Pure MCT Oil is made by isolating the MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) from the LCT’s (long chain triglycerides), and can be used to support areas such as weight management, energy levels during workouts, and age-related cognitive decline.
MCT’s are derived from coconut oil. MCT oil is the best kind of fuel for us at the cellular level because of the fact that it encourages fat-burning and also because it increases mental clarity.
Because of its properties, MCT Oil can help with weight loss. It’s quickly metabolized – it doesn’t get stored as fat but is burned quickly and turned into energy.
In one study published in the Journal of Obesity and Research in 2013, scientists at McGill University in Montreal carried out a randomized control trial to compare the effects of MCT’s (such as caprylic acid and lauric acid) and LCT’s (such as olive oil) on body fat storage, energy expenditure, appetite control, and other aspects of weight loss in overweight men.
Researchers put these men on different diets for 28 days. They switched the diets after a short time so that they could see differences in the same subjects. One group ate a coconut oil-rich diet, high in medium-chain triglycerides. The other group ate a diet rich in long-chain triglycerides.
Those who ate coconut oil lost more body fat, which they attributed to a greater increase in energy expenditure and fat burning. Coconut oil actually sped up their metabolism, curbing their appetite, and allowing them to lose more belly fat, as compared with the men who were on the olive oil-rich diet.
MCTs are also a unique form of saturated fat with very potent antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that support your immune system. They also provide anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and even anti-viral benefits.
According to studies, MCTs help you burn about 460 extra calories a day for men and about 190 extra calories a day for women. MCTs also beneficially impact your hormones, including appetite-controlling hormones, helping you feel fuller for longer.
MCTs also help cognitively: they make excellent brain and cellular fuel.
Dr. Mark Hyman writes about MCT’s being his favourite oil for many reasons. He says: “You might be hesitant to use coconut oil or MCT oil because it is high in saturated fat, which has been demonized for decades. Yet there is world of difference between quality saturated fat in coconut or MCT oils, as compared with what you might find in a fast food cheeseburger.”
As he points out, “fat is one of your body’s main building blocks, yet for decades it was unfairly maligned. Instead, we followed a low-fat diet according to U.S. dietary guidelines, which became a high-sugar, high-refined-carb diet contributing to an epidemic of insulin resistance, obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and many other serious health problems.”
Instead of bad fats or more carbohydrates, what we need to do is consume omega 3 fats and MCTs like coconut oil, which are actually good for you and can actually help you lose weight, enjoy optimal health, and increase brain power and immunity as well.
To receive the best results from using MCT Oil, incorporate them into a low carbohydrate diet. Start by taking 1 teaspoon daily, with food, and build slowly to avoid stomach upset. Mix MCT Oil with your morning coffee, smoothies, or make a great tasting salad dressing.