Health Benefits Of MCT Oil

Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is a type of supplement. It is often found in salad dressings, bulletproof coffee, and smoothies. The oil contains fats of medium-length chains that are easy to digest and have several related health benefits. The most common MCT oil source is coconut oil, since over fifty percent of coconut oil fat can be sourced to medium-chain triglycerides. There are also naturally occurring medium-chain triglycerides in dairy products and palm oil. There are four types of medium-chain triglycerides, and the two most commonly found in MCT oil are capric and caprylic acid. 

Medium-chain triglyceride oil can be an effective treatment for many issues. Many individuals report that it is an effective natural remedy for lowering cholesterol. It is also, reportedly, a healthy weight loss strategy. Many patients will try organic MCT oil for their health needs, though some will instead take an MCT supplement. Overall, patients must understand the health benefits to ensure that this oil is the best choice for their needs.

Increase In Energy

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Many individuals who consume MCT oil supplements experience a significant increase in their overall energy. The reason is that the fats in the oil are an instant energy source. This means that their body uses the energy right away. This is in contrast to when it stores the energy for later, such as with carbohydrates. In fact, many nutritionists refer to medium-chain triglyceride oil as a 'super fuel.' This is because the body has an easier time processing and absorbing medium-chain fats than long-chain ones, since the long-chain fats have more carbon in the chemical makeup. 

The shorter chained MCTs travel from the stomach to the liver, and individuals do not need to produce bile to break them down. The liver breaks down the fats to store them or use them as fuel. As medium-chain triglycerides enter the body and are not broken down, they provide immediate energy, rather than being like other fats and carbohydrates individuals need to digest first. MCTs also convert to ketones in the liver when an individual adheres to a ketogenic diet. The ketones move through the blood-brain barrier and provide direct energy to the brain.

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