Coconut Oil, Ketones and Alzheimer's

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Why we are using the MCT oil/Coconut oil mixture

Rose asked me if we are using Axona and why or why not. We don't use Axona. It costs $100 per month for just one dose a day, is a prescription and Steve is doing well with what we are doing. I have read about some people who feel that the effect of the single dose of Axona wears off after a few hours and they have continued to use MCT oil and/or coconut oil later in the day. I have read that the people who make Axona say they only recommend one dose a day because they only studied one dose a day. We are using MCT oil because Steve's ketone levels were higher with MCT oil than coconut oil, but were also gone twice as fast (by three hours). We kept the coconut oil because the levels last longer (at least 6-7 hours). I figure that by mixing the two he will get the benefit of the higher levels from the MCT oil and the longer lasting levels of the coconut oil. Also, there are several other properties of coconut oil that may be helpful, such as the anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties of capric and lauric acid, 2 of the medium chain triglycerides that are not found in Axona. There is some research by Dr. Ruth Itzhaki and others showing that, in certain people, the herpes simplex type I virus that causes fever blisters/cold sores is present in the plaques in the Alzheimer's brain. These two fatty acids kill this type of virus. Steve has a history of frequent and fairly severe fever blisters on his mouth and since we started using coconut oil has had only two very tiny blisters in the past year. The virus lives in the nerve and the nerves to the mouth start deep in the brain near the region affected by Alzheimer's. It seems logical to me that if an outbreak can occur on the lip it could also occur in the brain elsewhere along the path of the nerve. Coconut oil can also help one absorb certain vitamins and other nutrients better from the intestine. Some of the components of coconut oil support the growth of the normal bacteria that are supposed to be in the bowel.

Most of the time now Steve is getting just over 2 tablespoons of a mixture of MCT oil and coconut oil, three times a day, but we also use coconut oil to cook in and sometimes use coconut milk or grated coconut, and depending on how much is in the food, I may subtract a little from the mixture that he takes at that meal. This is not cut in stone. It is just what we arrived at after a lot of experimentation. We found out what the limits of his tolerance were for the oils and when we reached the point that he was having some diarrhea we cut back. Many people cannot handle as much of this as Steve can, so each person will to find their own limit. We push it to the limit to try to maximize how much ketone he will receive - the more medium chain triglyceride in his diet, the more ketones he should have available for his brain. That is how I look at it.


  • Mary-My wife has been diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. A pharmacist friend gave me an ad on Azona which led me to your article. My wife is on Razadyne and Namenda and is showing better retention and function. Yesterday, I purchased coconut oil at a vitamin store and we began with limited doses (2-4 teaspoons). We sauteed some chicken with a little olive oil and added coconut oil with success. I will report our results-Al

    By Blogger Al, At July 17, 2009 at 7:03 AM  

  • Dear Mrs. Mary,

    I´m from South America. Here we have a lot of coconut oil sources but they are hydrogenated. Could you please be so kind and point me to some links where I can find
    trustable places to buy MCT oil and organic extra virgin non hydrogenated coconut oil?

    I made a google search and found some very expensive brands. Of course I will need to import it.

    My mother has brain difficulties and Parkinson.

    I would like to help her in some way.

    Thank you for your kindness.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At August 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

  • You can get organic coconut oil from That's where I get mine. I don't have Alzheimer's, but I know that the other oils are to be avoided.

    By Blogger PhotoDave, At August 12, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

  • Dr. Newport - A friend of mine was diagnosed with ALS twelve years ago. He is unable to speak but is still able to stand briefly with assistance, maneuver from his wheelchair to his bed, and perform other tasks not requiring fine motor skills, on his own. He is in his late sixties. He read your article in Health & Healing, October 2009, and wants to begin a regimen of MCT oil and coconut oil. I understand we should begin with smaller doses and build gradually. Your article recommends mixing the two with a 16/12 ratio. Is this the same recommendation you would give for ALS? Any other pointers you can give us? Thanks so much. Tammie

    By Anonymous Tammie, At October 13, 2009 at 2:03 PM  

  • We are just beging the MCT oil/Coconut oil mixture for my wife who is showing mild symptoms of memory loss. Since we don't do breakfast and have somewhat irregular meal habits can you recommend a juice or liquid that works as a carrier to transport the 4 teaspoon mixture three times a day.

    By Blogger David, At November 13, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

  • Does the fat in coconut milk the same as the fat in MCT oil and coconut oil? I ask because I do not like to eat coconut oil. I enjoy using light coconut milk in my smoothies.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

  • Hi Mary!
    We corresponded before you had brought out the Salad Oil. Mom, who is 89 and suffering from pancyopenia, has been using it for a week and this a.m. woke uup with a large "bleed" under her eye, as she did before I had her on Vitamin K (about 5 years now - no bleeds - felt pretty triumphant!). Is it possible that there are blood-thinning properties to this product? Thanks!

    By Blogger Victoria, At April 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

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