I hope to post the various dietary measures we are taking to help fight Quinten’s Alzheimer’s. His neurologist is great about researching what is out there that might help. She’s had several suggestions that I’m still working to incorporate.
Quinten takes Axona daily which is in the form of a shake. It is by-prescription only and is derived from coconut oil. In addition to this, we had already been using coconut oil on a daily basis. It has replaced butter and olive oil in my cooking for the most part. It took a while to get used to it, but I now actually prefer my eggs cooked in coconut oil.
The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are thought to be the active ingredient in coconut oil which is providing the memory improvement in patients with Alzheimer’s. Caprylic Acid is the MCT in coconut oil which converts to ketones in the body and provides the brain with an easily used energy source. Because ketones are easily used by the brain, I’ve wondered if a lower-carb diet would improve Quinten’s functioning. This is one reason that I am looking at the Paleo diet.
Here are some articles about coconut oil:
Finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal and progressive disorder, is as mysterious and complex as the disease itself. The escalation of this form of dementia has risen dramatically in the past decade, according to the Alzheimer’s Association website. While research lacks scientific confidence, coconut oil’s properties show a gleam of hope for some with the frightening disease.”
When Dr. Newport couldn’t get her husband into a drug trial for a new Alzheimer’s medication, she started researching the mechanism behind Alzheimer’s.She discovered that with Alzheimer’s disease, certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat), the brain’s principal source of energy. Without fuel, these precious neurons may begin to die. There is an alternative energy source for brain cells—fats known as ketones. If deprived of carbohydrates, the body produces ketones naturally.
The role of diet in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is continuing to make strong headlines here in 2011 as hundreds of millions of dollars in drug research have yet to produce any significant cure. One of the latest studies published appeared in the European Journal of Internal Medicine: “Nutrition and Alzheimer’s disease: The detrimental role of a high carbohydrate diet”1.