Dr Shannon Klekociuk
There’s been significant coverage of coconut oil as a potential treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. As a consequence, some people are now consuming coconut oil in a bid to reduce their dementia risk. Some researchers have suggested that, because the composition of coconut oil is different than other saturated fats, this might provide the brain with fuel for brain cells and potentially reduce the impact of neurodegeneration. Other researchers have suggested that coconut oil might help with the ratio of good to bad cholesterol and that this might be an avenue by which it works to reduce dementia risk. Unfortunately, these are all theories based on limited animal studies. Unfortunately, we have yet to see any evidence from controlled trials that suggests that coconut oil is a preventative measure for dementia or a treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer’s. But research is under way.
An important note here is that coconut oil is 90% saturated fat. Introducing this into your diet can have major ramifications for your health, including weight gain, increases in your blood pressure and changes in your cholesterol. Any dietary modifications must be considered in the context of your individual health status and should always be discussed with a medical practitioner.