“Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Isaiah 55 2b NASB
Yesterday, I discussed the benefits of protein for my mother. Today, I will consider other supplementations to her diet. For instance, I add a few tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil to her decaffeinated tea. At room temperature, it is solid, but quickly dissolves in hot tea.
Only once did she notice the oil floating on top, so I stirred it and gave it back to her. The coconut oil provides medium-chain fatty acids and lauric acid to promote a healthy immune system and improved cholesterol levels. Also, some people report improved cognitive function for people with Alzheimer’s disease. I did not notice that outcome on Mother, but she has vascular dementia.
Mother likes hot tea with her breakfast. For years she added artificial sweetener because she watched her weight. The first thing I did when I became her caregiver was a switch to a stevia-based sweetener. Currently, it is believed to be a healthier substitute than the pink or blue stuff. When she started eating less and losing weight, I switched to honey.
I prefer honey over sugar. For non-diabetics, it is healthier than the artificial stuff. Most elderly have trouble maintaining weight, so the extra calories are helpful for them. Since they don’t eat much or drink sugary drinks, the small amount of sugar probably won’t be harmful. There are some indications local honey also aids some people who have pollen allergies.
Getting enough water is an essential part of staying healthy. Some dementia patients just won’t drink enough fluids. Fortunately, my mother drinks plenty of water each day, but there is a difference in water.
Studies in England report water rich in silica flushes aluminum from our tissue. Aluminum, like lead, is a neurotoxin that interferes with electrical transmissions between nerve cells. One study showed drinking one liter of mineral water each day for thirty days will significantly reduce the aluminum concentration in our bodies.
I noticed an improvement in my mother’s mental function after drinking half a liter per day of Fiji brand mineral water for a month. Fiji brand has a higher concentration of silica than those in the studies. Though I would not consider her cognitive improvement significant, I would say its noticeable. The silica in mineral water makes her calcium supplements more effective, and it is also good for skin, nails, and hair.
Since we get aluminum from a remarkable number of sources, it seems reasonable to flush it from our bodies if possible. Especially, since most doctors recommend, we drink more water.
In addition to the calcium, I also give her a multi-vitamin. Since Mother has arthritis, I give her a joint supplement with Glucosamine and Chondroitin. But I choose one with Hyaluronic Acid (HA), too. It has a more immediate effect on pain. I also give her turmeric curcumin for her joints.
Even if your loved one doesn’t have arthritis, the turmeric curcumin may benefit them in other ways. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory anti-oxidant and can cross the blood-brain barrier, so there is some hope it may help treat Alzheimer’s disease. Though the research is early, it won’t hurt and may help. To be effective, high doses (1 gram per day) of the curcumin in the Turmeric must get into the body. It is not easily dissolved or absorbed but black pepper which contains piperine helps. Turmeric supplements containing piperine absorb 2000% better. Turmeric is also better absorbed with fats so the coconut oil may improve absorption.
Disclaimer-My supplement choices are in conjunction with her doctor. Check with your doctor before adding supplements to your loved one’s diet. They depend on you to make wise decisions for them.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”-Hippocrates
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