The Health Benefits of MCT Oil
Posted on May 25, 2013 By Dr Lolin
MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) Oil is an easily digested fat found in foods like coconut oil, palm oil, and some dairy products. In its extracted and pure form, it can be used as a nutritional supplement, for cooking and as a high quality salad oil.
MCT is a very healthy fat, which bypasses the normal process of digestion and fat break down. Instead it gets absorbed directly into your liver where it is metabolized and acts more like a carbohydrate, providing instant and sustained energy for your body.
MCT oil can help in losing weight and in maintaining your optimal weight by boosting your metabolism and helping to optimize the production of thyroid hormones. It has been shown to help treat seizures due to its ability to increase Ketone production. It is also beneficial in helping diabetics maintain blood sugar levels. Many athletes find that it is a great supplement to take prior to training or competitions since it seems to provide hours of sustained energy and helps maintain muscle strength and stamina.
MCT oil has also been shown to help people with digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome, Chrones Disease, cystic fibrosis, and Alzheimer’s. People who are fighting fungal infections find that MCT oil accelerates their healing.
People with liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, difficulty digesting fats and high blood pressure should only take MCT oil under the supervision of a qualified health care provider.
MCT oil should be gradually added to your diet. Start with ½ tablespoon a day and slowly build up to one tablespoon in the morning and one tablespoon ½ hour prior to working out.
You can add it to shakes, drinks, salad and even cook and bake with it. Use it when your recipes call for melted oils.
We use it to make our daily bulletproof coffee. (See prior Blog post, How to Make Your Day Bulletproof-Part I) We also use it prior to exercising and have been feeding it to our son for years. (Along with his high quality Cod Liver Oil…but that will be the subject of a future post…)
For 32 oz. of high quality MCT oil derived from coconut and palm oil, click HERE.