Dietcherry suggested i post this as a discussion since so many folks have great ideas about it. This was a blog post from Dr. Whitaker's Institute (that i work with) and i just thought it was interesting.
This is written by Dr. W—
Just a decade ago, you’d have been hard pressed to find coconut oil in your health food store. Now it sits alongside favorites like extra-virgin olive oil. So what happened? In the 1980s, consumers were warned of the evils of fats, especially saturated animal fats and tropical oils. Today, fats are no longer demonized. We also know that most of the older, negative research on coconut oil used partially hydrogenated blends that contained trans fatty acids. And of course, trans fatty acids are never a healthy option.
Unprocessed virgin coconut oil, on the other hand, consists mostly of lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride that confers several health benefits. Coconut oil lends a unique flavor to sautéed foods, and it’s an excellent substitute for butter or margarine in baking. It does not, I repeat, does not raise cholesterol, clog arteries, or pose any other cardiovascular risk. Studies suggest that it enhances immune function and, when used in therapeutic doses, may improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Coconut Oil and Ketones
How in the world could an inexpensive oil facilitate such a turnaround? It’s all about ketones. Medium chain triglycerides don’t behave like the more common long chain fats. Thanks to their shorter chemical structure, they are easily absorbed and rapidly metabolized in the liver. And rather than being stored as fat, they are converted into ketones.
Ketones are your body’s alternative energy source. When glucose stores are exhausted, ketones are synthesized from fats and delivered to the cells, where they’re burned for energy. But because glucose is the preferred fuel, ketones are produced only as a backup—when you’re fasting, for example, or eating a very low-carbohydrate diet. (This is the principle behind the Atkins’ weight loss program.)
Coconut Oil for Neurodegenerative Disease
Coconut oil isn’t only an asset in healthy cooking,I’m now recommending ketone therapy for all of my patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), and other neurodegenerative disorders. There is evidence to suggest that it may also be beneficial for individuals with Down syndrome, autism, and diabetes.
The most practical and economical way of raising ketone levels is with the MCT/coconut oil combo. It can be taken by the spoonful, but a far more pleasant way to get it down is to add it to food. In a family that has been following this program, they mix the two oils in a jar and measure out the desired amount for each meal. They cook with the oil, put it in oatmeal, and use it in salad dressings and as a spread. They also use other sources such as coconut flakes, milk, ice cream, macaroons, etc., and adjust the amount of additional oil accordingly. The recommended dose of MCTs for neurodegenerative disorders is 20 g per meal (7 teaspoons or a scant 2 ½ tablespoons). A good recipe is to combine 16 ounces of MCT oil plus 12 ounces of coconut oil, store at room temperature (it gets hard when refrigerated), and use as needed. To avoid diarrhea, start with 1–2 teaspoons per meal and build up gradually—and be aware that some people will only be able to tolerate lower amounts.
I believe that ketone therapy also has a promising role in prevention. As I mentioned, poor glucose tolerance precedes symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders and contributes to their progression. Why shouldn’t healthy people—especially if they’re older or have a family history of any of these diseases—take a few spoonfuls of these oils every day to help stave off future problems? I’ve been doing this myself, and you might want to do the same.
Carol posted that coconut oil may not be indicated for people with gall bladder issues, so be sure and check it out further if you are thinking of trying it. I love the way it tastes right off a spoon but i am a coconut lover. : )
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