Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), short fatty acid chains. Your body metabolizes these differently than other fats. MCTs go directly to your liver and your body uses them as a quick energy source or turns them into ketones, which have been shown to be beneficial to brain health. It is used in our Nutramin vitamin gummies.
MCTs are a popular food choice for the ketogenic diet. The ketogenic diet has been used since the 1930’s as a treatment for seizures in children with epilepsy. There is also ongoing research on the effects of ketones in Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's disease reduces your brain’s ability to use glucose for energy. This research suggests that ketones can provide an alternative energy source to the affected brain cells and reduce the symptoms of the disease.
Some of the other incredible benefits of coconut oil:
- Increased Calorie Burning: The MCTs in coconut oil can increase the number of calories your body burns compared to longer-chain fatty acids.
- MCTs can significantly reduce appetite, which may lead to reduced body weight over the long term.
- Contains lauric acid: When digested, lauric acid forms a substance called monolaurin which can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
- Boosts good (HDL) cholesterol and promotes heart health.