Fully Focused with Owen Bain

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Coconut Oil - Food for your Brain

Guest blog by Owen Bain

Concentration

Whether you have exams coming up, or a project with a very tight deadline the last thing you want is lapses in concentration and focus. Your brain not being in the right gear can cost you results that you are more than capable of.

The way your mind works is affected by what you eat or drink. Overeating lots of processed food with added sugars can increase your chance of brain fog that can leave you drowsy and impede your memory. Much like an athlete needs the right nutrition to perform at their best, to perform smarter so do you. So cut out the junk!

Coconut oil contains 90% saturated fat. This might alarm many people but just remember the brain is 60% fat. The majority of this in the insulation, known as myelin sheath, around the neurons, which help the neurons communicate with each other so your brain can work faster.

Think about the electrical wiring in your house, if this insulation isn’t good enough or worn away it can cause short circuits and cause some of your electrical equipment not to work.

So if you aren’t eating the right fats your mental performance, especially short term memory, focus and reaction time will not be at their best.

The saturated fats in coconut oil are known as Medium Chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil is made up of:

  • Lauric acid
  • Myristic acid
  • Capric acid
  • Caprylic acid

See more detail see HERE

Fully Focused Coffee

Blend a tablespoon of coconut oil and the same of unsalted grass fed butter (Kerrygold) with a mug of filter coffee. It’s just like a rich latte, delicious, but make sure to blend properly! This combines the benefits of coffee with that of coconut oil, while the fats in the butter slow the absorption so there is a slower, prolonged release of caffeine compared to the normal quick buzz then crash that can kill productivity. This is the only thing I have every morning, it does sound strange at first but just try it.

Due to EU regulation, I’m unable to quote the health benefits of coconut oil so would advise you to do your own research, putting you in a position to make your own informed decision.

Anti-microbial action of lauric acid

BHB is an alternative energy source in the brain

BHB fuels nerve development

Complex diagram on how ketones produce energy

Owen Bain

Owen Bain is a health expert and nutritional consultant. He is a qualified pharmacist, with other masters in cancer biology and is currently finishing a doctorate on using stem cells for heart disease.

For more visit www.gourmetfocus.co.uk or follow him on twitter @Gourmet_focus

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  • Ben Laurie

    I’m all for science, but not convinced the papers you refer to back up your claims. For example, on lauric acid, you cite a paper on “Antimicrobial effects of corn zein films impregnated with nisin, lauric acid, and EDTA.”

    This is hardly evidence that lauric acid “reduces the amount of toxins in your system that can make you sluggish and brain dead.”

    • HI Ben, thanks for your comment. We’ve contacted the author and await his reply.

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  • Ben Laurie

    I’m all for science, but not convinced the papers you refer to back up your claims. For example, on lauric acid, you cite a paper on “Antimicrobial effects of corn zein films impregnated with nisin, lauric acid, and EDTA.”

    This is hardly evidence that lauric acid “reduces the amount of toxins in your system that can make you sluggish and brain dead.”

    • HI Ben, thanks for your comment. We’ve contacted the author and await his reply.