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Nutrición Hospitalaria

On-line version ISSN 1699-5198Print version ISSN 0212-1611


DE LA RUBIA ORTI, José Enrique et al. How does coconut oil affect cognitive performance in alzheimer patients?. Nutr. Hosp. [online]. 2017, vol.34, n.2, pp.352-356. ISSN 1699-5198.


Alzheimer's disease is one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative dementia in developed world. This fact, coupled with the lack cure, makes new no pharmacological therapeutic strategies such as nutrient management to investigate. In this regard, it stresses the possible influence of coconut oil as alternative energy source capable of stopping the progressively neuronal death that occurs in this disease.


To assess the cognitive impact of coconut oil in Alzheimer's patients, and specifically in orientation, language-building, fixing, calculation-concentration and memory areas.


Prospective, longitudinal, qualitative, analytical and experimental study through a clinical trial where 44 patients with Alzheimer's in region of Ribera (Valencia), of which half was selected to receive during 21 days, 40 ml coconut oil daily divided between breakfast (20 ml) and food (20 ml). Before and after administration of the oil, they were evaluated through cognitive test Mini-Mental State Examination to determine possible changes.


It was observed in patients who received coconut oil, that cognitive improvement after completion of the intervention, statistically significant improved in the orientation and language-construction areas.


Coconut oil appears to improve cognitive abilities of Alzheimer's patients, with different intensity depending on the cognitive area.

Keywords : Alzheimer's disease; Triglycerides; Coconut oil; Ketone bodies.

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