WHAT IS MCT AND MCT OIL?
MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride. MTC 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.
WHAT IS THE BENEFITS OF MCT?
Here are science-backed benefits you can get from adding MCT oil:
- Weight Management - MCT oil may support weight loss by increasing fullness, fat loss, ketone production, and by improving your gut environment. MCT oil has 10 percent fewer calories than long chain triglycerides. Studies have shown that MCT can have a positive effect on weight loss. 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. Your gut environment is very important when it comes to your weight and MCT oil may help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also help you lose weight
- Exercise Performance - MCT oil could potentially increase fat burning and reduce the need for carbs during exercise. One study showed that athletes who took 1.5 teaspoons of MCTs with food before cycling had lower lactate levels and found it easier to exercise, compared to those taking LCTs. And a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism concluded that supplying ketones directly led to longer performance with less muscle pain in endurance athletes.
- Heart Health - MCT oil is easily absorbed and transported throughout the body. It can be used as an instant source of energy or can be converted into ketones. In a study of 24 obese men who took MCT with flaxseed oil and phytosterols for a month, their total cholesterol concentration decreased by 12.5 percent and LDL cholesterol lowered by 13.9 percent. In addition, they raised levels of their healthy HDL cholesterol.
- Antibacterial, Antiviral and Antifungal - MCT oil contains fatty acids that have been shown to reduce the growth of yeast and bacteria. Overall, MCTs may have a variety of antimicrobial and antifungal effects, though more research is needed. Some research has been shown to have an effect on improving the health of the gut through decreasing intestinal inflammation and influencing the health of gut bacteria. And it’s also thought to have some role in helping to kill various viruses or fungi that can be harmful to the body.