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Coconut Oil

Wednesday February 01, 2012

I am wondering about coconut oil.  A friend has been encouraging me to take it.  Since I haven’t heard any headlline news about it I wonder if it would really help my Parkinsons. 

Cocunut oil is being tauted as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and epilepsy.  No well controlled study is available to test its effect on Parkinson’s.  This oil is high in medium chain triglycerides which are broken down by the body to ketones. Ketones are an alternative fuel for the brain (brain’s primary source of fuel is glucose). The idea is that ketones are more readily used by some nerve cells providing much needed energy for cell activity.

You should not use coconut oil unless recommended by your doctor.  True benefits of the oil are not yet proven, not all coconut oils are the same as many contain blends of oil (some that can be harmful), and the effect of coconut oil on cholesterol and lipid levels is not yet clear.

More information on Parkinson’s diet, vitamins and supplements can be found at the NWPF Wellness Center.

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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