AAEM News: Coconut oil can boost brain function
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J Lipid Res. 2004 Jun;45(6):1112- 21. Epub 2004 Apr 1.
Omega-3 fatty acid ethyl-eicosapentaen oate, but not soybean oil,
attenuates memory impairment induced by central IL-1beta administration.
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Neuroscience Division, Department of Psychiatry, University of
British Columbia, 2255 Westbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 2A1.
Proinflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1beta can cause cognitive
impairment, activate the hypothalamic- pituitary- adrenal axis and
impair monoaminergic neurotransmission in the rat. IL-1beta has also
been shown to increase the concentration of the inflammatory mediator
prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the blood. Omega (n)-3 fatty acids, such
as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are components of fish oil,
have been shown to reduce both the proinflammatory cytokines and the
synthesis of PGE2. The purpose of this study was to determine whether
dietary supplements of EPA would attenuate the inflammation- induced
impairment of spatial memory by centrally administered IL-1beta. Rats
were fed with a diet of coconut oil (contained a negligible quantity
of fatty acids), soybean oil (contained mainly n-6 fatty acids), or a
diet of coconut oil enriched with ethyl-EPA (E-EPA). The rats were
then injected intracerebroventric ularly with IL-1beta or saline. The
results of this study demonstrated that the IL-1-induced deficit in
spatial memory was correlated with an impairment of central
noradrenergic and serotonergic (but not dopaminergic) function and an
increase in the serum corticosterone concentration. IL-1beta also
caused an increase in the hippocampal PGE2 concentration. These
effects of IL-1 were attenuated by the chronic administration of
E-EPA. By contrast, rats fed with the soybean oil diet showed no
effect on the changes induced by the IL-1 administration. PMID:
[PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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Just one dose of coconut oil can tremendously boost brain function
and cognitive performance
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Saturday, April 06, 2013 by: PF Louis
(NaturalNews) It’s amazing how coconut oil has recently been
acknowledged for the healthy oil that it is after having been
vilified for decades as a heart attack oil. Now it’s been discovered
to boost even brain health.
Defaming coconut oil saturated fat was part of the 1950s creation of
low and no fat foods, margarine, and hydrogenated trans-fatty cooking
and salad oils, which have recently been proven as actually
detrimental to overall health.
The different types of triglycerides in fats
High triglyceride blood readings are red flags for obesity, diabetes,
and heart health issues. Most dietary fats contain long chain
triglycerides (LCT), which are not easily metabolized and can be
stored as fatty deposits in one’s body.
Long chain triglycerides contain chains with 14 to 18 carbon atoms.
But coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) with
shorter chains of 5 to 12 carbon atoms, which are easily metabolized
by the liver to produce ketone bodies that can replace glucose as
As we age, the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose for energy
wanes, especially for those who have a metabolic disorder or insulin
resistance. But MCT-created ketones can be used as cellular fuel in
the brain when glucose is not available.
Study: Coconut oil improves cognitive ability
As far back as 2004, a study published in the journal Neurobiology of
Aging determined that coconut oil MCTs improved cognitive function
among older folks with memory problems and even Alzheimer’ s disease.
They took 20 subjects and randomly fed them
<http://www.naturaln ews.com/coconut. html>coconut oil or placebos on
different days. Some of the Alzheimer’ s group demonstrated improved
scoring on a special Alzheimer’ s cognitive rating scale, and all of
them demonstrated better paragraph recall shortly after taking each
dose of coconut <http://www.naturaln ews.com/oil. html>oil.
This wasn’t a long term study. They got immediate positive cognitive
and memory results from single doses of coconut oil compared to placebos.
So why wasn’t this publicized by the mainstream media (MSM) and
reported to medical practitioners everywhere? Maybe because Big
Pharma was trying to synthesize and patent a ketone body producing
pharmaceutical for the increasing Alzheimer’ s disease market.
A dramatic true story confirming coconut oil’s efficacy
Around 2009-10, MD Mary Newport’ s husband had deteriorated from
Alzheimer’ s so badly he couldn’t draw a simple illustration of a
clock or perform daily functions without being micromanaged.
Since the Alzheimer’ s drug developed in 2004 was not effective, Dr.
Newport tried to get him into a trial for a new Alzheimer’ s drug. But
he was so bad off he didn’t qualify.
After discovering that this new drug was a synthetic version of MCTs
for creating ketone bodies and improving brain function, she
researched and realized that palm and coconut oils also contained MCTs.
After feeding her husband coconut oil, he started making a remarkable
comeback from almost total
<http://www.naturaln ews.com/dementia .html>dementia to being able to
start and finish tasks and remember people and events.
Dr. Newport observed that only two doses spaced eight hours apart
were sufficient, while the pharmaceutical version required doses
every three hours
(<http://www.naturaln ews.com/030373_ coconut_oil_ Alzheimers_ disease.html>http://www.naturaln ews.com/030373_ coconut_oil_ Alzheimers_ disease.html)
If Mary would have enrolled her husband into that 2009-10 Alzheimer’ s
drug trial, she could have lost him completely.
The drug trial at that time was halted early because of nine deaths
among those taking higher
doses(<http://www.naturaln ews.com/028753_ Alzheimers_ drug_trials. html>http://www.naturaln ews.com/028753_ Alzheimers_ drug_trials. html).
Newport’ s success without side effects places coconut oil as the
dementia food medicine of choice over expensive and harmful
pharmaceuticals. Because they went viral on the internet with their
experience, several others experiencing Alzheimer’ s or memory
problems have benefited from coconut oil.
Here’s a video interview of Dr. Newport
(<http://tv.greenmedi nfo.com/coconut- oil-improves- alzheimers- patients- ithin-minutes/>http://tv.greenmedi nfo.com).
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