MCT Oil - The Benefits
What is MCT and how does it work?
Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is a type of dietary fat containing very small molecules (smaller than many fats we eat, known as long-chain triglycerides) making them easily digestible, quickly absorbed and a great source of energy.
Good quality MCT oil should be entirely sourced from coconuts with no palm oil. True MCT oil is clean, light and flavourless - a beautifully balanced blend of 60% C8 (caprylic acid) and 40% C10 (capric acid).
Why are MCT’s good?
When MCT’s are consumed, our body converts them into ketones - a clean and sustainable source of energy. These ketones help you burn fat for energy rather than glucose (which come from carbs) which can help support weight loss, boost energy and improve cognitive function.
What are the main benefits?
MCT oil is a supplement getting a lot of attention and has gained popularity by those opting for higher-fat, lower-carb diets for weight loss, for those who are enjoying intermittent fasting and for those who are wanting a quick source of energy.
Here are some of the benefits associated with adding MCT into your daily routine:
Quick Source of Energy: MCTs are easily digested and rapidly absorbed by the body. They are transported directly to the liver, where they can be used as a quick source of energy.
Improved Exercise Performance: Athletes and fitness enthusiasts often use MCT oil as a pre-workout supplement. It can provide a quick energy boost and enhance endurance during training sessions.
Weight Management: MCT oil may help with weight management. Some studies suggest that consuming MCT oil can help with satiety and feeling of fullness, decrease sugar cravings and help reduce calorie intake. Additionally, MCT may help boost metabolism, potentially aiding in weight loss.
Brain Health: Research suggests that MCTs provide cognitive benefits - promoting mental clarity and support brain function. They work by crossing the blood-brain barrier providing a nourishing and sustainable source of fuel for the brain. Interestingly, MCT oil is currently being researched in the field of Alzheimer’s to support sufferers and as a means of prevention.
Blood Sugar: MCT oil may also help improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels with research focusing on Diabetes Type 2
Anti-Microbial Properties: MCTs, particularly lauric acid, have antimicrobial properties. They may help combat harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi in the gut and body.
Ketosis boost: MCT oil is commonly used in ketogenic diets because it may help increase the production of ketones, which are used for energy when the body is in a state of ketosis.
Antioxidant rich - High-quality MCT oil like True MCT oil has antioxidant qualities which can help to reduce oxidative damage in the body, often caused by an overconsumption of processed foods and high trans-fats.
How to use True MCT oil?
True MCT oil is incredibly versatile as it’s liquid at room temperature and is clean, light and flavourless. It really can be used daily in a variety of ways:
- Add to your coffee, tea, hot chocolate or matcha for an extra energy boost. Best when blended.
- Great added to smoothies and juices as it’s neutral tasting.
- Quick and easy added to dressings and sauces.
- Use in a simple granola recipe instead of regular coconut oil.
It's important to note that while MCT oil offers several potential benefits, it should be consumed in moderation. Excessive consumption can lead to digestive issues like diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Individual responses to MCT oil can vary, so it's a good idea to start with a small serving (1/2 teaspoon) and increase slowly.