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.