Surprising natural treatment for alzheimer's disease: coconut oil

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Linu P Baby, Neema Johnson, Balasubramaniam P and Sambathkumar R

Alzheimer’s disease is among the most devastating diseases anyone can face. Alzheimer’s patients lose their memories, independence, relationships and ultimately their lives. Family and caregivers are often pushed to their limits as they care for a loved one who is gradually slipping away. Fiscally, Alzheimer’s is a costly burden on the health care system which will only increase in the coming years as the number of Alzheimer’s patients grows. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear after age 60.Coconut oil, especially virgin coconut oil, has starred in recent years in several internet and newspaper anecdotes as providing significant cognitive improvements in people with ADRD. A comprehensive literature review found only two studies examining the impact of coconut oil in humans though neither study dealt with ADRD. Research on dementia leading to diminishing cerebral glucose metabolism has reported on the benefit of ketone food. More controlled research is needed about the value of ketone foods, such as the varieties of coconut oil and MCT Oil. Though well researched the FDA-regulated (2009) ketone-medical-food Axona® which contains some coconut oil ingredients has shown evidence of cognitive improvements in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease but more research is needed to clarify individual sensitivities, side effects, and health risks such as acidosis or hypocalcemia, possible with long-term use by people with Alzheimer’s.

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