Alzheimer’s And Organic Coconut Oil
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Alzheimer’s And Organic Coconut Oil
Very recently there has been a lot of press relating to breakthroughs in relation to coconut oil and Alzhemer's disease.
Much has been written about coconut oil benefiting patients suffering from Alzheimer's.
I didn't think too much of the various reports until the other day when I was given a jar of Essence of Eden Organic Coconut Oil. It was an item in a gift hamper and as I am a great fan of all things coconut I wanted to explore the uses of this coconut oil.
Being part of a food hamper I simply thought of it as a cooking ingredient, perhaps a flavouring but I embarked upon some research and discovered that coconut oil can be used in baking, frying, grilling, roasting, spreading on toast or even eating it straight off the spoon.
In fact it seems that any recipe where butter, oil or margarine is required, use coconut oil instead. So all that is very straight forward but I was still intrigued to find the connection with Alzheimer's and if indeed there is a cure.
The Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Can coconut oil help with Alzheimer's?
I found myself multitasking! Whilst I was researching the culinary uses of coconut oil, without going off on a tangent I quickly found an article in the Daily Mail online and it covered a story about 67 year old Vrajlal Parmar who had been diagnosed with late stages of Alzheimer’s.
The story related to a dramatic recovery from Doctors telling Vrajlal Parmar's family that drugs would most certainly be ineffective as the disease was too far gone. There was no real hope for Vrajlal and his family..
Mr. Parmar at this stage was not independent in the sense that he could not wash himself, he could not get dressed nor go to the toilet by himself and his behaviour was unpredictable and erratic.
Kal Parmar, the son of Vrajlal embarked upon research about Alzheimer’s in an effort to discover what help was available and he found a video on YouTube where a Doctor in Florida was recalling how much her husband who was alsosuffering from Alzheimer’s had improved dramatically simply by taking coconut oil with meals.
At this point Kal was understandably very cynical and was close to dismissing the notion that coconut oil could help with Alzheimer’s but something struck a chord, it was comment about coconut oil from Kieran Clarke, a professor of physiological biochemistry at Oxford University and head of the Cardiac Metabolism Research Group. He was encouraged enough to call Professor Clarke.
It's All About MCT
What Kal was soon to discover is that Professor Clarke is indeed an expert on how the human body generates and uses natural energy, She firmly believes that coconut oil might help by boosting the brain’s energy supply.
Her beliefs are based on the fact that our brains generally rely on glucose from carbohydrates. However, if this source is not available due to not eating anything for a period or even not eating any carbohydrates, our brain cells will switch to using reserved energy in our fat stores called ketones.
Professor Clarke explained to Kal that coconut oil contains a lot of a particular sort of fat that our bodies can use to make more of the ketone – she called it - “brain food”. This is known as MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and it cannot be found in the fats that most of us consume
Acedemic Research Points To Coconut Oil
Flipping between professors in the UK and USA with positive findings about coconut oil and Alzheimer’s – I found a study by the University of Oxford suggesting that although the positive effects of coconut oil with patients suffering from Alzheimer’s may be temporary, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have indeed experienced short-term benefits resulting from its use.
In my mind, like any relief, whether pain relief or indeed respite, it is very much welcome.
The research by the University of Oxford certainly supports Dr. Newport’s theory on the basis that ketones, are by-products of the breakdown of fats in the human body and certainly play a significant role in the health of our brain. It all points to coconut oil.
Would You Try Coconut Oil
Some Might Say, Anything Is Worth A Try
My personal opinion, based on my experience seeing my own father eventually die after suffering with Alzheimer's is that for a little more than £10 you can buy a product that can do no real harm. Yet it has positive reviews as a result of academic studies. I was impressed that clinicians have studied the affects of coconut oil on Alzheimer's patients and found very encouraging results.
I would have certainly purchased coconut oil had my father been alive today as there would be nothing to lose and a lot to gain.
If it offers temporary relief and families can see a marked improvement, invest £10 I say! Relief to the patient is also relief to carers.
The Essence of Eden Organic Extra Virgin coconut oil comes in a glass jar in a sold white form that turns into a clear fluid when warm. It doesn't need refrigeration and lives quite happy in a cupboard.
From a fast-food or quick snack perspective it is very useful. Personally, I enjoy it as a spread on toast and also add peanut butter from time to time.
There are plenty of recipes that include coconut oil, but I can't stress enough to go for organic extra virgin coconut oil because it is far more versatile and apart from being used in cooking, it is a very nice skin moisteriser and hair conditioner.
When grilling fish and chicken I brush the coconut oil on the meat halfway through grilling and add more depending on how much coconut flavour I would like.
It is very pleasant in plan rice and adds an extra dimension to the taste, I've added in porridge and even in my roast potatoes!
There are plenty of ways to partake in coconut oil, including straight from the spoon.
If you enjoy milk shakes, freeze a couple of bananas the night before - chop them first. Then when you are ready, put hen in a blender with a good dollop of coconut oil and a cup of milk, but if you like a thicker smoothie, use less milk - experiment to your taste. Add a pinch of cinnamon if you wish. I've even added peanut butter. Blitz it in the blender until it is smooth and lump free. This mix will serve two people and makes a fantastic breakfast.
These types of recipes are ideal for patients with Alzheimer's who might not be able to chew. Add it to Weetabix and other hot oats breakfasts. It is great in soups, creamy coconut and mushroom is wonderful, just add a dollop to suit your taste whilst the soup is warming.
I cup of warm milk with a dollop of coconut oil is a very nice calming night-cap.
There's lots of ways to get the coconut oil inside and benefit from all the goodness.
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Keeping It Simple
It is all too easy to get caught up in a world of E numbers, artificial colourings and flavours so it is a breath of fresh air to take in a perfectly fine naturally organic product with a great taste and do lots of great things with it - whilst having the potential to make someone feel better.