Virgin Coconut Oil - effective oil boosting brain function in Alzheimer's patients

Alzheimer’s disease in older adults is known to be the most common cause of dementia. It is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest of daily tasks. It is also now known as insulin resistance of the brain. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage where it just begins to affect a person’s functioning to a severe stage where the person has to depend on others for basic activities of daily living.

Older adults with a history of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes are at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Age related changes in the brain affect neurons by causing shrinking of certain parts of the brain, inflammation, production of unstable molecules called free radicals causing Alzheimer’s disease.

A healthy lifestyle coupled with a nutritious diet and physical activity, social engagement, prevention of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure can help people stay healthy and prevent Alzheimer’s in the future. There is extensive research being conducted in the area of use of coconut oil in weight management, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and antimicrobial activity among others. Coconut oil contains 92% of saturated fats, out of which almost 48% comes from lauric acid and 7% from capric acid which are medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). Coconut oil has been known to be one of the richest sources of MCT’s which are known for its immense health benefits.

Virgin Coconut Oil (VCNO)is being recommended for its myriad health benefits today. It is obtained from fresh, matured kernel of the coconut by mechanical or natural means, cold pressed & non-refined. Virgin coconut oil has good taste and smell, since it is derived from fresh coconuts and is subjected to very low, if not totally nil, heat and sunlight. The process of extraction of VCNO preserves all the natural goodness of this oil, including a high content of vitamin-E and minerals.

Many studies have shown a positive association between virgin coconut oil consumption and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies have shown positive improvements in cognition, cognitive performance, orientation, and semantic memory in individuals after intervention with virgin coconut oil.

How MCT can help prevent Alzheimer’s/Cognitive decline/Dementia
  • Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) that are present in coconut oil are easily absorbed and metabolised by the liver and can be converted to ketones. Ketones are alternate fuel to glucose and the main ones include beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate.
  • The brain’s main fuel is glucose, the problem for the aging brain is not getting enough glucose supply, but rather its deteriorating ability to take up and use glucose available in the blood. Unlike other organs, brain uses ketones (ketone bodies) as a back-up for glucose.
  • Medium chain fatty acids travel through the entrance of the venous system into the liver and are more readily available for oxidation to ketones to provide a rapid source of energy, this provides an inexpensive source of alternate fuel to compromised neurons in persons with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Several studies conducted in humans and animals have shown that when 20gms of VCNO/MCT oil was given daily, significant improvement was seen in cognitive performance and memory in people with age-related neuronal disorders

Hence it is recommended to include Virgin Coconut Oil (VCNO) in prescribed amounts to your daily diet to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, improve Cognition and cognitive performance

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