Can Eating More Fat Actually Improve Brain Function? A Neurologist Explains

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Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain and a board-certified neurologist, maintains that fat as a fuel source produces fewer free radicals as a metabolic side effect. In other words, it's more efficient. It's a myth that the brain needs glucose to function. In fact, fat helps neurogenesis (the creation of new brain cells) and composes the membrane of every cell in the body. Watch the video with Jason Wachob, the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and Dr. Perlmutter, to learn how dietary fat is the best fuel source.

Dr. Perlmutter is a trusted source when it comes to gut health. With degenerative and cognitive-based diseases on the rise from autism and ADHD in children to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's in adults, uncovering the nuances in the relationship between the brain and the gut has never been more important. In line with his mission to approach neurological disorders with preventive medicine, Dr. Perlmutter has developed practical plans that help the inflammatory response in the body in his best-selling books, Brain Maker and Grain Brain.

Watch Dr. Perlmutter’s full-length talk right here.

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