How supplied, dose, cost

Consumers should be careful to assure that the products they use are truly “virgin,” nonhydrogenated coconut oil. Coconut oil may be purchased in bulk and is also supplied in capsule form.

One study administered VCO to the participants at 30 mL (1 ounce) 3 times daily before meals.5 It should be noted that maintaining this level might prove to be cost-prohibitive, as authentic VCO can cost up to $20 per 32 ounces. For routine daily consumption, however, 1 to 2 ounces per day taken in 3 divided doses one half-hour before meals is adequate.5


Summary

In the search for effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, VCO sounds promising. However, more in-depth research into its potential as a therapeutic treatment is necessary.

The data indicating that coconut oil has a role in the improvement of lipid profiles and reductions in visceral adiposity are also promising. Controlling these known cardiovascular risk factors, especially in those individuals who are most susceptible to heart disease, would be a valuable intervention.

For these health concerns, providers should consider recommending VCO for its benefits to their patients. Just tell them to skip the pie!

Sherril Sego, FNP-C, DNP, is an independent consultant in Kansas City, Mo.