Drug companies have had little success developing drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Medivation and Pfizer’s new drug dimebon to combat Alzheimer’s disease was recently scrapped after Phase III results showed the drug didn’t have any impact on the disease. This caused the companies involved to lose $725 million (see note 1). Pfizer is only interested in making patented drugs that increase share price and profits. They are unlikely to produce a pill containing coconut oil to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) because they can’t claim the rights to coconut oil. Yet, new medical evidence suggests that taking coconut oil in the diet is the best way to prevent AD as well as to treat the devastating disease.
In order to treat a disease it is necessary to understand it. Alzheimer’s is caused when the brain no longer receives enough energy in the form of glucose. This causes brain cells to die and for sufferers to lose memory and other mental abilities.
It is key to note that the brain represents 2% of our total body weight but it contains 25% of all the cholesterol found in the body. Cholesterol is needed as an antioxidant and as an electrical insulator. Moreover, cholesterol is part of the brain’s neural network and the synaptic network. And yet, the medical establishment still tells us how bad cholesterol is in the diet. The truth is that HDL cholesterol is actually vital for good health.
As noted repeatedly in this website the media-induced wisdom that polyunsaturated fats are good for us as they allow us to lower our cholesterol levels is simply wrong. Polyunsaturated fats are bad for us. Having a low cholesterol diet is bad for us.
In the case of Alzheimer’s disease increasing cholesterol in the diet by eating coconut oil can effectively treat the disease. Dr. Mary Newport found her husband was developing AD and she started adding coconut oil to her husband’s diet. The result was that the deterioration caused by AD was halted, and indeed her husband started to show signs of recovery. For more about this story see the YouTube video below.
In an article in the European Journal of Internal Medicine (see note 2) researchers note the connection between insulin resistance in the brain and the onset of AD. This makes AD similar to type 3 diabetes. The authors of the article conclude that AD is caused by a defect in cholesterol metabolism in the brain. They further point out that the high fructose levels found in corn oil is ten times more reactive than glucose. It causes glycation and impairs serum proteins which lead to reduced cholesterol levels in the brain. Supporting evidence for this theory is that patients with type 2 diabetes are up to 5 times more likely to develop AD.
How Coconut Oil fights Alzheimer’s Disease
An insulin problem impedes brain cells from accepting glucose. This is food for the brain, and starved of glucose the brain cells start to die. When you eat coconut oil ketones are metabolized in the liver. These ketones travel to the brain and nourish the brain cells stopping them dying. It is food containing medium chain triglycerides that can deliver ketones that combat AD. Polyunsaturated fats like soy and vegetables oils contain long chain triglycerides that don’t give the body ketones. It is this fact that makes coconut oil an important remedy to AD.
Another factor that is believed to cause AD is lipid oxidation. Polyunsaturated fats oxidize quickly, and cause oxidation in the body. In contrast, coconut oil has strong anti-oxidant properties. It can remain on the shelf for 2 years without going rancid.
Alzheimer’s disease starts to develop years before it is noticed. Thus, it is a good idea to regularly take coconut oil in your diet as a preventative measure. The more studies that are done on the health benefits of coconut oil the more we are discovering that the ‘official’ insistence on unsaturated fats is wrong, and the more we are also discovering coconut oil has unique properties that keep our bodies healthy in a number of ways.