Coconut Oil as a Solution to Alzheimer’s?

In 2008, Steve Newport had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for 5 years. Several days in a row, he would be in a fog. Sometimes, he could not find a spoon or remember how to get water out of the refrigerator. He could no longer prepare simple meals for himself, had discontinued driving, and required supervision to dig a hole, replace a light bulb, vacuum, or complete a load of laundry. He was no longer able to use a computer, calculator or perform basic arithmetic. He often wore just one sock or shoe. He also had a hand tremor that interfered with eating and a jaw tremor while speaking. An MRI showed his brain had shrunk in several areas, a condition consistent with Alzheimer’s.

Steve was put on several FDA-approved medicines to help slow the progression of the disease, but he continued to decline. Fortunately, Steve’s wife was a doctor who became intent on finding a cure for her husband of 39 years. Her research led her to coconut oil!

She discovered that In Alzheimer’s disease, some brain cells have difficulty utilizing glucose—blood sugar, the body’s usual source of energy—and begin to die. However, they can utilize ketones—the chemical released when the body begins to burn fat. When you are fasting, the body produces ketones naturally. When digested, the liver converts coconut oil directly into ketones.

After starting Steve on the coconut regimen, Steve can now read, the tremors are gone as long as he gets his coconut oil on time, is no longer depressed, can finish a yard task without getting distracted and now wears both shoes and socks.

Mary Newport, MD and Steve’s wife, is a specialist in newborns, medical director of the newborn intensive care unit at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Florida and on the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida.

Rather than go into detail on the exact coconut oil regimen, you can read it here on Dr. Mary Newport’s website.

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Antoinette July 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This is AWESOME!!! I have used coconut as an excellent body oil. NOW…. I will be going to Whole Foods today to buy some – using it as my source of ketones. My mother suffered from Alzheimers and dementia and it was not a pretty sight. Thank you….. so very much!


randy July 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

You don’t tell how much to take or how often? Or how? By the spoon full?


Peter Glickman July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Thanks Randy for pointing that out.

I’ve added the links to the post now. (


Heather Rice July 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I found that only pure coconut oil works to stop my scaly legs. My scales disappear and smooth nice skin replaces it. thank you coconut oil NOW to take it internally as well


Mary Hodges April 9, 2013 at 4:39 am

I have found a product called “coconut spread”? It tastes much better than regular coconut oil. Is it a good substitute?


Peter Glickman October 17, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Enjoy the coconut spread, but the two are very different from a health standpoint. What seems to work well is coconut oil. Perhaps the spread is good, too. I don’t have any information on that.


cynthia lim June 9, 2015 at 3:01 am

Great! Will try this on my mom. Thanks Peter.


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