Can Coconut Oil Prevent Alzheimer’s?

For many of us who have experienced Alzheimer’s disease firsthand, there is no greater fear than having the disease ourselves one day. But, recent studies suggest that some organic foods and products like coconut oil may be able to prevent dementias like Alzheimer’s. Learn more.

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 their cognitive future feel it’s worth a try.

How Coconut Oil Affects the Body and Mind

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 University of 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.

Adding Coconut Oil to Your Diet

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.

I personally love it stirred into my 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, which came as a surprise to me. Here in the Midwest, except for the warmest summer days, it generally takes on a solid form.

Are you currently using coconut oil to prevent dementia? What are your favorite ways to incorporate it into your daily diet? Share your stories in the comments below.

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  • 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

    • JUST PRAY

      SADLY ANN! ANYTHING WE FIND THAT WILL HELP US OUT THERE! WILL BE ALLEGEDLY QUASHED! BY THE ABOVE SOME WAY SOME HOW!-MAKES ONE WONDER! HOW THEY PROTECT THEMSELVES AND LOVED ONES-CORRUPTION RULES-BUT ONE DAY?

      • mark gottlieb

        The system is controlled by the market, and its interest it seems all too often is in sustaining the chronicity of illness. There is much more money in treatment than in the lengthy processes of education, lifestyle change and disease minimization through self-management. It takes activated people to overcome the market driven medical structure. That and knowledge seeking, engagement, and behavior change. Even when we want to do this, it isn’t easy, or for many accessible.

  • 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!

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

      That’s a challenge, Fran. I actually like it in my coffee, but I have to be careful about how much I use. Check out this site for some other ideas and recipes. http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/coconut_oil_recipes.htm ~Ann

    • Fatalfury

      Dear Fran my wife has Alcoholic Dementia she would go days sleeping untill i founf out about the Coconut oil i get her the virgin coconut oil gel caps from our local vitamin shop i give her one in the morning and 1 at night and it has compleatly stopped her dementia state.

    • Vanessa

      When you put it in his coffee, trying blitzing it with a hand blender. Its called a bulletproof coffee.

    • Jerry Bushell

      Hi Fran,
      I spread coconut oil on bread instead of butter or margarine. Having got used to it I think it’s nicer.
      Jerry

  • 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!

    • Michelle Sanders

      How much do you take a day?

      • http://www.mymaths.info Eric de silva

        one teaspoon a day, or apply to your morning toast.

  • 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.

    • stevah

      You would have to reduce the calories from carbohydrates to compensate for the added ones from the oil. Her appetite was probably much less, but you kept feeding her by a regular schedule; so she got fat.

  • 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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  • shelli

    Im 49 yrs old abd u hav had low energy for a few yrs and i have been cooking with coconut oil for bout a month and taking 2 tbl spoons every morning and i have more energy and i feal consintratiob and memory of what i just read is better to…

  • shelli

    I also work in a alzhiemers unit and once a week we cook and im going to introduce in foods we cook the coconut oil…

  • Catherine Frayne

    My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009 and the progression was quite rapid. I heard about coconut oil through Dr Mary Newport and in 2012 we began giving Mammy the oil. We noticed improvements in her short term memory after just 2 weeks. I brought her back to her Geriatrician a few months later and she astounded him by scoring 25 out of 30 in her memory test and drawing a perfect clock! He discharged her and she has not been to see him since. Mammy is 84 now, still at home reading and doing crossword puzzles again! I wrote a book called ‘Thoughts of Yesterday’, which follows the diagnosis, decline and then the remarkable improvements noted over the course of the last 2 years. I am so grateful that I heard of Dr Newport.

  • marilyn stranz

    My very favorite recipe is 1 cup CO melted with 1 cup dark choc. chips and poured into ice cube trays. I empty trays and refrigerate “cubes” in qt. jar. I enjoy at least two cubes/day.
    I use with Instant protein powder, peanut butter, CO and honey. I roll in balls or log to slice.
    I use CO in place of butter – toast, eggs over easy, sandwiches, cooked vegies, baked potatos, corn on the cob and the list goes on.
    I ordered a gallon from Dr. Mercola’s site before finding a local supplier.
    Smile!

    • Mark Egan

      Hi Marilyn, would you post the quantities you used for the balls or log recipe ? Thanks

  • Montyedits

    In this article you state “A recent University of 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.”

    I have checked the University of Oxford’s website and find no such information. The website states that the research is underway and what they are testing but nothing regarding ‘suggestions’ of any type of results. Could you please direct me to where this information came from so that I may read further?

    • Dom

      I was just reading a different paper that may interest you in your research. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2604900/

      p5 discussed Ketone research

      Have not looked for the Oxford paper, just was reading your comment and thought you may find helpful

      • Montyedits

        Thanks Dom, I am a very big proponent of coconut oil however face negativity because as yet there is no definitive study results. There are to my knowledge two official studies underway in Florida and the UK but I believe that there have been no results published as yet. It just concerns me that there are too many people looking to make a quick dollar who publish untruthful statements that set back this very important issue. I do firmly believe in the effectiveness of coconut oil and dementia yet with my own mother I am not able to get her on coconut oil because the medical facility she lives in “doesn’t believe” in its use. The sooner the studies are complete the better but unfortunately there are no shortcuts.

  • alvaropinto

    Can coconut oil capsules be an alternative to plain oil used in recepies and so on?
    If yes what would be the correct amount? I’m now taking a 1000mg capsule per day…

    • stevah

      Some weight loss books promote up to 3 Tablespoons per MEAL. that is about 9 per day tablespoons, or one gallon of virgin coconut oil per month (while cutting way down on carbo consumption). This, until the weight is normal then down to one Tbs. per meal or so. See the coconut-Ketogenic diet by Fife.
      I.e. 100mg is nothing by comparison.

  • Jerry Bushell

    In the mid 1990s I could have been identified as a prime candidate for alzheimers, or some sort of brain dysfunction. My mother had alzheimers, my brother had schizophrenia & I suffered a total mental breakdown due to workplace stress. In fact by the time I left work I had lost the ability to read and was suffering symptoms similar to those described in DSM IV as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

    All the medics could do was prescribe antidepressants which did little more than make me feel ill. I decided instead to take things into my own hands. First thing was to re-teach myself to read which I achieved thanks to the pre-readers & simple reading books in the kiddies section of our local library. OK, even today I don’t read brilliantly but it’s enough – except for official forms which just swim before my eyes. That’s the protective function of the PTSD cutting in, it won’t allow me to handle anything resembling the cause of the injury (PTSD is not an illness but a symptom of injury, hence the term post Traumatic). I retrained as a counsellor/psychotherapist & in my studies searched the internet for information about brain function. The book “E for Additives” explained what I’d often heard in my work as an education officer, that things in our diet can affect brain function. So I experimented with orange & yellow food colourings & they worked to overcome the lethargy associated with stress-related depression. They also made me crabby tempered so it was time to withdraw. Further internet research indicated that certain foods are beneficial to counter the effects of stress on the brain. So a regular intake of foods such as bananas, chocolate, eggs, fish oils. & high doses of vitamins A, B, C & E became part of daily routine, though to be quite honest the effects weren’t spectacular but there was no reason to discontinue. Then unexpectedly while on holiday I began to feel really brilliant & the feeling lasted about 10 days. Analysing, I realised I’d introduced a new item into my diet during the holiday which might account for the breakthrough. We’d bought some pate tete for our sandwiches & this contains meat made from the entire head of a pig including the brain. If what I’d learned about stress related depression was true, under extreme stress the synapse chemistry of the brain becomes exhausted. It seemed that with nutrition rich in animal brain matter brain function was being restored. A few more visits to other places I could get pate tete confirmed the effect & duration, so I found an english equivalent in brawn. This really does work like a drug, beneficially affecting mood, sleep patterns & even balance!
    Not unnaturally, when I read about coconut oil I was interested & so I tried it. At first there seemed to be little to no benefit, but I continued, working my way through at least three 500ml jars before it occurred to me that both memory & calmness are improving.

    Almost 20 years on from the breakdown I’ve kept to most of the diet, dropping only the bananas & chocolate down to occasional use, I use brawn 2 or 3 times a week and coconut oil on bread instead of butter or margarine most days. Obviously I don’t know the effect of coconut oil alone, but in combination with what I’ve already done it seems to be giving additional benefits & I’d certainly recommend trying it for at least a year before dismissing the idea.

  • chris

    in 2011 i STARTED to give coconut oil to my mother ( 3 SPOONS a day) and after 1 month the changement was HUGE ! clear thinking and talking ( mom was back !) she lives on her own and in the past 3 years she was “out of oil” twice …. I noticed it immidiatly as her talking changed dramaticly, she’s 85 now, goes on holiday with friends, all is well ….. at my home we also use now coconutoil instead of other fats , I live in BELGIUM and talk to everybody about this wonderfull remedy :)

    • Hannah

      Hey chris! My grandma has alzheimers and we recently started(3 weeks ago)to give her coconut oil. 4 heaped tsps a day…It seems like it doesn’t help her. I’m super sad…Did you use teaspoons or tablespoons on your mom? I’d appreciate it so much if you answer.

  • Bernard

    virgin coconut oil is very good for diet and calming nerves / relieve stress http://www.bonafideanugerahsentosa.com

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