Spanish researchers believe that a Mediterranean diet enriched with coconut oil can help improve cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients.
AD is one of the most common types of dementia, accounting for around 60 to 70 percent of cases. This percentage increases dramatically with age. The disease is a progressive and irreversible brain disorder that slowly impairs several cognitive functions, such as memory.
There is currently no cure for AD, although there are some drugs that can alleviate the symptoms. But many of the drugs used to treat AD are linked to a high number of side effects. These greatly limit the capabilities of the patient.
With this in mind, researchers from the University of Valencia and the Catholic University of Valencia looked to diet as a means of addressing AD. Specifically, they looked at whether a coconut oil-enriched Mediterranean diet would be beneficial for AD patients.
The results of their study were published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Read more…