If you ask most doctors, they'll tell you there is no cure for Alzheimer's, nor is there a treatment. Dr. Mary Newport begs to disagree.

When her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the young age of 51, she set to work researching the disease and understanding why it happens and how it can be stopped.

Her husband's traditional medication was not working to slow the disease, and it was progressing rapidly. It didn't take long before he wasn't even able to tie his shoes anymore. So Dr. Newport tried something that was, in a way, out of desperation.

Coconut oil.

She started her husband on four teaspoons daily and noticed results right away. He became more mentally agile and was able to read again, have conversations, and tie his shoes again. Mary had her husband back. But Mary, being a doctor and knowing that one instance of Alzheimer's being treated makes not a cure, so she decided to quantify her findings with more in-depth research. Her next step has been to apply for funding for investigating this treatment.

After some time, she was given the green light to study 65 individuals with early onset to moderate Alzheimer's. She's studying how coconut oil impacts the ability of Alzheimer's sufferers to continue to function at some higher level. Alzheimer's has been called type 3 diabetes. To function normally, your brain needs fat and glucose. It's what the brain considers fuel. Studies have shown that low carb and fat diets, for example, can impact brain function negatively. So this is where coconut oil comes into play.

Coconut oil is rich in ketones. Ketones are a molecule that the brain uses for energy when there isn't enough glucose around. Dr. Newport thinks this is how her husband was helped by coconut oil. His brain was no longer using glucose and fats for food, and in their absence, added ketones filled in some of the blanks for energy.

This is really exciting research. We're eager to hear about the results. In the meantime, unless you or your family member is allergic to coconuts, coconut oil is something that definitely couldn't hurt to add to your diet, especially if you have early onset Alzheimer's.