The number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s is constantly rising, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2050, estimated 14 million people will be affected with this condition which robs people of their memory inducing anxiety and confusion. At present, more than 5 million people go through the effects of this debilitating disease, which is the 7th leading cause of death in US. In addition, more than $148 billion is spent each year treating this disease.
Apart from the latest tips on prevention including proper diet, stress reduction, plenty of exercise and engagement in brain-challenging activities, coconut oil continues to receive a great deal of attention from advocates like Dr. Mary Newport.
In her 2011 book, “Alzheimer’s Disease: What If There Was a Cure? The Story of Ketones,” Dr. Newport fervently declares that her husband has shown clear improvement in his dementia with regular use of coconut oil. Still, the topic is rather controversial in some circles, but for many with concerns about their cognitive health it’s worth trying.
It’s generally known that Alzheimer’s drugs have failed. On the other hand, it has been discovered that this natural substance can be more beneficial than the drug itself. When coconut oil is used, the ketones last for eight hours in the body as opposed to three hours when the synthetic version is used.
A recent study from the University of Oxford suggests that although the effects of coconut oil may be temporary, Alzheimer’s and dementia patients have indeed seen short-term benefits resulting from its use. This research supports Dr. Newport’s theory that ketones, which are byproducts of the breakdown of fats in the body, play an important role in brain health. The idea is that by boosting ketones, found in coconut oil, cognitive function can be improved.
The benefits of organic coconut oil are incredible and well documented.
Coconut oil is heart-healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats providing many benefits in addition to improving brain health. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which have been linked to a large variety of health benefits. According to research, MCFAs help increase feelings of fullness and lead to a reduction in calorie intake when compared to the same amount of calories from other fats. It also:
– Improves the body’s use of insulin
– Improves cholesterol by increasing HDL (good cholesterol)
– Boosts thyroid function resulting in increased energy
– Acts as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic
– Improves overall health of skin and hair
Coconut is a food abundant in vitamins, minerals and fiber – the essential nutritional building blocks for perfect health. If you decide to add this “super food” to your diet to promote brain health and prevent dementia, the internet is a great source for coconut oil recipes. For one thing, you can stir it into your morning coffee or oatmeal, or even as a tasty addition to smoothies, but there are many ways to use coconut oil in cooking and baking.
Do keep in mind that coconut oil solidifies between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. And for best results, experts suggest organic, cold-pressed, non-hydrogenated, virgin coconut oil.