Shopping List for Alzheimer’s Disease

Below are items which have been demonstrated through scientific or clinical studies to have significant positive effects on Alzheimer’s Disease symptoms. These are provided for educational and research purposes only. As always, be mindful of any allergies you may have and consult with your physician before starting any regimen in addition to your prescribed therapy.

  • Coconut oil or pure MCT oil
  • Coffee 
  • Mediterranean diet items (fruits, beans (cannellini, chickpeas, fava, green, kidney and navy), almonds, coucous, lentils, pistachios, quinoa, farro, oats; cinnamon, rosemary, paprika, basil, mint leaves,  olive oil, oregano, thyme, vinegar, tahini; salmon, sardines, tuna, chicken, eggs, beef, goat, and lamb) OR
  • Ketogenic diet items (avocado, eggs, salmon, sardines, tuna, cod, pork, chicken thighs, beef, lamb, bison, kale, spinach, sour cream, cheese, coconut oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, butter, ghee, bone broth)

References

Avgerinos KI, Egan JM, Mattson MP, Kapogiannis D. Medium Chain Triglycerides induce mild ketosis and may improve cognition in Alzheimer’s disease. A systematic review and meta-analysis of human studies. Ageing research reviews. 2020 Mar 1;58:101001

Chatterjee P, Fernando M, Fernando B, Dias CB, Shah T, Silva R, Williams S, Pedrini S, Hillebrandt H, Goozee K, Barin E. Potential of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Mechanisms of Ageing and Development. 2020 Mar 1;186:111209.

Eskelinen MH, Kivipelto M. Caffeine as a protective factor in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 2010 Apr 14;20(s1):S167-74.

Juby AG, Blackburn TE, Mager DR. Use of medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil in subjects with Alzheimer’s disease: A randomized, double‐blind, placebo‐controlled, crossover study, with an open‐label extension. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. 2022;8(1):e12259.

Reger MA, Henderson ST, Hale C, Cholerton B, Baker LD, Watson GS, Hyde K, Chapman D, Craft S. Effects of β-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults. Neurobiology of aging. 2004 Mar 1;25(3):311-4.

Scarmeas N, Stern Y, Tang MX, Mayeux R, Luchsinger JA. Mediterranean diet and risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Annals of Neurology: Official Journal of the American Neurological Association and the Child Neurology Society. 2006 Jun;59(6):912-21.

Taylor MK, Sullivan DK, Mahnken JD, Burns JM, Swerdlow RH. Feasibility and efficacy data from a ketogenic diet intervention in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Translational Research & Clinical Interventions. 2018 Jan 1;4:28-36.