Coconut oil for your brain?
By ParentInProgress on March 21, 2014
I've been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately; it supposedly does everything from weight loss to tooth whitening. But this article on Mercola introduced me to a new claim: improving your brain.
I'm not saying whether or not it's true; I don't know. But the explanation is interesting.
As you know, your brain needs glucose. It produces insulin to convert to glucose, which is converted into energy. If you insulin production goes down, your brain is deprived of glucose and your brain "begins to starve."
The article says this is what happens with Alzheimer's; parts of the brain start to starve, which impairs cognitive function.
Enter coconut oil.
Coconut oil is about 66% medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are a primary source of ketone bodies. Ketons are produced when your body converts fat to energy (vs. glucose to energy).
The article says that taking coconut oil may help prevent brain atrophy and possibly restore and renew neuron and nerve function in your brain AFTER it's damaged!
So how much should you take? This piece recommends 7 level teaspoons (just over 2 tablespoons) per day. But they warn to start slowly and to take it with food as it can upset your stomach.
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