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Does coconut oil help people with Parkinson's disease?

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As of 2015, there is no scientific evidence that coconut oil can cure Parkinson's disease, according to the Parkinson Research Foundation. However, some scientists claim that a diet rich in coconut oil and other sources of medium chain fatty acids may delay Parkinson's disease, as the University of Copenhagen reports.

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Coconut oil delays age-related diseases of the brain by supplying it with long-term energy, which means that the brain does not have to break down and repair its cells as frequently, explains the Daily Mail. As of 2014, scientists have only demonstrated the effects of coconut oil in rodents, but they may be able to use the research to develop Parkinson's disease treatments in the future, as the University of Copenhagen indicates.

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