Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the most feared afflictions in the world today, and at present there is no known cure, or even an effective treatment for reducing its effects – or is there?
Naturally, people affected by the disease, and even people fearing they might acquire the disease some day, are desperate to find help.
There have been encouraging reports from one unexpected source – coconut oil.
What’s the Theory?
When you consume coconut oil, your body breaks it down into something called ketone bodies. Who knows what those are, but here’s the teaching point. Ketone bodies are an alternative source of energy for brain cells that have lost the ability to process glucose for energy as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Coconut oil is currently being studied in connection with Alzheimer’s Disease and the scientific jury is not yet in on whether it is indeed beneficial, but there are encouraging anecdotal reports from people who claim to have observed improvement in Alzheimer’s as a direct result of using coconut oil.
One of the more prominent proponents is Dr. Mary Newport, whose husband suffers from Alzheimer’s. Dr. Newport’s experience (see video below) certainly is a source of encouragement for those searching for answers to the Alzheimer’s puzzle.
Point – Counterpoint
Coconut oil as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease presents an interesting conundrum. There are no true scientific studies at present which confirm the efficacy of coconut oil in treating Alzheimer’s Disease. All we have are testimonials from various sources (some physicians included) claiming that coconut oil has been beneficial. Dr. Mary Newport in the video above, whose husband has Alzheimer’s, is undoubtedly the most prominent spokesperson for the benefits of coconut oil.
Opposing the proponents of coconut oil are scientists who will not become believers until there are double blind studies completed which demonstrate that the coconut oil regimen is effective.
The problem is that such studies are extremely expensive, and no pharmaceutical company is going to provide the funds, because coconut oil cannot be patented.
If the pharmaceutical companies can’t make a profit, they’re not interested, even if the treatment could be beneficial to tens of thousands of sufferers. You didn’t really believe they were actually interested in your health, did you?
So, what is one to do. If I had a friend or family member who suffers from Alzheimer’s, I would suggest that they consider consuming coconut oil daily and become a human guinea pig. Generally speaking, coconut oil is good for you, whether or not it helps in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, so there doesn’t appear to be any downside, and there could be a significant upside if the experience of Dr. Newport’s husband is any indication.
And, just so you know, yours truly, the Upgrading Senior in chief (me), puts a tablespoon of coconut oil in his coffee every morning just because he likes the stuff and it has other health benefits, regardless of its usefulness as an Alzheimer’s treatment.