Thought-Provoking Facts About MCT Oil

Picture1Medium-chain triglycerides or MCT are fats found in foods like coconut oil. It is a supplement that has plenty of fats. It is claimed to offer plenty of health benefits.

Triglyceride is just the technical term for fat, and this has 2 main purposes. First, they are transported into cells and burned for energy. Second, they are stored as body fat. Because of their shorter chain length, they are rapidly broken down and absorbed into the body. They go straight to the liver.

MCTs can be used as an instant source for energy or turned into ketones, the substances produced if the liver breaks down huge amounts of fat. Ketones can cross easily from the blood to the brain, thereby giving an alternative source of energy for the brain.

2 Main Sources Of MCTs

Whole Food Sources – These are the richest in MCTs. Dairy products, palm kernel oil, and coconut oils are among the great sources of MCTs.

MCT Oil – This is a very concentrated source of MCT. It is man-made through fractionation, which involves extracting and isolating the MCTs from palm kernel or coconut oil.

Recommended Dosage

MCT oil is considered safe for most people. It is not clear though what dose is needed in order to obtain possible health benefits. However, most supplement labels suggest 1-3 tablespoons every day. Avoid possible side effects by taking small doses like 1 teaspoon a day, and increasing the dosage slowly.

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