heartbreaking disease.

The intent of this article was simply to pass on information I found to be hopeful. If you watched the videos in the link I provided early in the text, you'll know why I did so.



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Victoria Lynn 5 weeks ago from Arkansas, USA

I have read so much about the benefits of coconut oil. It tastes good, too! Right now, I'm finishing up my canola oil and don't plan to buy anymore. I use olive oil mostly, and do have some coconut oil. I just need to remember to use it more often! Great article. That's exciting about the possible effect on Alzheimer's.


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bravewarrior 5 weeks ago from Central Florida Author

Victoria, the only oils I keep in the house are extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil and grape seed oil. Glad to hear you're ditching the canola oil. If you use it for frying, try the grape seed oil instead. It has a very high heat rate and is flavorless.

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