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Will coconut oil help if you already have Alzheimer's?

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As of 2015, there is currently inadequate evidence to suggest that coconut oil is effective for treating Alzheimer's, according to WebMD. However, a 2014 report claimed success in treating Alzheimer's with lifestyle changes and a variety of supplements, including coconut oil, but more research is needed. There is no conclusive evidence that any foods or other supplements are beneficial in treating the disease, explains Mayo Clinic.

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Currently, two major types of medications can protect against the cognitive and memory problems caused by Alzheimer's disease, states Mayo Clinic. Memantine works by slowing the progression of the disease for people with moderate to severe Alzheimer's, while cholinesterase inhibitors, such as donepezil, galantamine and rivastigmine, work by boosting the levels of a chemical responsible for communication from cell to cell. However, fewer than 50 percent of people who take cholinesterase inhibitors see improvement.

Alzheimer's disease causes brain cells to deteriorate and die, damaging a person's memory and other vital cognitive functions, according to Mayo Clinic. This damage hinders a person's ability to perform normal daily activities. Alzheimer's disease is more common than any other form of dementia. Treatment includes medication and management of these symptoms, and there is no known cure for Alzheimer's.

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