MCT oil is made of the fats found in plant oils and dairy products. The letters “MCT” stand for “Medium-chain triglycerides”.
MCT oil is very popular in the fitness community as a way to increase endurance while exercising. There are various types of MCT’s. These include C6, C8, C10 and C12. These numbers refer to the length of the “chain”. The shorter the length of the chain, the easier it turns into ketones.
Ketones help your body use fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. This is called “Ketosis”. When your body lacks the necessary amount of glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead.
In most cases, C8 is the preferred MCT because C6 is known to cause an upset stomach. But the most commonly available MCT will be a mix of C8 and C10.
Here are five known benefits of using MCT oil:
#1: Improves Your Memory
MCT oil has shown to help fuel the brain and improve memory. Studies have shown that MCT oil can also help with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and autism.
#2: Increased Energy
Studies have shown that MCT oil helps to boost energy with athletes showing better performance when using MCT oil. MCT’s are fast-acting since the body absorbs them more rapidly than carbohydrates. MCT’s enter your cells without the need to be broken down, so the energy boost you get occurs almost instantly.
#3: Better Weight Management
MCT oil encourages the process of ketosis which causes the body to burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates. In addition, MCT’s help to suppress your appetite. This also encourages weight loss by increasingly the calories and fat you burn while decreasing your calorie intake.
#4: Improves Blood Sugar
MCT oil helps to promote healthy blood sugar levels. Studies have shown MCT oil can also increase the production of heart-protective HDL or “good” cholesterol. This, in combination with the ability MCT’s have to reduce fat storage and increase fat burning, makes it much easier to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Especially for those with diabetes.
#5: Increases Brain Function
Studies have shown that the state of ketosis improves thinking ability. Since MCT’s encourage ketosis, the brain starts burning ketones instead of glucose. Ketones have been proven to be an extremely potent fuel source for your brain. They have even shown to be effective at treating concussions as well.