Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Does Coconut Oil Fight Memory Loss?

For many of us who have experienced Alzheimer’s disease or related types dementia firsthand, there is no greater fear than having the disease ourselves one day. Each time we forget a word, lose our train of thought, or fail to remember a conversation a friend insists we’ve already had, our heart skips a beat – is this it? Are these early signs? Has my fate been sealed?

Can Coconut Oil Prevent Alzheimer's

Maintaining Brain Health to Prevent Dementia

We’re always reading the latest tips on prevention – eat right, reduce stress, get plenty of exercise, and keep your brain engaged in challenging activities. As far as diet, 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. In some circles, the topic is rather controversial, but many of those with concerns about our own future feel it’s worth a try.

Coconut Oil: It Does a Body Good

For best results, experts suggest organic, cold-pressed, non-hydrogenated, virgin coconut oil – and don’t let the word “oil” frighten you. Coconut oil is a heart healthy oil that is free of cholesterol and trans-fats, and provides many benefits in addition to improving brain health, including:

  • Improving the body’s use of insulin
  • Improving cholesterol by increasing HDL (good cholesterol)
  • Boosting thyroid function resulting in increased energy
  • Acting as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic
  • Improving overall health of skin and hair

A recent Oxford study suggested 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, we can improve cognitive function.

Make It Part of Every Day

If you decide to add this so-called “super food” to your diet to promote brain health and prevent dementia, the Internet is a great source for recipes. I love it simply stirred into my morning coffee or oatmeal or as a tasty addition to smoothies, but there are many ways to use it in cooking and baking. Do keep in mind that coconut oil solidifies between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which came as a surprise to me. Here in the Midwest, except for the warmest summer days, it generally takes on a solid form.

What are your thoughts on coconut oil and dementia? Are you currently using it? Leave a comment sharing some of your favorite ways to incorporate it into your daily diet.

Please leave your thoughts and comments

  • http://www.bobalgie.com Robert Algie

    A few months ago a friend turned me on to Dr Newport and her studies and observations. My wife has Early Onset Alzheimer’s and is in Stage 6 at this time. Like any “silver bullet” I read the book but took it all with a grain of salt. but anything was worth a try. After administering Coconut Oil there was a definite improvement. Most markedly the cessation of daily incontinence. It did not prevent it but it made her aware enough to know when she needed to go to the bathroom. She still did not know where the bathroom was or what to do once she got there but at least she got there. There were lots of other minor improvements initially. As expected the effects leveled off after a short time and then declined a little but overall the improvement was dramatic and conclusive. Coconut Oil and its attending Ketones do help considerably and increased her quality of life.

    The biggest problem with the possibility of Ketones becoming of true value is not whether they work or do not work. if a breakthrough is made it will not be in the United States. The conspiracy is endemic and as long as billions of dollars are at stake there will be no hope for Alzheimer’s patients. U. S. Government, Lobbyists, the American Medical Association, The Medical insurance industry, and Big Pharmaceutical Industries are all unwittingly conspiring to prevent a cure for Alzheimer’s, ALS, Parkinson’s, and even Cancer. Do you realize the consequences if any of these medical anomalies was actually cured? Especially by a substance that could be refined or synthesized through common organic means. Millions would be left out of work. The World economy would be drastically interfered with. Thus, everything will remain as it is unless the Ketone Ester can be quantified and distributed at high cost through Huge Pharmaceutical Companies which are controlled by greedy self-serving Corporations.

    I love Capitalism and I love the United States. However, our loved ones, who might be cured by common methods and substances that are readily available, will continue in perpetuity to be sacrificed in the name of the “Almighty Dollar.” Even collectively we stand no chance to alter the reality of life and death. Or even something as minor as the structure of society, which is fleeting at best. Historically, man will continue to create his/her Dark Ages and that will never, ever, change.

    • http://www.alzheimers.net/members/ann/ Ann Napoletan

      Sadly, Robert, you make some good points about the pharmaceutical companies… the same has been said for years regarding cancer drugs. We can only hope and pray that ultimately, when it comes down to it, people will do what’s right. Thanks for your feedback. ~Ann

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  • http://aol fran mickey

    I have been putting coconaut oil in my husband’s coffee & he doesn’t like it; says it’s too greasy. Any other way I try to give it to him it always turns out wrong. A lot of times when I try to use it in recipes, it either gets burned up because the temp is too high, etc. Anyway, looking for some ideas as to make it more to his liking. Any other info on oils & other sources of help with dementia. HELP!

  • cg

    I have been using Nutiva organic cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil for over a year now. Not only has it improved my memory and energy levels it has also reversed arthritis in my knuckles. They are almost normal now no pain or swelling and the deformities are gone! Love that coconut oil

    • http://www.alzheimers.net/members/ann/ Ann Napoletan

      That’s great news! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • http://n/a Susie

    How much coconut oil should one take?
    I’m intrigued.

    • http://www.alzheimers.net/members/ann/ Ann Napoletan

      Opinions vary, Susie. Your best bet is to read up on the subject and decide what’s best for you. ~Ann

  • Julie

    You can get coconut oil capsule shaped supplements from a major health food chain (VitaminShoppe). Not sure if this form is as potent as the liquid, so you’ll need to check the ingredients.. Also, the supplements may need to stay refridgerated to keep from melting into a liquid form in warm temps. – Julie

    • http://www.alzheimers.net/members/ann/ Ann Napoletan

      Thanks for the information Julie; I didn’t realize that but will definitely look into it. ~Ann

  • Jim

    After reading Doctor Newport’s book, I put my wife, who suffers from Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, on the same coconut oil regimen her husband responded to. It did not make any difference in her Alzeimer’s symptoms, but she gained a huge amount of weight. She was on the program approximately six months before I discontinued it. I am now using the oil in the brownies and chocolate chip cookies I make for her. They are delicious.

  • Fran

    My husband was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s over 4 yr. ago when he was in his 50′s. I started giving him Coconut Oil Gel Caps a couple of yrs. ago, along with some other supplements as well as 2 prescription meds. He is physically healthy and I never know if the extra supplements help but feel like I should try if even a slim chance. I ran out of the Coconut Oil. Within about 4 days he was having obvious difficulty – forgot how to sign his name, etc. Yest. I got some from the local drug store then did a web search and found this site. Pretty cool huh? AND less expensive than prescriptions!!! No, I’m not taking him off anything just nice to know there are things that actually help.

  • steve

    We added coconut oil to my dads diet and the next day he did things he had not done in several years.he did fall back the following day but not to where he had been .he lasted 6years till cancer also entered the picture, and the cmbination took his life.

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