Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute enrolled 65 individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s to measure the effects of coconut oil versus placebo on the disease. The research was sparked by the five-year efforts of Dr. Mary Newport, who hopes to have results of the study within a year. While there is currently no clinical data showing the benefits of coconut oil on the prevention and treatment of dementia, Newport, whose husband Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 51, said she began to see improvements after starting him on four teaspoons of coconut oil per day.
Additionally, according to some scientists, coconut oil is a source of food that the body can easily convert into ketones. The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has already tackled other, out of the box ideas for stalling the mental decline of Alzheimer’s — like Ginkgo biloba, Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. “Mary has been very persistent in asking us to move forward with this and as a scientist I like to find out if there is any real scientific basis,” said Dave Morgan, CEO of the Institute and professor of the study.
Coconut oil is cholesterol free and multiple studies have found that regular intake of coconut oil may help with lowering bad cholesterol, boosting good cholesterol, and may also help with weight loss.
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