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What is MCT OIL & How to Use It

January 19, 2018

What is MCT OIL & How to Use It

Natures Aid are excited to announce the launch of our 100% Pure MCT Oil, produced from pure premium coconut oil with 100% medium chain triglycerides.

MCT oil is believed to be metabolised more easily by the body than standard coconut oil, due to the removal of long chain fatty acids.

MCT oils are rapidly absorbed and are thought to provide a useful energy source.

What Is Mct Oil

With the popularity of ketogenic diets and the 'bullet-proof' coffee regime, one food which appears to be gaining popularity in the weight loss arena is MCT Oil.

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides - a type of fat which is low in our diets, and which has had a lot of interest in recent years. 


What does the research say?

  • Published clinical trials have indicated that supplementing MCT oils will provide the brain with the fuel it requires. (2)
  • Studies have suggested that MCT oils could help to support weight loss regimes.(3,4,5)

Coconut oil vs MCT OIL

Generally, MCT oil is sourced from coconut oil.

Coconut oil usually contains MCT’s combined with other long chain fatty acids, making it an extremely healthy and stable cooking oil. 

MCT oil has had these other longer chain fats removed, increasing the provision of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).  There are 4 different MCTs – Caproic, Caprylic, Capric and Lauric.  Caprylic and Capric are considered to be excellent sources of energy.  (1)  MCT oil is better than coconut oil as a source of MCTs, since it contains higher amounts of caprylic and capric acid.

How to use MCT oil

Many advocates of MCT oil suggest adding it to black coffee, smoothies or shakes. 

It may cause a feeling a nausea initially, so starting with a small amount and working up to the suggested dose (1 tablespoon) is probably best for those who do want to give it a go.

Natures Aid 100% MCT OIL

100% Pure MCT Oil
£18.95
500ml
Suitable for vegetarians & vegans
Sustainably sourced
GM free
Unflavoured
Odourless
References:
(1) Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), Nutrition Review, April 22, 2013
(2) Can ketones compensate for deteriorating brain glucose uptake during aging? Implications for the risk and treatment of Alzheimer's disease; Cunnane SC et al; Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Mar
(3) 
Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Assunção ML et al; Lipids. 2009 Jul
(4) Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men. St-Onge MP et al; Obes Res. 2003 Mar
(5) Impact of medium and long chain triglycerides consumption on appetite and food intake in overweight men. Marie-Pierre St-Onge; Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014



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