Coconut Oil and Dementia (Including Alzheimer’s)

Coconut Oil for Dementia and Alzheimer's:

It is no secret in the natural health community that coconut oil has helped to improve or heal the cognitive skills of dementia or Alzheimer’s sufferers.*  Many Western Medical practitioners are just now starting to discuss coconut oil in relation to dementia and have surprisingly admitted that yes, there is merit to the claims that coconut oil can improve diminished cognitive skills.  I am nothing short of overjoyed that this fabulous oil is finally being credited with another one of its amazing benefits.

Quick disclaimer – I am required to clearly state that I am not a licensed medical professional nor do I pretend to be one on this site. Take what I write as a launching off point to do your own research. My advice, experience, and suggestions are not to be considered medical advice.

Dr. Bruce Fife is often credited with making the connection between coconut oil and ketones, however Dr. Mary Newport can be credited with proving that coconut oil can really reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  Her work is nothing short of amazing and if you would like to really read some interesting stuff, head on over to a really information packed article she wrote titled “What If There Was A Cure For Alzheimer’s Disease and No One Knew.”  It is a little complex at times but pretty much proves the coconut oil and dementia connection.

There is a lot of information, testimonials, and studies floating around which discuss exactly how coconut oil works in the brain to aid those with most dementias.  It can get rather confusing so I am going to do my best to provide a very simple, direct breakdown of how coconut oil works in the body to improve or heal the cognitive function in persons with dementia.

Glucose is the main source of energy for the body. Glucose comes from the carbohydrates in our food.  In a person with dementia, brain cells have major trouble metabolizing glucose. 

When the body is low on glucose, the body responds with the production of another fuel called ketones.  Ketones are produced in the fat stored in the liver and used to nourish the brain. When the body is low on glucose, the brain uses ketones to continue functioning.  However, ketones are only produced when carbohydrate consumption is very low – very low as in when a person is pretty much fasting.  Clearly this is not a practical way to produce ketones.

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) convert into ketones.  Coconut oil is about 63% MCTs.  The amount of MCTs in coconut oil is high enough to achieve therapeutic blood levels of ketones. Two tablespoons of coconut oil can produce enough ketones to have a significant effect on brain function.  For treatment of dementia, a total of 5 tablespoons (74 ml) a day split between three meals is recommended.

So that is really what it boils down to.  I could go into a lot more detail but I suspect that most anyone reading my blog wants an easy to understand outline of the coconut oil – dementia connection.

Questions? Ask away! And be sure to take your coconut oil daily!  If you need a good source of coconut oil, check out my Products I Love page!

Want more information?  There is a great article on Health Impact News which goes much more in depth than I do here.  Be sure to check it out! You can also grab a copy of Virgin Coconut Oil which was recently updated.  There is a ton of information and research about coconut oil and various health impacts.

*For the purposes of this post, “dementia” refers to Alzheimer’s and other memory related health issues.

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  1. says

    My grandmother who is in her mid 90s has great physical, but suffers from dementia. I also believe my father has it, but he will not go to the doctor to find out. I often wonder if this will happen to me. I just ordered the coconut oil and I am eagerly awaiting the delivery. Now I am wondering if it will aid in preventing dementia?

  2. says

    Thank you! I have coconut oil in my cabinet from making soap and cosmetics, but I’ve never actually eaten any of it. I’ll be reading that source and looking through your recipe book for ideas.

  3. Johnnie says

    While researching treatments for ALS (lou gehrigs desease) I learned of using coconut oil in treating dementia. Beacuse the neurons in the brain have major trouble metabolizing glucose for their nourishment but can get nourishment from the ketones produced with coconut oil. I’m speculating that ketones may perform the same service for the neurons in the spinal column; the same problem here causes ALS. Have you seen any information relating to this?

  4. says

    @Johnnie Hi Johnnie! Yes, there is some great info out there on Coconut Oil helping with ALS. Here is a good book:

    Also, there is a great blog you might considering following:

    I am on a lot of health forums and see that many individuals have seen an improvement in the symptoms associated with ALS by taking CO.

    Good luck and let me know if I can help further!

  5. Stacey says

    google “dr newport alzheimer’s coconut oil”. There are videos with really great information about this. There are 3 parts where she goes in depth about it. I haven’t seen all of these ones (just the first one, I want to get to bed, but wanted to share this) but the original video I saw was put out by CBN and was enough to sell me and I started taking it. Dementia is in my family and I’m also afraid of this happening to me. I now feel like I have something in hand to help myself to some degree.

  6. Mel Bolibol says

    My husband has a progressing alzheimer/dementia and I’ve been using coconut oil and MCT oil remedy for him and since then I saw the change on him because he is more alert now than two months ago. I watch the video of Dr. Newport lo’and behold it does make a difference. Thank you Dr Newport for your effort and sharing your remedy for those who suffer this kind of disease.

  7. says

    I am not familiar with ketones. I think this is an interesting concept. If coconut oil is really helpful, I think more people should know about. I will have to look into it further. Thanks for sharing.

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