What Is MCT Oil?

MCT oil is a supplement made from a type of fat called medium-chain triglycerides.

MCT molecules are smaller than those in most of the fats we consume (long-chain triglycerides – LCT). This makes them easier to digest. Human body can directly absorb MCT in the bloodstream quickly. And what happens to this? This turns into your energy the body uses.

Where does the MCT oil come from?

MCT oil is usually made from coconut or palm kernel oil where both have MCT in abundance in them. You can also buy 100% MCT oil or a mixture of MCT and LCT.

Major points for what the MCT oil is used for?

Usually, people use MCT for help with:

  • Problems taking in fat or nutrients
  • Weight loss
  • Appetite control
  • Extra energy for exercise
  • Inflammation

MCT can help your body in making ketones, an energy source for your brain that doesn’t have the presence of any carbs. Some say drinking it will make your mind sharper.

A study on preterm infants shows that adding MCT oil to formula can help reduce a fungus called Candida that can cause any further infection. MCT may also help a patient soothe and treat skin infections. The lauric acid that is present in the MCT oil works as an antimicrobial, breaking down bacteria and virus walls to destroy them completely.

MCT oil is also excellent for swishing in your mouth to KILL unwanted bacteria, avoid cavities and improve gum health. 

How can one use MCT oil in their daily routine food habits?

Put it on your salad, on your vegetables, in your smoothie, tea, soups dressings and cook with it, keep it under 320 so that it does not burn.


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