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We want to thank you for subscribing and welcome you into our journey to change the brains of millions of lives so everyone can perform at a more powerful level. We are here to hack the neurological system of your brain (in a positive way) to ensure you obtain the brain health and optimized function you desire for the future. Our vision is to make you a neurohacking superhuman through the use of cutting edge:

  • Neurobic Brain-Body Exercises
  • Nootropics and Brain Nutrition (or Nootrition)
  • Neuroscience Based Tips
  • And Brain Biohacking Technology

By utilizing these four pillars, you can scale to new depths in your neurophysiology and discover new frontiers you would have been blind without the use of these activities. We are here as messengers of the brain and neuroscience world to bring expert and cutting-edge advice so you can think smarter, achieve more, and live happier, healthier lives. So sit back and relax as we unravel a journey into your brains physiological talent.

Also, as a token of our gratitude we will be sending you by email a free 36-page eBook called ‘Prime Your Brain’ guide jam-packed with some of the basic fundamental understandings of brain optimization and principles to have you get started immediately to perform at professional levels right from the start.

P.S. We will also put your name in a lottery to win a free copy of our new eBook ‘The Neurohackers Handbook’ which launches in August 2017 with a 50% discount if you don’t win (a $19.97 value).

So once again thank you and welcome to the team.

Brain Experimentation One: Optimind Nootropic – Hoax or Legit

 Brain Experimentation One: Optimind Nootropic – Hoax or Legit!

Published By Justin Dutra On: April 12, 2017

 

 

“Optimind” is the name.

Now if you have never heard of ‘Optimind’  then I hope I can give you enough value to make sure you get your hands on this one of a kind pill as this is in correlation with neurohacking. This brand took me by surprise and to keep this short and sweet, all I will bring to the tables today is a brief overview of my trial and experience with this nootropic to expand your general knowledge of its basic upgrades for mental and neurological health. This is my story if its a hoax or legit nootropic for use.

Enjoy

TRIAL NUMBER 1: MARCH 27, 2017

 Notes From Journal: Today I have taken two capsules of ‘Optimind’ and to be honest I felt a little more engaged with the tasks at hand but the overall effect was dull after about two hours.
It was an average experience with this smart drug but I think I need to go at a higher dosage to see above effects to become more productive.
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TRIAL NUMBER 2: MARCH 31, 2017


Notes From Journal: Well today is experiment day number two and I will be taking 5 capsules when the recommended daily dosage is two.

The effects: The effects below all happened in a 15 min. period and lasted about three hours from ingestion. However it was very uncontrolled and I felt it was too caffeinated for me.

  • Hyperactive State
  • Very Focused
  • Productive
  • My Creativity Increased

If I were to take Optimind again (which I will) in the future, my recommended daily dosage would sit good at 3-4 capsules a day. If you want to try Optimind for a free 10 day trial and so is the shipping then go to the link below or click on the ‘Optimind’ links:

https://www.getoptimind.com/r/1530096

 

For more information on the ingredients and how it neurohacks your brain on the product Optimind read below:

GABA:

 GABA was first synthesized in 1883, but its role in mammals wasn’t known until 1950.

PHOSPHATIDYLSERINE:

 Phosphatidylserine is a phospholipid found in the membranes of your cells.

VITAMIN D-3:

 Vitamin D was first mistaken as vitamin A back in 1914. It wasn’t until 1922 that it was officially isolated and identified as vitamin D.

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID:

 Alpha-lipoic acid was discovered in the 1930’s, but wasn’t isolated until the 1950’s.

 

CAFFEINE:

 Although used for centuries, caffeine wasn’t isolated until 1819 by a German chemist. Today, nearly 90% of Americans consume it daily.*

HUPERZINE A:

 Huperzine A is isolated from huperzia serrata, a Chinese club moss, in the late 1980’s.

 

TYROSINE:

 L-Tyrosine is an amino acid first discovered by a German chemist in 1846.

TAURINE:

 Taurine is an amino acid first discovered in 1827 by German scientists.

 

VITAMIN B-12:

 Vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin. Vitamin B12 was discovered in 1948 by 2 separate teams, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K.

SULBUTIAMINE:

 Sulbutiamine is a form of vitamin B1 first synthesized in 1965 by Japanese researchers.

 

VINPOCETINE:

 Vinpocetine was discovered in 1975 by a Hungarian chemist. It’s extracted from the periwinkle plant.

 

BACOPA MONNIERI:

 Bacopa is a perennial, creeping herb used in Ayurvedic tradition for centuries.

 

 

Anyway thanks for engaging in this neuro-experimentation session I had with Optimind. I can say that this brand is legit and has high credibility trying to make the world a better place.

Definitely check it out.

 Also, stay tuned for the upcoming post to ensure you get insight from the trending world of neuroscience.

See you again and take care.

What Is Biohacking

WHAT IS BIOHACKING ANYWAY:

Is it a Revolution or Evolution?

Published By Justin Dutra On: April 04, 2017

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Biohacking is a fairly new practice that could lead to major revolutionary changes in our lives as we strive to be the best versions of ourselves (as neurohacking is the subset of biohacking). You could it the do-it-your-self biology where independent people get ambitious about their biology and begin to hack or explore its depths. That could mean figuring out how the DNA in plants affects their growth, or how to manipulate genes from another source to make a plant glow in the dark. It is experimenting on the cheap, usually without the benefit of a fancy university laboratory, and it often involves DNA and genes. Our most profound changes in Homo sapien DNA comes from the selection pressures evolution gave birth to as we began to develop complex brain structures.

Check out the interview with Timothy Ferriss on Biohacking below:

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO BIOHACKING BY MARK MOSCHEL:

"Biohacker" Dave Asprey demonstrates a headband that he claims electrically stimulates blood to reach the front of the brain to improve cognition. Photo by Jason Lelchuk

“Biohacker” Dave Asprey demonstrates a headband that he claims electrically stimulates blood to reach the front of the brain to improve cognition. Photo by Jason Lelchuk

Biohackers believe in experience-based learning. Or in plainer terms… we like to touch stuff. If you don’t try it, how do you know it works?

If you have a coffee near you, pick it up and chug it with some MCT oil or coconut oil.

Your Challenge: To read this article FAST.

Jim Kwik, accelerated learning expert and conference keynote, asked the audience to remember FAST learning.

  • ForgetForget your preconceptions.
  • Active: Read actively and participate in the demos.
  • State: Feel the excitement and curiosity to learn. Sit up, lean forward.
  • Teach: Read as though you must teach this to others.

Jim teaches these techniques in his accelerated learning classes. Your challenge is to apply them while reading this article.

Do you accept the challenge? If so, take a moment to manage your state.

Alright, let’s dive in.

biohacking

To simplify, it filtered it down to 7 actionable biohacks that you can start doing immediately:

  1. Movement
  2. Nutrition
  3. Rewilding
  4. Awareness
  5. Music
  6. Flow
  7. Gratitude

The main thing that separates a biohacker from the rest of the self-improvement world is a systems-thinking approach to our own biology.

You know how coffee feels like a shot of energy to your brain?

Pre-coffee you is sleepy….zzzzzz…

Post-coffee you is WIDE AWAKE!!

The only difference is the coffee in your stomach.

The lesson is this: What you put into your body has an ENORMOUS impact on how you feel.

We all know this. What we eat and drink is one way we alter our state.

Music is another. If you put on smooth jazz, you’ll feel different than if you blast techno.

The things we put in our stomach and ears are inputs into our biology.

As humans, we are complex systems. What goes into us affects what comes out of us, and I’m not just talking about our poop. Our behaviors, our health, and our performance in all areas of life are outputs.

If we want better outputs—to have more energy and focus, to be free of disease, to have a better memory, to perform optimally in business and athletics—then let’s tweak the things we put into our body and mind to stack the deck in our favor.

Biohackers use the tools of the Quantified Self to measure these inputs and outputs, and to experimentally test the effect of different tweaks with neurohacking and other ways of self-quantification.

As mentioned earlier, biohacking is about getting your hands dirty and learning from experience.

Do that with me now.

1. Gut Punch Your Posture

biohackingWe all know sitting for long periods is terrible. It causes muscle tightness and destroys our potential for athletic performance. Eventually, it causes injury and chronic pain.

We aren’t supposed to feel that pain.

Kelly Starrett, founder of MobilityWOD and author of Becoming a Supple Leopard and Ready To Run, gave tips for restoring our natural mobility.

  • Tip 1: Spend 10 minutes foam rolling each day. Simple and effective.
  • Tip 2: Maintain a neutral-spine position.

He had everyone follow a sequence to stabilize their spine. Try this with me now.

  1. Squeeze your butt.
  2. Breath out and pull your ribcage down.
  3. Engage your abs 20%.
  4. Set your head in a neutral position, ears inline with shoulders (imagine someone grabbing the top of your head above your ears and pulling upward).

(Image source here.)

This same stabilizing sequence can be used while standing. While standing, also twist your feet into the ground (like a screw) to add more stability.

Unfortunately, this posture is really hard to maintain while sitting.

A more stable sitting position is to sit cross-legged or in a butt-to-ground squat in your chair. You’ll look silly doing it, but you’ll get the last laugh.

Kelly also had us play a game. If you see someone who isn’t engaging their abs, smack them in the stomach. A couple gut-smacks and you’ll be much more aware of your posture.

Recap 1: Spend 10 minutes foam rolling each day. 2: Every hour, practice resetting your posture by following the neutral-spine sequence. 3: Punch friends in the gut if they aren’t engaging their abs.

2. Eat The Right Nutrition

Nutrition was a popular topic at the conference.

Dave Asprey, creator of the Bulletproof brand, outlined the new Bulletproof Diet. In short, eat…

  1. lots of veggies lathered in grass-fed butter (Kerrygold is a common brand)
  2. grass-fed beef, pastured eggs, and low-mercury fish (like wild sockeye salmon)
  3. moderate starches and fruits
  4. moderate supply of MCT oil and coconut oil as a substitute

Cook lightly, if at all. Drink Bulletproof coffee.

That’s my massive simplification to get you started. For full details, go here:Bulletproof Diet Book

JJ Virgin showed how sugar is linked to almost every common disease. It’s also MORE addictive than morphine.

Looking for an impactful biohack? Try removing sugar from your diet.

Dr. Tom O’Bryan discussed the gut-brain connection. If you have a food sensitivity but eat that food anyway, you get inflammation. Inflammation makes our brains dumber.

Test for your food sensitivities, then stop eating those foods.

Food sensitivities can be tested through an expensive but thorough alcat test, the Bulletproof Stress Detective app (using heart rate), or by doing the HR test yourself. All of Dr. O’Bryan’s references can be downloaded here: http://thedr.com/bulletproof/

Recap 1: Eat veggies, healthy fats, high quality protein. 2: Reduce sugar 3: Avoid food sensitivities

Fun fact: In just three days at the conference, over 200 lbs of butter was consumed in the coffee alone! If you weren’t sure, that’s a LOT of butter. Like a 200 lb person made of butter.

3. Rewild Yourself With Nature

Did you know every dog is a descendent of the Gray Wolf?

That adorable golden puppy with big blue eyes curled up in your lap… yep, he’s a wolf. His great-great-great-great-great grandfather wouldn’t be rolling over asking you to rub his belly. He’d be eating you for dinner.

In a very entertaining talk, Daniel Vitalis showed how we, as modern humans, are no different than that puppy.

We have domesticated ourselves and made it taboo to think otherwise. We are not as fit, resilient, or adaptable and much more prone to chronic disease than our ancestors.

If domestication is the problem, then re-wilding is the solution. Daniel outlined four systems for re-wilding our natural nutrition.

1. Eat Living, Wild Foods

Humans, like most animals, eat living (or once-living) things for fuel—broccoli once cut from its stem, the leg of chicken amputated from its body, those mushrooms plucked from the ground, sauerkraut covered in tiny microbes.

We need these wild foods.

If you want to be a real wolf, go outside and forage these foods yourself.

2. Drink Unprocessed Spring Water

What we drink is as important as what we eat, but most of us aren’t aware that our water is as processed as the processed food we now know to avoid.

Most water has minerals removed and chemicals added. Instead, find a natural spring and load up. You can find one near you here: http://www.findaspring.com/

Otherwise, it’s better to drink water bottled in glass than tap water.

3. Breathe Air From Nature

Do you think about the air you breath as nutrition?

As you can guess, natural air is more rejuvenating than the moldy air in our homes. Go outside.

Another tip: To absorb oxygen most effectively, fill your lungs by breathing deeply through the diaphragm.

4. Expose Yourself to Sunlight

Sunlight is part of our natural nutrition, so expose your skin to those warm rays of sun.

It’s time to rewild.

Open your eyes and see that you are that little puppy. To become the wolf, go back to nature.

Start by just spending a little more time outside.

Recap 1: Eat living, wild foods. 2: Drink unprocessed spring water. 3: Breathe air from nature. 4: Expose yourself to sunlight. 5. Go outside.

5. Go Outside

But outside is dangerous and scary!

Joe De Sena, creator of the Spartan races, says to Spartan Up and change your frame of reference. A long time ago, people had low expectations and a high tolerance. Today, we have high expectations and can tolerate very little.

My great-grandfather came to the US with no money, no family, and no plan. He was happy to be alive.

Low expectations. High tolerance.

On my flight to LA, someone loudly complained about the wifi not working. “Life sucks!”

High expectations. Low tolerance.

It reminds me of this Louis CK bit: everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy (4 min video).

How can you change your frame of reference then?

1. Make Yourself Uncomfortable

  • Attempt a Spartan Race
  • Take a cold shower
  • Try Rejection Therapy. My experience is here: http://vimeo.com/79453884 (5 min video)
  • Contemplate death. Read Seneca or Marcus Aurelius.
  • Be homeless? I’m currently doing this, but that’s a story for another day 🙂

2. Meditate

To change where we direct our attention, we need to become aware of our attention. Then, we can consciously create the internal states, behaviors, feelings, situations, and meaning we desire. This is a cheap way of neurohacking so give it a try and find your balance.

Meditation is the tried-and-true path to enhanced awareness.

There are advanced methods of meditation, like neurofeedback and 40 Years of Zen, but meditation is always accessible and free. Start with meditation.

Tim Ferriss has a general rule about meditation: the less time you think you have to meditate, the more time you need to spend meditating.

Recap 1: Put yourself in uncomfortable situations to lower your expectations and raise your tolerance. 2: Meditate.

Challenge Check-in!

Are you still reading FAST?

Are you participating, inquisitive, and eager to teach this to others?

Check your posture. Is your spine stabilized or does someone need to punch you in the gut?

Just checking…. okay, let’s continue.

5. Hear Music, Change Your Brain

Here’s my personal secret to hacking focus:

Put on headphones. Open Spotify. Play instrumental rock or electronic music.

When that’s on, the world around me disappears and I can get lost in my work.

To dig deeper into audio as a biohack, it’s important to understand how the brain works at a high level.

Your brain has 100 billion neurons that use electricity to talk to each other. At any moment, millions of neurons are talking at once, which produces a lot of electrical activity. When this activity is measured with an EEG, the result is a wave-like pattern called a brainwave.

The frequency of this brainwave depends on what you are doing.

Brainwaves 101:

  • Beta (14–30 Hz): awake, concentrated, alert. We spend most of the day here.
  • Alpha (8–14 Hz): meditative state, awake but relaxed, twilight state between sleep and waking, improved memory recall.
  • Theta (4–8 Hz): light dreaming, access to unconscious mind.
  • Delta (0.1–4 Hz): deep dreamless sleep, restorative, complete loss of awareness.

In a process called Frequency Following Response, a consistent sound wave has been shown to change your brainwaves.

In Bill Harris’ talk on dramatically increasing awareness, his research showed that audio entrainment helps meditators create awareness 8x faster than traditional meditation.

Binaural beats are one example of audio brainwave entrainment. Here are a few others:

http://brainwave.fm/ https://www.focusatwill.com/ https://www.centerpointe.com/v2/

Recap 1: Put on headphones. 2: Try audio entrainment.

6. Hack Flow

A theme of this year’s conference was the elusive “flow state”. Flow is that optimal state of consciousness when we feel and perform at our best. Time slows down, you forget yourself, and you perform at a higher level than ever before.

In other words, you know those times when you are kicking ass and nothing can stop you? That’s flow.

Steven Kotler, author of Rise of Superman, realized that action and adventure athletes are the only ones who consistently enter this state. As he says, since their sports put them frequently in life or death situations, it’s either “flow or die”.

Kotler’s research identified 17 triggers to enter flow, which he outlines here: http://www.slideshare.net/StevenKotler/17-flow-triggers

He also learned that flow is cyclical.

Before you enter flow, you must experience a struggle. This is the learning phase. Your brain shows beta waves in this phase (awake, concentrated).

Next, you must release completely. This is when your subconscious can do its magic—consolidate the information and relax. Your brain shows alpha waves here (meditative state, awake but relaxed).

Then there is flow. Theta waves (access to unconscious mind)

Finally, you enter a recovery phase. Delta waves (deep dreamless sleep, restorative).

If you are struggling to complete something, push yourself a little longer. Then stop and do something completely different, like foam roll in the park. That release is a critical step to entering flow.

Recap 1: Work hard on something, then break and disconnect completely. When you return later, you’re more likely to experience flow.

7. Show Gratitude

Interactive demo! Try this.

Think this sentence and then pause and notice how you feel.

“Ugh, this guy has wasted the last 12 minutes of my life. I’ve learned nothing and this demo he is asking me to do is bullsh*t.”

… hmmm ok …

Now try this one.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to expand my worldview. I am practicing my ability to read information and filter what is meaningful to me.”

… pause a moment …

Now one more.

“I am MASSIVELY grateful this author injected caffeine into his veins to have the energy to compile all this useful information into one concise article. I am grateful to be learning something new today and am giddy to apply one of these techniques in my daily life. EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!”

Wait, why weren’t you already thinking that?!?

If you weren’t, you should watch this.

You get the point though: We can think about the same experience in many different ways. If we are grateful, we positively change our perspective on the events in our lives.

UJ Ramdas presented gratitude as a biohack and offered four techniques to start your daily gratitude practice.

  • Gratitude Journal. At it’s simplest, just write down 3 things you are grateful for each night. Pro tip: If you want email reminders, set up a google form (here’s a template) and use IFTTT to email yourself that link (If 10pm, then email me the link to that form).
  • Five Minute Journal. The journal created by UJ. Answer three questions each morning and two before bed. Puts you in the right mindset to start and end your day. (Link here)
  • Gratitude Walk. UJ recommends doing this on your way to work. Be very present and feel gratitude for everything you see and experience during that short walk. Try to feel the gratitude in your heart.
  • Gratitude Visit. Write a letter (300 words) of love and gratitude to someone important to you. Set up a time to meet them, then take out the letter and read it to them. UJ says it is extremely transformative.

Gratitude is a daily practice, similar to meditation. Like meditation, it becomes more natural over time. In fact, gratitude and meditation go very well together, like peanut butter and jelly. (For those wondering, PB&J is not Bulletproof.)

Remember: What you put into your body affects what you get out. In this case, your thoughts create the world you experience. If you put gratitude in, you get gratitude out.

Recap 1: Develop a daily gratitude practice.

Your Mission

  1. Pick one: Mobility, Nutrition, Nature, Attention, Music, Flow, Gratitude.
  2. Try it. Commit to it for 7 days.
  3. Make it failure-proof. Read the bonus biohack below to upgrade your willpower and make this habit failure-proof.

By Mark Moschel. This post on ‘Biohacking For Beginners’ originally appeared at Medium.com and Dave Asprey’s bulletproof site thank you to Mark and Medium for allowing me to repost it. I enjoy spreading amazing knowledge to the world and it would be a lot harder without your expertise.

Thank You!

Coconut Oil vs MCT Oil: How They Alter Your Brain Chemistry

Coconut Oil vs MCT Oil: How They Alter Your Brain Chemistry

By Justin Dutra and Published On: Mar 21, 2017

Whether you are a fan of coffee with butter or have just heard someone you know discuss the Bulletproof coffee craze, medium chain triglycerides (MCT) has probably crossed your radar recently as this is a radiant form of indirect biohacking.

Our modern (western) culture is especially prone to products, such as coconut oil and wondering what MCT Oil is, but few research options can give you an objective view of questions like “what is MCT oil?” or comparing MCT oil vs. coconut oil.

Specifically, we will focus on the best MCT oil for the purposes of improving your brain health and we will help you to understand how MCT oil works.

MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: Is There a Real Difference?

For a basic understanding, the term MCT oil refers to the fatty acids that have medium-chain triglycerides that interact with human biology differently than long chain triglycerides (LCT).

Briefly, the main MCTs are as follows:

  • C6 (Caproic Acid) – There isn’t a high quantity of C6 fatty acids in coconut oil and it might be a good thing. Despite being a ready source of ketone energy for your body, it can cause throat irritation and gastrointestinal distress. Studies on piglets showed how effective C6 can be for energy in the brain [1].
  • C8 (Caprylic Acid) – This is a rare type of MCT, which is rare (only 6% of coconut oil) and useful for energy metabolism. It seems the value of C8 might be inflated by Dave Asprey because of his selling Brain Octane Oil.
  • C10 (Capric Acid) – Another major MCT is C10, which is approximately 9% of coconut oil and is considered a useful tool for energy metabolism because (like other MCTs) does not require bile salts for digestive purposes. In short, it’s easy to digest and convert to energy.
  • C12 (Lauric Acid) – This is technically considered a medium chain triglyceride and thus a source of debate in health and biochemistry communities. It is with lauric acid that the question of MCT oil vs. coconut oil becomes most present.

The C12 lauric acid is considered an MCT, but behaves like a LCT because it must visit our liver before being turned into energy. This makes it less effective than many of the other MCT oils [2] and it so happens this is the main component of coconut oil.

Approximately 50% of coconut oil is comprised of lauric acid, which means there is less of the others (which are more potent for your brain from an energy perspective).

Does this make MCT oil better than coconut oil?

Answer: No. You should get a balance of MCT oil and coconut oil (lauric acid) and here’s why.

According to Dr. Bruce Fife and Dr. Russell Blaylock in their book Stop Alzheimer’s Now, virgin coconut oil is more effective at treating Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

One rule of thumb that may make your life easier is to cook with coconut oil and use MCT oil for your Bulletproof coffee or supplementation purposes. Alternatively, you can cook with both at the same time!

Energy Benefits of MCT Oil

A common reason for consuming MCT oil is because of the teachings of Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Exec [3]. Thus, many entrepreneurs, biohacking enthusiasts, and individuals seeking high mental performance have turned to MCT oils in their morning coffee to have more mental energy.

The benefits of MCT oil for energy metabolism are partially true. The MCT oil does not need to pass through the lymphatic system and require bile salts for digestion [4]. This may be particularly useful for those with absorption problems, but it is generally useful as well.

The most affirming research was published in the American Society for Nutrition Services in 1997. This study showed that MCT oil only requires 3 steps for the body to turn it into ATP (energy for all your cells) versus sugar which takes 26 steps [5].

If you are used to a bowl of breakfast cereal or bagel, the carbohydrates (sugar) may not be providing you the most efficient mental energy for your work tasks.Image result for sad cereal

 

Combining Nootropics and MCT Oil

The evidence combining nootropic drugs and MCT oil is scarce, but quite promising from a research and anecdotal perspective. As we’ll point out later, memantine is a powerful nootropic drug associated with increased memory and neuroprotection (functioning through the acetylcholine system). One study combined MCT oil and memantine and concluded that these had significant positive effects on neurodegeneration.

More anecdotal evidence comes from nootropic communities who combine oxiracetam, aniracetam, or pramiracetam with huperzine A and MCT oil for mental energy as opposed to caffeine (Like stated in the beginning, mixing caffeine and butter is a state of neurohacking). One person stated “Caffeine will punch holes in my slow wave sleep, but racetams and MCT will not, and often help me lucid dream and get more REM if I wake up in the middle of the night to take them.” [6]

Neurodegenerative Diseases and MCT Oil

There are currently around 5.1 million elderly Americans who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or some type of dementia. This trend results in nearly 33% of all seniors dying with one of these degenerative diseases [7].

With so many people of all races and social classes falling victim to neurodegenerative diseases, it is no wonder MCT oil studies have found their way to research scientists. One Neurodegenerative Disease Management study found that MCT oil alone could be useful for patients suffering mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

The results were even more effective when MCT oil was combined with traditional and experimental therapies, such as memantine [8] (a common nootropic used for memory and neuro enhancement) [9].

Another study focused on C8 caprylic acid (the one in small quantities of coconut oil, but larger quantities in MCT oil) and the specific benefits as an alternative energy source for the brain to solve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease [10].

Beyond Alzheimer’s disease, researchers theorize MCT oil based ketogenic diets may also be beneficial for patients who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease [11].

It seems for long term neurological protection, using MCT oil specifically can have profound benefits in the long-term. While many studies look at MCT oil combined with a ketogenic diet, it is nonetheless useful to see the connection for the brain over other forms of fat… especially when coconut oil tastes so good!

Ketosis and MCT Oil with Weight Loss

MCT oil will not make you shed pounds of fat to get you in-shape with a beach body. However, the evidence supporting MCT oil weight loss benefits are compelling. In one 2003 study of International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders, researchers found more fat burning with MCT than LCT. Using MCT was related to a greater loss of body weight than other fats [12].

In other research, MCT oil helped to increase insulin sensitivity, which has implications for healthy adults and especially diabetics and severely overweight individuals [13].

For many, MCT oil benefits are specifically related to ketogenic diets and going into a more ketogenic state. Using MCT oil as part of the ketogenic diet is considered more “palatable” than the generic ketogenic option [14].

Here are a few other things to keep in mind for weight loss and MCTs:

  • MCT oil has around 10% fewer calories than LCT (8.4 kcal / g vs. 9.2 kcal / g) [15]
  • Because of quick MCT absorption, they are less likely stored as fat
  • MCT oil can make you feel more full through hormones like leptin so that you eat less [16]

Where to Buy MCT Oil with Healthy Manufacturing

Now that you’ve learned why medium chain triglycerides are useful, you may be considering where to buy MCT oil . Before finding the cheapest (or most expensive) option, it is best to consider manufacturing processes. After all, despite the benefits of MCT oil, it must be extracted (i.e: processed) in ways that could be potentially hazardous.

Removing the MCT oil (specifically separating lauric acid from the rest) is the most difficult part of the manufacturing process and usually requires chemicals. For many of the cheaper MCT oil options (such as Now Foods), the process includes a chemical recombination of refined coconut oil fatty acids with synthetic vegetable based ester, which leaves residue and could cause MCT oil side effects.

Supposedly, the processing of certain higher end brands uses triple steam distillation rather than chemical solvents with names like hexane (yikes!) and sodium methoxide (ew!). Whether these details make a large difference is unknown, but if you are willing to invest the money into MCT oil, you might as well go all the way to the best.