What are the properties and composition of MCT oil?
MCT oil most commonly contains caprylic, capric or lauric acid, which are extracted from coconut oil. It has a medium chain triglycerides, which makes it digest faster than classic long-chain oils (except for lauric acid, which behaves more like fats). This is due to the fact that after consumption it travels almost immediately to the liver, converting it into a usable source of energy for movement, brain activity and other bodily functions. This has made MCT oil popular with athletes who want to preserve muscle glycogen stores and prefer the energy intake from fats over carbohydrates.
Potential effects of MCT oil
Due to its properties, MCT oil has come under the scrutiny of scientists in recent years. Scientists have been investigating its positive effects on the nervous system, brain function, athletic performance and weight loss. MCT oil has great results in this area, and many people are already using it to support weight loss and sports performance. These properties make MCT oil suitable for replenishing energy before and during exercise. This is ideal for prolonged sporting activities such as running and cycling.
Who is MCT oil suitable for?
MCT oil is popular among fans of healthy lifestyle and low-carbohydrate diets. Thus, it is perfect for individuals who prefer keto, low-carb or paleo diet.
How to use MCT oil?
- In addition to classic oils, you can take it in the form of a soluble powder or capsules.
- You can add liquid or powdered MCT oil to your drinks and meals to boost your daily fat intake.
- You can use it on its own or add to your meals.
- Feel free to add it to your porridge, smoothies, salads or make the famous bulletproof coffee.
- It can be used as an ingredient in skin and hair care products.