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Coconut Oil: Four Tablespoons of This "Brain Food" May Prevent Alzheimer's

Coconut Oil: Four Tablespoons of This "Brain Food" May Prevent Alzheimer's

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  • A case study documented by Dr. Mary Newport discusses ketone bodies, an alternative fuel for your brain, which can be produced when your body converts fat (as opposed to glucose) for energy. One primary source of ketone bodies is medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).
  • Normally, the fat you consume must be mixed with bile before it is broken down by your digestive system. MCTs go to your liver where they are converted into ketones, bypassing the bile completely. Your liver then sends the ketones to your bloodstream, which help transport the ketones to your brain as fuel.
  • Studies show that ketones appear to be the preferred fuel for the brains of patients who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes.
  • You can stimulate the production of ketone bodies by consuming coconut oil. It was determined that just over two tablespoons of coconut oil could supply your body with 20 grams of MCTs, which is the amount that can help prevent degenerative neurological conditions.
  • This article lists other ways that you can prevent Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, as well as how to keep your mind sharp.

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mary Newport writes about ketone bodies, an alternative fuel for your brain which your body makes when digesting coconut oil, and how coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

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