Slowly rising to fame, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is a supplement now often added to salad dressings, smoothies, and to Bulletproof Coffee. The shorter length of MCTs makes them easy to digest and the way these fats get processed by your body links to many health benefits.
Why you should take MCT oil?
Compared to the long-chain fats in your usual diet, your body processes MCTs differently. Normally, fats taken into your body get mixed with bile from your gallbladder and are broken down by pancreatic enzymes in your digestive system.
However, MCTs don’t need the help of bile or pancreatic enzymes. They are readily used by the body for energy instead of being temporarily stored as fat. Like coconut oil, MCTs also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, ridding your gut of bacteria and viruses.
Below are the great benefits you can get by inserting MCT oil into your diet.
1. Lose weight
Are you trying to lose some extra weight? MCT oil increases the release of two hormones: peptide YY and leptin which promote the feeling of fullness in a person’s body. MCT oil makes you feel full which encourages you to eat less food.
Since your body can use MCT oil as a source of energy, it makes it unnecessary to store fat. Also if you’re into a ketogenic diet which is high in fat yet low in carbs, taking MCT oil will help you stay in a “fat-burning” state also known as ketosis.
In short, MCT oil supports your weight loss goals by:
- Energy burning
- Fat loss
- Increasing feeling of fullness
- Improving gut environment
- Ketone production
2. Fuel the brain
As the body absorbs MCTs much faster than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), it fuels your brain to function more efficiently. Since MCTs can enter the cells without the need for breaking down, they can be an immediate source of energy. For those on a ketogenic diet, MCTs convert into ketones in the liver which can immediately pass through the blood-brain barrier, making them a good source of energy for your brain.
For people affected by Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and even Parkinson’s, ketones appear to be a much-preferred energy source for the brain. In these diseases, some neurons have become insulin resistant so they have lost the ability to utilize glucose.
3. Reduce the risk of heart disease
The common factors that increase your risk of heart disease are high blood pressure, cholesterol, inflammation, smoking, and being overweight. Since MCT oil supports weight and fat loss, it greatly reduces your risk of heart disease. Moreover, MCTs increase the production of “good cholesterol” or heart-protective HDL so you know your heart is safer than ever.
4. Control diabetes
Most people who suffer from type 2 Diabetes are those overweight or obese which makes it much harder for them to manage the disease. But with MCTs, you can increase fat burning and reduce fat storage without the need to exercise for long hours.
5. Improve exercise performance
Through the years, MCTs have turned into a staple in the diets of athletes. This comes as no surprise since MCTs have high energy density and get rapidly absorbed in the body to be quickly converted into sustainable energy.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, recreational athletes showed reduced blood lactate levels as well as perceived exertion when consuming MCTs. Furthermore, in another study from the Journal of Applied Physiology, endurance-trained cyclists who took MCTs during their exercise for two hours showed significant improvements in their performance.
With more and more athletes converting to high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets, MCT oil becomes a great supplement for sustaining energy.
Make MCT oil a part of your healthy diet
Keep in mind that MCT oil works as a supplement and you shouldn’t rely on it as your go-to miracle cure. It’s important that you realize that MCT oil will not give you the weight you desired all on its own. Instead, use MCT oil as an addition to your healthy diet and regular exercise.
If you’re serious about losing some extra weight, your health can get great benefits from MCTs. Whether it’s in oil or any other form, MCT is the ultimate addition to any meal. Start improving your health today by adding MCT oil to your daily regime.
Dave Asprey is the creator of the widely-popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the #1 health podcast, Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, “The Bulletproof Diet.” Through his work, the Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur provides information, techniques and keys to taking control of and improving your biochemistry, your body and your mind so they work in unison, helping you execute at levels far beyond what you’d expect, without burning out, getting sick, or allowing stress to control your decisions.