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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Coconut fat - ketone precursor curing neural diseases

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Cocos nucifera  (wiki)

Watch this CBN video

This is based on the same story I posted here, see also these posts. It goes beyond that story. In the second half they claim that the healing effect of coconut fat is due to its role as the ketone bodies precursor, in the liver. Ketone bodies being the alternative (to glucose) fuel for the neurons. They list the following neurological disease that can or might be treated by boosting ketone production:
  • Alzheimers
  • ALS
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Schizophrenia
  • Autism
Ketone bodies appear to have a strong anti-viral effect, helping protect or fight against viral diesases.  (Is that why I never got a flu since 1999?)
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3 comments :

Gladina said...

Could one get the same benefits from Coconut Milk? (Grace brand)I find it much easier to locate the milk...but plan on ordering some Nutiva coconut oil (and manna for extra deliciousness).

You should taste the soups/sauces I make with CO milk...YUM!

john said...

I believe retinoic acid has been shown to increase ketogenesis as well as CPT1. Though ketones themselves may be protective, fatty acid oxidation inhibitors reduce resistance to seizures, so, as you have mentioned before Stan, I wonder if it's more about "energy availability/use" than ketones per se. I suspect it's both though, as ketones seem to outperform glucose in many tests: mitochondrial density, glutathione, "stress" resistance, recovery from injury, cognition (even in healthy subjects), etc.

Stan (Heretic) said...

@john, I doubt if it is only about energy availability. In case of neurons, glucose metabolism may cause problems by itself because it requires specific apparatus which may be damaged, and glucose produces more waste products (for example beta-amyloid plaque, more CO2 per calories etc) that need to be cleaned-up or evacuated out of the cells. That clean-up apparatus may also be impaired or not efficient enough, in older or sick patients.

On the other hand, metabolism of ketone bodies does not seems to suffer from the above-mentioned problems. I am not sure if it may or may not lead to other problems as well, but judging from the excellent results of ketogenic dieting (and direct ketone infusion as in one of those papers!) in neural diseases, it is probably less likely.

@Gladina, we (I and my wife) don't have any experience with coconut milk so we cannot really recommend for or against. We only use coconut oil which we buy in Asian supermarkets in Toronto, for example Pacific Mall at Kennedy and Steels.

Regards,
Stan