When I was working in public home care, I used to visit a lot of seniors. Sadly, many of them had some form of mild to severe dementia. At one of my home visits, a family member of one of my clients asked me if coconut oil was good for improving the memory of those with Alzheimer’s. I told them I never heard about that. I went back to my office and I did a bit of googling and found that there were in fact studies being done on this. Researchers where looking at the fatty acids in the oil to see of they had any effect.
I met a few other families that had heard about this and were cooking with coconut oil and telling me that it was helping their loved ones. Who was I to tell them there wasn’t yet enough evidence to confirm that coconut oil improves memory? Many seniors especially those over the age of 80 are at risk for malnutrition as evidenced by weight loss secondary to myriad of issues.
Here is a current article written by a dietitian on the Extenso website that confirms that coconut oil is not the cure for Alzheimer’s. But coconut oil is fat. Fat has calories. Calories are needed for weight gain especially for those who need to increase weight to improve health status. It would be remiss to tell those clients not to try it.
The placebo effect is a beautiful thing.
Addendum: Dr. Joe posted this on October 10, 2013!
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