MCT oil - a supplement that has become widely popular among athletes and body builders in today’s times. The use of coconut oil has contributed mainly to its use in the MCT.

Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Oil contains medium-length chains of fats called the triglycerides. MCTs due to their shorter length are more easily digested than longer-chain fatty acids found in many other foods.

MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. These fats are also found in other foods, such as palm oil and dairy products. Fats in the diet are made up of long-chain fatty acids, which contain 13–21 carbons and Short-chain fatty acids

MCT oil consumption along with a healthy diet can help to maintain a healthy body weight while sparing lean tissue. MCT oil contains either 100% caprylic acid (C8), 100% capric acid (C10) or even a combination of the two put together.

Potential health benefits of MCT oil

There are several potential health benefits of MCT oil that have been studied and discovered. Some of them are 100% supported by scientific evidence. Take a look at the potential benefits that have available evidence:

  • Better brain and memory function
  • Energy boost and increased endurance
  • Weight loss and improved weight management
  • Lowered cholesterol
  • Lowered blood sugar levels

Yes, some people prefer to consume MCTs in their diets as well, which may be more natural than taking it as just supplements. MCTs are found in the following natural products available for everyday usages in our food routines:

  • coconut oil
  • palm kernel oil
  • milk
  • butter


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