MCT Oil Benefits
What are the health benefits of MCT Oil? Often associated with ketogenic diets MCT Oil is packed with beneficial plant based fatty acids that are quickly and easily absorbed. This superfood offers a wide variety of health benefits including energy & metabolism support.
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Top 10 MCT Oil Benefits
1. Appetite Reduction- Consumption of MCTs can help reduce food intake. A 2017 study found that compared to coconut oil and vegetable oil, MCT oil consumption resulted in increased fullness. As well, human and animal studies have found that compared to LCT (long chain triglycerides) MCT (medium chain triglycerides) have a more satiating effect1-2.
2. Weight Loss- A 2008 study investigated whether MCT oil consumption improves body weight and fat loss compared to olive oil. In the study, forty-nine overweight men and women were given 18-25g per day of MCT or olive oil for 16 weeks. The study found that the subjects taking the MCT oil had lower endpoint body weight, lower endpoint trunk fat mass, lower total fat mass, and lower intra-abdominal adipose (fat) tissue3.
3. Reduces Body Fat Accumulation- Clinical studies note that MCT oil consumption results in “less body fat accumulation in humans” and increased fat oxidation4-5.
4. Promotes Brain Health- A study showed that in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, taking MCT oil improved memory and cognition. The mechanism of how MCT oil improved brain function is unknown. A plausible explanation is that MCT oil provides the brain with ketones, an energy source that can be readily utilized in lieu of glucose. Patients with Alzheimer's disease have a decline in cerebral glucose metabolism, meaning their brain cannot efficiently use glucose as energy. This is believed to play a role in the cognitive decline these patients experience. Ketones are a fuel brain cells can use instead of glucose. MCT oil is converted into ketones by the liver. Ketones can readily cross the blood brain barrier and serve as an alternative energy source for brain cells6.
5. Heart Health- It has been previously reported that Sri Lanka has the lowest death rate from ischemic heart disease. Interestingly, the main dietary fat in Sri Lanka is coconut oil, which contains >50% MCT. As well, an animal study found that MCT consumption resulted in low body weight and small fat deposits, and was associated with low levels of serum cholesterol and liver cholesterol7.
6. Cellular Energy- Unlike long chain fats, MCT can diffuse directly through the intestinal lining into the blood stream, from where they are transported to the liver and converted into ketones. Ketones are used as an energy source for cells and can even cross the blood brain barrier.
7. Anti-Epilepsy- It is well regarded in the literature that the ketogenic diet is an “established and effective nonpharmacological treatment for epilepsy.” MCT oils are a hallmark of the ketogenic diet, as they are rapidly metabolized by the liver into ketones8-9.
8. Optimal Gut Health- The human gut is a complex ecosystem containing hundreds of billions of bacteria that are an integral part of digestion and nutrient synthesis. MCT help promote gut health by improving the intestinal ecosystem and permeability. Therefore, it has been proposed that MCT can be used to help “manage metabolic diseases through modification of gut microbiota10.”
9. Optimal Exercise- A 2009 study investigated the effects of MCT on energy metabolism during moderate and high intensity exercise. The participants were given food containing MCT or LCT for 14 days. The study found that ingestion of MCT oil suppresses the increase in blood lactate levels during moderate-intensity exercise, lowers the rate of perceived exertion during moderate-intensity exercise, and extends the duration of high intensity exercise11.
10. Anti-Inflammatory- A 2016 animal model study found that ingestion of MCT suppressed body fat accumulation, insulin resistance, and inflammation, including reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines and enzymes. Due to these dramatic results, the authors concluded that MCT consumption may be beneficial against “high fat diet-induced insulin resistance and inflammation12.”
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to provide treatment recommendations, medical advice, diagnosis, or any other information relating to the prevention or treatment of disease. Consult with your physician prior to starting any conventional or natural treatment. MCT benefits mentioned is not in direct relation nor referring to any BioOptimal products. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of BioOptimal.
1. Kinsella, Maher, & Clegg. (2017). Coconut oil has less satiating properties than medium chain triglyceride oil. Physiology & Behavior, 179, 422-426.
2. St-Onge, Marie-Pierre, & Jones, Peter J.H. (2002). Physiological effects of medium-chain triglycerides: Potential agents in the prevention of obesity. The Journal of Nutrition, 132(3), 329-332.
3. St-Onge, Marie-Pierre, & Bosarge, Aubrey. (2008). Weight-loss diet that includes consumption of medium-chain triacylglycerol oil leads to a greater rate of weight and fat mass loss than does olive oil. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 87(3), 621-6.
4. Takeuchi, H., Sekine, S., Kojima, K., & Aoyama, T. (2008). The application of medium-chain fatty acids: Edible oil with a suppressing effect on body fat accumulation. Asia Pacific Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, 17, 320-323.
5. Clegg, Miriam E. (2010). Medium-chain triglycerides are advantageous in promoting weight loss although not beneficial to exercise performance. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, 61(7), 653-79.
6. Costantini, L., Barr, L., Vogel, J., & Henderson, S. (2008). Hypometabolism as a therapeutic target in Alzheimer's disease. Bmc Neuroscience, 9(Suppl 2), S16-S16.
7. Kaunitz, H. (1986). Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in aging and arteriosclerosis. Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology : Official Organ of the International Society for Environmental Toxicology and Cancer, 6(3-4), 115-21.
8. Sampaio, L., & De Brito Sampaio, L. (2016). Ketogenic diet for epilepsy treatment. Arquivos De Neuro-Psiquiatria, 74(10), 842-848.
9. Gasior, M., Rogawski, M., & Hartman, A. (2006). Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet. Behavioural Pharmacology, 17(5-6), 431-439.
10. Rial, S., Karelis, A., Bergeron, K., & Mounier, C. (2016). Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals. Nutrients, 8(5).
11. Nosaka, N., Suzuki, Y., Nagatoishi, A., Kasai, M., Wu, J., & Taguchi, M. (2009). Effect of ingestion of medium-chain triacylglycerols on moderate- and high-intensity exercise in recreational athletes. Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 55(2), 120-5.
12. Geng, Shanshan, Zhu, Weiwei, Xie, Chunfeng, Li, Xiaoting, Wu, Jieshu, Liang, Zhaofeng, . . . Zhong, Caiyun. (2016). Medium-chain triglyceride ameliorates insulin resistance and inflammation in high fat diet-induced obese mice. European Journal of Nutrition, 55(3), 931.
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