Medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are a type of saturated fat found in coconut and palm oil. Although this oil has been around for years, it has gained traction recently due to its potential health benefits.

Taken in moderation, MCT oil has a variety of benefits ranging from increased energy and decreased appetite. Although MCT oil is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medicinal use, it is “generally recognized as safe” and sold in stores.

Here are other benefits of MCT oil:

  • May promote weight loss. Incorporating MCT oil into a balanced diet may aid in weight management and appetite control. Research suggests that MCTs can increase satiety and reduce calorie intake, potentially leading to a greater sense of fullness and fewer cravings.
  • May be good for digestive health. MCTs are easily absorbed and require minimal digestive effort, making them gentle on the digestive system. Incorporating MCT oil into one’s diet may alleviate digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and discomfort, while also promoting gut lining integrity and microbial diversity.
  • May increase energy and ketone production, reducing the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. One of the most notable benefits of MCT oil is its ability to provide a rapid and sustained source of energy. Upon consumption, MCTs are swiftly transported to the liver, where they are metabolized into ketones – a highly efficient fuel source for both the brain and body. This metabolic pathway bypasses the typical digestive process, offering a quick energy boost without the insulin spike associated with carbohydrates.
  • May be good for brain health. MCT oil supplementation has been linked to improved focus, mental clarity, and cognitive performance, making it a promising ally for students, professionals, and those seeking to support brain health as they age. In addition, studies show MCT oil may be beneficial in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.

NOTE: MCT oil may cause gastrointestinal side effects like abdominal cramps, diarrhea, or bloating. Therefore, it may be good to start with smaller doses and increase over time. Also, follow manufacturer’s instructions. Always consult your physician before taking any supplement.

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