Everything you eat contributes to your mental health. In a previous post, How to Make Bulletproof Coffee, a reader (fellow blogger) had asked about coconut oil and its correlation to the mental clarity achieved. It’s not the coconut oil, but it is the coconut oil. Coconut oil has the density of about 2/3s MCTs. Medium chain triglycerides. The coconut oil is the MCTs.
The brain is very unique. For the brain to function in its own unique fashion, it must be fed a unique diet. Medium chain triglycerides are unique. Thus making them a very unique size to click together with the brains vast diet needs. How unique? So fetch.
MCTs (5-12 carbons in length) are small enough to cross through a double mitochondrial membrane, creating ketones rapidly. Ketones can can then cross the blood-brain barrier (via portal system) more swiftly to create instant energy. MCTs can be digested quicker without interfering with intestinal factors that inhibit fat absorption. No pesky micelles leftover for adipose tissue absorption. Ketone bodies are more sustainable than glucose. Excess amounts of simple CHO (carbohydrates) in your diet can cause damage to the brain, fogginess, and can progress to chronic diseases such as diabetes T2, depression, Alzheimer’s…etc.
** Fun Fact: opposed to the standard 9kcal/g of fat, MCTs come in at 8.25kcal/g. That’s 10% less calories per gram.**
Because of this type of uptake, MCTs can help prevent or delay the brain from aging because of its ability to repair damage to brain cells (Oil of Olay) . It’s huge in the Alzheimer’s game. Think of simple CHO as cosmetic products or other environmental factors that contribute to wrinkles and think of MCTs/coconut oil as the preventive wrinkle cream.
Point: The brain is hungry for CHO. It utilizes about 50% of metabolized glucose. However, when it falls short, ketone bodies become prime. The difference is very clear once the diet is shifted. This doesn’t mean I’m speaking poorly of carbohydrates. Just the simple guys. And bringing light on the magnificent health properties of MCTs.
The short end of this, to elucidate, MCTs–>Ketone bodies–>brain preferred–> immediate usage/energy–>mental clarity.
*Sips bulletproof coffee*