What’s So Great About Coconut Oil?
Every day I hear more news about coconut oil. You too? It’s recent resurgence in popularity doesn’t seem to be waning. Of course it has been around as long as coconut palms, and apparently anywhere it’s grown, the residents have appreciated its benefits.
These days it is suggested as a natural treatment for a huge variety of issues, from killing bacteria that causes throat infections, pneumonia and more, to supporting tissue repair and the immune system. The list is quite impressive.
While all of its benefits are of interest, here at Alzheimer’s HQ, its affect on dementia is the number one interest. This time I wanted to know why or how it is supposed to help. This is a basic summary of what I’ve learned.
Energy for The Brain
The brain uses glucose for energy. Some brains have difficulty using glucose any time, but as the body ages the difficulty becomes more common. That is when ketones are essential. Ketones within the body serve as an additional source of energy. You have probably heard of ketones if you’ve ever tried a low carb diet. The body naturally produces more when it isn’t getting carbohydrates.
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Coconut oil contains one of the most abundant supplies of the medium chain triglycerides that produce ketones. A few tablespoons can substantially increase ketones in the brain within an hour and a half. It appears that with the natural use of the oil, those ketones will last for up to eight hours.
By providing a strong, additional energy source for the brain, the ketones improve the brain’s ability to function. That can prove very beneficial to one with Alzheimer’s disease. Perhaps that is the reason doses are commonly suggested two or three times a day.
The oil is considered by many to be a good source of dietary fat, since it occurs naturally. It may seem odd, but various trials have shown it is beneficial for weight loss. It is shown to help lower bad cholesterol as well, which is good for the heart. The better the heart is functioning, the better blood flow to the brain as well.
You can see a remarkable list of ways coconut oil helps the body here, in an article from Coconut Research Center.
It is easy to include coconut oil in your diet. Many add a spoonful to their morning beverage, especially hot cocoa. It is great added to oatmeal or soup. I use it now whenever I am frying or sautéing a dish. Toss some in a smoothie. It’s delicious on toast instead of butter. You’ll find fitting in a few teaspoons each day is easy. The benefits may be very worthwhile.
A very popular brand, Carrington Farms, meets the ideal requirements when buying coconut oil. It is cold pressed, organic, extra virgin, pure and unrefined. It contains no trans or hydrogenated fats.