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6 Research-Based Benefits of MCT Oil

3 minutes to read

07/12/2019

MCT Oil is rapidly gaining traction in the health-conscious community for its far-reaching benefits to the body. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, which are naturally occurring fats like those found in coconut oil.

Most foods contain long-chain triglycerides, which are metabolized differently than MCTs.

Triglycerides, more commonly known as fatty acids--or, more simply, as fat--serve two purposes in your body. They're transported into cells to be used for energy, or they're stored as body fat.

MCTs have 6 to 12 carbon atoms, compared to the 13 to 21 carbons in long-chain fatty acids. This means that MCTs break down in the body and get absorbed more quickly, and they're less likely to be stored as fat.

MCTs go straight to the liver, where they can be used as an instant source of energy or converted into ketones, which are produced when the liver breaks down fat. Ketones, unlike regular fatty acids, can cross the blood-brain barrier, providing an alternative energy source for the brain, which typically uses glucose for fuel.

MCTs are found naturally in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products, although the composition of the MCTs vary considerably. MCT Oil is a supplement that provides you with optimal amounts of the four main fatty acids found in medium-chain triglycerides.

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Here are just six of the many health benefits of adding MCT Oil to your diet.

1. It can help you lose weight.

MCT Oil helps you lose weight in a few ways.

  • MCT Oil increases the release of the hormones peptide YY and leptin, which promote feelings of fullness to reduce the appetite.
  • Your body can use MCT Oil as fuel right away, making it unnecessary for your body to store fat.
  • MCT Oil helps promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut, which can help you lose weight.
  • For those on a ketogenic diet, MCTs are converted into ketones, which can help you stay in ketosis longer.

2. It may reduce lactate buildup during exercise.

When you exercise, high lactate levels can impede your performance. One study found that MCT Oil reduced lactate levels in cyclists and made it easier for them to perform, compared to cyclists taking long-chain triglycerides. Furthermore, the study found that taking MCT Oil before exercise may increase your fat burn.

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3. It may help manage a range of medical conditions.

Since MCTs can be converted into ketones, they may reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures, according to one study.

Another study found that MCTs blocked receptors in the brain that cause seizures. MCT Oil may also improve symptoms of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease in people with a certain gene type. Since Alzheimer's impairs the brain's ability to use sugar for fuel, MCTs offer the brain an alternative energy source in the form of ketones.

4. It fights yeast and bacterial growth in the body.

MCTs have been shown to have anti-fungal and antimicrobial effects, reducing the growth of a common yeast that causes thrush and skin infections. MCTs have also been shown to reduce by half the growth of an infectious fungus in hospitals.

5. It may reduce risk factors for heart disease.

MCT Oil supports weight and fat loss as well as promotes lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol, which reduces your risk of heart disease.

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A study of obese men found that MCT Oil combined with flaxseed oil reduced cholesterol by 12.5 percent, compared to a reduction of 4.7 percent with olive oil.

MCT Oil has also been shown to increase HDL ("good") cholesterol and reduce C-reactive protein, an inflammatory marker that increases the risk of heart disease.

6. It may help control blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can be difficult to manage for people who are overweight or obese, and MCT Oil has been shown to reduce fat storage and increase fat burning in the body.

One study of people with diabetes found that when they were injected with insulin along with consuming MCTs, they needed 30 percent less sugar to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Another study found that people with diabetes who consumed MCT Oil every day enjoyed significant reductions in weight, waist circumference, and insulin resistance.

Thrive Naturals MCT Oil has no side effects, but because it's high in calories, you should count the oil as part of your total amount of fat intake rather than as extra intake. Limit your consumption to no more than the recommended daily dose to enjoy the benefits without going overboard on calories.

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Thrive Naturals MCT Oil is one of the most powerful allies you can enlist in your fight to lose weight, feel full, maximize your energy, and achieve optimal great health.

MCT Oil is perfect for anyone on a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic, or health-conscience diet. MCT Oil supports the rapid delivery of energy directly to your brain while promoting your body’s fat-fighting capabilities, resulting in better and longer performance throughout your day.


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