6 Science-Based Benefits of MCT Oil.
MCT’s aka Medium Chain Triglycerides are one of the main ingredients of our Lean-Green Blend. You’ll hear us talking about them A LOT but, we realised we hadn’t really explained what they are or what they’re for.
SO, let’s dive in deep! Prepare for a simplified science lesson!
MCT’s are partially manmade fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. As the name suggests, medium-chain triglycerides oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCT’s are easily digested and many health benefits are inked to the way your body processes these fats.
MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs.
There are 4 different types of MCT, two of which are caprylic and capric acid. In some cases, these specific types have unique benefits.
We wanted to list and talk about 6 science-backed benefits you can get from adding MCT oil to your diet!
1. It can promote weight loss.
It has shown to increase two hormones that promote the feeling of fullness in the body. Your body can also use MCT oil as an instant source energy making it unnecessary to store fat for this purpose. Lastly, MCT’s can help optimise the growth of good bacteria and support your gut lining.
2. Instant source of energy that can be used to fuel your brain.
MCT oil is easily absorbed and transported throughout the body. It can be used as an instant source of energy or can be converted into ketones to fuel your brain.
3. May reduce lactate build-up in athletes and help use fat for energy.
MCT oil can increase fat burning and reduce the need for carbs during exercise. One study found that it improved swimming capacity!
4. It could help manage Epilepsy Alzheimers disease and Autism.
MCT oil may improve brain function which could be very beneficial for people with Epilepsy, Alzheimers and Autism. The research has be found to be very promising, but of course longer and larger scale studies are needed.
5. Contains powerful fatty acids that fight yeast and bacterial growth.
Studies have found that MCT’s can have antimicrobial and anti fungal effects. The fatty acids have been shown to reduce and stunt the growth of widespread infections.
6. May reduce risk facts for heart disease and high cholesterol.
Heart disease is a growing problem. A study was conducted with 24 overweight men and found that taking MCT oil combined with a healthy diet for 29 days reduced their cholesterol levels by 12.5%!
The Bottom Line.
MCT containing foods can be a great addition to your diet. They provide a great source of fuel that can help to improve your mental and physical performance and help you to maintain your optimal body shape more easily.
So with that in mind, try our Lean-Green Blend which contains MCTs for a health, tasty and satisfying cup everytime!