The number of people suffering from obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and type 2 diabetes in the U.S. is constantly increasing. And when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, scientists estimate the number of around 15,000,000 people to be affected by 2050.
The neonatal practitioner Mary T. Newport, M.D. has studied the entire scientific literature about Alzheimer’s disease during a period of 10 years. She found that the MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) contained in coconut oil are extremely effective in preventing and slowing down the development of this disease.
Her husband Steve was 58 years old and was dealing with dementia for more than 5 years.
Steve’s MRI results showed that his condition will probably develop into Alzheimer’s.
He had huge memory problems on a daily basis, like the inability to find a fork or to get water out of the fridge. Besides the problems with his memory, Steve was as well suffering from depression.
Mary discovered that depression is usually a precursor of Alzheimer’s disease.
Why Is MCT Important?
The human body uses ketone bodies as fuel in cases of glucose insufficiency. Brain cells are the most selective ones in our body since they restrict the type of fuel they will use to stay alive. In normal conditions they use glucose, however, they can as well use ketone bodies that sadly, aren’t produced by the human body.
What Precisely Happens in Alzheimer’s?
When the body has insulin resistance, the nerve cells in some body parts can’t use glucose as a fuel, so they slowly die. This can happen over a 10 or 20-year period, before the appearance of the clear signs of Alzheimer’s disease. But, if ketone bodies are used as fuel to those neutrons, they will survive and continue their normal functioning. It’s the same problem in people suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and ALS, with a single difference- different affected areas in the spinal cord and brain.
MCT oil and other fats are not metabolized in the same way in our bodies. They are converted directly into ketone bodies in the liver and are then utilized as energy. Intravenous usage of MCT oil can cause hyperketonemia- the raised amount of ketone bodies in the blood which the brain cells use in cases of glucose deficiency. According to Mary, hyperketonemia causes a significant (39%) raise in the cerebral blood flow, and it seems to reduce the cognitive dysfunction linked to systemic hypoglycemia in a healthy person.
The study of Dr. Mary Newport showed that coconut oil consists of almost 60% medium-chain fatty acids, an abundance of omega-6 fatty acids, and zero cholesterol. MCT can as well be found in human breast milk and palm kernel oil, and even in goat and cow milk in small doses.
Steve’s condition has already advanced significantly, so Mary decided to try treating him with coconut oil. Mary supplied 100% virgin coconut oil and gave him 35 grams (a bit more than 2 tbsp.) of it a day, for a period of one month. The results were amazing. Dr. Mary Newport, or Steve’s wife, noticed her husband’s condition is drastically improved after only 2 weeks, and then after 37 days on the treatment. She did some simple tests like asking him to draw a clock and saw significant improvements in his condition.
Thanks to his wife’s discovery, Steve has made significant progress in a very short period of time. After consuming a bit more than 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day in a period of 1 ½ months, he managed to almost completely recover from his condition.