As you may already know, once someone is diagnosed with dementia, there are many changes that take place. One of the major shifts that takes place is diet. Certain foods are no longer safe to eat, and on the other hand, certain foods can increase cognitive ability. While there is no universal solution to dieting, there is a certain type of food to eat that is very beneficial for brain function. In this article we’ll discuss the benefit of Ketones and coconut oil for dementia.
What Are Ketones?
Ketones are chemicals that the liver produces in the body. Ketones are thought to reduce the amount of activity that the neurons are doing in the early stages of dementia. Ketones contain a specific protein that help reduce and decrease the death of neurons throughout the progression of dementia as well.
Ways To Consume More Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains ketones and can therefore help with brain function. Coconut oil can be consumed directly or mixed with other ingredients when cooking. Some ways to increase your consumption of coconut oil are:
- Cook with it
- Bake with it
- Fry food with it
- Take softgels
- Consume it directly
- Mix it with tea/coffee/oatmeal or yogurt
Foods Specific to Ketones
Not all foods are Ketone heavy. Some foods (usually high in fat and low in starch) contain a high amount of Ketones. Some examples of these foods are
- Red meat
- Chia Seeds
- Dark colored berries
Increasing the amount of Ketones that a person consumes is one minor way to help with cognitive activity and ability. Orchard at Brookhaven offers a variety of food options. Our dinning hall provides a wide selection of foods for each meal and we are also able to create a menu with dietary restrictions upon request. Please contact us to learn more about our community.