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Coconut Oil and Ketones May Improve Mental Health

How Coconut Oil Helps

In the January 4, 2012 issue of Neurobiology of Aging, a research study of a ketone ester in an Alzheimer's mouse model by Yoshira Kashiwaya, M.D. and others in the laboratory of Dr. Richard L. Veech at the NIH in Rockville, Maryland found that "compared to animals fed a normal control diet, the Alzheimer's model mice who were fed the ketone ester (D-beta-hydroxybutyrate-(R)-1,3-butanediol) had significantly less amyloid and tau protein that form the plaques and tangles in the Alzheimer's brain, and the animals showed reduced anxiety, and improved learning and memory compared to the mice fed the control diet."

According to the website, Coconut Oil, Ketones and Alzheimer's, "ketones mimic some of the effects of insulin and are also anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is another key feature affecting the Alzheimer's brain."

Coconut oil is a source of ketones. Its use may help reduce anxiety and improve learning and memory.


In my opinion, Alzheimer's Disorder may be affected by Varicella Zoster Virus which hides in the neurons. This may explain mental and behavioral issues people with AD face daily.

It may also explain mental illness i.e. because the brain cannot feel pain, other somatic changes may manifest itself as cognitive distortions, which are consist of mental and behavioral negativities such as confusion, delusions, etc.

Therefore chicken pox and shingles caused by reactivated VZV is a causal factor in depression and bipolar disorder. VZV causes depression due to pain and the suffering resulting from that pain.

Also, herpes may be a causal factor affecting persons with the schizophrenic mental condition.

Original post: June 2, 2010 0327H
Update posted: March 9, 2013 2004H


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1 comment:

Radha Santadharma said...

To read the research article by Dr. Veech, see: