At the moment, more than 5 million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and the number will rise to 16 million by 2050. According to data from the Alzheimer’s Association, in the next 20 years the disease will affect 1 in every 4 Americans, taking the top of the list of major health concerns from type 2 diabetes and obesity.
There aren’t many treatments against Alzheimer’s nor they are effective, which is why early diagnosis and prevention are vital. However, according to a new research, a tablespoon of coconut oil and peanut butter can be used to detect the disease at an early time. Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student at the University of Florida worked on a study together with Dr. Kenneth Heilman at the University’s department of neurology. They examined the ability of smell of 24 patients suffering from mild cognitive decline as this sense is the first things affected by the cognitive decline. Stamps considers peanut butter and coconut oil powerful odorants that can be detected even if the sense isn’t working fully.
When performing the test, the subjects were asked to close their eyes and mouth, while holding one nostril closed. The scientists measured the distance between the open nostril and peanut butter trying to detect the distance at which the patient is able to recognize the odor. The process was repeated after 90 seconds. As the study results showed, people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease experienced big differences between the nostrils – in most cases, they were able to recognize the scent of peanut butter with one nostril and failed to do the same with the other, which is not the case with patients suffering from other forms of dementia.
The scientists are still not sure that the method can be immediately considered a success, but Stamps believes that it can be used to diagnose dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Other studies have examined the effects of coconut oil on Alzheimer’s disease and have found it just as important. Dr. Mary Newport shared her theory that it’s the ketone bodies in the oil which give your brain cells fuel to function, and many scientists have agreed with her. If Newport’s theory proves accurate, it could be the most significant medical discovery in recent centuries. Although there’s no clinical data to support her claim, Dr. Newport saw significant improvements in her husband Steve (an Alzheimer’s patient) after giving him several teaspoons of the oil every day. The improvements followed soon, and Steve was able to live a pretty much normal life in just a few months.
Coconut oil may be the best food for our brain
The body burns either sugar or fat for energy. Ketones are a byproduct of sugar conversion, and the best source of ketones are the medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut oil. When ingested, MCTs go directly to the liver which converts them into ketones. The ketones are directly sent to the bloodstream afterwards and can be transported to the brain where they will be used as fuel. Although the brain can process glucose great, ketones may actually help regrow neurons and promote the production of new ones, effectively reversing the damage done to the brain by any neurological disorder.
How much coconut oil do we need to protect our brain?
In general, experts recommend 20 gr. of coconut oil as a therapeutic dose. Although there’s more research required on the effects of coconut oil on our brain, the early studies are indeed promising and may be a basis for a future cure that could eradicate Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as well.
The low-fat craze may have contributed to the increases cases of Alzheimer’s disease
According to many scientist, the low-fat craze in recent decades is definitely responsible for the increased cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other health problems as well. Contrary to popular belief, the avoidance of fat and carbs due to raised cholesterol levels won’t do your health any favors. Our bodies need fat and cholesterol, but it’s highly important to get healthy fats from high-quality sources instead of going low or no-fat. According to Dr. David Perlmutter, the low-fat diets recommended by doctors all over the world were invented by Big Pharma just in order to make more money.
Studies show that fasting can boost your ketone count
Besides restricting carbs, intermittent fasting can also boost your ketone production. According to a recent study, fasting helps the body enter ketosis, a state in which the body shifts from burning carbs to burning fat for energy. When we say intermittent fasting, we don’t mean fasting for a full day – instead, this term refers to timing your meals according to your body’s fat-burning “window”, which will allow it to burn fat instead of glucose. In order to achieve this, you need to fast for about 16 hours. The process can be challenging, but you’ll surely reap the benefits soon.
How to keep your brain in shape and prevent Alzheimer’s disease
In order to prevent any kind of neurological problem, you’ll need to adjust your diet and lifestyle as well. You should stay away from gluten, sugar and refined fructose, and start eating a healthy diet rich in foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids. Optimizing your gut flora is also a must, so make sure to include probiotic supplements in your diet as well. The aforementioned intermittent fasting will increase your ketone production, which is highly effective against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
You should also make sure to increase your vitamin D and magnesium levels, and include coconut oil in your diet which is the best source of medium-chain triglycerides which are important for your brain. Follow all the aforementioned tips, and you will greatly reduce the risk of this difficult neurological disease.
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