The Benefits of MCT Oil

The benefits of coconut oil have been touted for years. Now, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil—fats found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products — is becoming increasingly popular as a health-enhancing supplement.

Size matters
Our bodies process medium-chain triglycerides differently than long-chain fatty acids. MCTs head straight from the gut to the liver, where they become sources of energy. They can also be transformed into ketones and utilized as energy for our brains in lieu of glucose or sugar. This is where things start to look promising.

Different studies have shown that it may boost energy and help your body burn calories. As it increases hormones, peptide YY, and leptin, MCT oil reduces appetite more than longer-chain fats. It may also lower blood sugar and improve insulin resistance in adults with type 2 diabetes.

Improved brain function
Apparently, the brains of people with Alzheimer’s absorb ketones in the same way they do in healthy people. Glucose, on the other hand, isn’t as well-received in Alzheimer’s patients. It is thought that ketosis, which is the act of using ketones for energy, is responsible. MCT oil may even help with the management of other brain-related diseases, such as epilepsy and autism One study, in fact, found that adding MCTs to a ketogenic and gluten-free diet improved autism in some.

Heart-healthy oil
MCT oil has also been shown to improve cholesterol levels, reducing the LDL or “bad” cholesterol and increasing the heart-healthy HDL. It may also stimulate the hunger hormones, ghrelin and neuropeptide Y. And at high doses, MCTs can increase fat in the liver. All things considered, MCT oil seems like a good addition to a heart-healthy diet when consumed in small doses. It may even possess antimicrobial and antifungal benefits. Add a teaspoon or two to smoothies, salad dressings, and more and decide for yourself. What have you got to lose?