Everything you need to know about MCT oil
MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides are a healthy fat that requires minimal effort from the liver to convert into ketones. Without getting too complex, fats are made up of chains of carbon atoms. MCTs are made up of 6 to 12 atoms as opposed to 13 to 21 in long-chain fatty acids. Because there are fewer carbon atoms, they can be digested more easily. Ketones are a primary fuel source for your brain and a good source of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP). In simple terms, ATP obtains the chemical energy from the breakdown of food and releases that energy to fuel other cellular functions necessary for muscle contraction.
While some MCT oils are harvested from palm oil, most quality MCT oils are harvested from coconuts. Oils made from coconut tend to have higher lauric acid content. This acid is a slower burning fuel source in comparison to the C8 and C10 chains in MCT, so you get the best of both worlds. The difference between coconut oil and MCT oil is that MCT oil is more concentrated. Coconut oil is mostly made up of Laurie acid, while MCT typically has all four kinds of MCTs for fast AND slow burning fuel.
Here’s a few highlights of the big benefits of MCTs:
- Helpful for maintaining a healthy weight
- Reduce stored body fat
- Raise metabolic function
- Provide your body with more energy
- Provide more brain fuel for clearer thinking
- Improve digestion
- Balance hormone levels
- Boost your mood
- Fight against bad bacteria, parasites, viruses
MCT oils are great for overall health, especially for people with digestive orders like leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and gallbladder infections, who may have a hard time digesting other forms of fats. And for those who are following a Ketogenic diet, MCT oil is a must! We recommend a tablespoon of unsalted, grass-fed butter and a tablespoon of MCT oil in a cup of coffee to make it bulletproof and keep you fueled.