This healthy fat from coconut oil can help boost energy, fight off bad bugs, promote heart health and more…
Healthy fats are all the rage, and among these, MCT oil falls in a special category. A concetration of fats foumd in cocunut oil, it promises to deliver quick energy and a host of other benefits-from easier weight management to better memory and heart health.
“MCT” is an abbreviation for the oil’s chemical structure, medium chain triglycerides, also called medium-chain fatty acids. Fats are made of chains of molecules bound together and depending upon the number of carbon atoms in a chain, are classified as short, medium or long chain.
MCT oils contain three main types of fatty acids: lauric, capric and caprylic acids. All are classified as medium chain, but lauric is a somewhat longer chain than the others and is often considered to be less beneficial for energy boosting and fat burning. However, some research has found lauric acid to be the most poweful of the tree in fighting bacteria, fungi and viruses.
Here are 7 reasons to add MCT oil to your diet:
It Boosts Energy. Medium chain triglycerides are more easily digested that other fats. More importantly, unlike long chain triglycerides, which get stored in your body’s other cells, tissues and organs, MCTs are stored in the liver, where they are quickly metabolized and converted into a readily available source of energy. In contrast, other fats go throught many more conversion steps.
It Aids in Weight Loss. Replacing other fat with MCT oil can produce weight loss. A Japanese study of 78 men and women compared the effects of MCT oil or long-chain fatty acids (common fats such as olive and soybean oils, meat, fish, nuts and avocado) in diets with the same amounts of calories and total fat. Measurements after 4,8 and 12 weeks showed that at each stage, those consuming MCT oil lost significantly more fat.
It Protect the Heart. A review of studies, published in Pharmacological Research, concluded that MCT oil may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of factors-such as unhealthy levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol-that increases risk of diabetes and heart disease. Studies suggested that the oil suppressed fat deposition, enhanced metabolism, and improved insulin sensitivity, a key to preventung lifestyle diseases.
It Fights Bugs. MCT oil inhibits the growth of common bugs that have become resistant to antibiotics, according to reasearch at Kent State University in Ohio. One specific bacterium in fights in Clostridium Difficile, a common cause of infection in hospital. Lauric acid has also been found to combat Staphylococcus aureus, which can contaminate food or water and cause diarrhea, vomiting and other pproblems.
It Healps Alzheimer’s Patients. Peoople suffering from Alzheimer’s have experienced improvement in symptoms when taking coconut oil or MCT oil, and a study is ongoing at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa. Researchers are testing a liquid supplement with a combination of coconut and MCT oil on people who are least 60 years old and suffer from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
It Helps Enhance the Keto Diet. MCT oil triggers production of ketones, suvstances fenerated when fat is burned for energy. Turning on fat burning is the underlying premise of the very-low-carb keto (or ketogenic) diet, so MCT oil works well with this weight-loss regimen. For optimum energy-boosting and weight-cntrol effects, try incorporating MCT oil into a diet that contains nonstarchy vegetables rather than starchy or sugary carbohydrates.
It’s Easy to Take. A typical dosage for MCT oil is 1 Tbs. daily, or about 13 grams if taking capsules. MCT oil can be added to food or smoothies or taken by itself. Some products come in a veriety of flavors. MCT oil supplements are made from coconut and/ or palm oil, another rich soruce of MCTs.