I have been reading about coconut oil and all the benefits it has. I was just wondering if anyone has been using it and can you tell any differences. My mom has dementia and I read quit a few stories how it has help in someways. She now hardly talks and I read where a husband stopped talking and now he has been on coconut oil he has started talking again.
Nevertheless, I looked into it because I've seen so many claims of this or that. Despite the fact that she had something to gain with selling her book, I hoped that she would document her discovery with some actual scientific study methodology or at least some corroborating testimony. She didn't. Her methodology was non-existent, and she didn't offer a single corroborative statement by anyone.
But.... I also did some research on it for my Dad. And I found out it really is a good oil anyway, has quite a few nutrients, and at least wouldn't hurt him. I was having a hard time getting him to eat, and anything if it was good for you and he'd take it, I'd be happy for him to have it.
We called it our liquid vitamin, and I'd give him an ounce 3 times per day. He loved it and we were happy with the addition of the calories and something he liked. But as a help for dementia? That's a no-go. At least for us. I never found a single other case where anyone has claimed the dementia value.
Now, I'm not saying the lady was lying. Her husband may well have improved at some level. But was it a TIA that he recovered from? Was it something else? What's happened to him since then? Was the oil actually responsible for any increase, or would it have happened anyway. Or did it solve another problem he had that had been suppressing his mental function? She offered no evidence.
The human body is an amazing thing. Improvements and declines happen every day, so ascribing them to this that or something else from an anecdotal standpoint.will often lead to wrong conclusions.
Given all that, give your mom a sip of warm oil. If she tolerates it well and likes it, why not? Just don't expect the dementia to improve.