Fight Alzheimer's Disease With Coconut Oil
Five mil ion people have Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to
increase exponentially as baby boomers enter their golden years. If you have a loved
one with this dreaded disease you should know that, in some people, coconut oil
slows the progression of Alzheimer's and may also prevent it. One of those people is
Steve Newport. His Alzheimer's has slowed considerably. Some of his symptoms even
reversed, thanks to the unlikely treatment prescribed by his wife, Dr. Mary Newport, a
physician who runs a neonatology ward at a Tampa, Florida, hospital.
Dr. Mary Newport became determined to help her husband after the severity of his
disease was revealed upon taking an Alzheimer's test in which the person being tested
is asked to draw the face of a clock. "He drew circles and several numbers just in a very
random pattern, didn't real y look anything like a clock," she said. "And the doctor pul ed
me over to the side and said, `You know, he's actual y on the verge of severe Alzheimer's
at this point, he's beyond moderate.' So that was very, very devastating news."
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE?
Dr. Newport began learning everything she could about her husband's disease. "It
appears to be a type of diabetes of the brain and it's a process that starts happening at
least 10 or 20 years before you start having symptoms and it's very similar to type 1 or
type 2 diabetes in that you develop a problem with insulin." In this case, insulin problems
prevent brain cel s from accepting glucose, their primary fuel. Without it, they eventual y die.
But there is an alternative fuel: ketones, which cel s easily accept. Ketones are metabolized
in the liver after you eat medium-chain triglycerides, like those found in coconut oil.
So Dr. Newport added coconut oil to the diet of her husband, Steve. Just two
weeks later, he took the clock test again and demonstrated stunning improvement.
Newport said, "I thought at the time, was it just good luck? Was it a lot of prayer? Was it
the coconut oil? And I thought, wel , we're going to keep the coconut oil going," she said.
Three weeks later Steve took the clock test a third time and continued to perform
better on it. And it wasn't just intel ectual y, he also improved emotional y and physical y.
"He was not able to run; he was able to run again," she recal ed. "He could not read
for about a year and a half, but after two or three months, he was able to read. Instead
of being very sluggish, not talking very much in the morning, he would come out in the
morning with energy, talkative and joking, and he could find his water and his utensils."
Steve's success is documented in a book cal ed, Alzheimer's Disease: What If There
Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones by Mary T. Newport, MD (Copyright (c) 2011;
Published by Basic Health Publications, October 7, 2011).
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ANOTHER KETONE SOURCE?
And while coconut oil is encouraging in the battle against Alzheimer's disease, there's
Sources of information used in the creation
of this edition of A Closer Look include the
something even more powerful available--but at a price. A team of biochemists led by
book Alzheimer's disease: What If There
Professor Kieran Clarke at England's Oxford University have developed a ketone ester that
Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones by Mary
T. Newport, MD (Copyright (c) 2011;
packs a punch ten times greater than coconut oil. "It reaches quite considerably higher
Published by Basic Health Publications,
levels," said Clarke, "and you can get whatever levels you want depending on how much you
October 7, 2011), Dr. Mary Newport's blog:
Coconut Oil and Ketones, and the CBN News
drink." The problem is, they need mil ions of dol ars to mass-produce it. "It's very expensive.
story "Coconut Oil" by medical reporter Lorie
And so we can't make very much of it ourselves," said Clarke, "And what we would like is
Johnson that first aired on January 5, 2012.
funding so we could actual y scale up and make it. But of course there's no real profit in
About the Author
Since 1983, Mary T. Newport, M.D., has
manufacturing stuff like that, and so people real y don't want to fund that sort of thing."
provided care to newborns. She is cur ently
So until a high-potency ketone ester is available to the general public, coconut oil is still
the founding director of the newborn
intensive care unit at Spring Hil Regional
a good ketone source. Just make sure it's pure, in other words, non-hydrogenated. Avoid any
Hospital in Florida. However, since 2000, she
hydrogenated oil, including hydrogenated coconut oil, because hydrogenated oils are the same
has been the primary caregiver to her
beloved husband, Steve, who first showed
thing as dangerous trans fats. Look on the list of ingredients for the word "hydrogenated."
signs of Alzheimer's disease while in his
INCREASE YOUR GOOD CHOLESTEROL WITH COCONUT OIL
early 50s. Dr. Newport researched ways to
keep him functional for as long as possible.
Some people are afraid to eat coconut oil because they think it's bad for your heart.
She discovered research showing that
But it's actual y very healthy. Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist, is a researcher at the
medium-chain fat y acids, which act as an
alternative fuel in the insulin-deficient
University of Maryland who specializes in the area of dietary fat. She says years ago coconut
Alzheimer's brain, can sometimes reverse
oil was criticized for raising cholesterol. But scientists have since learned there are two
symptoms or at least stabilize the disease.
Steve responded amazingly wel to the daily
kinds of cholesterol: LDL, the bad kind, and HDL, which is very good for you, and is the
doses of coconut oil and MCT (medium-
kind coconut oil raises. "So they put out the message that it increased serum cholesterol,"
chain triglyceride) oil Dr. Newport served him
with every meal--a regimen he continues to
explained Dr. Teter, "but the truth of the matter is, it was helping the profile of the serum
folow to this day in order to maintain his
cholesterol. That never has been corrected in the public press, and I think that's the reason
considerable improvements. Using her
husband's experience as the case study, in
people have misconceptions about it."
July 2008, Dr. Newport wrote an article,
BEYOND ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
"What If There Was a Cure for Alzheimer's
Disease and No One Knew?" which was
Not only does coconut oil improve cholesterol levels, but Dr. Teter says the way it
circulated around the world and became the
helps the brains of some Alzheimer's patients can be extended to people with Parkinson's
subject of a lecture she presented at the
2010 Alzheimer's Disease International
disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), epilepsy, dementia, and even schizophrenia and autism.
Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. You can
COCONUT OIL - A NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC
learn more about Dr. Newport and her
reasons for becoming an ardent advocate for
Coconut oil is a natural antibiotic but without the negative side effects. Dr. Teter says
ketone ester research on her blog: Coconut
because of that, it can also help defend against viruses like HIV and herpes viruses. "The
Oil and Ketones.
coconut oil tends to keep the bacteria down so that if you're assaulted with a virus your
Note: Before beginning any new health
regimen, it is important to consult your
immune system can concentrate on the virus. It doesn't have to concentrate on 27 other
family physician or health care professional
bacteria that day," she explained.
first. The information given in this issue of
A Closer Look is for your consideration. It
HAVE OTHERS EXPERIENCED IMPROVEMENTS?
is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or
Since the St. Petersburg Times published Dr. Newport's article "What If There Was a
prevent any disease. Before starting or
stopping any exercise routine or nutritional
Cure for Alzheimer's Disease and No One Knew?" on October 29, 2008, she has received
supplementation, please consult your
many reports from caregivers about their loved ones, and has also read on various forums
family physician or health care professional
about any contraindications that would
and online message boards about people who have had dramatic improvements like Steve.
make doing so inadvisable.
They include such improvements as: better social interaction, better recognition of loved
The opinions presented
ones, improved conversation, resumption of activities, better appetite, better sleep, having
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more energy and being more talkative. Many others experience more subtle improvement
not necessarily represent
the views of CBN.
or very gradual improvement that turns into very significant improvement over several
months. Others feel they see no change, but their loved one has at least stabilized and not
worsened. Several people have e-mailed Dr. Newport tel ing her that until they stopped
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taking the coconut oil, they did not realize how much the oil was helping them. Dr. Newport
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She has also heard from some people with diseases other than Alzheimer's who believe they have seen
some improvements, including other forms of dementia (FTD, CBD), Parkinson's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's), Huntington's,
MS, bipolar disease, even glaucoma and macular degeneration (which affect neurons).
Dr. Newport has received many thank-you letters from people whose loved ones with Alzheimer's were
helped after they fol owed Steve's diet. Dr. Newport explained the overall eating plan she and her husband fol ow in
addition to adding coconut and MCT oils to their daily diet: "We adhere to a `whole food' diet, and avoid processed
foods, and reduce carbohydrate intake overall. We eat fish several times a week; poultry, occasional beef, fresh, or
fresh frozen, fruits and vegetables; whole grain bread, rice or pasta (relatively small amounts); eggs, whole dairy,
goat milk/cheese, coconut oil and coconut milk. For lunch meats we eat `all natural' brands that have no artificial
color or preservatives. We buy organic, cage-free, or free-range whenever possible. We do have the occasional
treat but overall we stick with this program." Dr. Newport adds, "Using coconut oil capsules is not an efficient way
to give the oil since the capsules are relatively expensive and contain only 1 gram of oil per capsule, whereas the
oil is 14 grams per tablespoon."
STEVE'S OTHER SUPPLEMENTS:
In addition to taking coconut/MCT oil, Steve also takes a combination of fish oil and cod liver oil (rich in
vitamins A and D). It's been shown that people with Alzheimer's disease as a group are deficient in DHA (an
omega-3 fatty acid) and DHA is a large component of the brain and crucial to its normal functioning. Dr. Newport
referred to a study that showed that people with Alzheimer's may be deficient in an enzyme in the liver that
converts the shorter vegetable form of omega-3 fatty acids found in soybean and flax oils to the DHA and EPA
forms of omega-3 fatty acids needed by the brain and other organs. Therefore she believes that it is important to
include a marine source of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet. She recommends an algae form marketed to pregnant
women, available in pharmacies, to those who have a problem taking fish oil. Coconut oil contains some omega-6,
but no omega-3 fatty acids.
INCORPORATING COCONUT OIL INTO YOUR DIET
According to Dr. Newport, coconut oil can be substituted for any solid or liquid oil, lard, butter or margarine
in baking or cooking on the stove, and can be mixed directly into foods already prepared. Some people take it
straight with a spoon, but for most people it may be hard to swallow this way and more pleasant to take with food.
When cooking on the stove, coconut oil smokes if heated to greater than 350 degrees F. or medium heat. You can
avoid this problem by adding a little olive or peanut oil. Coconut oil can be used at any temperature in the oven
when mixed in foods.
Coconut milk is a combination of the oil and the water from the coconut and most of the calories are from the
oil. Look for brands with 10 to 13 grams of fat in 2 ounces. Look in the grocery store's Asian section. Some brands
are less expensive but are diluted with water. Coconut cream is mostly coconut milk and sometimes has added sugar.
Flaked or grated coconut can be purchased unsweetened or sweetened and is a very good source of coconut oil
and fiber and has about 15 grams oil and 3 grams fiber in 1/4 cup. Frozen or canned coconut meat usual y has a lot of
added sugar and not much oil per serving. A fresh coconut can be cut up into pieces and eaten raw. A 2" x 2" piece
has about 160 calories with 15 grams of oil and 4 grams of fiber. MCT Oil (medium-chain triglycerides) are part of the
coconut oil and can also be purchased in some health food stores or online. This may be useful for people who are
on the go and do not have much time to cook. Also, MCT oil is used as energy and not stored as fat, so it may be
useful for someone who wants to lose weight, if substituted for some of the other fats in the diet. Coconut water does
not usual y contain coconut oil, but has other health benefits. The electrolyte composition is similar to human plasma
and is useful to prevent or treat dehydration.
The above nutrition and research information along with support information for caretakers, recipes, and so
much more are available at Dr. Newport's website www.coconutketones.com.
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