MCT Fats Found In Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose

By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), the primary type of fat found within coconut oil, have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders as serious as Alzheimer’s — and not after months or even days of treatment, but after a single 40 ml dose! A groundbreaking 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the primary fat type found in coconut oil, almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders. The study involved 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment who, on separate days, were given either emulsified MCTs or a placebo. The researchers observed a significant increase in blood plasma levels of the ketone body beta-hydroxylutyrate (beta-OHB) after only 90 minutes of treatment, and depending on the apolipoprotein E genotype of the subject tested, beta-OHB levels either continued to rise or held constant between the 90 and 120 minute blood draws in the treatment condition. Remarkably, cognitive testing revealed that this brief MCT treatment facilitated improved performance on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-cog) in 4 subjects within the study group. Moreover, “higher ketone values were associated with greater improvement in paragraph recall with MCT treatment relative to placebo across all subjects (P=0.02).”[i] The details of the study procedure was described as follows: The study was conducted with a double-blind placebo controlled design with two study visits. During each visit, subjects received one of two isocaloric conditions (690 calories) in a randomized order: emulsified MCTs, or emulsified long chain triglycerides as a placebo. NeoBee 895 (Stepan, Inc.) was used for MCTs. To increase palatability, heavy whipping cream was used as a source of long chain

try incorporating it into your diet in a way that displaces less healthy fats.7 tablespoons) cause an almost immediate improvement in cognitive performance in those suffering from cognitive impairments as serious as Alzheimer’s disease? The explanation is found both in the unique metabolic needs of the brain and in the configuration of MCTs themselves. which we highlighted in our previous article “13 EvidenceBased Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil. For instance. rancidity-resistant coconut oil. MCTs (40 ml) were blended with 152 ml heavy whipping cream to create the emulsified test sample.” almost as if we are just loading natural bullets into the same old outdated allopathic gun. and when provided in large enough quantities. resulting in an almost immediate improvement in cognitive function. They are preferentially oxidized by the liver. soy. Whereas the primary fuel source for the energy-hungry brain is glucose. After testing. on the night prior to the study visit. due to their smaller size they do not form micelles and are not stored in adipose tissue. Because 25% of coconut milk is fat.” Also. making them easier to absorb and utilize.triglycerides and as a source of long chain mono. They arrived in the morning and blood was drawn to determine plasma β-OHB levels and APOE genotyping (first visit only). coconut oil is our preferred source of these triglycerides. Coconut oil also has a broad spectrum of other health benefits. grape seed. after which blood was drawn and a 30min cognitive testing session ensued. Or. enjoy a delicious curry with coconut milk as a base.[iii] What is the best way to take MCTs? As we are advocates of whole food nutrition. How Medium Chain Triglycerides Work How could a single dose of MCTs (40 ml or 2. both the brain’s structure and function are compromised. It is always better to eat smaller amounts of .g. Subjects then consumed the test beverage and rested quietly for 90 min. Heavy whipping cream alone (232 ml) was blended to create the placebo. Subjects fasted from 8:00 p. a final blood draw was taken. they give rise to ketone bodies. pro-inflammatory ‘vegetable oil’ (e. For instance. MCTs are not like most fats we consume. peanut. with sublimely saturated. instead of treating coconut oil or MCTs as some new nutraceutical “magic bullet.m. containing approximately 2/3rds MCTs by volume. and about 66% of that fat is MCT. canola oil) you are using to fry an egg or bake with. you are still getting a healthy dose. replace that rancid. Ketone bodies provide a much needed alternative fuel source to glucose that can recharge metabolic processes within the brain. Whereas up to 97% of the dietary fats we ingest are made up of long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) which have been 14 and 18 carbons.and di-glycerides for emulsification.[ii] MCTs have relatively shorter chain lengths of 5 to 12 carbons. when insulin resistance and suboptimal metabolism (hypometabolism) develops in the brain.

. 7:418-420. Think: use food so that medicine never becomes necessary. health-freedom organization. an international nonprofit.truly therapeutic foods. Darla Chapman.[iii] Lauren C Costantini. PMID: 15123336  [ii] Anonymous: Medium chain triglycerides. Brenna Cholerton. Suzanne Craft. Mary Newport who discovered the benefits of using coconut oil to treat her husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease. Samuel T Henderson. Alt Med Rev 2002. so that you will ideally never have to use the heroic “food as medicine” approach after a serious disease has had the opportunity to set in. Janet L Vogel. Cathy Hale. and is working on another one with Tania Melkonian titled EATomology: An Edible Philosophy of Food. For additional information view the testimonial of Dr. Laura D Baker. G S Watson. 2008 . Linda J Barr. preparing and enjoying good food. Hypometabolism as a therapeutic target in Alzheimer’s disease. Samuel T Henderson. PMID: 1909098 About the author: Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo. Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memoryimpaired adults. Epub 2008 Dec 3. 2004 Mar. He coauthored the book Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure.9 Suppl 2:S16. consumer-education. BMC Neurosci.com and an advisory board member at the National Health Federation. Article Resources  [i] Mark A Reger. Neurobiol Aging.25(3):311-4. Karen Hyde. enjoyed in the context of sharing.

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