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Of course it is harmless, so you can always give it a try, but to be honest, I think that again it is just a food supplement, as there are a few 1000 over the world. As long as no scientific reports are issued in specialized magazines, those things cost of lot of money and that's all. I wish you all the best and a very big hug.
I keep my coconut oil on my kitchen counter or in a cabinet at room temperature. It doesn't spoil. I can judge the temperature in the room by the state my coconut oil is in - LOL. It's ok for your coconut oil to turn to liquid and back to solid again - it won't hurt it. You don't need to keep it in the fridge unless you want to struggle to get it out of the jar it's in - it turns rock hard in the fridge. I made that mistake only ONCE.
So, Jessie, you can use the oil for massaging any tense or aching muscles.
I had such great hopes for this product, but it isn't like anything I expected. I have a feeling that half of the jar will be filed in the garbage ultimately.
Hmm, I wonder if maybe I can treat drain clogs with it? :)
Some reading suggested, indirectly, it might be effective for only 20% of people with some sort of Alzheimer disease (my interpretation of the information).
Some clinical trials of dosage matched with brain scans, stage and type of the disease, and overall mental health would be really helpful.
I am not sure that coconut oil is really the villain we once thought it was. I also don't think there is enough research evidence to claim it cures dementia.
Dr Mary Newport's husband was not cured. He improved dramatically in the first year and was stable for two years after that, and then declined. Improvement is awesome and worthwhile, but it is not a cure.
My husband was reading bank statements upside down, was paranoid, very confused, hallucinating, and then improved dramatically over a year and remained stable for about 8 years. Then he gradually declined physically (though never to the same cognitive and behavioral level of the first year.) He died in year 10.
In other words, my husband's improvement was as dramatic as Dr. Newport's husband's, and he sustained it much longer. What caused this remarkable "cure"? Well, I'm not sure, but I know for a positive fact that it wasn't coconut oil, because he never used it. Thinking about it, he did eat a lot of ramen noodle soup that first year. Maybe I should be promoting Ramen Noodles as the amazing hidden cure for dementia. Maybe I should write a book advocating high-sodium diets for persons with dementia. That is pretty absurd, of course. But I hope you see my point that anecdotal stories are not the same as evidence. One person's history can be suggestive and suggest other avenues of study, but in itself it proves nothing.
As far as I know, coconut oil is a perfectly fine food. I don't see big red flags in using it. But I wouldn't pin my hopes on its curative powers against dementia.
What I'm about to say is going to sound like an infomercial for bulletproof coffee, but since you asked about it, I'm going to give you a quick and dirty lesson on it. I've been drinking it for about 6 months now, and I won't go a day without it.
Keep in mind that bulletproof coffee, to be effective, needs to be part of a healthy diet - one in which sugar and starches are at a minimum, and you are eating healthy fats, meats and vegetables.
The website that claims to have invented bulletproof coffee says you should use only THEIR products in order to get optimal results (of course). However, you can get excellent results using the best ingredients you can afford - you don't have to pay $20 a pound for their coffee for it to work. I use unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, grassfed butter (unsalted) and a small amount of sweetner or sugar-free flavored syrup for mine. Sometimes I add a little heavy cream. I use a good quality coffee, but I've heard of many people just using Folgers or their usual coffee, because it's what they can afford, and that's fine - there's no hard and fast rule that says you have to use an expensive coffee.
QUICK NOTE ABOUT COCONUT OIL: I use unrefined - it smells and tastes a little like coconut. Not everyone likes that. If you don't, then you can use the refined type - it is odorless and tasteless and contains the same MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) as the unrefined type, which is what you're looking for when using coconut oil. It's the "good fat".
The key to a good cup of BPC (bulletproof coffee) is in the blending. No one wants to look in their coffee cup and see an oil slick on the top of the coffee. That's what you'll have if you don't blend. I use a cheap little battery-operated frother - it blends and emulsifies everything nicely (frother was $6.95 on Amazon). You can use an immersion blender - just make sure you use a large enough container to blend it in, so you don't have a wave of coffee fly out of the cup and all over you. DO NOT use a shaker bottle or anything with a sealed lid to blend this - the heat will blow the top off and spray coffee all over. I've also heard that blending it in a Ninja or Bullet-type blender works, but that the heat from the coffee damages the gaskets - so that's not recommended either. A frother makes it quick and easy, with no cleanup required - other than rinsing off the frother.
When blended properly, a BPC has a nice thick head of foam, like a cappuccino, and tastes rich and creamy. Some people don't like it, but most love it. If you find that you feel a little queasy after drinking it, cut back on the amount of coconut oil you're using for a while, then increase it gradually until you're using the recommended amount. You can add a touch of spice and a tablespoon of pumpkin puree for a pumpkin latte style drink - without the $6 price tag!
Don't like coffee but want to try BPC? Use green tea or any other type of tea you like and add the other ingredients to it. If you're on Pinterest, you can find recipes for bulletproof hot cocoa as well.
Benefits of BPC: clearer thinking (your brain NEEDS fat - and water - to function properly); softer skin and hair; long-lasting energy boost. Some also claim this aids weight loss, but you have to be eating a healthy diet for it to work that way - you can't drink BPC and eat sugar, starch and junk and expect it to work properly. It won't.
Before anyone jumps on the "fat is bad" bandwagon, please read up first. Coconut oil is a GOOD fat and has a huge list of benefits.