Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) oil is at the top of our list of must-haves because its benefits are incredibly diverse. From improved body composition to mental and physical performance, adding MCT’s to your routine is a simple way to go improve overall health.
In this post, we’ll address some of amazing reasons you should add MCT to your daily routine.
1)Efficient Fat Burning
When we’re looking to sustain energy throughout the day, fat is our most efficient fuel source, and MCT’s might just be the most efficient fuel of all.
Our bodies are designed to burn both carbohydrates and fuel for energy. Sometimes this happens simultaneously, and sometimes our bodies turn to one source of fuel over another. By supplementing with MCT oil, we encourage our bodies to burn on fat for long-term energy.
Scientists think MCT oil helps our bodies increase levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule used for cellular metabolism. In one study, researchers found MCT oil from coconuts increased ATP synthesis better than the polyunsaturated fat found in corn oil.
This is important information for those interested in ketogenic diets because without carbs, energy levels can dip. MCT’s provide a “quick energy” alternative to carbs and directly boost ketone production for even more fat-burning fuel.
2)Lower Body Fat
It might sound too good to be true, but the eat fat, lose fat mantra is a scientifically solid.
This is especially true when it comes to MCT’s. By increasing ATP (see above), MCT’s increase our metabolism. Researchers think this might explain why studies show lower body mass, adipose fat tissue (fat around the midsection) and lower weight in subjects who supplement with coconut-based MCT oils. This holds true even when compared to other plant-based fats like olive oil.
Researchers have begun to explore the idea of MCT’s as a useful tool in the prevention of obesity. By increasing satiety and stabilize blood sugar, they can make it easier to cut down on snacking, overeating, and excess calories.
3)Mental Focus and Clarity
Blending coffee with MCT oil is all the rage these days, and we can totally understand why. In addition to the stimulating effects of caffeine, the ketones boost provided by MCT oil can supercharge focus and mental concentration without the “afternoon slump” common in carbohydrate-heavy diets.
In one study, Alzheimer’s patients showed better recall after supplementing with MCT oil. One possible mechanism for this is the fact that the ketones produced by MCT can cross the blood-brain barrier, providing valuable brain-food without the need for glucose.
4)Balanced Gut Flora
Good gut health (ie. a well balanced microbiome) is essential for proper absorption of nutrients, immune health, and even mental health. Supplementation with MCT oil, especially a coconut-based product higher in the MCT lauric acid, has been shown to positively impact gut health by reducing microbes associated with inflammation and obesity.
Of all the MCT types, lauric acid specifically is a potent anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial that’s even been explored as a treatment for acne.
To get these gut-healthy benefits from MCT, be sure to look for high levels of lauric acid in your MCT’s as many cheaper products made from palm oil are low in this important fatty acid.
Saturated fats have gotten a bad rap for more than a half-century, but researchers are now admitting that the inflammation caused by high-carbohydrate diets is probably the real culprit behind heart disease.
One 2010 study debunked the idea that the saturated fats found in MCTs contribute to heart disease showing that they did not negatively impact risk of heart disease. In fact, the exact opposite is likely true as lauric acid has been shown to raise levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
Go Beyond with Natural Force
Here at Natural Force, we love our MCT’s.
We add them to coffee, tea, and even sparkling water!
Because we make products that we personally use, and are used by our friends and family, we only make the best quality MCT on the market.
We make our MCT’s from pure, expeller-pressed virgin coconut oil and use proprietary techniques to maintain high levels of beneficial lauric acid.
All of our MCT oil products are free of artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners so whether you are adding our delicious, easy-mixing Emulsified MCT to your cold-brew coffee, or blending our classic, pure coconut MCT Oil into smoothie, you can’t go wrong with Natural Force!