Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Bad & Good in Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's


Are the risks of coconut oil's saturated fats so bad that one should avoid using it to treat Alzheimer's? Watch this solid, well-documented response from Nutrition Facts.

The unhealthy fat in coconut oil is called "lauric acid". MCT oil has the brain-benefits of coconut oil, without the lauric acid. Read more at:
Taking MCT Oil or Coconut Oil for Alzheimer's

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  1. Numerous studies have definitely proven that there is no correlation between saturated fat consumption and heart disease. Considering how popular this theory is, it’s pretty shocking! You can read more about this here

  2. Dr. Greger equates the saturated fats in coconut oil to those in animal fats, however 70% of the saturated fats in coconut oil are the medium chain triglycerides, which are minimal in animal fat and very different in the way they behave from a metabolic point of view than the longer chain saturated fats that he mentions here. In the article on coconut oil versus butter that he cites, safflower oil was also included, which is often touted as a healthy oil, but the people taking safflower oil had LDL cholesterol levels of 135+. Did all of these people have elevated cholesterol to start with? How long were the people taking the oils studied? Too much information missing from what is said in this video to really decide how the results of this study should influence whether someone with Alzheimer's takes coconut oil or not. In the study about Philippine women, he suggests that the group taking the highest amount of coconut were fat, however the BMIs on the comparison chart were at 25, within the ideal range of 18.5 to 25, and there was only a 10 pound difference between the averages of the weights in the lowest group compared to the highest group. 10 pounds is the difference in BMI between 23 and 25. Also, the standard deviation in each group was a BMI of 4+ so that there was a lot of overlap between the three groups. The conclusion of this same study could very well suggest that if you consume more calories, you might be heavier than someone who consumes fewer calories. Again, why should the results of this study in normal weight women influence whether someone with Alzheimer's takes coconut oil or not to provide ketones to insulin resistant neurons? There are hundreds if not thousands of similar small studies that one can pick and choose from, and then leave out important details in a video such as this, to make their point. By the way, I don't sell coconut oil.

    1. Dr Newport, can you give us an update on your husband. I have been musing coconut oil, mct oil and axon since my husband was diagnosed. I really think there is a benefit to all. He also is on Excelon patch and namenda.

  3. @Dr.MN - Very informative comment! yes the article was very lacking

  4. The sarcastic and condescending tone in the video says a lot about the foolishness of what is being said. It seems to me that all the information about the dangers of cholesterol is being put out there by those profiting by the sale of statin drugs, the same ones that keep lowering the "dangerous cholesterol level" threshold. Cholesterol is the least of the problems of an Alzheimers patient. Larry Klassen

  5. A big piece of the puzzle that is missing for me is the view of the patient! I mean, if you expect to be alive and doing very well 15 years from now, then cholesterol, fats, etc. would be an issue. But if you think that there's no way of your living that long (not to mention staying "well) unless you do something drastic, then I don't see what the problem with a little extra fat in the diet is.

    1. But you have no way of knowing how long a patient may live. I run a Support Group - 11 years ! Some loved ones die in 5 years, others about 10, but one lady's husband is 84 and was diagnosed 23 years ago. No one that has passed through our group (approaching 150) has wanted to take the chance of using Coconut oil, no one has really approved the use.

    2. Coconut oil is a food, not a drug. That means it does not NEED approval to use it, because it is safer than drugs. If someone is not afraid of taking drugs for Alzheimer's, which need a doctor's approval, isn't it a little funny to say that they won't take coconut oil because it does not need a doctor's approval?

  6. It is well known that LINOLEIC ACID (the so called OMEGA 6) , it is a powerful producer of inflammation , and that Linoleic acid ( the Omega 6) is a threatening producer of Neuroinflammation.

    As I pasted in others sites , we can see in the reference and part of article published in february 2013 in the prestigeous medicine journal , the British Medical Journal (BMJ) , I guess that things maybe will looks to be "upside down" to the researchers that in a old fashion , still believes (awry?) that extra virgin polyunsatured fats (as soy oil , etc) are better than extra virgin satured fats (as extra virgin coconut oil).
    In the article of the British Medical Journal with the title : "Use of Dietary Linoleic Acid for Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease and Death: Evaluation of Recovered Data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study and Updated Meta-analysis" , they concluded :

    “ ... Increasing dietary omega-6 linoleic acid in the place of saturated fat lowers total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein cholesterol ...” and that “ ...Advice to substitute linoleic acid for saturated fat is one component of dietary guidelines to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; however, clinical benefits specific to linoleic acid have not been established ...” (part of the text of the scientific article of BMJ).

    And still the text of the article of BMJ concluded :

    “... In this cohort, SUBSTITUTING OMEGA 6 LINOLEIC ACID FOR SATURATED FAT DID NOT PROVIDE THE INTENDED BENEFITS, BUT INCREASED ALL CAUSE MORALITY, CARDIOVASCULAR DEATH, AND DEATH FROM CORONARY HEART DISEASE. An updated meta-analysis incorporating these missing data showed no evidence of benefit, and suggested a possible increased risk of cardiovascular disease from replacing saturated fat with omega-6 linoleic acid ...”( part of the text of the scientific article of BMJ).

    If we conect the information above with the informations about Omega 6 in different types of oils according the United States Agricultural Research Service (National Nutrient Database- National agricultural Library)That shows the percentual of the polyunsatured fatty acid called LINOLEIC ACID (Omega 6 )in each 100 grams of vegetable oils are(approx.) :

    SAFFLOWER OIL - CONTAINS over 70% of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

    SUNFLOWER SEED OIL - CONTAINS 65% of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

    SOYBEAN OIL – CONTAINS 50% to 55% of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

    COTTON SEED OIL-CONTAINS 61% of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

    CORN OIL - CONTAINS 59% of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

    SESAME OIL- CONTAINS 41% of linoleic acid (Omega 6)

    OLIVE OIL – CONTAINS 9% of linoleic acid


    Based in the article of BMJ and in the percentuals of linoleic acid (Omega 6) in each vegetable oil , it looks that , for health, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil have a large Advantage over the others vegetable oils Against neuroinflammation.

    1. Continuing :

      As is well known , part of the extra virgin coconut oil is formed by medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).Some scientific articles can shows the benefits and how safe are small doses of extra virgin coconut oil.
      About HUMAN TRIALS with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil , we can find the article made by the Boston University and published in 2007 in the american medical jornal called Metabolism Title of the article : Effects of Dietary Medium-Chain Triglyceride on Weight Loss and Insulin Sensitivity in a Group of Moderately Overweight Free-Living Type 2 Diabetic Chinese Subjects. (from the Department of Medicine, Obesity Research Center, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston).
      Part of the abstract : “ ... The TEST OIL (18 G/D – one tea spoon three times a day)) was administered as part of daily food intake for 90 days. All subjects completed the study with self-reported full compliance. Body weight, waist circumference (WC), and serum samples were analyzed on days 0, 45, and 90. The MCT group showed an across-time reduction in body weight and WC, an increase in serum C-peptide concentration, a reduction in homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, and a decrease in serum cholesterol concentration (P < .05, repeated measures)...”


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