Coconut oil has been the rage for the past few years and here it the reason why. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid, along with butter and avocado oil. The medium chain fatty acids are responsible for building a healthy cell membrane-especially brain cells.
MCT’s stands for medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil is composed of approximately 64% MCT’s. MCT’s are very easy to digest and easier on the liver compared to unrefined coconut oil. This is the big difference between the oil and refined MCT’s.
Benefits of Medium Chain Fatty Acids:
Improves Cognition and Memory
Contributes to healthy hormone levels
Has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties
Increases HDL’s and lowers LDL’s
Whether you use the unrefined organic coconut oil or the refined organic coconut MCT oil, be sure to include 1-2 TBSP/day.
BTY-While in private practice I had the opportunity to work with several Tongans from the Pacific Islands and I noticed how the women had such beautiful, glowing skin. You guessed it: Coconut Oil.
Here’s some basic terminology so as we discuss the brain we can visualize and understand what portions of the brain are affected by diet, drugs, neurotoxins and trauma.
Our Brains have different anatomical regions as shown in this diagram.
Cerebrum-the largest section of the brain. It is responsible for voluntary movement, consciousness, perception, memory, interpretation and reasoning. The cerebrum is made up of the following specialized areas of the brain.
Frontal Lobe: Cognition, Inhibition, Motor Awareness, Motivation, Impulse Control
Temporal Lobe: Processes Auditory, Sensory and Pain Information
Partial Lobe: Language, Recognition, Movement Sensations, Left-Right Orientation
Occipital Lobe: Visual Cortex
Brain Stem-the brain stem is more concerned about the autonomic responses. It directly connects the brain and the rest of the body via the spinal nerves. The brain stem has often been referred to the primitive reptilian brain. Our survival fight/flight instincts reside here.
Neurons-the neuron consists of a cell body, axons and dendrites. Each neuron has one axon, which is the appendage that conducts electrical impulses from the cell body to muscles or other neurons. Each neuron has several dendrites which conduct impulses to the neuron. The neuron also consists of we have both sensory and motor neurons that make connections with the brain via the spinal cord. The two pictures below show the cell body, axons and dendrites. Fascinating!
I am a doctor, yet feel so helpless when a patient comes in with dementia or Alzheimer’s. I have lost both parents to these diseases and only then did I realize what ugly diseases they truly are. The objective of this blog is to share the most current information, science, nutrition and drug advances to help us all preserve our incredibly amazing brains. There is hope with all the new diagnostic testing and treatments, so let’s all learn together and stop brain degeneration. It is preventable!