Recently you may have heard about using MCT as a way to improve health, enhance mental cognition and even boost energy. So, what’s the buzz all about? Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) are partially man-made fats typically found in certain oils and dairy products that have indeed proven beneficial for various health issues. And, MCT Oil is a dietary supplement made from these fats and is typically a mix of coconut oil and palm kernel oil.
Unlike other saturated fats, MCT is not as likely to be stored in fat cells — it travels from the gut straight to the liver so it easily converts to energy.
Research shows that MCT boosts metabolism, suppresses appetite, reverses insulin resistance and may even improve cognitive function. It is also used for treating food absorption disorders such as diarrhea, indigestion, celiac disease, liver disease and more. In addition, MCT benefits lung conditions, gallbladder disease, high cholesterol, cystic fibrosis, pediatric seizures, and even offers nutritional support for athletes to boost their workout endurance.
MCT oil can easily be added to coffee (this is my daily ritual), tea, smoothies, breakfast cereal, salad dressings, shakes, condiments and more. You can even drizzle it over your main dish, as it is flavorless and has no scent. Keep in mind that MCT Oil is not suitable for cooking and should never be heated. If patients request a substitute for popular cooking oils, I recommend solid coconut oil.
As always, it’s best to check with your physician before adding a supplement to your daily diet. If you’re cleared to begin incorporating MCT, start with one-quarter teaspoon per day and work up to two tablespoons per day. MCT Oil is available for purchase at health food stores and online, but be advised that purity matters. Look for a product that is organic, hexane-free and derived from coconut, such as the Nutiva brand.