Dr. Mary Newport, MD, was able to reverse her husband’s Alzheimer’s symptoms by adding coconut oil to his diet. And it only took two weeks. Their story was shared across the globe, but sadly, it didn’t last long.
However, the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease published the study, Coconut Oil Attenuates the Effects of Amyloid-β on Cortical Neurons In Vitro, which shows that coconut oil may reduce and/or revert cognitive deficits that neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, and aging.
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, Canada, medical researchers studied the effects of coconut oil on cortical neurons that were treated with amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide in vitro. Amyloid-β peptide is the main element of certain deposits in the brain that are thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
It was reported by the researchers that a remarkable improvement was found in Alzheimer’s patients that were treated with medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil in a clinical trial.
The researchers tested the hypothesis of coconut oil being beneficial to neurodegenerative conditions by using cell model. They exposed live rat neurons to numerous combinations of coconut oil and Aβ peptide. It was found that Aβ peptide was able to reduce the survival of neurons and the coconut oil was able to protect against this reduction in survival time.
It was noted that coconut oil ‘rescued’ Aβ-treated neurons from the mitochondrial damage that is caused by their toxicity. The oil was able to prevent the Aβ-induced differences in mitochondrial circularity and size. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have a compromised mitochondria function, meaning these finding are of great importance.