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Ketone Found in Coconut Oil Improves Brain Disorders From Alzheimer's and Dementia to Autism and Epilepsy and More.

Updated on January 18, 2014
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Everybody knows someone who has Alzheimer's disease, autism, dementia, or epilepsy. I know too many of people who are related to someone who has these mental diseases. What these diseases all have in common is that they are all brain disorders. Recent discovery shows that these conditions may improve with the aid of ketones.

Dr. Newport describes other potential health benefits:

Ketone bodies may help the brain recover after a loss of oxygen in newborns through adults, may help the heart recover after an acute attack, and may shrink cancerous tumors. Children with drug resistant epilepsy sometimes respond to an extremely low carbohydrate ketogenic diet. MCT oil appears to be useful as an aid in weight loss and body builders use it already to improve their lean body mass (MCT oil can be easily purchased on the internet.) Athletes and soldiers could use MCT oil as a source of fuel when the body runs out of carbohydrates, which occurs rather quickly when food is not readily available.

What Are Ketones?

Glucose is the main source of energy for the body. Glucose comes from the carbohydrate in our food. When the body is low on glucose, the body steps up with the production of another fuel called ketones. Ketones are fuels that are produced in the fat stored the liver to nourish the brain. When the body is low on glucose, the brain uses ketones.

Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website, is the sixth leading cause of death. Some have described Alzheimer’s disease as diabetes of the brain because the brain cells have trouble metabolizing glucose. Naturally, the solution is to find a way to replenish the fuel to the brain. In the past, with all of these diseases, studies have shown that a ketogenic diet (high in protein and low in carbohydrates) improve the conditions of these brain disorders. The problem lies in the difficulty of patients to stick with ketogenic diet.

Fortunately, there are certain fats known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that convert into ketones regardless of blood glucose levels or type of diet. Although there are MCT medications, doctors have found that they are expensive and may not be necessary. Dr. Mary Newport discovered that coconut oil alone or a combination of MCT oil can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and improve the symptoms. She observed the significant improvement of her husband who went from dementia to a more productive life.

In Dr. Mary Newport’s 2008 article called “What If There Was A Cure For Alzheimer’s Disease And No One Knew?” she believes that MCT oil such as coconut oil may be a “potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and diabetes type II, where there is insulin resistance.”

Dr. Mary Newport's Recommendation

Dr. Newport recommends 4 teaspoons of coconut oil twice per day. She suggests that you can substitute coconut oil for butter and add it to your rice, potatoes, or pasta. In addition, one can use coconut milk, which is a combination of coconut oil and water, whenever one needs to use milk. She advised that coconut oil can be used with other olive oil or butter but also recommends eating salmon twice per week if coconut oil is the only oil being used so that you can gain the omega 3s fatty acid.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, MomsTreasureChest. It is absolutely delicious when frying pork chops or making pancakes and waffles. So it is not difficult.

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      MomsTreasureChest 4 years ago

      Great tips and information about coconut oil, I think I'll give it a try!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Eiddwen. When my friend discovered this, I decided to do a little bit of research and to share the information. We all know someone who has a brain disorder.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and well informed.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Sinea Pies, I have told all of my friends and my husband's side of the family whose family members have one of the diseases that could be helped by coconut oil, and yet none of them have given their relatives any. So, we can spread the word, and if it ends there, we cannot do any more. Thanks for your comment.

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      Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

      So interesting. Anything that prevents or improves Alzheimers is so important for everyone to know about.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks Nettraveller. Any coconut product is good. Thanks for visiting.

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      nettraveller 5 years ago from USA

      Great hub. I like coconut milk in recipes like soup and fish. You give me resolve to get back on my low carb diet.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Goforthejuggler. I am disappointed that a major medical school or NIH has not jumped on the bandwagon and perfect the study and make a public finding. Why should so few benefit? When my friend shared a little bit of information, I had to research it myself. It is not hard to add such a tasty oil to your diet. My health food store added a stand-alone shelf full of coconut oil.

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      Joshua Patrick 5 years ago from Texas

      Fantastic hub with potentially life-saving info. I never get tired of reading about all the different foods we can eat to stay healthy - voted up and across!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi Marc-Carillet, I was surprised myself about the benefits of coconut oil. Now, my health food store has a whole stand-alone shelf full of different kind of coconut oil. I recommend unrefined organic coconut oil.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, PageC. Use Coconut Oil to fry pork chop, and it is utterly delicious.

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      PageC 5 years ago

      I'm also a fan of coconut oil. It's so great for cooking, because it can tolerate such high heat.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks for sharing your comment and your information about your relative.

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      MissTravel 5 years ago from Vancouver

      I am trying this myself with my relative. Hope you have a chance to follow me, too. I write about this topic myself. good article.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      teaches12345, thanks for your comment. I am pretty forgetful, too. I am waiting for the next trip to my food co-op to see if it carries it.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have heard coconut oil has many benefits such as weight control but this is above all others. My father had dementia in his nineties which would have been lessened had he started this natural remedy. I will keep this information in my personal library for future reference to others with needs.

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      BkCreative, thanks for you comments. When my friend told me by sending me a link, I knew that I had to tell everybody, including my mother-in-law whose mother (my kids' great grandmother) is suffering from dementia. I hope that people tell all of their friends and family members. Such good information should not be kept a secret.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It's amazing that here in the USA we are finally admitting what ancient cultures have known forever - that coconut is amazing and will not only preserve our health but improve it. There was a time we were intentionally steered away from coconut oil in favor of corn oil - this of course was done by manufacturers.

      Fortunately, we have a forum like hub pages and excellent writers like yourself who will take the time to research and share this information.

      I'm a big fan of all things coconut - it is the only drink that truly hydrates me, is the only oil I use and I just bought some soap made with coconut. I'm doing very well.

      Rated up and thanks a million!