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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 mind. 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.
Way back 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 following research studies about coconut oil being a brain food, and it seemed to have proven true by coconut oil users.
How coconut oil promotes better brain health?
Gone are the days when the coconut oil is neglected because it contains a lot of saturated fats. Now, these fats aid in promoting one’s better health the organic and natural way. 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 MCT’s in coconut oil breaks down and turns 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 with this disease become insulin-resistant. Our brain’s energy source is glucose. However, if you consume coconut oil, it’ll bypass the 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 in your body and brain.
To prevent a neurological disease or treat one, the suggested amount of coconut oil that 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 with coconut oil being a brain food and prevent or treat dementia, but it could at least be worth the try. If it doesn’t work, it still won’t do you harm 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 some more!