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Monday, December 13, 2010

Coconut Oil to cure or prevent Alzheimers!? Treats MS??

Very interesting article!

Just over two tablespoons of coconut oil (about 35 ml or 7 level teaspoons) would supply you with the equivalent of 20 grams of MCT, which is indicated as either a preventative measure against degenerative neurological diseases, or as a treatment for an already established case. Coconut oil is best taken with food, to avoid upsetting your stomach.  You may have to start slowly and build up to these therapeutic levels. Start with one teaspoon, taken with food in the mornings. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate four tablespoons without any upset.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/12/13/can-this-natural-food-cure-or-prevent-alzheimers.aspx

When your brain's production of insulin decreases, your brain literally begins to starve, as it's deprived of the glucose-converted energy it needs to function normally. This is what happens to Alzheimer's patients -- portions of their brain start to atrophy, or starve.
It is now also known that diabetics have a 65 percent increased risk of also being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and there appears to be a potent link between the two diseases, even though the exact mechanisms have yet to be determined.  This makes it seems clear that both are related to insulin resistance – in your body, and in your brain.
Fortunately, your brain is able to run on more than one type of energy supply, and this is where coconut oil enters the picture.
There's another substance that can feed your brain and prevent brain atrophy. It may even restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain after damage has set in.  The substance in question is called ketone bodies, or ketoacids. Coconut oil contains about 66 percent MCTs.
Further, this is a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's disease, drug resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and diabetes type II, where there is insulin resistance.
Another way to increase ketone production in your body is by restricting carbohydrates. 
Your body treats MCTs as a carbohydrate and not a fat. This allows the ketone energy to hit your blood stream without the normal insulin spike associated with carbohydrates entering your bloodstream.
So in effect coconut oil is a fat that acts like a carbohydrate when it comes to brain fuel.

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