Health benefits of MCT oil

MCT oil

MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and many health benefits are linked to the way your body processes these fats.

MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCT. These fats are also found in many other foods, such as palm oil and dairy products.

Different types of MCTs exist, of which caprylic and capric acid are most commonly used for MCT oil blends. In some cases, these specific types have unique benefits.

Caproic Acid (C6) is often removed from MCT blends because of its coconut flavour that does not appeal to everyone. However, C6 metabolized fast and immediately becomes a source of energy for your body. It has a positive influence on cholesterol levels and is also anti-viral and anti-microbial.

Caprylic Acid (C8) is considered the best if you are following a ketogenic diet. It quickly turns into energy for used by your brain and muscles.

Capric Acid (C10) is absorbed a little bit slower than C8 but is still highly digestible and usually more budget-friendly. It also has anti-microbial properties.

Taking MCT oil regularly can:

· Improve endurance and physical performance

· Enhance your weight workout

· Improve cognitive function and concentration

· Reduce headaches and migraines

· Improve mood

· Protect the heart and reduce bad cholesterol levels

· Improve intestinal permeability and gut flora

· Burn body fat as part of a ketogenic diet

· Promote weight loss by improving satiety

· Improving hormone production

· Balancing blood sugar levels

You can add MCT oil to smoothies, coffee and green juice. I like to use it to make mayonnaise or add it to salad dressing. But if that is all too hard you can just take a tablespoon or two neat.