Does Coconut Oil Cure Alzheimer's and Dementia?
I love coconut oil. I use it for Oil Pulling, I use it in my home-made soaps and lotions and I use it as a moisturizer but did you know that coconut oil can also prevent and reverse Alzheimer's?
Yes there are studies that show that coconut oil actually prevents and may even reverse Alzheimer's disease. It does so by providing ketones which no other oil has, not vegetable oil, not peanut oil, not even olive oil. These ketones are an alternative fuel for your brain and muscle cells. As little as one teaspoon has shown to have an effect on people suffering from Alzheimer's.
Are there any studies that show it works?
Yes there are!
The Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's, NL, Canada conducted a pilot study to research the effects of coconut oil on neurons. Live rat neurons were exposed to coconut oil. The scientists found that neurons treated with coconut oil appeared healthier and that the coconut oil actually rescued neurons from mitochondrial damage. Since mitochondrial function is often compromised in Alzheimer's patients this finding is quite significant.
There is also a clinical trial that has begun at the University of South Florida in Tampa at the Byrd Alzheimer's Center that will investigate the benefits of a coconut oil beverage on individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
There have been other studies that have shown that coconut oil has also improved symptoms of Parkinson's Disease, Autism and ALS. Dr. Mary Newport, author of “Alzheimer's Disease: What if There was a Cure?” administered coconut oil to her husband who suffered from Alzheimer's, he responded remarkably to the coconut oil. She has reported that 9 out of 10 people who have contact her have seen some improvement after taking coconut oil.
How much should you take?
You should take about 2 to 4 tablespoons a day if you are suffering from one of these diseases. However, you need to build up to that level because some people will get diarrhea if they take that much right off the bat. If you are not suffering from a disease but just want to take it for good health and prevention 2 tablespoons a day would suffice.
One of the really great things about coconut oil is that it doesn't matter if you heat it or if you take it cold, so you can use it in cooking, put some in your coffee or tea or eat it raw as in the recipe I have below for coconut macaroons and it will have the same effect. Many people use coconut oil in lieu of either vegetable oil or butter. You can also add it to smoothies.
Can you take too much Coconut Oil?
I have not heard of any negative results except that coconut oil is like any other oil in that it is about 115 calories per tablespoon so if you don't change your diet you will gain weight. Some people have reported that coconut oil makes them feel more satiated for a longer period of time. If that is the case then you might not have to worry about gaining extra weight as you will naturally eat less.
Not everyone improved after taking coconut oil. However, what have you got to lose by trying it? Even if you are not suffering from any disease the benefits of adding coconut oil to your diet seem to greatly outweigh any perceived negatives, whatever those might be. You can find coconut oil in almost any grocery store these days (sometimes it's in the Asian section of the supermarket) but if you really want to save money you can purchase it in larger quantities from amazon.com. It should be stored in a cool dark place like a pantry or cupboard. Coconut oil will last for a very long time, at least a year or two however, if if it smells or looks funny after it's been at least a year or two then throw it away. Coconut oil can go bad but I doubt you'll have it that long. I could have ten gallons and it wouldn't last that long!
Wouldn't it be great if we could treat such diseases as Alzheimer's, Dementia, ALS, Autism and Parkinson's disease with such a fabulous, natural food as coconut oil? Unfortunately since Big Pharma would not benefit from such a cure I doubt you will hear much about it. Come to think of it I've never seen a commercial for coconut oil..go figure!
Easy Recipe for Raw Coconut Macaroons
2 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup of coconut oil
1/2 cup of almond or coconut flour
1/2 cup of Maple Syrup, raw honey or agave nectar
1 tsp of Vanilla or Almond extract
pinch of sea salt
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, shape into balls and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator
You can add cocoa to make it chocolaty and/or roll the balls in chopped up almonds or other nuts as well.
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