Coconut oil was victimized during that era of erroneous dogma that demonized saturated fats, including butter, and created the unhealthy trans-fatty acid hydrogenated unsaturated fat industry, which included margarine. Saturated fats have been resurrected from the trash bin of forbidden foods over the past decade or so with proven health merits.
Now that the fog of junk science dogma has lifted, more and more health conscious folks are finding saturated fats, especially coconut oil, are beyond just safe. They are healthy and medicinal. Several published but unpublicized studies have been conducted and are in progress regarding palm or coconut oil’s medicinal properties.
One of the most profound studies that you probably haven’t read or heard about involves cancer. It was conducted by Australian researchers and published in the January 2014 journal Chemotherapy under “experimental chemotherapy”. It was an in vitro (test tube, petri dish) study on human colon or colorectal cancer cells.
Colorectal or colon cancer has the second highest death rate of all cancers and is the third most commonly diagnosed. (more…)
A recent study from China shows that the combination of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene can enhance cognitive function in the elderly.
Changes in memory commonly occur as we age. Severe deterioration of cognitive skills, though, can indicate dementia—the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects more than five million Americans and experts expect that number to rise to 14 million by 2050. At this point, no cure exists, so prevention is key.
Researchers followed 276 elderly participants who received treatment with vitamins C, E and different doses of beta-carotene, or vitamin E alone. Using standard cognition and dementia tests, they determined that the combination treatment improved cognitive function, particularly with higher doses of beta-carotene.
Blood tests also revealed that the nutrient blend markedly reduced amyloid-beta (which are common in Alzheimer’s patients) and raised estradiol, a form of estrogen that protects neurons and even exhibits anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in the brain.
The researchers concluded, “Treatment with vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene results in promising improvements in cognitive function in the elderly.”
Li Y, et al. Exp Ther Med. 2015 Apr;9(4):1489-93.
Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.4 million Americans and is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Researchers have not even gotten close to creating effective long-term therapies for this disease. However, a recent breakthrough may open many new doors in the way of prevention, treatment and, hopefully, a cure.
For the past two decades, Alzheimer’s research has focused on what was considered the prime culprit in the development of the disease—amyloid-beta. This sticky protein fragment accumulates in the brain and forms plaques. These plaques disrupt cellular communication in the brain, triggering an inflammatory response that ultimately harms the cells.
But research out of the Mayo Clinic shows that another protein called tau may have an even more significant role in Alzheimer’s disease.1
It’s been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson’s. The fact is that all metals are toxic and the aging and diseases processes run wild without special transport and handling mechanisms to keep them from harming us. This applies just as much as essential minerals, like iron, zinc and chromium, as it does to non-essential metals and metalloids, like cadmium and arsenical compounds.
Metals can directly and indirectly damage DNA and that means an increased risk of cancer (we call this genotoxicity). There are also possibly non-genotoxic pathways, due to irritation or immuno-toxicity. (more…)