MCT Oil is commonly used to aid in weight loss, help control appetite, provide that extra boost of energy when exercising, and to reduce inflammation.
It is made from coconut or palm kernel oil and is considered a healthy fat. MCT molecules are smaller than those in most fats you eat making them easier to digest. It absorbs into your bloodstream quickly turning into energy you can use.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT oil, also known as Medium-Chain Triglycerides, comes from certain oils and dairy products. The MCT molecules are smaller and shorter in length, making them easier to absorb into your bloodstream and metabolize, which then convert into energy that your body uses. Because the molecules of MCT are short in length, it makes them easier to consume and digest.
When consumed they travel directly from the gut to the liver, where they are instantly turned into fuel and used as energy or converted to ketones. They are less likely to be stored as fat within the body because they are turned into energy so quickly.
The main source of MCT oil comes from coconut oil. Most MCT supplements you see today come from such fats and can be found in:
- Leafy greens: Spinach, kale, collards, parsley
- Seaweed: Spirulina, chlorella, dulse, kelp
- Other vegetables: Broccoli, beets, carrots, tomatoes, green cabbage
- Grasses: Barley grass, wheatgrass, oat grass, alfalfa grass
- High-antioxidant fruits: Blueberries, raspberries, goji, and acai berries
- Nutritional extracts: Green tea extract, grape seed extract, ginkgo biloba extract
- Probiotics: Lactobacillus (L.) rhamnosus, L. acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis
- Plant-based digestive enzymes: Amylase, cellulase, lipase, papain, protease
- Herbs: Holy basil, astragalus, echinacea, milk thistle
- Mushrooms: Maitake mushroom extract, shiitake mushroom extract
- Natural sugar substitutes: Stevia leaf extract, monk fruit extract
- Extra fiber: Rice bran, inulin, apple fiber
Health Benefits of MCT Oil
Promotes Weight Loss & Overall Health
MCT’s increase the release of hormones leptin and peptide YY which causes a lower rise in glucose and triglycerides and stimulates the feeling of fullness in the body. When you are full longer, you snack less which in return reduces waist circumference and body weight.
MCT’s are recommended to prevent obesity, support the growth of good bacteria in your gut, boost’s good cholesterol, and lowers your blood sugar. All of these factor into the increase in your overall health.
Instant Energy Source & Better Brain and Memory Function
The body’s ability to absorb MCT’s faster, due to their structure and size, serve as an instant energy source. The liver converts the MCTs into ketones, which then pass through the blood-brain barrier into the brain providing a great source of energy for the brain. With extra fuel for the brain, you will notice an improvement in your overall focus and memory.
Help Convert Fat to Energy & Endurance During Exercise
We are lead to believe that carbs are the source of energy, however, this is wrong. HEALTHY FATS are converted into energy! MCT is known to prevent lactate build-up. When you have high lactate build-up, you have less motivation and energy preventing you from performing at a high level.
Contains Fatty Acids That Fight Bacteria & Yeast Growth
MCT contains anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties that prevent the growth of yeast known as Candida Albicans. This yeast is known to cause thrush and several skin infections.
How do I use MCT Oil?
There are many ways to incorporate MCT oil into your daily routine. The most common methods you will find is by adding MCT oil into coffee, smoothies, protein shakes, and even salad dressings. Even though most MCT oil is made from 100% pure organic coconut oil, it is flavorless, so it will not add a coconut flavor and makes it easy to incorporate into any dish!
MCT oil combines well with other supplements such as collagen peptides, whey protein, and bone broth protein. Together, the fat from MCT and the proteins makeup a nutrient-dense food source that will keep you full and energized throughout the day.
MCT oil is easy to use! You can blend it, drizzle it, or even replace it as a cooking oil. It stays in a constant liquid form and won’t turn solid at room temperature or in the fridge. It can be used when cooking low to mid temperatures and it has a lower smoking point at 320°F.
There are so many exciting ways to add more MCTs to your diet, but if you’re just getting started with MCT oil, there is such a thing as “too much.” Use the recommended daily dose (usually 1-2 tablespoons depending on the brand and concentration of pure MCT’s).
Commonly Asked Questions
Does MCT oil make you poop?
MCT oil does have the potential to increase the frequency of bowel movements. However, how much this frequency will be increased is up in the air.
Does MCT oil keep you awake?
No. MCT Oil does not cause insomnia. Instead, it helps you sleep better. But, if you are just starting and are not used to any MCT at all, start slowly.
Does MCT oil make you lose weight?
MCT oil can help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also help you lose weight. MCT oil may support weight loss by increasing fullness, fat loss, energy-burning, ketone production, and by improving your gut environment.