We're diving into the world of MCT (Medium-Chain Triglycerides) oil and its incredible benefits for our hormone health and blood sugar levels. Get ready to unlock the secret potion that will have you feeling fabulous inside and out!
What are the benefits of MCT oil?
We source our medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil from coconuts! Coconut MCT oil has one of the highest ratios of medium chain fatty acids, which function to give you an energy boost (Schönfeld 2016) and promote the feeling of fullness in the body (St-Onge 2014, Kinsella 2017).
The energy boost comes in handy for your work-out, because MCTs have an ability to help increase fat burning during exercise and decrease lactic acid, which can impact exercise performance and cause soreness (Nosaka 2009, Fushiki 1995).
Researchers have observed that medium chain fats (which are more easily digested and absorbed than long chains [St-Onge 2008 A]) resulted in decreases in body weight, waist circumference, total body fat, and fat stored both under the skin and around organs (Rial 2016, St-Onge 2003 A, St-Onge 2008 B, Mumme 2015, Clegg 2010, Takeuchi 2008).
MCT oil has shown in multiple studies to help manage diabetes by reducing fat accumulation, increasing fat burning, improving glucose metabolism, and aiding in blood sugar control (Han 2007, Nagao 2009, Eckel 1992).
Additionally, your gut environment is important for weight loss. MCT oil has been shown to reduce the growth of yeast and bacteria through its variety of antimicrobial and antifungal effects; it may in turn help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also help you lose weight (Rial 2016, Shilling 2013). Have you heard of candida yeast in the gut or the candida diet? Coconut oil has been shown to reduce the growth of Candida albicans by 25% (Ogbolu 2007). This is really beneficial for managing metabolic diseases.
MCTs from coconut also have immunity improving properties due to its antimicrobial and antifungal effects (Olthof 2015, Papavassillis 1999). They also may reduce risk factors for heart disease, like high cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, and body mass index (St-Onge 2003 B, Cardoso 2015, Kondreddy 2016, Rudkowska 2006, Bourque 2003).
MCTs have a strong relationship with brain health. They provide sustained, slow-burning mental energy, improved short term memory recall, improved learning ability and attention, and protection against brain cell damage (Regar 2004, Pan 2010, It may help protect against Alzheimer disease (Chang 2015).
Should I go on a particular diet while taking MCT oil?
MCT oil is commonly associated with the ketogenic diet. The keto diet is not for everyone and some people in the PCOS and Diabetes community do not recommend the keto diet to people with those disorders, mostly because it is notoriously hard to maintain. Everyone’s health and body is different, so we recommend you consult your physician first. Our bar is Keto, but not designed specifically for Keto dieters!
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