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Health Benefits of MCT Oil

What is MCT Oil?

Coconut oil and coconut products have been all the rage lately – and rightly so as they have so many health benefits! But have you heard about MCT oil?

MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides – or medium chain fatty acids – which is a form of good saturated fat derived mostly from coconut oil. It consists of three different fatty acids including caproic, capric, caprylic that are easy to digest and are sent directly to the liver for absorption making it a great choice as fuel for the body. It doesn’t require the production & utilization of bile for digestion so it’s an excellent choice for those who have slower metabolisms and/or a sluggish liver.

Contrary to popular belief, we need good healthy saturated fats in our diets to thrive.  They are necessary for the health of the following: our brain, heart, hormones, thyroid, adrenals, gut, immune system, and blood sugar levels. So as you can see following a “low fat” diet can actually be more harmful than including the good stuff regularly. Apart from MCT oil, other good saturated fats include coconut oil, grass fed butter, lean grass fed meats, fish, avocados, whole eggs, olives, dark chocolate, nuts like walnuts, almonds and pistachios, as well as seeds like sunflower seeds and chia seeds. Organic grass fed dairy is also considered a good healthy fat but in smaller doses.

It should be noted that MCT oil is chemically processed which is not something I would typically advocate for. But given it’s benefits, this is a product I am happy to endorse after using & loving it for over a year.

Coconut Oil versus MCT Oil

Both products are excellent and both have their place in the health world!
Without getting too technical here, the main difference is the amount of medium chain triglycerides available in each product. Coconut oil is approximately 55% MCTs while MCT oil is more concentrated at 100%. They both contain capric and caprylic acids; however, only coconut oil contains lauric acid that is converted to monolaurin which is beneficial for the immune system. The presence of lauric acid also slows down the rate at which the coconut oil gets metabolized meaning that MCT oil provides quicker sustained energy. Finally, coconut oil is more solid at room temperature with a strong coconut taste and MCT oil is liquid and pretty much tasteless.

Health Benefits of MCT Oil:

 

How to Add MCT Oil to your Daily Routine

Start with 1/2 teaspoon and gradually work your way up to 1 tablespoon per day. It has no taste or smell so it’s easy to add to foods and/or drinks. For those who cannot stomach the taste of coconut oil (and let’s be honest, it’s not for everyone!), this is a perfect solution to still reap the benefits. MCT oil is great in smoothies, shakes, oatmeal, salad dressings, coffee/tea and baking.

Caution: Please do not take more than the recommended daily amount in one sitting as it can cause diarrhea, headaches and hormonal imbalances. I also wouldn’t advise it as an oil to cook at high temperatures as it does have a lower smoke point at 340 degrees F – so instead I would recommend avocado oil which has a smoke point of 400 degrees F.

Best Brands

It’s available for purchase in most health food stores. However, please be aware that not all brands are created equally. Look for MCT oil that is made with organic coconuts, with no added fillers, chemicals, or GMOs. Beware that some brands mix in palm oil, which is slightly controversial as it’s harvesting causes serious environmental impacts like deforestation, and loss of wildlife habitats – and isn’t as beneficial health-wise.

For my Canadian readers, here are two brands that I recommend – available on Amazon.ca :


For my American readers, Perfect Supplements has just launched their new MCT oil – which I highly recommend. While I haven’t had the chance to try it myself, I love love love their products. Plus you get 10% off your purchase with my coupon code CHLOE just for being a loyal reader 🙂 Click here to get some for yourself!

* Canadians, you are more than welcome to order from Perfect Supplements as well. But please note, you will likely have to pay duty and taxes when the products arrive at your door. Or – just ask your American friends to order some for you & plan a trip 😉

Stay tuned for my next post explaining how to “bio-hack” your coffee!

 

 

Sources:

Dr. Axe: “6 Health Benefits of MCT Oil” https://draxe.com/mct-oil/
Perfect Supplements “MCT Oil” https://www.perfectsupplements.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=PS-MCT-OIL&Click=98979 

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