Coconut oil

By TaraHealth Latest Reply 2011-11-18 20:36:46 -0600
Started 2011-11-17 12:24:32 -0600

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. : )

14 replies

dietcherry 2011-11-17 19:26:45 -0600 Report

I love coconut oil! It is multi-purpose for me, including cooking with it and using it as a moisturizer for my skin and hair! But Im like you Tara in that I will eat it right off a spoon!!

Caroltoo 2011-11-17 19:46:27 -0600 Report

Me, too; it's yummy. I started using it for Wayne's Alzheimers. Use the oil, shredded coconut, and the milk.

dietcherry 2011-11-17 19:53:22 -0600 Report

Thats great Carol! What kinds of results have you seen for Wayne?

Caroltoo 2011-11-17 20:14:13 -0600 Report

He has shown intermittant progress, or maybe it would be better to say he has ups and downs, but they seem pretty consistent. He's 10 years into Alzheimer's and the fact that he is lucid at all, is amazing. Poor man is blind, hard of hearing, has prostate cancer, congestive heart issues, is in a wheelchair, and 10 years of Alzheimer's. I wish I had known to start coconut oil sooner, but for what he has, he is doing well.

Recently, he told me that he didn't know who I was, but he knew he loved me. Poignant and sad.

Gracie40 2011-11-18 19:37:47 -0600 Report

Hi Carol,
Have you ever gone to Dr. Mary Newport's website? Her husband is not yet 10 yrs into his Alzheimers. She is an esteemed Neonatologist here in Florida. She takes care of all those neonates born prematurely and others who were born with congenital defects, etc. Her husband took care of the Insurance billing, the house, kids, etc. He developed early Alz. She was hoping to get him in some kind of medical trial to see if possibly that would offer some hope for him. He was too far gone to be in the first test group, so she went home and spent the night searching the internet for clues for something to help him. The rest of the story is on her website. The upshot is that both she and he are taking Extra Virgin Coconut Oil with breakfast. She said she would not give him anything she would not take herself. He has demonstrated considerable improvement. She has a drawing of a clock he drew before he started the coconut oil, and one after he started taking it. The difference in the drawings is amazing. God Bless both you and Wayne. Jesus knows you. :)

Caroltoo 2011-11-18 19:50:03 -0600 Report

Yes, Grace, it was in an article she wrote that I first encountered this information and started giving Wayne coconut oil. He showed some immediate improvement, and has show increased stability. I think he is just too, too far into the process to show reversal. Regardless, I continue to give him coconut oil smoothies on a daily basis and hope for the best. Thanks for the information.

dietcherry 2011-11-18 11:06:21 -0600 Report

Yes sounds like he is doing very very well all things considered! Anything I come across from today forward regarding treatment of Alzheimers I will bring to your attention! May God continue to Bless you both!!

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