While anecdotal studies appear to show that coconut oil may cause symptomatic improvement for some Alzheimer's patients, as of 2015, scientific research does not support that claim. No cure for Alzheimer's disease currently exists, but treatments are available to alleviate behavioral and cognitive symptoms, notes Fox News.
When manufacturers process coconut oil, the process generates caprylic acid, and the body breaks that down into ketone bodies. The theory is that ketone bodies give the brain an alternate source of power when brain cells no longer have the ability to gain energy from glucose. With over five million Americans living with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, alternative treatments such as coconut oil are gaining in popularity, as stated by Fox News.