MCT oil is hot right now. Everyone wants to know what it is, what it does, and where they can get some. Why? Because it has some legit benefits.
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).
The reason I’m so interested in MCT oil is two fold: it’s uniquely metabolized and it’s easily digested. Let’s take a closer look…
MCT Oil is uniquely metabolized.
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.
If you want to feel the effects of this for yourself, put a tablespoon of MCT oil in your coffee — or really go for it all and make bulletproof coffee (or tea). Seriously, this an effect you WILL feel. It kind of feels like you gave your body rocket fuel.
But it’s not just the energy you get that’s interesting. MCTs improve blood sugar regulation (yay!), improve metabolism (especially fat metabolism), may improve thyroid function, improve appetite regulation, and are used to treat many ailments (Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, seizures, cystic fibrosis, etc.).
As far as brain function goes, MCT oil is like rocket fuel because it enhances ketone production. Ketones, of course, are a more efficient fuel for your brain (which is why some people report clearer thinking on a ketogenic diet). For productivity, using MCTs to outwork my competition is my unfair advantage.
That’s a pretty compelling list, which is probably why breast milk contains a lot of MCTs.
Of course, a side effect of all of that is improved body composition. If you’re into burning fat, MCTs are your friend.
MCT Oil is easy to digest and use.
The body is very efficient at metabolizing and digesting MCTs. They don’t require bile salts for digestion and they pass easily from the GI tract to the blood stream without being modified the way long-chain fats must be.
The reason something like bulletproof coffee works so well for energy is that it combines MCTs with longer chain fats. This gives you the rocket boost up front (from the MCTs) with a sustained, diesel-fuel-like energy that lasts for hours on end (from the longer-chain fats).
How to use MCT Oil in daily life…
We’ve put together a free companion “cheat sheet” for this article that will show you:
- How to best consume MCT oil (did you know you can use it when you cook?).
- A process for easing into it so you don’t have “disaster pants” (you can’t just dive in, friends!)
- The five best brands and sources of MCT oil that we recommend (not all of the brands available on the market are legit!).
As I said, the cheat sheet is totally free. Just tell us where to send it…