Best Brain Food. Ever.
Coco For Coconuts
Best Brain Food. Ever.
Did you know the onset of Alzheimer’s dementia is thought to begin 17 to 20 years before any observable symptom?
That means it’s never too early to do things now to try and prevent it from ever happening to you. Risk factors for Alzheimer’s dementia include age, genetics, environment, lifestyle and metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.
Feed your brain better
That thing is your diet. While making changes such as quitting the processed packaged junk and switching to real whole foods is a recommended goal, there is one tropical fruit that we know has brain-boosting benefits above and beyond most others — the coconut.
Over the last several decades’ so-called health experts have tried to scare us away from coconut oil all because coconut is high in saturated fat. But they are dead wrong about coconut oil…
It’s certainly true that coconut is 92 percent saturated fat. But it’s not true that it needs to be avoided. Because 62% to 70% of that fat is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). They don’t form lipoproteins and contribute to cholesterol. Instead, they get sent straight to the liver where they are immediately used as a valuable source of fuel for organs and muscles.
The perks of coconut water
Coconut water contains amino acids, enzymes, growth factors and nutrients. But it also contains something that’s showing promising benefits to beat Alzheimer’s — phytohormones.
Researchers have been studying two particular types of phytohormones found in coconut water and have found their potent antioxidant activity directly protects nerve cells in the brain. And in animal studies, these phytohormones have even been shown to help reduce amnesia, improving brain recall and function.
Coconuts. Best brain food. Ever.
- Nafar F, et al. Coconut oil protects cortical neurons from amyloid beta toxicity by enhancing signaling of cell survival pathways. — Neurochemistry International. 2017;105:64-79.
- Fernando WMADB, et al. The role of dietary coconut for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease: potential mechanisms of action. — British Journal of Nutrition. 2015; 114:1-14.
- Article adapted from easyhealthoptions.com