Virgin Coconut Oil Halts Severe Dementia in 35 Days

by Sarah Healthy LivingComments: 143
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Does Your Brain Need Coconut Oil?

Mary Newport has much reason to celebrate these days.

After helplessly watching her 58 year old husband rapidly degenerate into severe dementia only 5 years after MRI diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, Mrs. Newport decided to pursue unorthodox treatment of his condition with virgin coconut oil instead of the expensive drug Axena which has the drawback of producing intestinal distress in some patients and wears off within just a few hours of ingestion.

Mary Newport, a neonatal pediatrician at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida, learned through research that the active ingredient in Axona is MCT, also known as Medium Chain Triglycerides, a saturated fat used to treat epilepsy as well as in neonatal feeding programs.

Since Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is loaded with MCTs, Dr. Newport began an intensive feeding program for her husband that consisted of a mixture of 2 TBL virgin coconut oil and the MCT pharmaceutical isolate with every meal.

Within 35 days, Steve Newport’s rapid neurological decline was arrested and 18 months later he had recovered enough brain function and normal behavior to test as only a mild case of Alzheimer’s – the same tests which before starting the VCO feeding program had indicated that he was borderline severe dementia.

As a bonus, Steve Newport’s cholesterol profile has improved significantly by adding this healthy saturated fat to his diet with good cholesterol (HDL) going up and bad cholesterol (LDL) going down.

Dr. Newport now travels all over the United States relaying the remarkable story of her husband’s recovery from borderline severe dementia using VCO to essentially rebuild his brain.

She is a strong advocate for continued research into the use of MCTs as a therapy for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating neurological diseases.

Coconut Oil Provides SuperFuel to the Brain

Dr. Bruce Fife, author of Stop Alzheimer’s Now, recommends VCO instead of MCT drugs such as Axona because the drugs become ineffective over time, wear off quickly, have side effects and cause free radical damage to the cells.

When the MCTs in virgin coconut oil are converted into ketones they act as a super fuel for the brain.  This super fuel provides energy to the brain as well as stimulates healing and repair.

It is the chemical structure of  the MCTs in coconut oil that allows them to pass the blood-brain barrier which ordinary food or oils cannot.

How to Source Quality Virgin Coconut Oil

If someone you love is suffering from a neurodegenerative illness, help them by adding virgin coconut oil to their diet!  The research is showing what Traditional Cultures such as those in the Pacific Islands have known for centuries – coconut oil helps keep you healthy!

To source, please refer to my Resources page which identifies companies that offer only the finest organic Virgin Coconut Oil from sustainable sources.



Source:  The Philippine Inquirer, Virgin Coconut Oil Hailed as  a Cure for Alzheimer’s

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Comments (143)

  • John Marris

    Coconut oil is one of the healthiest foods on the planet! It used to be believed that saturated fats such as coconut oil were harmful to the body and contribute to heart disease, but we know now that this is not true. In fact, coconut oil is a heart-healthy food that can be used for many health benefits

    June 6th, 2016 6:21 am Reply
  • Shelley brown

    Need info on dementia and coconut oil, Thanks!

    May 24th, 2016 12:18 pm Reply
  • Carlos Oliveira

    An option to patients that have diarrhea with the ingestiony,of coconut oil,can be the massages in the thin skin of the arms and/or legs of Elders,with extra virgin coconut oil,as a source of ketones.As we can see bellow, extra virgin coconut oil has a proved great trans-cutaneous absortion in thin skins.

    1) Article :
    “TRANSCUTANEOUS ABSORTION OF TOPICALLY MASSAGED OIL IN NEONATES “(TKirti Solanki and colleagues,University of Pune,India ,in the Journal Indian Pediatrics 2005,we can read :

    “Coconut Oil (rich in Medium-Chain Triglycerides-MCT),is easily metabolised in the body.Five mililiters (a tea spoon) of the coconut oil was massaged on surfaces of the body of the baby four times a day,with smooth massage for approximately 10 minutes each time , for 5 days.The Topically Applied Oil can be Absorbed in Neonates for Nutritional Purposes.
    The fatty acid constituents of the oil influence the changes in the fatty acid profiles of the massaged babies.(proving the trans-cutaneous absortion).

    2) Article :
    Authors : K. Sankaranarayanan and the Journal Indian Pediatrics 2005:
    ” Coconut oil Massage resulted in significantly Greater weight gain velocity as Compared to mineral oil and placebo in the Preterm Babies group; and in the Term Baby group, as Compared to the placebo.
    Preterm infants receiving Coconut Oil Massage also showed a greater length gain velocity compared to placebo group.(Proving the efficacy of massages to the trans-cutaneous absortion of the coconut oil).

    September 6th, 2015 1:39 am Reply
  • Carlos Oliveira



    Based in :

    Article : Carnitine Supplementation and Ketogenesis by Small-For-Date Neonates on Medium- and Long-Chain Fatty Acid Formulae , published in the Journal Bology of Neonate , 2000 ,authors Labadaridis J ., as we can read that :
    ” Carnitine is a key molecule in energy production from various substrates.”
    “Although it is generally believed that it plays no role in the metabolism of medium-chain triglycerides, quite a few data exist to the contrary. In the present study we investigated the effect of carnitine on ketogenesis in small-for-date neonates fed formulae of equal caloric value and fat content that was predominantly long-chain triglycerides or medium-chain triglycerides (46% of total fat).”
    According to our results there was a statistically significant interaction between carnitine and the chain length of the administered fat with respect to ketone production.’
    ” Increased ketogenesis was only shown by the neonates receiving medium-chain triglycerides and carnitine. Our results provide further evidence for the involvement of carnitine in medium-chain triglyceride metabolism.”

    September 3rd, 2015 5:57 pm Reply
  • binod

    One of family friend need advice to give virgin coconut oil to her mother who is.sufering from dementia from last 6 to 7 years and up to what quatity it may be given to the patient of dementia
    It may be given along with regular diet

    May 11th, 2015 12:12 pm Reply
  • Muhammad Daniyal

    I tried reading all the comments but they were just too many. Just want say that I tried coconut oil just for experimenting, I’ve been trying to learn the 46 Japanese katakana letters for the past 2 years but I just couldn’t retain it long enough to actually be able to read with it.

    So I first tested my self then started with 2 tsp. Initial score 23 out of 46, then 32/46 a couple days later, then 46/46 within the week of the first test. That was Awesome!
    Started coconut oil, not even Virginia oil, I’d brought plain edible grade oil for oil pulling. What more, a month later I can still remember all the letter and I can read and make words from the titles on Japanese animes.

    I’d intended learn the katakanas for exercising my brain but now I’m encouraged to actually go ahead and learn hiragana letters too. Last night downloaded a Japanese phrase app from Google play, something I thought I could never handle but my results were good. I’m seriously thinking of studying it.
    In have dementia in my family and I was slowly accepted the fa t that I would loose my memory and end up na vegetable like my grandfather and a great aunt.

    Also I am going to invest in VCO, I think the results will be even more remarkable.
    Please people, take it and try it. Just try it, it doesn’t cost much and has hundreds of uses. The oil pulling saved my teeth, cured my hpylori and bad breath. So as a service to my fellow human beings, I share my experience with others where ever I can.
    To the skeptics I say, I wish I wasn’t so skeptical. Took me 2 years to start oil pulling and had two root canals which are bothering me even now but no more dental problems since I started the oil pulling. Not seen the dentist since 2011. I’m a herbal tea enthusiast the downside of which is seeing the dentist every 6 months to clean the stains, but not anymore.
    so natal east try it, mix it with something and eat it. And pray for me when you see results.

    April 27th, 2015 2:13 pm Reply
  • Linda

    I started using coconut oil about 2 years ago ,I put it in my coffee in the morning, about two tablespoons,,, I haven’t had a sinus problem in two years… My mom has dementia and I started giving her a little in her food and there was a noticeable difference in her speech,, Her responding to what someone was saying to her was different- much more appropriate,,A reversal,,, I don’t know,,, but a great improvement,,,I will continue to use it myself and for my mom ,,really glad to know about coconut oil

    March 23rd, 2015 7:04 pm Reply
    • Joe

      Hey Linda that’s great to hear.
      I actually did a review of the evidence on my site recently. There’s promising research for MCT oil improving symptoms or prolonging progression, but none specifically using coconut oil yet.
      In saying that, there is a trial currently recruiting participants, and it will use coconut oil specifically on dementia sufferers.
      I suspect the results will be promising!

      March 24th, 2015 11:15 pm Reply
    • Laurie L

      Hi Linda, how is your dear Mother doing after more months have passed on coconut oil? My father is dealing with dementia just now and I’m looking for good news somewhere.

      October 17th, 2015 12:22 pm Reply
  • Jill L.

    I’m sold on the benfits of coconut oil and have been for a long time. However, you refer to Mary Newport as “Mrs.” and then advise that she is a physician. Shouldn’t you refer to her as Dr. Newport? Just sayin’ :-)

    September 1st, 2014 7:38 am Reply
  • Runt Noel via Facebook

    I need about a quart

    August 30th, 2014 7:34 pm Reply
  • Jodi Schroeder Barnett via Facebook

    the other point is, making changes in conjunction with adding some of these things like coconut oil ALS and Alzheimer patients normally carry a very high xenobiotic train (chem trail) in the body tissues, heavy metals etc. there are multiple aspects that need to be incorporated and changed in ones diet & lifestyle to bring about a greater health change and start the healing process. There is never going to be a just do or take “this” aspect that is going to heal or change something in the body. The body is way more intricate than that.

    August 30th, 2014 3:26 pm Reply
    • barb

      True, but apparently the coconut oil was all this man needed. We do not know if she made other changes to his diet. Surely can’t hurt to remove sugar and eat lower carbs etc. But the focus here is adding coconut oil if suffering from dementia. How one can change their life style is a whole other complicated discussion.

      March 20th, 2015 9:55 am Reply
  • Christine Evans Norman via Facebook

    Thanks Sherry Ortiz! After reading this, it sounds like something we should all be doing. I’m going to get some this weekend and give it a try. Zendra Ellen Nichols do you know about this?

    August 30th, 2014 12:48 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Gibson Keener via Facebook

    Could you give further info of the “and the MCT pharmaceutical isolate with every meal.” Was this something in addition to the coconut oil? I remember reading earlier in the article that the oil was the MCT so I was a little confused by this part of the remedy. Thanks for clarifying.

    August 30th, 2014 9:00 am Reply
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  • Angie Smiley via Facebook

    an elderly friend of ours has seen improvement with dementia using coconut oil each day!

    August 30th, 2014 8:03 am Reply
  • Chris Patricia Meinhold-Barber via Facebook

    Is this replicable or just anecdotal?

    August 30th, 2014 7:51 am Reply
  • Ruth Walker via Facebook

    How exactly is VIRGIN coconut oil different than non virgin?

    August 30th, 2014 7:31 am Reply
    • Ciprian Nicolae

      It must be cold pressed.

      February 25th, 2015 5:04 pm Reply
  • Mamahen Jenica via Facebook

    Does anyone know if there is a child protocol for this? My son has trisomy 21 which puts him at a high risk for Alzheimer’s.

    August 30th, 2014 3:51 am Reply
  • Stacy Kasse via Facebook

    Thanx for sharing

    August 30th, 2014 3:42 am Reply
  • Daniela Ragusa via Facebook

    When my mom was diagnosed with ALS, we had read that consuming coconut oil and massaging it into the skin would stave off progression. We tried it. It didn’t. I do believe diet can help prevent disease, and I do use coconut oil, but until there are conclusive and repeatable scientific studies that objectively demonstrate and prove that coconut oil can reserve conditions like ALS and ALZHEIMER’S, let’s be more sceptical of stories like this. Just because it happened once (or seemed to happen, since correlation does not equal causation) , doesn’t mean it will happen again, or for all people. Grain of salt.

    August 30th, 2014 3:39 am Reply
    • barb

      Sorry the coconut oil did not work for your mother. However, this is not the first story about using it for dementia. Google it and you will see. I was on the Alzheimer’s forum a few years ago when caring for my father who had sever dementia….too far gone to try the coconut oil. He passed away before I notice all these claims or I would have tried anything at that point. That said, I am not sure how many cases one needs before one tries this….dementia is a fatal l disease. There is no cure, no recovery, so if giving coconut oil can slow that process down I see no reason on earth not to try it and if it does not work for you, at least you tried. Coconut oil will not hurt you so you are not losing anything by trying it.

      March 20th, 2015 10:04 am Reply
  • Amy Snow via Facebook

    Wish I knew this while my grandpa was still here!

    August 30th, 2014 12:39 am Reply
  • Cathi Foster via Facebook

    I heard and saw the same thing awhile ago!!!!

    August 30th, 2014 12:15 am Reply

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    February 11th, 2014 8:30 pm Reply
  • Joan Smith

    Any ideas how to work the coconut oil into the diet of someone who is sold on the low fat lie? My 88 year old mom complains if I put 1tsp in her oatmeal. She won’t eat/drink my home made kefir or yogurt, doesn’t like the texture. Thanks

    October 6th, 2013 4:36 pm Reply
    • Linda Saul

      Cook with it: fry with it, scramble eggs with it, use it in smoothies

      March 20th, 2015 2:10 am Reply
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  • Sofia

    Coconut oil is amazing! This week I got a cold sore and I reach for the oil verses abreva! I had such better results, it was like a miracle. I couldn’t believe it.

    March 21st, 2013 1:54 am Reply
  • Rioj Jacob Thomas

    If any body need pure virgin coconut oil from Kerala(Land of Coconuts) in India. We are now importing them to Calgary,Alberta and will be able ship them to you in and around Canada or United States for a small shipment price.

    PS.: Not using it as a medium to do sales; the main idea of importing VCO to Canada is to help with Multiple sclerosis and alzheimer’s patients. And as someone mentioned it may not cure but its always better to see our family members in good health than being very sick.

    March 11th, 2013 10:17 pm Reply
  • Linda

    Hey guys, I have been on NOW virgin organic coconut oil softgels for about a month. I get 120 capsules for around $8. I can’t help but notice the fact that I can remember most phone numbers spoken to me when I am driving and can’t write them down. That is amazing! AND last night at a restaurant the waiter spun off a list of specials for the night which I was able to repeat to my mother. WOW I couldn’t do either of these things one month ago! I am excited as my mother has some dimentia and it seems that some of us have inherited the gene. So, this is encouraging to me. Will let you know how she progresses once I get her on it :)

    February 24th, 2013 3:31 pm Reply
    • Linda

      dEmentia, ha

      February 24th, 2013 4:11 pm Reply
  • Gia

    Terry, I think the pharmacy companies would try to cover it up instead since people would be able to grow their own. Poor countries who have huge resources of it could become wealthy. People might more discoveries by working harder with natural cures. Too many would be out of a profit.
    Happy to know you trust God and I just prayed for you. God has dominion over all.
    If you believe in the gift he gave the lady, then you may be next in line.
    I hear an old song playing in my head, “it is no secret what God can do, what he’s done for others he will do for you”. Also I saw God do it for my mom, she went into a coma while suffering from dementia. No one thought she would ever wake p but she did and she was 50% better. Only God! God who gives wisdom is also able to maintain it. Put it all in his hands and push…pray.until.something.happens! Use that coconut oil and it may work for you as much as the dirt Jesus mixed up and used on eyes to give sight to a blind man. I don’t believe it was the mixture but just having something tangible done. Sometimes people need things like that to sort of make a connection with. Once you improve you will say I used the coconut oil but you will know it was God. Just like you knew it for another!
    God ‘s to a blessing with our name on it…Amen!

    October 17th, 2012 3:58 am Reply
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  • Terry

    I have read the doctors blog, or webpage about this ground breaking information about Virgin Coconut Oil, but I am more than a little skeptical about it. I have Cognitive Dementia in the early stages. Several Neurologist that I have gone to say that there is no stopping the Dementia and it will only get worse. I have had so many people whose intentions are good, say ti me, “you should try this and you should try that” It’s really very disappointing when you get your hopes up and then nothing happens. I believe that if the Pharmaceutical Companies know that this works, they would make it in capsule form like Fish Oil. The amount of Media attention they would get they would make millions of dollars off of the “New Wonder Treatment”. I will try it, but I am very skeptical about the results.

    I believe in God, and I think that what happened to her Husband’s Alzheimer’s is a gift and another example of God’s miracles.

    September 13th, 2012 12:26 am Reply
    • Olive

      Terry you can get coconut oil in capsule form and you don’t need a prescription– go for it!. It can only help ,it won’t harm. Let it be God’s gift for you too. Blessings.

      September 2nd, 2014 1:48 am Reply
    • Steve

      Hi Terry

      Sincerely hope you’re still with us… and u enjoyed success with the coconut oil treatment or whatever treatment u chose to pursue. But with regards your comment that “I believe in God, and I think that what happened to her Husband’s Alzheimer’s is a gift and another example of God’s miracles”, it’s a pity your god doesn’t see fit to “gift” this “miracle” to ALL Alzheimer’s sufferers; not merely a chosen few.



      March 27th, 2015 1:01 am Reply
  • DeAnna

    This is a much needed remedy for the increasing numbers of alzheimer sufferers amongst our ageing population.

    March 23rd, 2012 8:41 am Reply
  • dot weeks

    i have high cholesterol. was up to 287. now at 225. does virgin coconut oil raise your cholesterol? can’t take chol. meds. i have really bad side effects. even memory loss from wellchol. went off and will never take them again.

    March 7th, 2012 6:28 pm Reply
    • Rioj Jacob Thomas

      No Virgin coconut oil will not increase your Cholesterol if you only take a tea spoon a day.
      You can always do your research. This is just a link. Hope this helps your query.

      March 11th, 2013 10:21 pm Reply
      • Olive

        I believe if you checked with ‘The Coconut Doctor’ Dr. Fife, he would say coconut oil will not increase your cholesterol even eating a few tablespoons a day.

        September 2nd, 2014 2:01 am Reply
  • Kemila Zsange (@KemilaHypnosis)

    Virgin Coconut Oil Halts Severe Dementia in 35 Days

    December 30th, 2011 5:56 pm Reply
  • Barry Dunn-Sims (@BarryDS)

    I should get some of this! but can’t remember what for?

    December 30th, 2011 7:18 am Reply
  • Krysta Chapman (@DropinthePond)

    I began adding coconut oil to my diet a few months ago. (makes for a delicious shake) Here is another great…

    December 29th, 2011 8:52 pm Reply
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  • Chrisann Joson via Facebook

    Without even knowing the extent of the benefits, I’ve been putting it in my Vi shakes every morning. Between the nutritional value of the shakes and the healing properties of the coconut oil, all of my GI issues have gone away! Thanks for sharing this…great info!!

    September 27th, 2011 5:09 am Reply
  • Leah Remeika Dugan (@coolgreenplanet)

    Want to keep a clear mind? Have you ever eaten raw coconut? Yum!

    September 26th, 2011 3:24 am Reply
  • Michael Acanfora (@BayonneChiro) (@BayonneChiro) (@BayonneChiro)

    Virgin Coconut Oil Halts Severe Dementia in 35 Days – The Healthy Home Economist

    September 25th, 2011 9:25 am Reply
  • Liz

    I am curious about the mention of coconut oil being used in “neonatal feeding programs.” I have a baby with feeding issues (long story) and I do give her some coconut oil every day as it is a safe food for her and a healthy fat. However I am curious how it might be used by the pros.

    September 24th, 2011 10:33 pm Reply
  • Erica

    Hi Sarah,

    I’ve heard that most expellar pressed, refined coconut oils are made from dried copra. If it is organic and doesn’t use any chemicals or solvents during processing, is it still good to use?

    September 24th, 2011 1:15 pm Reply
    • Cherise

      Copra is the meat and kernel of the coconut. So, copra IS coconut. Of course it would be best to use organic coconut oil.

      August 30th, 2014 6:34 am Reply
  • Rich Holmes (@RichDHolmes)

    @balancedbites hi saw this,

    September 24th, 2011 10:48 am Reply
  • Jackie

    I had read a study about VCO in terms of helping people with Down syndrome (I have a young son with Down syndrome). This article certainly reinforces that study (it seems that the brains of people with Alzheimers are similar in some manner to the brains of people with Down syndrome). I do have a couple of questions, however. Does heating destroy the benefit (do you believe my son will receive the benefit if it is cooked into a baked good?)? Do you know if there is recommended dosages for different weights (my 7 year old son is 40 lbs)? Are there certain foods that counter its benefit? Thank you for any assistance.

    September 24th, 2011 9:56 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Jackie, coconut oil is very heat resistant and is so one of the best cooking oils for this reason. Yes, there will be much benefit to it even if you fry pancakes in it for example. I myself mixed a couple TBL into bowl of hot, soaked oatmeal for breakfast this morning. Rubbing it on the skin has benefits as well as some absorption takes place even this way.

      September 24th, 2011 12:27 pm Reply
    • Rioj Jacob Thomas

      Coconut oil as its purely natural it can be used in any form. It can used for cooking purposes, you can use it raw, you can use it as body lotion or hair oil. The best part is it doesnt have any side effects if used well. I would suggest you to use 1-2 teaspoons max a day.

      March 11th, 2013 10:26 pm Reply
  • veronica cardozo

    ive had a brain stroke – now ive recovered but my memory fails terribly? would this coconut oil help? by the way if i drink coconut milk will it be helpful?

    September 24th, 2011 3:04 am Reply
    • Beth


      Get Bruce Fife’s latest book Stop Alzheimer’s Now, which discusses all neurodegenerative conditions.

      May 8th, 2013 9:55 pm Reply
      • Dee

        Excellent book, purchased 3 days ago. What a wealth of information! Bought it from my local health food store along with a bottle of 20 Oz clear oil for 27.00! Shelf said 9.99. I called the store today, come to find out it was moved to wrong location. Got ripped off. So yesterday I was searching for Palm kernel oil for myself (I am allergic to coconut, found coconut oil ranging from 4.00 to 10.00 at Publix)

        July 14th, 2015 1:24 am Reply
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  • MM

    Nearly 3 mo I got strep throat. I treated it at home on my own and recovered. But then I got it again shortly afterwards and it was so bad I woke up choking on my uvula it was so swollen. I decided to go to the Dr and get on abx. I felt wonderful on the abx and like a new person. The best I’d felt in a long time. But as soon as the abx ran out my throat started swelling and hurting. I got another strep test but it was negative. So I started taking coconut oil to treat it. It made a huge difference. The pain and swelling is gone but if I look in the mirror I can see my tonsils still don’t look normal. However if I ever slack off the coconut oil and take less than 3 tbsp a day my throat starts to swell up. It’s very frustrating that I can’t knock whatever this is. But I’m also so grateful for the coconut oil. I’d be a mess without it. It keeps the swelling under control and helps me get through the day. I’m trying to double it now to get up to 6 tbsp a day to see if it helps even more. It has NOT however helped me lose any weight. LOL

    September 23rd, 2011 11:36 pm Reply
  • Brandy

    EVCO is a staple in our household! We eat it by the bucket full! It’s also fantastic for diabetics since it doesn’t require insulin to get into the cells! One of my #1 most beloved foods!

    September 23rd, 2011 8:00 pm Reply
  • Lyn Baker-Anisy via Facebook

    I work in aged care and Im sure this information can come very useful…

    September 23rd, 2011 7:31 pm Reply
  • Deborah Ledbetter (@YogasNature)

    Thank you Jennifer Smith for the post…

    September 23rd, 2011 7:27 pm Reply
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  • Dr. Helder Prazeres (@QuiroPortugal)

    Virgin Coconut Oil Halts Severe Dementia in 35 Days – The Healthy Home Economist

    September 23rd, 2011 4:56 pm Reply
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    Virgin Coconut Oil Halts Severe Dementia in 35 Days – The Healthy Home Economist

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  • Naomi Snider

    The last couple of times I visited Green Pasture they are not carrying coconut oil. This makes me sad because I like the taste and smell of theirs more than any other brand. And I like that it comes in a gallon-sized plastic jar, which is much easier to work with than those buckets that require a special tool to remove the lid. Does anyone know what gives on their CO?

    September 23rd, 2011 3:20 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I think it might be backordered. Wilderness Family Naturals has excellent VCO also .. they are on my Resources page and have been vetted.

      September 23rd, 2011 4:14 pm Reply
      • Naomi Snider

        Yes, that’s what I purchased last time. By the way, can I expect pretty much the same health benefits from the expeller pressed oil as from the virgin oil? I realize it’s not the same but I read somewhere . . . anyway, I needed to keep the expense as low as possible as I am on low income, but am hoping the non-scented one will be almost as good. Would I need to increase my daily usage of it to get the benefits of virgin oil?

        September 23rd, 2011 5:34 pm Reply
  • Justyn

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Sarah! Alzheimer’s runs in my family and I know my mom and her siblings have been worried about it, so I’m thrilled to be able to pass on this exciting article.

    September 23rd, 2011 2:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      @Justyn, seems to me adding VCO to the diet would be an excellent preventative strategy if it runs in the family. It doesn’t run in my family but we still use it as it is so helpful for staying healthy in general anyway. So glad it is being finally “rediscovered” by science.

      September 23rd, 2011 4:15 pm Reply
  • Leslie

    Where would we get the MCT pharmaceutical isolate? My father has Parkinson’s, and this looks like a great treatment!

    September 23rd, 2011 2:35 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The healthfood store sells bottles of MCT last I saw. I don’t have a good brand to recommend unfortunately. Use VCO first though .. that is the most important thing according to Dr. Fife.

      September 23rd, 2011 4:13 pm Reply
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  • D.

    I just received this blog post from Chris Kresser and towards the bottom of the article he mentions that folks should probably not be using so much coconut flour on these newfangled, old idea paleo diets. Check it out by reading his blog here:

    Wow, his information on eating nuts and the list of phytic acid containing foods is enough to make one want to take a long walk off a short pier. Is there anything left in this world we can eat and NOT cause ourselves problems? I tend to want to agree more with Elizabeth Walling (at Nourished Life) that the stress of worrying about what to eat and what not to eat is more damaging than the food, by a long shot.

    September 23rd, 2011 2:23 pm Reply
    • Dana

      The traditional cultures that ate these foods also ate a LOT of animal foods by today’s standards. My pet theory is that the animal foods are protective, particularly the fats, organs, and eggs–sound familiar? Even the Kitavans, touted as a living example of healthy high-carb eaters, are still eating fish (and possibly other meat-type foods?), and they get saturated fat from the coconuts they eat. As long as people in our culture continue to have a blind spot about the health benefits of eating critters (even a lot of Paleo/Primal people think they’re for obtaining protein and little else!), we’ll continue having to worry about the plants we eat.

      Another approach is to eat foods seasonally. Eating walnuts in summertime really isn’t seasonal. But taking that approach means you’re not spending the whole year round, eating the same kind of plant food and mega-dosing on its native toxins.

      Something to think about, anyway.

      September 29th, 2011 6:57 pm Reply
  • susan v.

    thanks for this post, i’d read about this previously but good to see it again. i’m always looking for new ways to incorporate the recommended amount into my daily diet. i don’t like it enough to eat straight, and don’t care for it added to hot tea. i do use it for cooking but not every day. any other, preferably low carb, suggestions from anyone?

    September 23rd, 2011 12:54 pm Reply
    • Magda

      You could make fudge with it. Mix with cocoa, honey and mix-ins like nuts and keep in fridge/freezer.

      September 23rd, 2011 1:49 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I fry pancakes in it. Each pancake soaks up a TON of coconut oil.

      September 23rd, 2011 4:11 pm Reply
  • Linda

    This is very interesting! I keep telling everyone how good coconut oil is. It is good to eat and put on you body. So it is even helpful to people with ms? I shall recommend it to a family member or maybe I’ll give it to her for Christmas.

    September 23rd, 2011 12:48 pm Reply
  • Anita Messenger via Facebook

    Someone needs to tell Glen Campbell’s family.

    September 23rd, 2011 12:37 pm Reply
  • Kateri Scott via Facebook

    Oh, I just thought about another family member! Ever since they went on a fat free/low fat fake butter diet years ago, their brain hasn’t been the same.

    September 23rd, 2011 12:36 pm Reply
  • Kateri Scott via Facebook

    Wish I knew this years ago. My grandfather is dying from dementia and other complications today.

    September 23rd, 2011 12:29 pm Reply
  • The Nourished Nana via Facebook

    LOOOVE that you posted this! HAVE to share!

    September 23rd, 2011 12:25 pm Reply
  • Jan Posch via Facebook

    I put it in my kefir smoothie every morning, too, but I don’t heat it. It blends in just fine, which I have to admit did surprise me.

    September 23rd, 2011 12:18 pm Reply
  • Anastasia @ Eco-Babyz

    Wow, that’s amazing, thanks for posting! It’s amazing what real foods can do…

    September 23rd, 2011 12:11 pm Reply
  • Anastasia Borisyuk (@EcoBlogz)

    Virgin Coconut Oil Halts Severe Dementia in 35 Days – The Healthy Home Economist

    September 23rd, 2011 12:09 pm Reply
  • Lisa Carpenter via Facebook

    I heat it and pour it in my morning smoothie….yum!

    September 23rd, 2011 12:04 pm Reply
    • Ariel

      So do I! It’s a fabulous way to ensure I can put lots of fruit in my smoothie and not spike my blood sugar. Of course, it also tastes fantastic, especially with some banana!

      September 23rd, 2011 2:58 pm Reply
  • Teresa

    I get so confused when I start looking at buying coconut oil. I have recently had Nutiva and the taste is great. Is there a reason you don’t reccomend it. (I have not tried the Wilderness family brand) There is so much info out there, that I just get so mind boggled. Some say don’t use the heat process ex. expreller pressed. Etc, etc. I did also try the tropical traditions brand and I thought it was piecey. not smooth but that is one of the most reccommended brands on alot of the real food blogs. PLease help us confused women out!!!!

    September 23rd, 2011 11:35 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I’m sure there are other brands besides the ones I recommend on my Resources page that are excellent .. I just don’t have the time to vett them all and the ones on my page are already vetted and confirmed to be quality and sustainable.

      September 23rd, 2011 11:46 am Reply
    • D.

      Wildnerness Family Naturals shouldn’t really be on this list of Sarah’s because if you read the fine print, it’s refined. I was under the impression we are only supposed to look for unrefined oils, as much as possible. I am having NO luck finding an unrefined olive oil. I have yet to find olive oil which looks “cloudy” either. I did find one site a while ago with unrefined olive oil but it had to come from overseas and the shipping was outrageous and it wasn’t listed as coming from an organic source – and I was supposed to buy a whole gallon. Cripes, I wouldn’t use a whole gallon in five years! I mostly use avocado oil, coconut oil, real butter, ghee, lard, tallow, bacon grease from our milkfed pork, etc. Guess I can live without olive oil, although I used to like to use it for my homemade mayonnaise. Most of the olive oil on store shelves is rancid from the get-go and smells/tastes just awful. It was NOT complementary to my homemade foods. But I’ve never tried coconut oil in mayo either. Think that would work??

      September 23rd, 2011 12:08 pm Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        Wilderness Family Naturals MOST DEFINITELY has organic virgin coconut oil!

        I don’t know what fine print you are referring to. Please click to their website and see for yourself.

        September 23rd, 2011 12:15 pm Reply
        • Susan

          What do you think of their expeller pressed ultra clean supreme kind? Or do you only recommend the raw oil? Or do you use raw for some and the expeller pressed for others? I tried tropical traditions and didn’t really like it. I haven’t tried Nutiva.

          Thanks –

          September 23rd, 2011 12:43 pm Reply
          • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Here’s what I do … no magic to it but it works for us: I use expeller low temp pressed for cooking as it eliminates that coconut-y flavor and we use organic virgin coconut oil off the spoon for therapeutic reasons (as described in this post) or for application directly to the skin.

            September 23rd, 2011 12:50 pm
          • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

            Hi D, Wilderness does sell the low temp expeller pressed but they also sell the organic virgin coconut oil. I use both in my home as well. Your comment made it sound like they only sell the refined. Sounds like you accidentally purchased the wrong type of coconut oil by mistake.

            September 23rd, 2011 4:08 pm
        • D.

          Sarah, the last gallon I bought from Wilderness Family Natural said, in very small print on the side of the label on the gallon plastic container, “refined”. I was very surprised to see it but there it was. I bought it on sale for $30/gal right directly from their web site. Maybe the reason it was so cheap at that time is because they were culling their stock and then going to totally unrefined, I don’t know. All I know is we saved the container and my granddaughter plays with it. I just looked again at the label and it says refined coconut oil in small print on the left-hand side of the label, towards the top.

          September 23rd, 2011 2:34 pm Reply
          • D.

            Here’s exactly what the label says, verbatim: “Wilderness Family Naturals Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil is a high quality refined coconut oil. It is made by mechanical pressing and contains no solvents or chemicals. This oil is not hydrogenated and contains no trans fats. It is also analyzed for and contains no aflatoxins. In addition, because this oil is expeller pressed and refined, it does not contain a coconut taste, but has a neutral flavor. Lauric acid and other medium chain fatty acids naturally occur in this quality cooking oil”.

            I guess the main difference I can see is that some are cold pressed, some are expeller pressed, and some are centrifuged.

            September 23rd, 2011 2:52 pm
          • Jill

            I have a jar of the same refined coconut oil, but I purchased that jar deliberately because I know that refined coconut oil has no flavor or coconut scent and I wanted a healthy, safe fat for high heat cooking that didn’t add coconut flavor to foods (some things are enhanced by the coconut flavor, but it doesn’t go well with everything). I also have extra virgin coconut oil that does have the coconut flavor and scent, which I use for those foods that are complemented by the flavor. It makes sense to have BOTH in your kitchen so that you have a healthy fat for high heat cooking of a variety of dishes. The other flavorless and odorless oils out there for cooking are mostly unsafe polyunsaturated (unstable and easily damaged by heat) oils, which is why it is a great idea to have some refined coconut oil on hand (that is unless EVERYTHING you cook is enhanced by coconut flavor/scent).

            September 24th, 2011 7:44 am
          • Beth

            Dr Bruce Fife in his newest book Stop Alzheimer’s Now says that raw/virgin and expeller pressed coconut oil are both beneficial. I highly recommend his book, released since this post was written.

            May 8th, 2013 9:51 pm
      • Jennifer

        I have used the Wilderness Family refined coconut oil and Chaffin Family Orchards Extra Virgin Olive Oil in proportions of approx 2/3 coconut to 1/3 olive oil. (I grew up on Best Foods and the flavor of full olive oil is too much). That does not become hard in the fridge and tastes pretty decent to us. I’ve read the Wilderness Family refined is still good to use. Hope that helps.

        September 23rd, 2011 5:41 pm Reply
        • D.

          I sometimes mix coconut oil with my real homemade buter for something different. I also sometimes mix small amounts of coconut oil and Kerrygold Butter together because lately the Kerrygold is terribly salty. The label does not say if it’s plain ol’ salt of if it’s sea salt or celtic salt or what, so I have to assume it’s just regular salt. I wish Kerrygold made an unsalted version – I’d love to use it for making ghee sometime.

          I tried the oil mixture from Mary Enig (WAPF) with sesame oil, olive oil and coconut oil mixed together but I hated it, and my DH REALLY hated it. I do not care for sesame oil (too strongly flavored) and until I find a quality, good tasting, good smelling olive oil, I won’t be trying it again anytime soon. (Sorry Mary!).

          September 23rd, 2011 8:01 pm Reply
          • Jill

            Kerrygold does make unsalted butter–the one I have in my freezer is unsalted, cultured butter in a silver, rather than gold, wrapping. It probably is just less commonly sold. Maybe try a different store?

            September 24th, 2011 7:47 am
          • Terri

            D. what type of sesame oil were you using? Toasted or just plain expeller pressed? The plain, expeller pressed has NO flavor and is very mild. It can be used in mayonnaise and salad dressings with no noticeable flavor. The toasted sesame oil is very strong tasting and should be used in small amounts for flavoring. It is great in stir frys etc. Maybe that is why you didn’t like the flavor of the oil blend….

            September 25th, 2011 4:31 pm
      • Tina

        People jump on olive oil bandwagon all. the. time. I don’t think the olive oil we get in the states is healthy. But the, apparently, good stuff is expensive. I like to make homemade caesar dressing with raw egg yolks so I do buy the expensive yet crappy olive oil from the health food store but after reading your post, I’m going to figure something else out.

        September 25th, 2011 8:08 am Reply
        • Dana

          I don’t think the olive oil we get in the States is *olive oil*, half the time. I’ve been hearing weird things about that.

          September 29th, 2011 6:50 pm Reply
    • Jill

      Love Nutiva coconut oil! The company’s own website has an awesome sale right now on coconut oil too! And if you google it, you can find an additional $10 off coupon code (I can’t recall the code off hand).

      September 24th, 2011 8:35 am Reply
    • Jenny

      Get the cheapest you can find…it’s ALL good!

      September 27th, 2011 2:44 pm Reply
  • Jane Metzger

    This is just another advertisement for an expensive supplement. It is old news. I resent the websites that lure you into thinking that you can treat something with natural foods, but instead want to sell you a pricy supplement. Then you are sent to another site to buy a video or newsletter. I just want to know how to eat right. BTW, I have purchased the coconut oil for baking and use olive oil for savory dishes and cooking. I am not opposed to buying whole foods and do buy some supplements, but the list seems to on and on.

    September 23rd, 2011 11:35 am Reply
    • marina

      Yes, I do think there are too many supplements out there today, but appropriate, good quality supplements may be a great way to improve a certain disease or problem. Eating well might not be enough if someone’s body has been abused by the wrong foods over the years, or before they were born (mom’s health/diet in pregnancy). Carefully selected supplements may help kick start the journey toward wellness. :)

      September 23rd, 2011 11:46 am Reply
      • D.

        Coconut oil is not considered a supplement, it’s a food which consequently has supplement advantages. You can buy coconut oil capsules if that’s what you mean, but that’s not what this article is all about. I use 3 TBSP coconut oil (right off the spoon) and let it melt in my mouth every day for health reasons and for assistance in maintaining a healthy weight. I use Nutiva which I buy from Amazon or Vitacost.

        September 23rd, 2011 12:03 pm Reply
    • Joyce

      This is not an ad for an expensive supplement. It’s a vital new (to many) piece of information that could be life-changing for someone on a quick downhill slide into Alzheimer’s. MCT oil is the part of raw coconut oil that will make a difference for those people and is very economical in price. Compare that to the pricey new Axona or any of the standard (and not very effective) pharmaceuticals for Alzheimer’s. Please read Dr.Newport’s story.
      For the rest of us, this is one more reason for us to incorporate VCO into our diet as a way of “eating right”. Not complicated at all.

      September 23rd, 2011 3:02 pm Reply
    • Jill

      Just to balance this thought out…what about the pharmaceutical industry? Wow, if we want an example of expensive products advertised to treat various conditions, nothing compares! Currently there are new mental conditions invented all the time in order to create a market for new drugs–drugs whose advertisements fill the pages of most every magazine you pick up and fill commercial space on television every 15 minutes. Remember these drugs would never occur in the form they are in in nature, all of them have side effects, the vast majority of them do not cure disease, but merely help to manage them and their symptoms, AND Big Pharm makes billions upon billions off of them. The more we seek out ways to truly cure diseases and conditions with healthy foods and lifestyle, the better off we will be in the long run–and we won’t need expensive, unnatural drugs either!

      September 24th, 2011 7:38 am Reply
    • Tina

      Jane – really? Do you know what you’re talking about? Coconut oil is not a supplement. It’s a food. And BTW, you shouldn’t be cooking with olive oil. Once heated, it destroys the healthy properties. That’s why you buy it cold-pressed. I don’t find your post offensive; I just find you uneducated.

      September 25th, 2011 8:03 am Reply
    • Dana

      You don’t have to get fancy organic virgin coconut oil to get MCTs. I can’t afford fancy organic virgin coconut oil. Instead of whining about people who dare to need things like groceries and rent money even though they blog for free, I go to Kroger and pick up a jar of LouAna coconut oil. Nice and cheap and it still does me good. So does the CAFO butter I also buy at Kroger. The only reason I don’t also buy milk and cream at Kroger is because Kroger adulterates their heavy whipping cream with skim milk (wth???) and I have found a brand that is cheaper per gallon and is grass-fed. Pure accident, and not everyone can be lucky like me, I recognize. But we all do what we can, and I don’t care what anybody says, eating the right foods but getting them from less than premium sources is better than, say, going low-fat raw vegan.

      You do what you can do. And by the way, blogging’s work. I keep one and while I’ve got almost 500 fans on Facebook now, I recognize I could be a lot better at it–if I had a couple hours a day to write and do research, and I have five cats and a homeschooled six-year-old and a man in the house who doesn’t know how to clean, so that’s out of the question. I completely understand why some bloggers sell ebooks. Every little bit helps. Otherwise you are typing your fingers off getting nothing but good feelings and the occasional irate person yelling at you for all your trouble.

      September 29th, 2011 6:45 pm Reply
      • Joan Smith

        What is the heavy cream brand? I can’t always get it from my raw milk dairy, so I would appreciate being able to find the next best thing.

        October 6th, 2013 4:19 pm Reply
  • Marilu

    Thanks for this information Sarah. My son has a benign type of epilepsy and I’m thinking the Virgin Coconut Oil might be helpful if MCT is used to treat epilepsy.

    September 23rd, 2011 11:34 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      YES!!!! I’m feel sure it would prove helpful to his condition!

      September 23rd, 2011 11:43 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    @Kay – yes he is a mild case now. He has recovered from borderline severe dementia and his progression halted. I imagine there was possibly some permanent damage since he didn’t get on the VCO until he was pretty bad off.

    September 23rd, 2011 11:33 am Reply
  • Rosy Hess via Facebook

    Wow, I’m sold!

    September 23rd, 2011 11:25 am Reply
  • Elise Sampson

    Wow…we are using coconut oil with our daughter who has learning disabilities…we have not been very diligent but we will start! Great post! Thanks

    September 23rd, 2011 11:24 am Reply
    • Eileen

      You may want to look into the GAPS diet to help learning disabilities. We are doing this with our two children and have seen improvement.

      November 3rd, 2011 2:15 pm Reply
  • Jennifer

    Ahhhh! Thanks for the clarification. It’s raining today and my own brain isn’t working very well. O:-)

    September 23rd, 2011 11:23 am Reply
  • Karen Colburn via Facebook

    ima gonna get me some …
    I put-da lime inda coconu-den I feeyell bedda

    September 23rd, 2011 11:18 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    So this is something different/set apart from the VCO then?

    September 23rd, 2011 11:17 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      MCTs are already in VCO … I suspect that Dr. Newport added the additional MCTs to the VCO just to boost the amounts that her husband was getting.

      September 23rd, 2011 11:18 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    My Dad is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and is sitting here with me as I read this. What is “MCT pharmaceutical isolate”?

    September 23rd, 2011 11:10 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      It’s Medium Chain Triglycerides. I believe you can get MCTs isolate at the healthfood store.

      September 23rd, 2011 11:15 am Reply
      • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

        You should check with your Dad’s neurologist though and see if there is possibly a pharmaceutical grade MCTs that you can get by prescription? Or maybe the straight MCTs at the healthfood store would be fine.

        September 23rd, 2011 11:17 am Reply
        • Beth

          UPDATE on this question:
          Dr Bruce Fife contends that isolated MCT supplements are not nearly as effective as coconut oil. See his latest book, Stop Alzheimer’s Now, released since this post was originally written.

          May 8th, 2013 9:42 pm Reply
    • marina

      Jennifer, NOW brand has a great MCT oil. Google online, or should have it. It tastes like water, even my daughter who is currently experiencing very infrequent absence seizures has no problem taking it. I did read a study that to get better benefits for any brain function is 4 teaspoons of MCT oil to 3 teaspoons of coconut oil, 3 times a day. Hope this helps.

      September 23rd, 2011 11:41 am Reply
      • Dana

        I take a vitamin K2 supplement that’s suspended in MCT oil. It tastes fine.

        September 29th, 2011 6:38 pm Reply
      • Beth

        Bruce Fife’s recommendation is for 5 TABLESPOONS of coconut oil daily for treating those who have clear symptoms of neurodegeneration. For everyone else, the dosage for prevention is 2-3 TABLESPOONS daily. Teaspoons won’t have the same benefits. (There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon.)

        May 9th, 2013 7:05 am Reply
  • Kay Ness via Facebook

    Kinda…did you watch the interview? He improved but certainly not cured…

    September 23rd, 2011 11:03 am Reply
    • Dana

      Halting is not the same as curing. Like, if you halt the progress of a tumor, the tumor is still there, it’s just not growing anymore. Hence the choice of words used. I don’t think the article is misleading at all. And if your choices are watch your husband continue to deteriorate or “only” improve him, it’s not tough to figure out what 99.9 percent of wives would choose.

      I wonder what she’s doing about his refined carb intake. The sugar in particular–Alzheimer’s is called Type 3 diabetes in certain circles. If she hasn’t addressed that yet, that’s something else she can do.

      September 29th, 2011 6:37 pm Reply
  • Melinda Todd via Facebook

    Wow, that’s awesome!

    September 23rd, 2011 11:02 am Reply
  • Linda Giangregorio via Facebook

    I heard similar stories like this last year, I instantly went out and found the best cold pressed raw virgin coconut oil I could find. It’s the only thing I cook, or bake with.

    September 23rd, 2011 11:01 am Reply
  • Stephanie Sorensen via Facebook

    Thanks for posting this! My best friend and her family have been caring for her grandmother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and is declining rapidly. It definitely wouldn’t hurt for them to try this for her!

    September 23rd, 2011 11:00 am Reply
  • Alissa Young Jansen via Facebook

    This is astounding!

    September 23rd, 2011 10:56 am Reply
    • Sally_Oh

      I feel the same way: WOW. I’m going to eat some tonight when I get home!!!!!

      September 23rd, 2011 12:45 pm Reply

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