Coconut Oil, Ketones and Alzheimer's

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fuel for Thought

Many people ask me to suggest a convenient way that does not involve cooking to provide coconut and MCT oil for their loved ones who are in assisted living, or are looking for a convenient way to take it at home, or carry along while travelling or just out and about.  One such product is called Fuel for Thought and is available directly from Cognate Nutritionals by way of  www.cognatenutritionals.com or by calling  (855) 453-8663.  The company is located in the USA in Connecticut.  In the first edition of my book, the working name of this product was Cocomul but is now called Fuel for Thought.

Steve and I have had the opportunity to try out Fuel for Thought and it is a delicious, creamy vanilla flavored liquid that is easiest taken as is but can also be mixed into other foods and liquids.  Fuel for Thought® has been scientifically designed to provide a high concentration of MCTs which are partly converted in the liver to ketones that act as alternative fuel for brain cells.  In this regard, it has been designed to support cognitive health.  The makers state this product contains NO cholesterol, gluten, transfats, soy, dairy, or fructose, is vegetarian and very low in sodium. 

The beauty of Fuel for Thought is that it is packaged in one ounce single-serving bottles that do not require refrigeration, and are  sold as a case containing 60 doses.  For someone in assisted living, rather than trying to provide food containing coconut oil or getting the staff to give the patient coconut oil, the loved one's physician could order that Fuel for Thought be provided to the patient at set times of day, with meals, for example.

The recommendation from the company is to take one bottle twice a day, beginning with a portion of the bottle initially and increasing as tolerated.  The product is designed such that the amount of ketones produced by taking one ounce is equal to three tablespoons of coconut oil but with only 100 calories, as opposed to about 360 calories from the equivalent amount of coconut oil.

The product is currently being studied in a clinical trial of Alzheimer's and coconut/MCT oil versus placebo at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute at University of South Florida in Tampa.
It is comparable to my idea of mixing coconut oil and MCT oil to reach higher levels of ketones while retaining the many health benefits of coconut oil.  I am giving Steve this mixture several times a day to try to keep ketones available to his brain 24/7.  For that reason I am involved with the company as a scientific advisor.
 
The concept here is that MCT oil is partly converted in the liver to ketones which act in the brain as an alternative fuel to glucose. People who have insulin deficiency or insulin resistance have difficulty getting glucose, the usual primary fuel for the brain and other organs, into the cells and eventually they malfunction and diet. This product would be useful not only for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, but also, Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Huntington’s, and most other conditions where there is insulin resistance or decreased glucose uptake into cells.

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13 Comments:

  • Thank you for posting the amount of ketones in Fuel for Thought in comparison to coconut oil. I had asked Cognate Nutritionals for that information but never received a reply. (Might you encourage them to publish the comparison on their site?) Coconut and MCT oils have helped my husband. I bought Fuel for Thought mainly as a fallback when traveling or eating meals away from home. A couple of incidents have led me to think that Fuel for Thought may be more effective than the oil mixture. Now that I know the equivalence, I feel I can test whether this is the case.

    Thank you for all the work you've done in bringing this information to the public.

    By Anonymous Mary Beth, At July 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM  

  • Thank you Dr Mary for the information you give us, I just heard you today on the LLVLC show and was so excited to hear what you had to say. My Father is In a nursing home now with the onset of Dementia . The problem is my Sisters and I all live many miles away,, so we cannot help monitor his diet. I know he is probably eating tons of processed foods as we all know that is what the nursing homes offer our Seniors. I would love to get him on a whole foods diet,, but without us there thats not gonna happen .So my question is,, I know its not good to be adding High fat foods while still consuming a high procesed carb diet,, as this could cause weight gain. But being that Fuel for thought is lower calorie MCT,, do you think adding this to his diet,, would benefit him at all as iN slowing down the Dementia. I must add that he is Diabeteic as well . thanks so much for your time.

    Tammy

    By Anonymous Tammy, At August 1, 2013 at 9:48 AM  

  • Yes, you could add this to your father's diet. Fats tend to provide the sensation of being full and he might quite naturally cut back on his carbohydrate intake as Steve did, eating less potatoes, bread, pasta and cereals, and also could substitute it for the other fats (butter, margarine,etc.) in his diet to keep from gaining weight. Diabetics tend to have better control of their blood sugars if they eat less carbohydrate, and adding more fat to the diet is a good way to compensate for the decrease in carbohydrates. There is an interesting book that explains why diabetics should be on a low carbohydrate and higher fat diet by researchers who have helped hundreds of diabetics go into remission from the disease. It is by Volek and Phinney and called "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living".

    By Blogger Dr. Mary Newport, At August 4, 2013 at 4:58 PM  

  • This is fantastic!

    By Anonymous Chester, At August 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM  

  • Dr. Mary, my husband is turning 52 and I noticed this past year a drastic difference in him which point to Alzheimer's. So needless to say I have tried to learn as much as possible about this disease and I came across a youtube you posted in regards to coconut oil. He is not willing to go to the doctor and he is in denial but I did get him to start taking a couple teaspoons of coconut oil a day. Besides the coconut oil, exercise and a healthy diet or the most part what can I do to help prevent or even reverse this disease? Also, since he is taking 2tsp a day, should he cut back or take out fish oil completely?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 6, 2013 at 11:48 AM  

  • why is no one looking at testing for lyme or tick borne infections in those with Alzheimer's? I have heard there is a link.

    By Blogger rmagliozzi, At September 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM  

  • I am trying to buy this product and have it sent to a us post box but as i am canadian and do not have a us credit card they will not accept my order.
    I offered to buy a prepaid credit card but they are non responsive to my request.
    Are they that busy or just dont want to be bothered with opening a paypal account.
    Paypal will solve all my problems.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 1, 2013 at 8:23 AM  

  • Hi Dr. Newport,
    What do you think of the coconut oil pills found in health food stores?

    By Blogger Emily, At October 14, 2013 at 6:31 AM  

  • I just read somewhere Dr. Newport stating that pills inoy contain 1 gram vs. 1 coconut oil tablespoon contaning 17 grams

    By Blogger Emily, At October 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM  

  • Is it true that Steve is now incapacitated with a stroke? Is it possible that the high saturated fats in coconut oil and your other products could have contributed to this?

    By Blogger John Schappi, At October 16, 2013 at 4:40 PM  

  • Is it true that Steve is now incapacitated with a stroke? Is it possible that the high saturated fats in coconut oil and your other products could have contributed to this?

    By Blogger John Schappi, At October 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM  

  • Please do not blame the saturated fats for Stroke. There is much evidence that low-fat diets and statin drugs are causing problems, not the healthy saturated fats. We've got to get over this nutty idea that fat and cholesterol are bad for us. Another book, in addition to Dr. Newport's, is Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, M.D. He talks about the role of gluten, sugar, and the much-touted low fat high carb diets as being damaging to health.

    By Blogger Jenni and/or Trina, At December 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM  

  • Steve did not suffer a stroke. I contacted Dr. Newport about the article that reported the stroke and the article has been changed. Steve suffered a seizure.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 9, 2014 at 10:20 AM  

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