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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  • 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.

    • 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



  • 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!

    • 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. ~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.

  • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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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  • 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.

  • 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?

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