What makes Coconut Oil, MCTs, and Pepper Oil so Powerful?
COCONUT OIL’S SPECIAL FATS
Coconut oil is extracted from coconuts, but you can see it's different from other plant oils as it is a white solid at room temperature. That's because it's mostly (90%) saturated fat.
You may have heard that saturated fats are bad for your health, but recent research has been showing that we have been wrong about the dangers of saturated fats all along.
Not only that, but coconut oil contains a special kind of saturated fat.
In fact, most (65%) of the fat in coconut oil is a mix of different “medium-chain triglycerides” (MCTs). This is not the same kind of saturated fat you find in dairy and conventional meats.
Coconut oil’s medium-length chains are easily absorbed and go straight to the liver where, unlike other fats, they’re quickly metabolized (i.e. converted) into energy as special molecules called “ketones.”
Ketones can be a great brain fuel, and have been shown to help with several brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and epilepsy.
HOW MCTS CAN HELP WITH ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Coconut has been called a “potential cognitive strengthener” when it comes to Alzheimer's disease, and it's all because of those ketones.
Basically, your brain uses carbohydrates ( Glucouse, Sugar ) as its primary fuel. However, in people with Alzheimer’s, there appears to be a reduced ability to use carbohydrates in certain parts of the brain. You've heard of Insulin resistance? Well it has been identified as the the main culprit in hindering the brain in predementia and pre-alzheimer's patients. So much so, that this phenomonen is coming to be referred to as Type III diabetes. In fact, this change has been observed in people before they went on to develop symptoms of Alzheimer’s, so that makes it even more important for all of us.
Because ketones work well as one of the brain's “backup” fuels, researchers have been studying the use of ketones from MCTs as an alternative energy source for those malfunctioning energy starved, brain cells.
In addition to their role as brain fuel, ketones have also been shown to help protect brain neurons from the negative effects of beta-amyloid peptide (the stuff responsible for forming the brain plaques found in Alzheimer’s patients), which can start to accumulate in the brain years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s appear.
Several small clinical studies have shown that when some people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s eat a diet rich in MCTs, they had improved memory, attention, and cognition.
Research is ongoing, and more is needed to better understand the role MCTs may play in reducing the risk, and improving symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but the results so far seem promising. We’ll keep reporting on where the science in this fascinating area goes, so stay tuned!
HOW MCTS CAN HELP WITH SEIZURES
Here is another possible use of coconut oil for the brain, again because of its metabolism into ketones.
Several decades ago, a “ketogenic diet” was successfully used to reduce seizures in some children with epilepsy, and is still currently being used to help reduce severity and frequency of pediatric seizures. This diet is a very low carb, very high fat diet.
Because this diet can be difficult to maintain, researchers found that supplementing a “regular” diet with MCTs (from coconut oil) can help increase the body's ketones without requiring a full ketogenic diet.
In fact, adding MCT oil to certain people's diet had marked reduction in the frequency of seizures, and has been shown in several clinical studies to have a similar efficacy as a full ketogenic diet.
WHAT TYPE OF COCONUT OIL IS RECOMMENDED?
“Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil” (EVOCO) which is expelled out at cooler temperatures, without the use of solvents. This process preserves some of the “coconutty” aroma and taste, as well as some of the antioxidant polyphenols (antioxidant compounds found in plant food sources). This is why Secrets of Eden uses only extra virgin Organic Coconut Oil for Ketonic Cognitive Recovery
Note before you are tempted to use commonly available Coconut Oils: Many of them are “hydrogenated” coconut oil. Hydrogenating any oil, not just coconut oil, creates the infamous “trans fats” that wreak havoc on your whole body, including your brain. Trans fats are deadly in the long-run. Secrets of Eden uses only the highest purity Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil and MCT Oil. With NO TRANS FATS.
Secrets of Eden goes to great lengths to make sure that "Ketonic Cognitive Recovery" oil is formulated with the highest of quality ingredients available. Including processing and addition of our exclusive Eloptic Energy enhancement a proprietary processes that is imposed upon all of our product line. Secrets of Eden products work. Some find them to be miraculous. We would not disagree. If you know someone who is showing signs of cognitive decline, give them a course of our exclusive "Ketonic Cognitive Recovery"
Partial Contributions to this article are the work of Dr. Matthew Hill phd.
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A note about unintended potential side-effects:
The addition of MCTs to ones diet, can decrease the cravings for carbohydrate and result in weight loss. Additionally Coconut products have long been famous for joint lubrication and ease of friction between affected bones and thus can aid in pain reduction.