MCT Oil: Rocket Fuel with Benefits
Medium-Chain Triglycerides, MCT for short, are special types of saturated fats that are derived from coconut and palm oils. Unlike long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), MCTs are used by the body quickly and easily. Cannabinoids are fat soluble, meaning they break down and are stored in fat rather than water. Because of this trait, cannabinoids are most effective when consumed with fat, increasing their bioavailability. Coconut oil contains saturated fat at levels close to 80%, giving cannabinoids the fat cells they need to move throughout the body.
You can think of MCT oil as a concentrated form of coconut oil. The extremely healthy saturated fat in coconut is comprised of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). And MCT oil is a concentrated form of that fat (about 4-6x stronger than eating coconut oil).
Instead of being metabolized through the digestion process like other fats are, MCTs are taken straight to the liver where they act very similar to carbohydrates. This provides almost instant–and well sustained–energy. But it’s not just the energy you get that’s interesting....
The unique structure of MCT makes it beneficial in several ways
- Maintain a healthy weight - they make you feel full
- Specifically reduce stored body fat - they also raise your metabolic function
- Have more energy
- Think more clearly
- Experience better digestion
- Balance hormone levels
- Improve your mood
- MCTs can support Immune System - Fight bacterial infection and viruses
- Absorb fat-soluble nutrients from various foods
- MCTs can positively affect cholesterol
- MCTs help with diabetes
MCT oils are known to cause gastrointestinal symptoms. When taking MCTs, you may experience: diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, belching
You can help minimize side effects by starting off taking MCT oils slowly. This helps your body get used to them so you can gradually build up to your preferred dosage. Taking the oils with food can also help reduce gastrointestinal symptoms. A high-fat diet could potentially aggravate MCT side effects.