What is MCT?
- Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCTs are essential fatty acids found in coconut oil.
- They are called “medium” because they only have 6-12 carbon atoms, namely:
C8 – CAPRYLIC ACID
C10 – CAPRIC ACID
C12 – LAURIC ACID
- MCTs are easily digested and converted into energy, providing immediate health benefits, and no fat deposits.
CAPRYLIC ACID (C8) is the type of energy that converts into ketone energy fastest. It crosses the blood brain barrier (typically found in people with cognitive decline) to serve as energy for our brain which in effect makes us more alert and focused.
CAPRIC ACID (C10) has strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties as it converts into monocaprin in the body, where it combats viruses and bacteria. Capric acid also increases energy expenditure, which contributes to losing fat and weight.
LAURIC ACID (C12) has many health benefits. It decreases the stickiness of blood platelets and aids digestion by increasing motility (flow) of the stomach. Its secretions reduce cholesterol in blood and liver and increases the uptake of calcium.
When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound which exhibits antiviral, antimicrobial, antiprotozoal, and antifungal properties. This promotes better immunity and healthier gut for better digestion and absorption of nutrients essential for our cells.
MCTs are found in coconut oil and dairy products. There are now concentrated MCT oils offered as dietary supplements, providing consumers a better way to incorporate MCTs into their daily diet, whether mixed into food or drinks, or taken as is.