The brain is a small part of your body that occupies only two percent of your total body weight. It is indeed small you can actually let it rest on the palm of your hand.
You might not believe it, but your brain uses 20 percent of your body’s energy to make it work normally.
The energy which your brain uses as fuel should be supplied continually to prevent brain cells from dying. When brain cells die in excessive quantities, it can cause fatigue, headache and brain fog. Long term exposure to environmental factors that prevent brain fuel from entering your brain can also lead to neurodegenerative diseases.
But here’s the good news: coconut oil can provide your brain with clean energy to sustain its fuel needs and prevent neurodegenerative diseases.
New research has suggested that coconut oil is the best source of brain fuel. It is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the type of fatty acids that do not require bile salts for absorption.
MCTs don’t go through the bile for processing. They go directly to the liver instead where they are transformed into ketones. Ketones are chemicals that appear in the bloodstream when there is not enough food to provide glucose for energy. These are then carried to the brain to be utilized as fuel.
According to research, ketones provide the brain with a steady supply of fuel when blood sugar levels are low, but it doesn’t carry the risk associated with high blood sugar.
This is the reason why this brain food is chosen by medical professionals for use by patients suffering from diabetes or neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis.
Another amazing discovery made by the researchers suggests that ketones are capable of helping heart patients recover from heart attack. Additionally, ketones can prevent the growth and eventually shrink cancerous tumors, the researchers noted.
The recommended daily consumption of coconut milk for healthy people is three to four tablespoonfuls. This can be added to food or taken orally outright in the form of coconut oil or milk.
For people with diabetes or neurological diseases, eight to 10 tablespoonfuls of coconut oil everyday is recommended.
For clarification purposes, you need three ounces of coconut milk in order to extract one tablespoon of coconut oil.