The myelin coat that sheaths neuronal tracts in the brain (white matter or gray matter) is what enables the brain to transmit information rapidly from one area to another. As we have written before, myelin is used by the brain as a source of fats for conversion to ketones when the brain’s supply of glucose—its primary fuel for energy—is depleted. This occurs in many circumstances, including fasting, ischemia, aging, stroke, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, to name just a few. That is why we have written so extensively about C-8 MCT OIL, which the brain can use as a source of fat for conversion to ketones, an alternative to glucose for fuel, thus sparing its valuable and limited supply of myelin.

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