Coconut oil contains beneficial fats, most important of which are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which have extremely beneficial effects. In particular, these fats improve the cognitive functions in elder people who suffer from memory loss as serious as Alzheimer’s. The effects of these fats are not felt after a month or a few days, but after a small dosage of 40ml.
A revolutionary study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging published in 2004 discovered that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are mainly found in coconut oil, instantly improves cognitive functions in elder people who suffer from memory disorders.
Namely, the study was conveyed on 20 participants who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment. Participants received either emulsified MCTs or placebo treatment. 90 minutes after the treatment, reserachers followed the significant increase in blood plasma levels of ketone body beta- hydroxybutyrate (beta-OHB).
Dependent of apolipoprotein E genotype of participants, beta-OHB levels either continued to rise or stayed between constant among 90 and 120 minute blood draws in the treatment condition.
The tests on cognitive functions found that in four participants, the short MCT treatment accelerated improved performance on the Alzheimer’s disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-cog).
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