About This Product
MCT oil is a supplement that has become popular among athletes and bodybuilders. The popularity of coconut oil, high in MCTs, has contributed to its use. As the name suggests, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are more easily digested than longer-chain fatty acids found in many other foods.
MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. These fats are also found in other foods, such as palm oil and dairy products. Four different types of MCTs exist, of which caprylic and capric acid are most commonly used for MCT oil. In some cases, these specific types have unique benefits.
5 science-backed benefits of MCT
1- Weight Loss
MCT oil has been shown to increase the release of two hormones that can promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin. One study found that people taking 2 tablespoons of MCT oil as part of their breakfast ended up eating less food for lunch compared to those taking coconut oil. The same study also found a lower rise in triglycerides and glucose with MCT oil, which may also influence the feeling of fullness. Additionally, some older studies showed that taking MCT oil could help reduce body weight and waist circumference.
Researchers reported that it could help prevent obesity. Note that some of these studies don’t take other factors into accounts, such as activity levels and other calorie consumption. More research is needed. MCT oil has about 10% fewer calories than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which are found in foods such as olive oil, nuts, and avocados. MCTs can also be converted into ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fat when carbohydrate intake is low.
If you’re following a ketogenic diet, which is very low in carbs yet high in fat, taking MCT oil could possibly help you stay in the fat-burning state known as ketosis. Lastly, your gut environment is very important when it comes to your weight. MCT oil may help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also help you lose weight.
2- Natural Source Of Energy
The body absorbs MCTs more rapidly than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which contain more carbons in their fatty acid chains. Due to their shorter chain length, MCTs travel more quickly from the gut to the liver and do not require bile to break down as longer-chain fats do. In the liver, the fats are broken down to be either used as fuel or stored as body fat. Since MCTs easily enter your cells without being broken down, they can be used as an immediate source of energy. When you’re on a ketogenic diet, MCTs can also be converted into ketones in the liver. These ketones can pass through your blood-brain barrier, making them a source of energy for your brain cells.
3- MCT Oil May Help Fight Yeast And Bacterial Growth
MCTs have been shown to have antimicrobial and antifungal effects. Coconut oil, which contains numerous MCTs, has been shown in an older in-vitro study to reduce the growth of Candida albicans by 25%. This is a common yeast that can cause thrush and various skin infections. An in-vitro study also showed that coconut oil reduced the growth of a disease-causing bacteria called Clostridium difficile. Coconut oil’s ability to reduce yeast and bacterial growth may be due to the caprylic, capric, and lauric acid in MCTs. MCTs themselves have also been shown to suppress the growth of a widespread infectious fungus in hospitals by up to 50%.
4- MCT Oil May Reduce Risk Factors For Heart Diseases
Some factors that increase your risk for heart disease include:
- high cholesterol
- blood pressure
- body mass index
MCT oil has been shown to support weight and fat loss. This may, in turn, help reduce your risk for heart disease. A study of 24 overweight men found that taking MCT oil combined with phytosterols and flaxseed oil for 29 days reduced total cholesterol by 12.5%. However, when olive oil was used instead, the reduction was only 4.7%. The same study also found better reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol when the MCT oil mixture was added to their diet. Moreover, MCT oil could help increase the production of heart-protective HDL (good) cholesterol.
It can even significantly reduce C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory marker that increases the risk for heart disease. Additional older studies found that MCT-oil-based mixtures can have a positive effect on other heart disease risk factors, as well.
5- MCT Oil May Help With Blood Sugar
MCT oil may also have benefits for those with diabetes. MCTs have been shown to reduce fat storage and increase fat burning, which can aid in managing the condition. One small, older study of 40 people with diabetes found that those who consumed MCT oil daily saw reductions in body weight, waist circumference, and insulin resistance, compared to those taking corn oil containing LCTs. Another study found that when 10 people with diabetes were injected with insulin, they needed 30% less sugar to maintain normal blood sugar levels when they consumed MCTs, compared to LCTs.
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Do not exceed recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under the age of 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use if the safety seal is damaged or missing. Store in a cool, dry place. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or health condition.