Cognate Nutritionals, makers of Fuel For Thought®, always aims to help people understand how coconut oil and ketone production affects the energy of brain cells. In a webinar designed for health professionals, Robert Firger, Cognate CEO and President of its Board of Directors spoke about some key concepts in taking care of your aging brain.

Glucose comes from the food we eat, providing the primary source of energy for the brain. Untitled 2However, as we age or when a degenerative condition strikes, we lose the ability to use glucose as efficiently as when we were young and healthy.

There is an alternative to glucose − ketones. Ketones are produced by the liver from fatty acids in the diet. A particularly rich source of fatty acids that convert readily to ketones are medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). A normal diet means ketones are generally present in the body, but they are in low levels, not enough to meet the needs of energy in brain cells that are aging or are affected by certain neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Even a diet with the addition of plain coconut oil − a natural food that has the highest concentrations of MCTs − does not have enough MCTs to significantly raise ketone levels. But Cognate Nutritionals’ Fuel For Thought, made from 100% organic, extra-virgin coconut oil and fortified with additional MCTs, does result in a significant rise in ketone levels. Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which triggers ketogenesis, or the creation of ketones.

Robert A. Firger, J.D., CEO of Cognate Nutritionals spoke about coconut oil, ketones, and robertthe brain in a webinar held by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. Firger explained that the decline in the body’s ability to use glucose is linked to inflammation. “Inflammation is a factor in nearly every degenerative disease we see today,” he said.

Increasing ketone body production significantly has a major effect in blocking inflammation, as many studies demonstrate.

In the webinar, Firger cited several studies related to the effects of increased ketone levels. Two studies at Tufts University Medical Center School of Nutrition in 2011 and 2014 showed significant increase in ketones using a prototype of Fuel For Thought® and the current Fuel For Thought® drink.

Firger also mentioned the research that is now being undertaken at the University of South Florida Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute. Scientists at the Byrd Institute are exploring the effect of raising MCT levels on Alzheimer’s disease. The study uses Fuel For Thought® exclusively as the source of coconut oil and MCTs.

Other studies using Fuel For Thought® are also in the works, including researching the effects of MCTs on migraine headaches. Firger stressed the studies that are using Fuel For Thought® are independent. “We do not underwrite these studies,” he said. “We have been approached by the research centers themselves.”

If you want to hear more about coconut oil, ketones, the brain, and Fuel For Thought®, Firger’s presentation  can be accessed at the following link:

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