It is one of the fastest sources of clean fuel for your body and brain. It requires fewer steps to convert into caloric energy than carbs, it is one of the best ways to power up performance or start a weight program.
It is also known as Caprylic Acid, Octanoic Acid, Capric Acid, Decanoic Acid, Lauric Acid, Dodecanoic Acid, QuestNutrition MCT Oil Powder 67% Caprylic
DescriptionIt is one of the fastest sources of clean fuel for your body and brain. It requires fewer steps to convert into caloric energy than carbs, it is one of the best ways to power up performance or start a weight program.
There is currently a new trend that involves mixing MCT oil in coffee also known as Bulletproof Coffee. This is how the popularity of MCT Oil has started to rise, we will discuss the benefits of MCT Oil and how it could be considered better than coconut oil for cognitive purposes. We will provide a coconut oil or MCT oil comparison, and provide you an objective view of how MCT oil works as well as it does.
To start MCT stands for Medium chain Triglcerides, these are fatty acids and they behave differently in our body than LCT or long chain triglycerides. MCT's are composed of Caproic Acid, Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid and Lauric Acid, or C-6, C-8, C-10, C-12.
- C6 fatty acid is very limited in coconut oil, it is great to providing ketone energy to the brain.
- C8 is even more limited in coconut oil, only about 6% exists in coconut oil and used for energy metabolism.
- C10 which is not as limited is about 10% of coconut oil and helps with energy metabolism as well.
C12 is an MCT but behaves as a LCT as it is metabolised in the liver. Most coconut oil is up to 60% C12 or Lauric Acid which is wildly abundant in coconut.
MCT Oil Health Benefits
What it's used for: Instant Energy Metabolism - MCT's generally provide 10% less calories than their counter part LCTS and on average about 8.3 calories per per gram vs 9 for LCTs. Aside from that MCTs have a shorter 'chain length' which essentially means it get's absorbed and used (burned) by the body as fuel much quicker. This means your brain get's powered up instantly, the calorie count is lower and that it does not get stored as fat because it is easily utilized by your muscles and organs.
Ketosis - The energy metabolization properties of MCTs causes the production and formation of ketone bodies. A ketone is an organic byproduct from the breakdown of fat, when your body is not breaking down carbohydrates for energy (which actually requires more work for your body), your body will use fat as an energy source. The benefits are that your body and brain prefer fat and so during periods of extended energy requirements (e.g. post surgery, programming, during/after workouts) MCT can be used to counteract the energy deficit needed by the body quickly and in a healthy way. Additionally fat is more dense than carbs, and so you can feel full faster and for longer. As your hunger is quenched for an extended period of time, this may help you loose weight and it is partially how bulletproof coffee (with the addition of butter) is suppose to work. MCCT fat helps you burn off energy rather than storing it as fat.
Additional Cognitive Enhancement - For those suffering from memory loss, or more serious degenerative health conditions such as Alzheimer's, MCT has provided an alternative fuel source as a way to keep the brain active and studies show that long term adherence to a ketogenic diet may have profound neuroprotective benefits [reference]. MCT Oil is a healthy way to increase energy required by the brain for demanding mental tasks for short periods of time.
Stacking MCT Oil
MCT Oil can be mixed in tea, coffee, shakes, put in salads and used as dressing. Additionally it is also available in pill form as well, which can be taken with any stack that you may be taking or are travelling. A popular and our recommended way is by dropping 2 tablespoons of mct oil in coffee (Bulletproof coffee -- originally created by Dave Asprey). Also, potentially stacking the coffee with a racetam such as Phenylpiracetam.
MCT Oil for Weight Loss
MCT Oil has been tested extensively and is promoted as highly beneficial for epilepsy. It is important to buy the right type of oil to feel all the benefits. We will do a MCT Oil vs Coconut oil comparison to see why regular Coconut oil will just not cut it, and if anything you may want to consider trying a even further refined MCT Oil, such as Brain Octane Oil. The reason why coconut oil doesn't work as well is because it is moderately ketogenic, while as MCTs as they mostly consist of caproic, capric and caprylic (Brain Octane Oil is said to be 18X more refined than regular Coconut oil). Ketones have a way of 'stabilizing the brain' and makes it less susceptible to seizures, and thus recommended as an obvious choice for those that have seizures.
How to Consume MCT Oil
Wondering the best time for you to take it? It can be in the morning or with almost any meal. We prefer to take it in the morning time and with our coffee at lunch. It is important to slowly "build up your tolerance" to MCT oil, or you may face side effects. So initially consider starting with half or 1 tablespoon as anything more may irritate and upset your stomach.
Where You Can Buy MCT Oil
There are a dozen brands available in the market, most are okay to consume but will NOT provide you with the benefits that we mentioned above only because the quality is simply not there, and if you try it, and don't experience anything, you will discard MCT Oil as potentially useful tool for better health. Some of the brands we have tested personally are PVL, Nature's Way, NOW Sports and Onnit's MCT Oil. At the end of the day we recommend Brain Octane Oil as a highly refined source of MCT's for Cognitive improvement reasons and Bulletproof upgraded MCT Oil for weight loss (known as XCT) and other health benefits. Using our links above to buy the oils will help this site grow and additionally may provide a discount for you.
Reviewer: Kathleen R. RN, PT Wiki Last Updated: 2016-09-01