MCT oil is so popular right now. We are hearing about it everywhere. It is being added to coffees, dressings, and your morning protein shake. But what is it really? And should we be using it? Today I have all the answers for you, but ultimately you get to decide whether or not to add it to your diet.
So, what even is MCT oil?
MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride oil. It is essentially a short-length fat that is easily digested by our bodies. Its benefits include adjusting how your body processes these fats. MCT oil is extracted fro coconut, palm oil, dairy products, and other foods. There are many different types of MCT oils, but caprylic and capric acid types are the most popular of the MCT oils.
What does MCT oil do for us?
MCT oil has many health benefits that are backed by science. Here are a few of the benefits:
- Weight loss
Consuming MCT oil helps us to feel full, therefore preventing us from eating too much and thus gaining weight from overeating. Our body processes MCT oil differently than other fats and this may help us to burn calories. We also have to store less fat because MCT oil can be immediately transformed into energy.
MCT does not have to be broken down the same way that other fats do by our liver, therefore making it an immediate energy source. MCT oil is known to be a brain booster because of this immediate energy source.
- Assist with managing Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease
MCT is able to be transformed into ketones, which may help manage Epilepsy by reducing the frequency of seizures. This should be managed with the support of a Physician, however. Please do not start an MCT oil regimen to manage Epilepsy without consulting a professional. Ketones also help to block the work in the part of the brain that promotes memory loss, therefore potentially making it beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.
- Fight bacteria
MCTs, in coconut oil, help to reduce several different bacteria. Some that are responsible for the development of skin infections and others that reduce the development of fungus. This could be related to the caprylic, capric, and lauric acids that are found in MCTs. Further research will need to be done on this topic, however.
- Help control blood sugar levels
For people experiencing Type 2 Diabetes as related to being overweight, using MCT oil to increase fat burning can be helpful in long-term maintenance and weight loss. MCT oil use can reduce body weight and insulin resistance. If a person were to lose enough weight, they could potentially reverse the condition of Type 2 Diabetes or drastically decrease its impact.
Where to get it
MCT oil has many physical health benefits. It, like anything, should be used in moderation because it may be hard on your gastrointestinal system at first. Find a good recipe for a morning smoothie and maybe add some. I suggest ordering this product off Amazon, it is a best seller!