s my first post to any PD support site, but I've had a remarkable occurrence in my life, and I want to share it with others who suffer with PD. I’m a 65 year old female, diagnosed with PD in January 2001. I had seen some Youtube videos about coconut oil (CO) and Alzheimer’s and wondered about possible benefits to PD patients. I began to read up on other health benefits of CO and wanted to add it to my diet but couldn’t find an appealing way to get tablespoons of CO down without gagging. I started introducing small amounts into my food with absolutely no effect. I finally learned by liquefying CO first and dribbling it into a blender with a breakfast shake, I could add at least two or three tablespoons without being able to detect it.
The first day I put two tablespoons in my breakfast shake was a really great day. It was unusual that I didn’t need a nap and I remember just feeling better, but writing it off as a coincident. I wish I would have noted the date, but I didn’t suspect the significance to my life. It’s been about three weeks now and every day I feel better. The crippling PD fatigue is very substantially reduced. Previously, fatigue worsened my posture, softened my voice, and left me with such little energy that every effort seemed cruelly to be in slow-motion. Friends and family have already begun to comment on what they describe as startling changes in my appearance, volume in my voice, and overall look of improved health.
I was hoping that CO might slow the progression of PD, but I wasn’t expecting short term noticeable improvement. To realize an immediate benefit that feels very substantial, is exhilarating. I don’t know whether CO enhances the absorption other supplements like the Q10 I've taken since I was diagnosed, or whether my particular physical deficiencies are receptive to unique properties within CO, but I know the difference in the way I feel. For the last few years when asked how I feel, I always gave the same enthusiastic response, “I’m hanging in there!” Now, my response is, “I’m feeling GREAT!”
I urge anybody curious about whether CO might help with PD symptoms to give it a try. After being diagnosed so long ago, I could have never dreamed such a simple and yummy remedy could impact my life so much.