In 2012, news about coconut oil benefiting those with Alzheimer’s disease started making it into mainstream media. That’s not terribly surprising, as big news about the failure of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s also made headlines about the same time. Drug companies Medivation and Pfizer admitted the new drug they were developing for Alzheimer’s, dimebon, not only did not help patients in trials, but made patients worse! The expensive drug had already reached phase III trials. (See story on ABC News)
So as the development of this drug has now been abandoned, and so many other potential drugs have also failed, many have begun to look at the role of diet in Alzheimer’s and focus on prevention.
**This may also be helpful for those on Levothyroxin (Synthroid) for hypothyroidism (which has an FDA black box warning). Studies show subsequent development of dementia of the Alzheimer type with Thyroid medication use.
Studies That Confirm Coconut Oil’s Value
Also, in a 2004 study published in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging, they found that the Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s) found in coconut oil improved the memory problems in their older subjects. Across all the patients there was a marked improvement in their recall ability after taking this fatty acid. As the MCFA’s are absorbed easily in the body and can be accessed in the brain without the use of insulin, they are able to fuel brain cells more efficiently. (3)