10 Amazing Benefits of MCT Oils
I’m sure you have heard about some of the awesome health benefits of Coconut Oil. I go through some of them in this post HERE. But have you heard or tried Medium Chain Tryglcerides (MCT) oil?
First to recap, what exactly is MCT Oil?
Well its pretty much a concentrated form of all the best parts of coconut oil. So you are getting maximum bang for your supplement buck. The healthy fats in coconut oil comprise of MCT. MCT oil is the concentrated form of that healthy fat.
Lets jump straight into why everyone could benefit from MCT Oil supplementation.
Fast Energy For The Brain!
The concept here is that the liver, from consumption of MCT oil, produces keytones. The brain then uses keytones, instead of glucose as fuel. Keytones are a more efficient fuel for your brain and so brain function is enhanced shortly after MCT oil supplementation.
May Help or Prevent Alzheimer’s
In this podcast Dr Mary Newport who is one of the leading authorities on MCT research shares with us her story of how using MCTs helped improve her husbands Alzheimer’s. As well as some of the interesting research that has been done on the potential effect of MCTs also helping people suffering from Parkinson’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and other conditions where the brain isn’t getting enough glucose to function. Keytones provide an alternative source of fuel for your brain and therefore can help to improve symptoms of these diseases.
Regular MCT supplementation may also help to prevent these diseases especially in people with a family history or at a high risk of developing these. MCT supplementation has also been found to help those suffering from chronic fatigue reclaim their energy levels.
Improves the Flavour of Your Food
Did you know that MCT Oil could actually enhance the flavour of your food? Try it on sushi or your next salad as part of your dressing. It’s also really easy to store and is liquid at room temperature unlike coconut oil.
Promotes Fat Burning & Weight Loss
Yep you read that right! MCT oil should be part of your weight loss arsenal. Numerous studies have shown MCT oil to help reduce cravings, increase energy expenditure and help control your metabolism. This happens for a few reasons.
- MCT oil encourages thermogenesis, a process in which body increases its heat production, without you doing any sort of exercise. This helps the body burn fat faster.
- Keytones produced by the body through MCT supplementation also have an appetite reducing effect.
- Feeling more energetic reduces the body’s cravings for sugary foods and snacks. It also helps the body reduce its dependence on sugar and therefore helps to reduce cravings.
Improved Focus & Productivity
MCT supplementation cannot only help you have more energy to get more done but can actually improve focus and productivity.
Improved Sports Performance
Both the military & elite athletes have been experimenting with using MCT oil to enhance performance with some very promising results. Studies have shown with keytone supplementation:
- In animal studies mice were able to to run further and faster;
- In human trials advanced cyclist set personal records; and
- During one trial decreased oxygen was used while maintaining a level of performance indicating more effective muscle use.
More energy gained through consumption of MCTs can also help even the weekend warrior get more out of their workout.
Helps to Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels and May Help Prevent Cardiovascular Disease
Contraire to previous public opinion, MCTs have been most recently found to improve the body’s ratio of good and bad cholesterol. They may also be good for your heart. Multiple studies on Pacific Island populations, who get 30-60% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil, have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.
Helps Your Body Absorb Nutrients in Your Food.
Did you know that MCT supplementation could help your body absorb and use vitamin E, calcium and magnesium, all essential for wellbeing? It also helps to promote healthy cell membranes and is easy to add into smoothies, salads or bulletproof coffee!
Help Your Body Heal the Gut & Fight Yeast, Fungus & Candida
MCT supplementation can be a great addition to your diet to not only heal your gut troubles but also fight yeast, fungal or Candida issues within your body. MCT oil contains powerful antifungal agents, for Candida suffers, the most important of which is caprylic acid. This potent antifungal kills the Candida yeast cells by interfering with their cell walls. All while suppressing inflammation and repairing tissue to help further heal the gut.
There has even been personal accounts of MCT oil clearing up fugal infections on feet that had been previously impossible to treat. This wasn’t part of a scientific study however.
Boosts your Immune System to Fight Both Virus’s & Bacteria
Studies have show that intake of MCTs can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. Mycotoxins (toxins formed by yeast and fungi) are present in our environment and our food. MCT oil is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparistic and antiprotozoal supplement and therefore can help boost your immunity so your body can more easily fight potential effects from mycotoxins in our environment (those you haven’t managed to avoid). Find out more about avoiding mycotoxins here.
Ok so these are some really serious benefits to our health.
Have any questions about MCT oils? Let me know in the comments below!
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