Coconut oil is a potent Alzheimer’s fighter

Coconut oil is a potent Alzheimer’s fighter

Coconut oil is a potent Alzheimer’s fighter, and may rescue the brain from the disease, according to research from Canada.

The study adds to the mounting evidence that coconut oil is great for brain health and may fight diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The study abstract explained the following details:

Dietary supplementation has been studied as an approach to ameliorating deficits associated with aging and neurodegeneration. We undertook this pilot study to investigate the effects of coconut oil supplementation directly on cortical neurons treated with amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide in vitro. Our results indicate that neuron survival in cultures co-treated with coconut oil and Aβ is rescued compared to cultures exposed only to Aβ. Coconut oil co-treatment also attenuates Aβ-induced mitochondrial alterations. The results of this pilot study provide a basis for further investigation of the effects of coconut oil, or its constituents, on neuronal survival focusing on mechanisms that may be involved.

In other words, the researchers found that coconut oil was able to reduce the effects of amyloid-beta, which is a harmful protein that is one of the main drivers of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to the researchers: “The rationale for using coconut oil as a potential AD [Alzheimer’s Disease] therapy is related to the possibility that it could be metabolized to ketone bodies that would provide an alternative energy source for neurons, and thus compensate for mitochondrial dysfunction.”

The study showing that coconut oil is a potent Alzheimer’s fighter was pubished in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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REFERENCES:
1. “How Coconut Oil May Rescue The Brain From Alzheimer’s Disease.” GreenMedInfo.com. GreenMedInfo.com, n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2016.
2. “Coconut Oil Attenuates the Effects of Amyloid-β on Cortical Neurons in Vitro.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 06 Aug. 2016.

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