Dr. Mary Newport led the charge for the "coconut oil miracle." She fell silent about two years ago but re-emerged last fall with a blog post suggesting she was scaling back her claim.
I continue to read anecdotal reports -- some from people I've met online and respect -- that describe cognitive benefits from coconut oil. But anecdotal reports are not science. My own "anecdotal" experience with 5-HTP turned out to be very unique to me. I'm afraid my early raves about the supplement may have caused disappointing false hope for others.
The Alzheimer's Society of the UK recently released the video below. I knew a clinical trial was underway, examining coconut oil's possible effectiveness in treating dementia. We expect to see the results of that trial in September, finally bringing science to bear on the issue.
This is an important finding as coconut oil is currently being considered a popular "superfood" and is being consumed by athletes and the general public who seek a healthy lifestyle. The possibility of using coconut oil as an adjuvant to treat hypertension adds to the long list of benefits associated with its consumption. Our next step is to start some clinical trials in order to verify whether we can reproduce those findings in hypertensive human patients.A few cautions: Results from rodent studies are often not replicated in trials with human subjects. I've also noticed a pattern -- enthusiastic promotions for the product often originate in countries where coconut oil production is big business... as it is in Brazil.