Are you missing out on MCT Oil benefits? If you aren't aware of what MCT Oil is or aren't sure if it's good for you or not, you probably will answer 'no' to that question.
To start off, MCT Oil stands for Medium-Chain Triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management. It is notably found in Coconut oil but can be detected in other foods and oils as well.
Top 5 Reasons You Should Have More MCT
MCT Oil consumption has been shown to have a positive impact on weight management compared to other oils (1). For so long we were convinced that saturated fats were all bad but in fact, that's not true. Now we know that MCT oils like coconut oil ideally should be consumed every day. MCTs, also called “MCFAs,” are one of the things experts believe to be missing from the Standard Western diet.
MCT is stored in the liver and therefore is digested more efficiently than other fats. Because of this, they can give you more energy more quickly. MCT oil also triggers the production of ketones, a substance generated when fat is burned for energy (2).
MCT Oil is unique as it got its start as a medicine but is now a supplement available to everyone. One of the most promising uses for MCT oil is for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is believed to be a type of diabetes of the brain where the brain cells lose their ability to uptake glucose, their primary source of energy, and subsequently die. PET scans show that areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s readily take up ketones as an alternative fuel source (3). While ketogenic diets can be useful for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, it is notoriously difficult to get them to change their eating habits. The additions of supplemental MCT oil might provide the solution.
Digestive and Gastrointestinal Health
MCT oil is beneficial for balancing bacteria in the gut which has positive effects on the digestive system, energy levels, and the ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat - which is perfect if you take vitamins at the time like in our Genius Blend. Medium-chain fats have been shown to help kill a wide range of viruses and bacteria that cause digestive issues such as candida, constipation, diarrhea and food poisoning (4).
May Lower Risks of Heart Disease
MCTs may be able to help reduce the risks of Heart Disease and mortality in general by helping to lower odds of someone becoming obese which is a substantial contributor to heart disease (5). MCTs most likely have this effect due to their anti-inflammatory properties, the fact they are easily digestible, help with curb hunger, and are readily converted into energy.
5 Surprising Ways to Use MCT
Bump up Your Baking
Substitute MCT Oil for other oils when you bake! As a flavorful ingredient, this is a great way not to feel too bad about a dessert. Try it with a fudge where you would typically use coconut oil for a special melt in your mouth experience.
Dress Up Your Salad
MCT Oil has a unique flavor on its own so if you want to cut out some pesky calories and try something different with some good saturated fats, try giving your favorite salad a facelift with a drizzle of MCT.
Replace Your Cooking Oil
Why use ordinary cooking oil like Olive Oil when you could be using MCT Oil with all of it’s added benefits? Kick start your morning by cooking your breakfast with MCT Oil instead of greasing your pan with your standard cooking spray or oil. Use MCT Oil instead to get a little extra energy and wake up your metabolism.
Infuse Your Coffee
Our newest vitamin-infused flavor is called Genius Blend and it has MCT infused right in. It combines your daily caffeine, vitamins, Cinnamon, Turmeric, and MCT Oil! Because we have done all the work of infusing the MCT Oil into the coffee you won’t have to worry about measuring or not mixing the MCT Oil well enough and having it separate before you are done drinking it.
Twist Up Your Smoothies
Using a high powered blender you can blend in anywhere from half to a full teaspoon of MCT Oil into your favorite smoothie. A high powered blender is key as will ensure the MCT Oil is fully blended in therefore taking longer to separate.
Whether you are looking for something new to try to give you a little more energy and kick-start your metabolism, or you just want to see what all the buzz is about we hope you learned a little, maybe even a lot.