Back in March 2016, I started melting a teaspoon of pure coconut oil in to my hot tea, two or three times a day. I'd heard seemingly miraculous things about this unique natural oil. For me, the results and benefits were immediate and unambiguous. Some time after taking that first drink, I encountered my initial taste of something I'm calling "coconut clarity". I would describe this experience as the clearing of the "brain fog" associated with Parkinson's - that lack of ability to concentrate and sluggish thought processes. But it was also about the clearing of the mists of depression and anxiety. I felt happy. Not manic, not bouncing of the walls, but just happy. I also felt my eyes widen.
Coconut clarity has come whenever I have had the drink since. It is a reproducible, observable effect and I am also convinced, that as the months and years pass, it is having cumulative benefit on my health. I am also convinced that this brain fuel makes it very much easier for me to bring in to play the mindfulness tools I have developed and demonstrated in my Video Diary for over-coming the symptoms of Parkinson's.
There is, however, a significant body of evidence behind the benefits of coconut oil, especially for neurological disorders. But one of the interesting things we've read, specifically in regards to Parkinson's, is the connection with the digestion. There is mounting evidence that digestive problems play a large role in PD, and I myself suffered for many years from IBS before diagnosis and now have problems digesting most fats due to gall bladder issues. However, the therapeutic substances in coconut oil apparently bypass the need for bile to be broken down. Indeed, I don't ever recall getting that twinge in my side, which I usually do after eating lots of fat, with coconut oil.
Another intriguing point we have read about coconut oil is that there is also growing evidence that the active substances it contains can actually repair damaged parts of the brain. If so, then the applications for Parkinson's Disease are profound. Indeed, while I am currently more than happy with what coconut oil has done for me and will continue to explore it's benefits for another week or two before upping my game again, there are other people out there who are already progressing the science behind this into demonstrated and very impactful results. Here is just one video blog which really makes the case:
A more recent Facebook video blog from a person with both Parkinson's and diabetes which we feel is a very important story to share is here.
If you have tried coconut oil or its derivatives and found it beneficial, we would welcome hearing your story too.