Interviewer: Doctor, you've found success with ketones in coconut oil
helping with Alzheimer's. Is there potential that these ketones could be
made into a pill or a supplement, and . . .
Mary T. Newport, MD: Yes . . .
Interviewer: . . . be taken that way?
Dr. Newport: . . . Yes. Yeah, in addition to taking it by way of the medium-
chain triglycerides in coconut oil, the ketone ester, you know, that we
talked about earlier. Dr. Veech, Richard Veech, V-E-E-C-H, at the NIH has
been developing this for a number of years; it could be made into a drink.
Dr. Newport: He has an associate in Oxford, England, Dr. Karen Clark. She
has been studying Olympic rowers.
Originally, his project was funded by the Department of Defense, and they
were looking to improve the cognitive and physical performance of the
troops with the ketones because a ketone is like a super-fuel. Your body
uses it- for example, the heart will pump more efficiently using less
oxygen if you use ketone compared to glucose.
Dr. Newport: So it's a very potent fuel. And the troops go out on missions,
and they might run out of food, you know? So they were looking at it as
something that might help keep them going.
Dr. Newport: You know, fuel their brain and body during those kinds of
things. So she looked at Olympic rowers in the UK with this, and found that
they did in fact have improved performance, especially endurance-type
performance, when they took a ketone ester; just a single drink of it,
Dr. Newport: She's also studied diabetics and found some interesting
results. I think they're going to be published soon.
But it could be made into, you know, just one of the little power drinks or
whatever, sports drinks, that people are taking these days. But it needs to
be studied for diseases as well.