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Our brain seems to be one of the vital organs in our body. It works for like 24 hours, exhausted from all the thoughts in our minds. However, we often forget that, like our body, it needs food. It needs something to fuel it, to keep it healthy. A healthy brain prompts a healthy life. While a brain deprived of enough nutrients and sleep could lead to fatigue, immune suppression, mood disorder, poor memory, and other mental illnesses.

Coconut oil is known as a miraculous oil that can do wonders in the kitchen.

Some coconut oil users use it for their skin, hair, teeth, and others. But a recent study shows that coconut oil is the new brain food. What does it mean? It could mean that aside from its known benefits, it may also improve one’s brain function.

In 2004, a published study in the Neurobiology of Aging journal stated that coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (MCT) might help boost brain function. There have been researching studies about coconut oil being a portion of brain food, which seemed to have proven true by coconut oil users.

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How coconut oil promotes better brain health?

Gone are the days when coconut oil was neglected because it contains a lot of saturated fats. Now, these fats aid in promoting one’s better health organically and naturally. Here’s how coconut oil works to promote better brain function.

  • Medium chain triglycerides. As cited earlier in this article, coconut oil is rich in MCT. The MCTs in coconut oil break down and turn into ketones (energy converted from fat) by the liver. It’s an energy fuel that could help feed your brain function in a good way.
  • May prevent dementia like Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease or sometimes referred to as type 3 diabetes, is a condition affecting the brain. The brain cells in a person affected by this disease become insulin-resistant. Our brain’s energy source is glucose. However, consuming coconut oil will bypass glucose metabolism and deliver energy directly to the brain.


Experts suggest using organic and cold-pressed coconut oil. Be careful not to use hydrogenated coconut oil as it may produce trans-fats that could wreak havoc on your body and brain.

To prevent a neurological disease or treat one, the recommended amount of coconut oil a person should consume is 20 grams per day. You can directly consume coconut oil if you want. Or you may stir it in your coffee or oatmeal. Coconut oil is very flexible, so you can incorporate it into other recipes, food, or drink and still enjoy its benefits.

Some may be hesitant about coconut oil being a brain food and preventing or treating dementia, but it could at least be worth the try. If it doesn’t work, it won’t harm you since it’s organic and affordable. So, to live a healthy life with a healthy brain, practice a healthy lifestyle and add some coconut oil to fuel it!