Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fats that are mostly commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut comes from MCTs . MCTs are a fat source for people who cannot tolerate other types of fats. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are more easily digested than longer-chain fatty acids found in many other foods. These fats can easily be broken down into molecules called ketone bodies. Which are an incredible and efficient source of energy.
The body’s production of pro-inflammatory cytokines are reduced and anti-inflammatory cytokines are elevated by ingesting MCTs.
2.Good energy source
In the liver, the fats are broken down to be either used as fuel or stored as body fat. Since MCTs easily enter your cells without being broken down, they can be used as an immediate source of energy.
3.May reduce risk factors for heart disease
MCT oil can help you lose extra weight, which can reduce your risk of heart disease. MCT oil in your diet can also help lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol while also increasing your HDL (the “good”) cholesterol.
4.Could help manage blood sugar levels
MCTs have unique metabolic properties which may improve insulin sensitivity (Si) and beta cell function.
5.Contains fatty acids that fight yeast and bacterial growth
A study on preterm infants shows that adding MCT oil to formula can reduce a fungus called Candida that can cause infection. MCT may also help soothe and treat skin infections. The lauric acid in MCT works as an antimicrobial, breaking down bacteria and virus walls to destroy them.
6.Assists in weight loss
Your body makes ketones when you break down fat on a very low-carb diet. This can lower your insulin levels and help you burn fat. MCTs also seem to increase thermogenesis, the metabolic process in which your body burns calories to produce heat that can result in weight loss.
7.Helps control appetite
MCT promotes feelings of satiety and helps you feel fuller for longer so that you don’t over eat.
Some research shows MCT may help ease problems with thinking, memory, or judgment. MCT also helps ease brain fog because it offers an alternative fuel to the brain's reliance on glucose, a very temporary and erratic fuel.
You can find MCT oil at your local health store which can directly be added to many foods and drinks. Most commonly, people enjoy adding MCT oil to their smoothies, salad dressings and morning coffee.
The best way to incorporate MCTs into your diet is not only to incorporate foods rich in them, but to use trusted natural supplements that contain MCT (especially if you struggle with drinking oil). Klean has created Klean+, a premium Prebiotic Gut Powder that contains not only MCT but Psyllium Husk, Senna Leaf Extract, Ginger, Apple Fiber and more! It has a light, natural flavour and can be easily mixed into a cup of water, your favorite juice or morning cup of coffee.
MCT’s contain fatty acids that could promote weight loss by reducing body fat, lining your digestive tracts, protecting digestive lining, increasing fullness, and potentially improving your gut environment. MCTs are also a source of energy and may fight bacterial growth, help protect your heart, and aid in managing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and autism. It’s a no brainer! MCT is definitely worth the hype. And we’ve found a way for you to easily incorporate these fatty acids into your daily diet!