AD or Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that inhibits, breaks down and eventually destroys brain cells and the neurons that are the connection between the brain cells. This damage causes a decline in mental capabilities, behavior and memory.
The Alzheimer’s disease is experienced in every person differently. For some patients, the disease leaves mental function largely intact for several years because it progresses slowly. For others, however, the disease is very aggressive and quickly robs people of their mental capabilities and memory. In the end, AD eventually becomes severe enough to destroy daily life.
The potential health benefits of coconut oil have been known since ancient times by different cultures around the world. It’s been used as a skin softener, an anti – fungal treatment and a hair – strengthener.
Ketones, coconut oil, and Alzheimer’s disease
What does all of this have to do with Alzheimer’s disease?
Coconut oil advocates believe that the cognitive benefits experienced by people with Alzheimer’s can be traced to the biological byproducts of the coconut oil digestion process, the so – called “ketone bodies”. Ketone bodies are one of the few things that can serve as an alternate fuel source for brain cells when glucose cannot be absorbed as efficiently(as is the case in people with Alzheimer’s) or isn’t available.
Unless a person is following a diet that is extremely low in carbohydrates, the human body doesn’t typically produce many ketone bodies on its own. However, consuming coconut oil can create a temporary state of hyperketonemia – where the number of ketone bodies in a person’s blood stream is greatly elevated.
How Coconut Oil Affects the Body and Mind
Experts suggest for best results non – hydrogenated organic, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil – and don’t let the word “oil” scare you. Coconut oil is a heart – healthy oil that is free of trans – fats and cholesterol, and in addition to improving brain health provides many benefits, including:
- Acting as a natural antibiotic and an antioxidant
- Improving the body’s use of insulin
- Improving overall health of hair and skin
- Improving cholesterol by increasing the good cholesterol (HDL)
- Boosting thyroid function resulting in increased energy
A recent study from the University of Oxford suggested that although the effects of coconut oil may be temporary, dementia and Alzheimer’s patients have indeed seen short – term benefits resulting from its use. Dr. Newport’s theory that ketones, which are byproducts of the breakdown of fats in the body, play an important role in brain health was supported in this research. The idea is that we can improve cognitive function found in coconut oil, by boosting ketones.
Adding Coconut Oil to Your Diet
So, add this “super food” to your diet to prevent dementia and promote brain health as soon as possible.