What is MCT oil and how does it work?
MCT oil is a supplement which is made from a source of fat called medium-chain triglycerides. MCT molecules are smaller than most of the fats that we consume from foods. This makes MCT much easier to digest and absorb quicker, which then turns into energy you can use - which is great for athletes who are following a no carb diet.
When MCTs are consumed by us, they are sent to the liver where they are quickly disgested or turned into ketones, which the body uses in place of carbohydrates if you are following a keto diet.
You may have heard others talking about the keto diet, which is a diet that has been intended for the body to run on ketones (fats) rather than glycogen (carbohydrates). This is called a state of ketosis. Studies suggest that if you are looking at maintaining ketosis, MCT oil is better than coconut oil.
What is MCT oil made from?
MCT oil is generally made from coconut oil or palm kernel oil. Both of these have MCT in them. You can purchase 100% MCT oil or a mixture of MCT and LCT (long-chain triglycerides).
The process in which you get MCT oil is through a procedure which is called fractionation. This method is what separates the MCT from the original oil and concentrates it.
Our C8 MCT oil is completely free from palm oil, derived from 100% coconuts that are ethically sourced from sustainable farms.
C8 MCT is naturally present in coconut oil, but only in minuscule amounts. Keto dieters use C8 MCT because it enhances fat burning while increasing energy levels. C8 is great for intermittent fasting and the Ketogenic Diet.
What can I use MCT oil for?
Typically speaking , people use MCT to potentially help them with:
- Need help to increase their daily fat intake
- Possibly helps fight against yeast and bacterial growth
- Can aid to manage blood sugar levels
- Reduce risk factors for heart disease and similar conditions
- Helps use fat sources for energy, which is good for athletes
- Potentially can reduce the need for us to use carbohydrates (glycogen) as a source of energy.
- Some find it helps them feel fuller for longer – which is great if weight loss is your goal.
Can I take MCT oil on its own?
Yes, you can take it on its own. The great news is that our C8 MCT oil is virtually tasteless and odourless – making it easy to consume on its own leaving no aftertaste!
What can I add MCT oil to?
You can add MCT oil to many things as it is virtually tasteless and odourless which makes it the perfect addition to the following that we have listed below for you –
- Salad dressing
- Pre workout shake
- Bone broth
As a pointer – it is recommended that when MCT oil is used to cooking, to use it on a low to medium heat only as it has a much lower smoking point.
How much MCT oil should I consume per day?
The amount of MCT oil you consumer per day entirely depends on how long you have been taking it for. As a rule of thumb, for beginners it is suggested that you should start with just 1 teaspoon per day and slowly work your way up to 1 tablespoon per day. For those who have been taking MCT oil regularly for quite some time have been known to consume up to 2 tablespoons a day.
Can you take too much MCT oil?
Yes, there is such thing as consuming too much MCT oil. Like most new supplements we take and incorporate into a daily routine – you are far better off starting small and working your way up. If you consume too much MCT oil straight away it could potentially cause an upset stomach, its nothing dangerous, but isn’t pleasant as I’m sure you will agree! Adding MCT oil into your daily routine should be beneficial for you, which is why we advise you to work your way up slowly when it comes to the amount you take.
Please remember, we strongly recommend that you seek medical advice before incorporating MCT oil into your diet.