According to Dr. Bruce Fife, coconut oil can help rebalance your brain! The key is found in coconut ketones.
What are Ketones?
Ketones are energy producing molecules made from fats. Our bodies can make them from stored fat or from special fats known as medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil. Ketones are produced specifically by the body to feed the brain.
Richard Veech, MD, a long time ketone researcher and senior scientist with the US National Institutes of Health describes ketones as “superfuel for the brain.” Ordinarily glucose powers our brain’s cells. However, when the brain is plagued with chronic inflammation, irritation, and immune over-activation, brain cells have difficulty processing glucose. The lack of sufficient fuel causes the brain to downshift into a lower rate of performance.
Ketones act as an alternative fuel to glucose—a much more potent and efficient fuel. When ketones are available, it is like putting high performance gasoline into the tank of your car. You get better gas mileage, higher performance, with less wear and tear on the engine and less pollution. Ketones bypass the defect in glucose metabolism and provide the brain with the energy it needs to function and develop properly. Ketones not only supply a superior source of energy to the brain but trigger the activation of specialized proteins called brain derived neurotrophic factors that function in brain cell maintenance, repair, and protection. They also stimulate the growth of new brain cells to take the place of dead or dying cells. This allows healing and repair to take place. Ketones are ordinarily produced when blood glucose levels become low. Since glucose is the body’s primary source of energy, when glucose levels fall, the body starts mobilizing stored fat to produce ketones to maintain adequate energy levels.
Coconut Oil to the Rescue!
Medical science has learned how to alter blood ketone levels by manipulating the diet. Ketogenic diets, which boost ketones to therapeutic levels, have been used successfully for decades in the treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy. More recently they are being used to treat Autism, as well as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Another way to elevate blood ketone levels is to consume MCTs. Composed predominately of MCTs, cold pressed coconut oil is the richest dietary source by far! Eating cold pressed coconut oil can raise blood ketones to levels that can have a pronounced effect on your brain. According to Dr. Fife, coconut oil isn't just ketogenic; it provides many other benefits that protect the brain and stimulate brain cell growth.
Consuming cold pressed coconut oil at mealtime gives your brain the energy it needs!