Coconut oil

I have heard that coconut oil is making a difference in people with Parkinson’s disease. Is there any truth to this?

Dr. Sanchez-Ramos said...

Coconut oil is rich in plant “fats” or lipids, especially medium chain triglycerides. There are claims that coconut oil can “cure” all manner of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and so forth, but there are no published reports of clinical studies supporting these anecdotal claims. But there are some researchers interested in trying to find the truth about the coconut oils and similar compounds. Dr. Beverly Teter, a lipid biochemist and researcher at University of Maryland is researching coconut oil and cholesterol, and Dr. Kieran Clarke from Oxford, England, is conducting a pilot study for Parkinson’s disease using a ketone ester a component found in coconut oil and other substances.