Healthy fats are all the rage, and among these, MCT oil falls into a special category. A concentration of healthy fats found in coconut oil, it promises to deliver quick energy and a host of other benefits. MCT is an abbreviation for the oil’s chemical structure, medium-chain triglycerides, also called medium-chain fatty acids.
1. It boosts energy. MCT oil is more easily digested than other fats. It gets stored in the liver where it is quickly metabolized and converted into a readily available source of energy.
2. It aids in weight loss. Replacing other fat with MCT oil can produce weight loss. A Japanese study of 78 men and women compared the effects of MCT with other types of fats. Measurements after 12 weeks showed those consuming MCT oil lost significantly more weight.
3. It protects the heart. A review of studies, published in Pharmacological Research, concluded that MCT oil may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a combination of factors---such as unhealthy levels of blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol--that increases risk for diabetes and heart disease. Studies suggested that the oil suppressed fat deposition, enhanced metabolism, and improved insulin sensitivity, a key to preventing lifestyle disease.
4. It fights bugs. MCT oil inhibits the growth of common bugs that have become resistant to antibiotics, according to research at Kent State University in Ohio. It has shown particular benefits fighting C.diff, Staph and E.coli.
5. It helps Alzheimer’s Patients. People suffering from Alzheimer’s have experienced improvement in symptoms when taking MCT oil. Anecdotal evidence is so overwhelming that a study is ongoing at the University of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.
6. It helps enhance the Keto diet. MCT oil triggers production of ketones, substances generated when fat is burned for energy. Turning on fat burning is the underlying premise of the very-low-carb keto diet, so MCT oil works well with this weight-loss regimen.
7. It’s easy to take. A typical dosage of MCT oil is 1 Tablespoon daily. MCT oil can be added to food or smoothies as you can see below.
Source: Better Nutrition, January 2018
Garden of Life’s Kickstarter Keto Coffee
1 cup cold brew coffee concentrate
2 cups nut milk (unsweetened)
1 scoop Whey protein Chocolate or Vanilla (Available at the Alternative Health Food Store)
1 Tablespoon MCT Oil (Available at the Alternative Health Food Store)