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How you can Feed your Brain and Prevent (or recover from) Alzheimer's and Dementia

Updated on April 13, 2014

Can Coconut Oil keep us from Losing Our Minds?

For anybody who has a family member or friend suffering from with either dementia or Alzheimer's disease, the hope of a real cure is almost too much to wish for.

The disease completely obliterates the person's personality and ability to function. Strength and confidence waste away until the person is a fearful, forgetful shell of who they once were.

In most cases, short term memory is the first to go, with the inflicted forgetting where they've put things or what their family member's names are. These are little signs that gradually start to accumulate until the person can no longer find their way home from the shops or remember if they ate breakfast, how old they are or what their street address and phone number are.

It's exhausting for their family and support system too as you never know when a careless word may upset the dementia patient who may be living in sudden paranoia as they dont know who you are and are fearful that you may mean to harm them.

New found hope through research at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, proving that coconut oil feeds and maintains the human brain, possibly even reversing the disease, has given friends and family a means to face the future without dread.

Add to this an increasing number of case studies and testimonials such as that of Mr Vrajlal Parmar, an elderly gentleman who wasn't even able to tie his own shoelaces and can now catch a bus into town on his own, or Dr Mary Newport's husband Steve who could barely draw a clock face initially and can now draw a detailed clock face and is once again independent and healthy.

Since the turnaround of her husband's health, Dr Mary Newport has dedicated her life to spreading the message.Her website http://www.coconutketones.com/ is a detailed insight into her findings and opens the door for medical studies and trials to prove the effectiveness of this natural healing phenomenon

How Coconut Oil Works

Our brains use glucose and fats as fuel.If your diet is short of essential fats and glucose, your brain will literally starve and calcify.

This is more common in older people who don't eat as much as they may have limited funds or access to stores. Ironically the more one forgets whether they've eaten the more they are feeding the disease and a pathological cycle is created.

Coconut Oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which are fats essential to feeding our brains and bodies and yet quite uncommon in our current modern diet. MCT fats are found in small amounts in whole dairy such as full fat cream, milk and butter but to date no better source has been found that Coconut Oil.

Currently the recommended "dosage" is 2 tablespoons per day. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature so it is recommended that you add the oil to warm foods such as oats or porridge in the morning.

Coconut Oil does not destabilise when heated and so makes a wonderful cooking oil which also assists in feeding your brain and supporting your body's health.

Coconut Oil vs Dementia & Alzheimers

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

We have for some time now heard the words "good fats" bandied about - but what does this mean? It certainly leads one to believe you can consume large quantities of olive oil with no consequence - however this is not the case.

"Good Fats" are those that contribute to overall cellular and tissue health of the individual, and assist in the building and maintenance of cell walls and nerve sheaths - yes, without fats you literally cannot think properly!

So, now for the hard part - people hear "fats" and think french fries, pizza, and cellulite.

Despite what you may have been told, fat isn’t always the bad guy in your health and weight management programme.

Bad fats, such as saturated fats and trans fats, are guilty of the unhealthy things all fats have been blamed for—weight gain, clogged arteries, and so forth. But good fats such as the monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3s, have the opposite effect. In fact, healthy fats play a huge role in helping you manage your moods, stay on top of your mental game, fight fatigue, and even control your weight.

The answer isn’t cutting out the fat—it’s learning to make healthy choices and to replace bad fats with good ones that promote health and well-being.

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Good Fats to Add to your Diet:

Coconut oil - use it to cook with instead of olive / sunflower oil.

- add it to your morning porridge and protein shake (2 Tbl spoon is Daily Required Amount)

- use it as a skin / hair moisturizer

Avocado: absolutely essential to heart health and reduced cholesterol levels but use in moderation ½ a large avo a day is sufficient!

Olive Oil: great for salad dressings, cholesterol control, heart health, immune function

Nut Oil: Almond Oil is the winner here - good for your heart and brain

Flaxseed Oil: great for heart health, building immunity, managing cancer and diabetes

Fish Oil: Salmon, Mackerel, Trout and tuna are all good for you and will keep your waistline trim and your brain well fed.

A balance of all of these ingredients is necessary to maintain sustained health benefits and it may be a few weeks before you really start to notice an improvement as your body will first need to repair damaged tissues and cells and build a reserve.

Bad Fats to Avoid:

Saturated fats and trans fats are known as the “bad fats” because they increase your risk of disease and elevate cholesterol. It’s worth noting that not all “bad fats” are completely unhealthy; some, such as whole-fat dairy products which are a good source of calcium and protein, can have positive health benefits as well, when consumed in moderation.

Appearance-wise, saturated fats and trans fats tend to be solid at room temperature (think of butter or traditional stick margarine), while monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats tend to be liquid (think of olive or salmon oil).

General guidelines for choosing healthy fats

With so many different sources of dietary fat the choices can get confusing. But the bottom line is simple: don’t go no-fat, go good fat.

If you are concerned about your weight or heart health, rather than avoiding fat in your diet, try replacing saturated fats and trans fats with good fats. This might mean replacing some of the meat you eat with beans and legumes, or using olive oil rather than butter and replacing your cooking oil with Coconut Oil.

  • Try to eliminate trans fats from your diet. Check food labels for trans fats. Avoiding commercially-baked goods goes a long way. Also limit fast food.
  • Limit your intake of saturated fats by cutting back on red meat and full-fat dairy foods. Try replacing red meat with beans, nuts, poultry, and fish whenever possible, and switching from whole milk and other full-fat dairy foods to lower fat versions.
  • Eat omega-3 fats every day. Good sources include fish, walnuts, ground flax seeds, coconut oil, flaxseed oil,canola oil, and soybean oil.

What is a healthy Amount of Fats to Consume daily?

How much fat is too much depends on your lifestyle, your weight, your age, and most importantly the state of your health.

Good Guidelines to follow in your daily dietary intake are:

  • Keep total fat intake to 20-35% of calories
  • Limit saturated fats to less than 10% of your calories (200 calories for a 2000 calorie diet)
  • Limit trans fats to 1% of calories (2 grams per day for a 2000 calorie diet)

For help in monitoring your calorie and nutrient intake, try a handy mobile app such as MyFitnessPal or CalorieCount. You'll be amazed after just a few days tracking, how much fat you are consuming without even realizing it!

The quickest, easiet way to get your diet under control is to cook your own food and manage your own ingredients. Restaurants and Fast food hide many of their ingredients and their goal is to make profit, not worry about your health!


Hydration


A crucial element in any metabolic process is water - remember to drink water every single day to maintain your system.

Your brain is 90% water - dehydration leads to critical nerve damage in your brain...

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    • Felisa Daskeo profile image

      Felisa Daskeo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I have been reading a lot about the healthy benefits of coconut oil. It's good to try this.

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      Candice Jules 3 years ago from Wokingham, United Kingdom

      Hi Felisa, I've been using it now for almost a year and can tell you that it definitely works :) it's uses are almost endless actually in both the kitchen and as a skin care agent - it's a wonderful makeup remover and moisturizer!

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