MCT oil has been growing in popularity due to its many health benefits. But what are MCTs? And how do they work in the body? Added to coffees, salads and smoothies this type of healthy oil has many benefits. Whether you want to lose weight, improve sports performance or improve your gut and heart health, MCT is an excellent natural fuel for the body and brain.
MCT oil is a highly concentrated form of medium-chain triglycerides. This oil is a type of fat found naturally in coconut oil and other foods. MCT oil is man-made, and it contains 6 to 12 carbon chains.
The process to produce MCT oil is by extracting and isolating the medium-chain triglycerides from coconut oil or palm kernel oil. This process will leave MCT oils with 100% caprylic acid(C8), 100% capric acid (C10) or a combination of the two. The high levels of C8 and C10 will give you an immediate energy boost.
When MCT oil is ingested, it bypasses the digestion process. Because of that, the body absorbs MCT directly through the gut into the bloodstream, which will then be used for energy instead of being stored as fat.
Many people use MCT oil for weight loss. This works because MCT oil creates ketones, which increases your metabolic rate leading to fat burning. Your body will also use MCT oil as an instant source of energy. You will see more a significant weight loss when on a low carbohydrate diet.
MCT will also suppress hunger as it fills you up. When MCT is ingested it raise ketones, which will then suppress ghrelin (the hunger hormone) and it will also increase cholecystokinin, which will consequently make you feel full for longer.
Easy to digest
MCT oil is easily digested because of its shorter chain lengths of the fat molecules.
Because MCT has a smaller molecular structure and is more soluble in water, it makes it easier for the body to absorb and digest.
Because this oil is easily absorbed by the gut, it will also strengthen it. MCT oil will help the body to optimise the growth of good bacteria in the gut. It will also help to support the gut lining. Having a healthy gut is essential for a healthy living.
Boost your workout
MCT oil is used by the body as a fuel of energy. As studies have shown medium-chain triglycerides bypass the digestion process. So, when ingested the body uses it as a form of energy source.
This type of oil when ingested doesn't act like a fat, it works more like a carbohydrate.
When you eat high-quality MCT oil, the body will turn the oil into ketones within minutes, providing the brain with an almost immediate increase of energy. So not only your body will get the boost of energy provided by MCT oil but also the brain. You can focus on your workouts better than ever.
Whether you want to lose weight or increase energy, MCT oils have shown to provide many health benefits. Adding this medium-chain triglyceride to your diet may be worth.
Due to its popularity, MCT oil can be found in many products. From coffee powder, pure oil, protein powders and much more. MCT oil can be a great addition to anyone living a healthy lifestyle.
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Aubrey Bosarge, Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 87, Issue 3, March 2008, Pages 621–626, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/87.3.621
Gibson, A. A., Seimon, R. V., Lee, C. M., Ayre, J. , Franklin, J. , Markovic, T. P., Caterson, I. D. and Sainsbury, A. (2015), Do ketogenic diets really suppress appetite?. Obes Rev, 16: 64-76. doi:10.1111/obr.12230