There are countless tips and tricks to remember what you study.

But these can only get you so far.

If your brain doesn’t work optimally, you can spend hours trying to memorize one page of text – with no success.

So before trying a new study trick, you should put your brain into high gear first.

The best way to do it?

By giving it the nutrients it needs.

Here at Cates Nutrition, we’ll reveal to you the best brain food for studying. So you can pass that exam with flying colors.

Shall we have a look?

Cold-Pressed Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil might just be your brain’s favorite food.

While most fats in our diet are made of long-chain triglycerides, coconut oil is made of medium-chain triglycerides. These are also known as MCTs. (29)

What’s so special about MCTs, you ask?

For starters, they are shorter than other types of fats. This means that MCTs get absorbed into your liver much quicker. Once there, these fats can be used as a quick energy source for the brain.

Your brain thrives on medium-chain fats.

These fatty acids can get converted to ketones, which is your brain’s favorite fuel source. Even more so than glucose.

In fact, it’s shown that ketones have the ability to prevent, and even treat cognitive decline. (30, 31)

You can get these benefits by taking 1-3 tablespoons of coconut oil daily. Just make sure to take it over the course of the day, instead of all at once. Too much coconut oil in one sitting can cause digestive issues.

Lastly, you should always choose extra-virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is also fine. As long as it’s cold-pressed, it retains all of its benefits.

By contrast, refined coconut oil is no good. That’s because it loses its beneficial properties during high-heat processing. (32)