One Tablespoon of Coconut Oil Boosts Brain Functions

MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) is the prime type of fat found in coconut oil, and a 2004 study shows just one 40ml dose immediately improved cognitive functions in those suffering memory disorders.

Ketone levels rose significantly within 90 minutes of the MCT oil being taken. Ketones provide an alternative brain fuel source to glucose. 97% of the fats we ingest are made of long chain triglycerides LCT’s, whereas MCT’s are more easily used by the liver and are burnt for energy rather than being accumulated as body fat. Damaged brains cannot metabolize glucose well.

Studies show that ketones produce 25% more energy than glucose and a ketone producing diet results in a 39% increase in blood flow to the brain, and have reduced plaques.

Two thirds of coconut oil is MCT’s by volume, but pure MCT oil is 100% MCT’s. About 17% of coconut milk is MCT’s.

Source: J. Sayer