Can Coconut Oil Cure Alzheimer’s Disease?

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Every part of the body loses its strength and vitality with time, and the brain is no exception. Alzheimer’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition in which brain functions like memory and concentration begin to fade, is one of the most dreaded health conditions associated with aging. Age-related cognitive decline is something far too many of us simply accept as an inevitable part of aging.

The truth is that we have the ability to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer’s disease to a certain degree by providing our brain with the fuel it needs to function properly. In this article you’ll learn how coconut oil, a common household ingredient used all over the world, may be the key to defending against the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

What is coconut oil?

Now, when many people hear the world “oil,” they immediately think “fattening and unhealthy.” In the case of many polyunsaturated cooking oils, that is indeed the case. Vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, and other similar items are actually very bad for you, despite the fact that they have been marketed for decades as healthy alternatives to butter.

There are, however, natural oils that are exceptionally healthy, and coconut oil is one. While coconut oil is composed primarily of fat, not all fat is bad. The fat found in coconut oil consists of heart-healthy medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, which are also very beneficial for brain health.

Coconut oil also helps increase your body’s levels of healthy high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, while reducing your levels of harmful low-density cholesterol. It is also great for your skin and hair and has natural antimicrobial and antiviral properties which are quite beneficial … But those are outside the scope of this discussion.

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