The first time we heard of Ketones, we were in Natural Expo West 2011. It was our annual tradeshow exhibition to California. A man whose name escapes me came in to our booth and was giving us good feedback on coconut oil. He mentioned that there have been findings that coconut oil has ketones. It was only recently during Dr. Bruce Fife's visit in the Philippines that we encountered the word again.
The past few years, we have seen the slow increase in the popularity of coconut oil. Because of the information available in the internet, the benefits of coconut oil are being disseminated in a quicker pace; reaching more consumers than before. People are now realizing that there are different kinds of oils and each one has different characteristics and properties.
Many people including some medical professionals and wellness gurus claim that coconut oil is the healthiest oil in the world because of its unique properties -- one of which is the kind of saturated fats that it contains. As you may already know coconut oil's saturated fat is not the harmful kind, in fact, coconut oil has medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. MCTs are changed by the body into MCFAs or Medium chain fatty acids or monoglycerides which build the immune system. This is the same MCFAs that protect a baby on its first few months from birth. MCFAs kill bacteria, viruses and fungi that may attack a newborn's immune system. Coconut oil is the richest source of this kind of fatty acids.
Coconut oil has been found to kill bacteria that cause infections in the ulcer, bladder, and other parts of the body. This in turn causes illnesses and infections. Viruses are also aptly taken care of by coconut oil. In 1999, the first medical studies of coconut oil being used in the treatment of HIV or AIDS virus surfaced. Fungal skin diseases may also be treated with coconut oil. Because coconut oil is a natural solution, it does not have many side effects and does not encourage the development of new and stronger strains of bacteria, and viruses.
Another major point for coconut oil is the fact that MCTs are easily digested by the body. MCTs do not require the pancreas to break it down. MCTs in coconut oil contain many nutrients and these nutrients can be easily absorbed by the body without using the enzyme systems in our bodies. Instead the body is able to use the nutrients from MCTs right away.
Coconut oil may also help in losing weight. Because MCTs are easily broken down by the body into useful energy, it is not stored in the body as fats. It is also claimed to increase metabolism.
How much coconut oil should be taken?
The standard recommendation is 3 tablespoons per day. Different people have different opinions on this so it is up to the person taking coconut oil to decide. There are many ways to include coconut oil in your diet: you may take it as it is. Unlike other oils, coconut oil is very light and may be swallowed without much effort. If this is a little much for you, you may include it in your hot beverage or in your breakfast or use it in place of margarine, butter and other oils that you use for cooking and baking. Because of its high heating point, coconut oil is one of the best oils to use for cooking and will not turn toxic.
Now that we have covered the basics of coconut oil, we can now move on to its more technical properties and its move into what may be called medicinal food.
Ketones are proxies for glucose. The ketones from coconut oil are alternative energy sources which keep the brain running when it does not have its usual source. Recent research reveals that a diet chronically high in carbohydrates and low in dietary cholesterol is associated with the development of a brain based insulin resistance (now being called Type 3 Diabetes).
When the brain is not able to get the right balance of cholesterol and sugar, it substitutes beta-amyloid substances instead. This leads to the buildup of the amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.
Ketones found in coconut oil is accepted and used by the brain to function normally. It is not readily available in our bodies. Symptoms of alzheimer's are decreased and signs of improvement are documented. More studies are currently being conducted while medicinal food/supplements are being developed that include MCT oil. The effects of coconut oil's ketones on other neuro-degenerative diseases are also being studied.
There is more information online One of the most popular studies on alzheimer's and coconut oil is this: http://coconutoil.com/AlzheimersDiseaseDrMaryNewport.pdf
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling originated from Ayurvedic medicine. Oil pulling is a very simple process that is supposed to be done on a daily basis. There are many medical practitioners who attest to the toxic cleansing effects of oil pulling and its healing effects not only on mouth and mucous but also for the entire body. First step is to rinse your mouth out with vegetable oil, much like you would with a mouthwash. Pulling is not gargling. According to the coconut research center, "...oil pulling can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, PMS, and chronic skin problems. Oil pulling works by detoxifying or cleansing the body. In this way, disease promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself. As a consequence, health problems of all types improve."
Immediate effects can be seen when oil pulling - whiter teeth, fresher breath, pinkish and healthy tongue and gums and other mouth problems as bleeding gums, tooth decay, and gum disease are greatly diminished or completely healed.
The website further provides instructions on pulling, "Oil pulling means swishing, not gargling, vegetable oil in the mouth. The oil is 'worked' in the mouth by pushing, pulling, and drawing it through the teeth for a period of 15 to 20 minutes. It is done one to three times a day on an empty stomach. The best time is in the morning before eating breakfast, but can be done before any meal. The used oil is discarded and the mouth rinsed out with water. The oil is never swallowed because it is loaded with bacteria, toxins, pus, and mucous."
Dr. Bruce Fife says that the oil acts like a cleanser. When you put it in your mouth and work it around your teeth and gums it "pulls" out bacteria and other debris. It acts much like the oil you put in your car engine. The oil picks up dirt and grime. When you drain the oil, it pulls out the dirt and grime with it, leaving the engine relatively clean. Consequently, the engine runs smoother and lasts longer. Likewise, when we expel harmful substances from our bodies our health is improved and we run smoother and last longer.