Keto Lifestyle and Alzheimer’s Disease

According to Wikipedia – the definition of Alzheimers is:

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer’s, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time.[1][2] It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia.[1][2] The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.[1] As the disease advances, symptoms can include problems with language, disorientation (including easily getting lost), mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care, and behavioural issues.[1][2] As a person’s condition declines, they often withdraw from family and society.[1] Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death.[10] Although the speed of progression can vary, the typical life expectancy following diagnosis is three to nine years.[7][11]

Alzheimer’s is one of those diseases that can take years to watch it develop. Some of the causes can be head trauma, genetics, hypertension and depression.

Dr. Mary Newport’s husband had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and suddenly her life took on new meaning. As she studied possible therapies for Alzheimer’s she discovered that ketones were proven to improve cognitive function.

By 2008, she had created her own formulation of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which are converted into ketones in the liver. She experimented over the years with her husband to get a formula that would work to help lessen his Alzheimers effects. By giving the MCT and coconut oil, she was able to help extend his life with improved cognitive ability way beyond that of not giving him anything. She has developed her own formulation which Pruvit now markets as MCT 1:4:3.

As the body processes the coconut oil and MCT’s the resulting ketones quickly cross the blood-brain barrier to provide instant energy to the brain cells. This function is enhanced by they effects of phosphatidylcholine which the body converts into acetylcholine, a powerful brain chemical that supports memory and other bodily functions. Because they also comprise a major component of cell membranes, PCs are considered an important cholinergic supplement for memory, brain health and cognition (1)

To me Alzheimers is one of those diseases that you slowly watch your loved one disappear. My great aunt has it and the hardest part of dealing with it is that she recognizes people and who they are but she remembers them when they were kids or doesn’t realize that people have passed away. She is a happy lady but she lives in this world of memories from when she was a lot younger. She doesn’t remember anything for the last 20 years. She recognizes her grandchildren but can’t place her great grandchildren. It’s never to late to start to take a supplement or add MCT’s to your diet to help with brain health. A healthy brain allows us to enjoy life till the end.

If you notice one of your friends or loved ones is slowly sinking into that unreality, please help them get hooked up with MCT’s so that it can help with their cognition and slow that process down. It isn’t a cure, but it can sure help. Just check out Dr. Mary Newport and her story of developing her MCT 1:4:3 for her husband.

If you have any questions, we are always available to help answer and dig out the science behind something. Have a great day.

(1) Reference material Pruvit Hacked Magazine.

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