Defying brain and body deterioration - Is this a possible task?
An informal discussion by Marilyn Sidwell, owner of Nutrition
Pure and Simple
I want to discuss these well-known senior-related diseases:
Alzheimer’s and Senile Dementia
The cause and progression of these conditions is not well understood.
And Type 3 Diabetes
A brain specific diabetes
Please help us get the word out!
There are three products
from Nutrition Pure and Simple that could be considered for
preserving, and possibly reversing (an unknown result of
supplementation) your mental and physical health as you age.
There is a lot of well-documented information available about
nutritional deficiencies in the elderly. In addition to genetic
composition, the elderly don’t eat well, don’t chew well, don’t
smell worth a darn - and for a host of other reasons they are
more likely to be malnourished than any other age group. This is
why a superb bioavailable multi vitamin and mineral formula,
such as Opti-Vites
should be your first
consideration. You must provide the wonderful chemical factory
that you live in with its nutritional needs daily!
You should also focus on sources of high quality protein in the diet.
What is the 2nd supplement?
Opti-PUFA contains GLA (gamma
linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic
acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
These Essential Fatty Acids (because the body MUST have them)
are deficient in our western diet. DHA is important for
neurological structure, and EPA is important for function. CAT scans of the brain show there is loss of brain
structure in the aging brain that is even more severe in
Alzheimer’s disease. And tests that show Alzheimer’s also show a
definite loss of function. Some doctors are using an algal DHA
for treatment. Many doctors are using fish oil for treatment.
None of the studies we can find are also using GLA (gamma linolenic acid). Studies show a decrease in Arachidonic Acid
(AA) in Alzheimer’s - and GLA is a precursor of AA, another
essential fatty acid. GLA also amplifies the effectiveness of
fish oil because it is a precursor of the prostaglandin 1
Consider 4 to 8 capsules of Opti-PUFA per day.
There is a third product that also bears consideration:
For years monolaurin has been
recommended by doctors for colds and flu. More recent work
(some with the CDC) has extended its use to other, more
difficult to solve, problems such as MRSA, AIDS and HIV.
It has been used for protazoa infestations and fungus
How does Monolaurin relate to the problems of the aging
That's a good question!
A little biochemistry.
The main source of energy for brain cells is glucose. The source
of glucose is carbohydrate. And, as you already know,
carbohydrate is a problem for persons with Diabetes and blood
Recent investigations have shown that Insulin is produced by
the healthy brain. In Alzheimer’s disease and senile
dementia the brain loses its ability to produce insulin and becomes insulin
resistant. This has caused some to call this condition Type
3 Diabetes. The brain cells lose their ability to use
glucose for energy. Consequently, the cells die and the brain
shrinks. But brain cells do have the ability to use Keytones for energy
if they are available. When medium
chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are metabolized they form ketones in
large amounts. Coconut oil contains 60% MCFA.
Opti-Monolaurin contains 90% mid-chain fatty
If you decide to add coconut oil to your diet, be sure that it
is not hydrogenated, and that it is Pure Virgin coconut Oil.
There is recent work involving the successful use of coconut oil
for Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition, there is a
prescription drug Axona™, which is made from coconut oil.
The active ingredient in this prescription food is a synthetic medium chain triglyceride
(MCT). Studies have shown improvement in Alzheimer’s
patients using Axona™.
The Metabolism of Ketones
It is thought that the metabolism of MCTs to ketones is
responsible for this improvement. The ability of neural
tissue to use ketones as an energy source when glucose is not
available is well known. One of the benefits of the
-type, low carbohydrate diet, is that it
does cause ketones to be produced by the body.
As mentioned above Coconut oil is approximately 60% MCFA.
Opti-Monolaurin is a 90% pure Mono glyceride
distillate from coconut oil. Lauric Acid is the highest
MCFA by percentage in Opti-Monolaurin. In addition, it
contains the other MCFAs, Myristic Acid, Capric Acid and
Please Note: Opti-Monolaurin (and its companions) is a monoglyceride
- not a triglyceride. And Lauric acid (found in mother’s
milk and other sources) becomes monolaurin in the human body.
The information below are rough approximations of the MCFAs in
the various coconut products.
Density of coconut oil 0.908 (1ml = 0.91 gm) and it contains
approximately 55% MCFA. Therefore 45 ml of coconut oil (4
tablespoons) contains approximately 22.5 gm MCFA
MCFA content of Opti-Monolaurin: 1/4 tsp = 0.75 gm. 1 tsp = 3
gm. 1 Tbsp = 9 gm
Axona™ (a prescription medical food) packet = 44 gm powder with
20 gm cyprilic triglyceride, approximately 20 gms MCFA.
The amount one would choose to use of any or all of these
coconut products depends upon age, risk factors, symptoms, and
response, and should be under the direction of a qualified
health care professional.
The three products that are VERY important to preserve brain and body health.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.