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Single Serving of Coconut Oil can Boost Brain Health, Reverse Alzheimer’s

Christina Sarich
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September 3rd, 2013
Updated 09/03/2013 at 9:20 am
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coconut oil decanter3 263x164 Single Serving of Coconut Oil can Boost Brain Health, Reverse AlzheimersPerhaps you already know about the numerous health benefits of coconut oil, but were you aware that in as little as one daily serving, the medium chain triglycerides (MCT) or ‘healthy’ fats in coconut oil can start to repair slow neural pathways and improve cognitive functioning and memory? This is true for people of all ages, but especially in senior adults.

The connection between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s prevention and even reversal has been made stronger than ever, as evidenced in recent studies like the one published by the journal, Neurobiology of Aging.

Why Eat (Healthful) Fat?

While many people believe they should avoid fat altogether, medium chain fatty acids are vitally important for our health. They help to:

  • Prevent vitamin deficiency since many vitamins like vitamin D are only found in fatty parts of foods (good, not man-made fats, like hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils which have been tampered with by man) and are therefore called fat-soluble. This means your body can only absorb these vitamins by eating healthful fats.
  • Good fats can increase the bio-availability of fat-soluble nutrients needed for multiple tasks in a healthfully functioning body.
  • Good fats support both physical and physiological health in developing children, starting as early as during fetal development.
  • As we age, medium chain fatty acids can help prevent cognitive laziness and loss of memory.
  • MCFA or medium chain fatty acids (which are slightly different than medium chain triglycerides, but also found in coconut oil) are also extremely helpful at reducing belly fat.

Read: 4 Solutions to Preserving Brain Health, Preventing Alzheimer’s

The primary healthy triglyceride found in coconut oil is lauric acid, which is found abundantly in a mother’s breast milk. To build a strong body, especially a well-functioning brain, you need fatty acids. Along with balanced glucose levels, full chain amino acids and important micronutrients can keep your brain functioning at high levels from cradle to grave. Consuming coconut oil is a great way to boost not only brain health, but overall health as well.

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  • Ronm1945

    Late reply but I saute dulse seaweed (Maine Coast Sea Vegetables plug) in a pan of warm coconut oil (Nutiva Organic plug) just long enough to soak up the oil. Tastes great and you also get the benefit of iodine from the dulse. Pinch of Celtic sea salt is great too.

  • Tee

    Saturated fat is saturated fat no matter how you look at it or how ever you want to dress it up. It is not good for you plain and simple, no nutrition and no reason to consume it. It is a purely a marketing ploy. Facts speak louder than words. Whether you like this doctor or not, the numbers don’t lie. http://www.jeffnovick.com/RD/Articles/Entries/2008/4/10_Marketing_Junk_Food__Dont_Go_Cuckoo_Over_Coconut_Oil.html

  • Walter Bushell

    In your coffee.

  • cyberdeck

    Organic, extra virgin, COLD PRESSED, NOT PROCESSED. Regardless of where it is sold. If it is organic, it has the emblem and should be safe.

  • cyberdeck

    It would have been nice if the author actually said what a serving of coconut oil was. It’s nice to have catchy headers, but not if you don’t deliver.

  • Marjay

    Just take a tablespoon full and eat it!

  • john

    it’s a great moisturiser for hair, but probably best not to use it daily on skin because it can block pores

  • Commenter XYZPDQ

    A) a tablespoon is a serving.
    B) you can eat it raw, or bake / cook with it. I prefer muscling down a tablespoon along with 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar every day.

  • Cindy

    What is a serving of coconut oil?

  • eric

    what is a serving?

    • http://www.WeWriteItRight.com Mary

      I have observed that most stories by Christina Sarich are vague on the specifics of anything. She also does not attribute her information to any source. She just magically knows everything, I suppose. Oh why, oh why, don't the owners of this website edit things? Or maybe they don't know any better, either.

  • gayle

    My cholesterol has gone up 10 pts in 6 months since I started using coconut "oil" lard in my smoothies. I have increased excercise and cut out red meat exclusively. I weigh 138 lbs. should weigh 122. Please advise. Today is my cardiologist app't and I fear he will insist a statin which I refuse to take given my LATE husbands experience with them.

    • old bat

      make sure of what you are eating. make sure it is pure virgin coconut oil. i have no idea what you mean by “lard” make sure it is not hydogenated in any way.
      read the label.

      do not go on statin if your cholesterol is under 300. low cholesterol is not good for you and statins have nasty side effects, one being the onset of diabetes.
      research to find out the RATIO of your cholesterol parts to each other. what kind of exercise are you doing? if it involves putting on muscle, keep in mind that muscle weighs more than fat, but fat dispaces more area. so you can actually gain weight but not gain clothing size. and if you are not doing exercises to put on muscle, start doing so immediately. muscle burns fat 24/7/365. red meat is good for you. it’s the only readily available source of easily used iron, afaik. so unless you have an iron overload problem……

      meanwhile, vastly lower your intake of grains and carbs.

    • Gavin

      For one, you need to read Dr. Dwight Lundell's book or Dr. Steven Sinatra's book on the cholesterol myth. You are severely misinformed, and two, you should use only organic extra virgin coconut oil and not the junk you see at Wal-Mart. Wake up..you're brainwashed..too much cholesterol is a good thing!

  • Helen

    I use it as a moisturizer…wondering if that's a good way to consume it?

  • Tessa

    What is a good, tasty way to consume Coconut Oil, esp. if you don't want to cook your food with it? Or is it preferable to consume raw…?

    • Anonymous

      Use it as Substitute for butter. I spread it on toast and I also melt it on my chicken and add pine apple. Possibilities are endless :) enjoy

    • oldbat

      just eat it by the spoonful :)