24 Healing Options for any Illness
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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's. Typically, the brain gets most of its energy from glucose. However, in Alzheimer's disease, the body's ability to process glucose is altered, which can make it difficult for the brain to get the energy it needs. Thankfully, there is a backup. Medium chain triglycerides can provide the brain with an alternative source of energy, and coconut oil is rich with them.

Consuming medium chain triglycerides has been shown to significantly improve memory in people who were previously memory-impaired, though since it is a relatively new treatment, there is still a lot of debate over how effective and reliable it is.

Those who favor this treatment recommend starting with one tablespoon a day, increasing the dose to 4-6 tablespoons per day over time. Coconut oil can easily be mixed into foods, and it is recommended that you spread out your daily intake over multiple meals. Side effects are generally mild, with the most common being an upset stomach. Those using coconut oil should also keep an eye on their cholesterol, and pursue other treatments if they have problems keeping it in a safe range.

Scientific Studies:

The notion of using coconut oil to treat age-related cognitive impairment is a fairly recent one, and at this point much of the evidence supporting it as a treatment is anecdotal. However, a 2015 study did look at the impact of giving Alzheimer's patients 40mL of coconut oil or a placebo each day. The researchers noted significant improvements in cognitive function for those taking the coconut oil treatment versus those on the placebo. The positive effect was especially strong for women and those with particularly severe cases.

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