Alzheimer’s disease makes it more difficult for the brain to access glucose as a fuel. The lack of food starves brain cells and causes them to die. But ketone bodies in MCT oil can serve as an alternative source of energy for the brain, and ketogenic diets have been tested on dementia patients.
Natural health experts are excited about the brain-boosting benefits of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). These fatty acids support healthy heart functions, protect against disease-causing bacteria, and regulate inflammation. Studies suggest that MCT oil could alleviate dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions affecting brain functions.
In 2004, researchers administered an oral dose of MCTs to older adults suffering from cognitive decline associated with age. They found that the MCT treatment increased the cognitive function of participants suffering from mild mental decline that often preceded dementia.
Study participants who took a drink with emulsified MCTs were able to remember memories with greater clarity. The memory boost took place within 90 minutes of the initial dose.
The analysis showed considerable increases in the concentrations of a ketone called beta-hydroxybutyrate. The higher amounts of ketones from MCTs appeared to be linked to improvements in recalling paragraphs from memory.
Aside from coconut oil, MCTs can also be found in butter from grass-fed cows, cheese, and palm oil. Meanwhile, MCT oil comes in liquid and powder supplement forms – both forms can be mixed into drinks, salad dressings, soups, and stews.
People interested in the brain-protective properties of MCT oil should take it alongside coconut oil. MCT oil contains more acids, while coconut oil provided other nutrients. Healthy people are advised to take a spoonful of MCT, while dementia patients need four to six times as many fatty acids.