Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Short answer is, “Yes, it is”.   Some people are taking it as a supplement.  Great for brain health.  And many people consider it to be the best cooking oil to use.

Here are some references to why coconut oil is healthy….

  • In the question and answer section of an Hawthorn University webinair (which you can watch on YouTube linked here), Jeanne Wallace says she is favorable of coconut oil. Because coconut oil is already medium chain triglycerides that the body can readily use, the body does not need to metabolize it as much as other fats. So it can be a quick source of energy.
  • There are doctors who believed in the health benefits of coconut oil. Dr. Mercola’s and Dr. Howard Talbot’s YouTube videos are just a couple.
  • Dr. Mercola wrote on HuffingtonPost an article with references about all the benefits of coconut oil. For cooking, Dr. Mercola uses coconut oil exclusively.
  • Dr. Mary Newport uses coconut oil to treat her husband’s Alzheimer. [reference YouTube]
  • UCHealth talks about use of coconut oil in Alzheimer’s.
  • Article on by Dr. David Jockers writes that …
    “Coconut oil is considered one of the best fuels for healthy brain function.”
  • There are a few anecdotal testimonies on YouTube here and there about how coconut oil has eliminated brain fog and enabled clearer and sharper thinking.
  • A study found that “Elevation of plasma ketone body levels through an oral dose of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) may improve cognitive functioning in older adults with memory disorders.” [reference]
  • video of a discussion of a panel on the benefits of coconut oil on the brain.
  • Essay by Stephanie Seneff writes …”Coconut oil, a saturated fat, has been shown to benefit Alzheimer’s patients”

What about the saturated fat?

Saturated fat has gotten a bad rap.  Many people now believe that saturated fat is not as bad as they once were told.

Mary Enig writes article New Look at Coconut Oil which says …

“coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to atherogenicity of fats and oils and, in fact, is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease.”

And she further states that coconut oil may have antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties.

Dave Asprey’s recipe on how he drinks coffee is that he adds butter and MCT oil to his coffee and eats 50% of his calories from fats.

SMART as acronym to reduce Alzheimer’s risk

Professor Shimamura recorded talk titled “Human Memory, Aging and the Brain or Where Did I Put Those Keys?” describes the importance of focus and interactive participation as a way to better remember things. It helps to actively re-tell what you just heard in order to remember better. Actively telling people what you’ve learn (like what I am doing now). It requires integrating thoughts and spitting it out again.

Learn new things. You can learn almost anything you like with videos on YouTube (even lectures on quantum physics if you like).

Professor Shimamura gives us some tips on healthy brain aging and reducing risk of Alzheimer by using the acronym SMART which stand for …

Be Social
Move (exercise)
Get Artistic (make something new and engaging)
Get Responsive (interact with environment and respond to it)

Do these every single day.