Coconut Oil and Memory

The study below found some significant facts regarding health effects of certain food.  This is an attempt by us to interpret the findings so that it could be implemented in everyday health practices.  It has to be understood that good eating habits are necessary for optimal health and that means that a variety of good foods have to be consumed every day.  We do believe that some food has medicinal value and could be used to help in the prevention and support of treatment in certain illnesses.  However, if it is not part of a good nutritious diet, it might lose its value.    Although we do believe in the power of natural food, we absolutely do not claim to cure any disease through the consumption of specific foods.

Mark A Reger, Samuel T Henderson, Cathy Hale, Brenna Cholerton, Laura D Baker, G S Watson, Karen Hyde, Darla Chapman, Suzanne Craft. Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2004 Mar;25(3):311-4.

Although glucose is the brain's principal energy substrate, there appear to be some problem in glucose metabolism of the brain in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease (AD). An alternative energy source is ketones which could be derived from medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil. In this study 20 Alzheimer’s patients were tested for the effect of coconut oil on their condition. In all patients, consumption of coconut oil increased the ketone bodies in the blood. This increase in ketone bodies correlated with increased cognitive function when standard tests were done on the participants.