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Q: Is there any truth that the size of your brain indicates your
intellect? Is there a difference in size between men and women? Is there
such a thing as brain food like coconut?
A: The size of your
brain, in men and women, is purely a function of genetics, not an
indication of your intellect according to Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
Approximately 80 percent of your brain is actually water and is made up
of 100 billion, yes billion, neurons. A typical neuron possesses a cell
body and chemical signaling via synapses. The average weight of the
brain is three pounds, two percent of the total body weight, with 85
percent of that weight being the cerebrum.
Now, about the brain
food. Almost everything we consume will directly or indirectly affect
the brain. A recent study from UCLA indicates that a healthy lifestyle,
including diet, can strengthen synapses in the brain and provide
cognitive benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal brain
function. Docosahexaenoic acid, one of the omega-3's we get from eating
fish (or supllementing with fish oil), is the most abundant acid in cell membranes in the brain.
Coconut oil is considered one of the best fuels for healthy brain
function. Next to mother's milk, coconut oil is nature's richest source
of medium chain triglycerides (MCT's). MCT's are not processed by the
body in the same manner as long chain triglycerides. While fat
metabolism depends on bile salts, MCT's bypass bile metabolism and go
directly to the liver, where they are converted into ketones.
The liver immediately releases the ketones into the bloodstream, where
they are directly transported to the brain to be used as fuel. That is
why ketones appear to be the preferred source of brain food in patients
affected by diabetes or any neurodegenerative conditions such as
Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and multiple sclerosis.
Coconut oil can be taken orally, added to food or applied
to the skin to give the body extra nutritional support of medium chain triglycerides and help improve brain function. Most reccommendations include 1 Tablespoon per day of unadulterated virgin coconut oil for increased brain function. So the answer to the question: Should you feed your brain, is a definite, absolute YES! Thought: We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.