What's the deal with MCT oil?
If you live on planet earth, you will no doubt have heard of MCT oil.
Maybe you have tried it and are converted or maybe you're still on the fence?
Either way, today I hope to teach you some things about it and shine a light on why Perfect Organic MCT oil is a cut above the rest!
So let's dive right in...
MCT oil is short for 'medium chain triglyceride' and it is derived from coconut oil. Triglycerides are lipids (fat molecules) that float around in our blood to help give us energy. Triglycerides come from the foods we eat.
It is important to choose healthy fats over unhealthy fats because healthy fats nourish our body and help us to be metabolically flexible but unhealthy fats cause inflammation and disease.
Healthy fats are things like avocado, avocado oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, grass-fed ghee etc. and unhealthy fats are vegetable oils and anything containing these oils (such as canola, sunflower, rice bran etc.) and hydrogenated fats that are found in fried foods and margarine/table spreads.
To read our article on vegetable oil, please click here.
To be 'metabolically flexible' means that you are able to efficiently burn either fat or glucose for energy. Many people in today's modern world though are sugar burners and not good at burning fat (you need to burn fat for weight loss).
The reason that so many people are sugar burners (rather than fat also), thus making them metabolically inflexible, is because of dietary choices. In this fast-paced world of convenience and highly palatable foods, people are consuming way too many simple carbs.
Simple carbohydrates turn into glucose (sugar) in the body and spike both blood sugar and insulin, which in time, can turn into insulin resistance and even diabetes.
Simple carbohydrates are things like bread, pasta, pastries, anything with pastry (pies), crackers, chips, biscuits, soft drinks, cordial, fruit juice, cakes, sweets, ice cream, junk food, fast/fried foods etc.
So if you are eating the foods listed above frequently, you might want to reconsider? Regular consumption of these foods adds weight to our body, make sit difficult to lose weight, but more importantly, can lead to illness and disease, disease that is often preventable with correct diet.
One more thing that makes us metabolically inflexible is overeating (eating too much and too often). Again, that is where intermittent fasting can be a game-changer!
Segway into Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting (IF) can be a game-changer for health on many levels and it can help with metabolic flexibility (if you're inflexible here).
Ok, so this article is not technically about intermittent fasting but we will put up a blog on this soon, so stay tuned...
Today, we will zoom in on MCT oil and how it can help with fat-adaption.
What is Fat Adaption?
To be "fat adapted" simply means that your body achieved a state in which fat-burning is efficient in providing you with energy. This can help with weight loss, maintaining weight and improving metabolic flexibility.
It's a long term state of ketosis and taking MCT oil daily can help you get there. As well as other healthy fats of course!
Since adding MCT oil and ghee to my morning coffee or other hot bevvy, I no longer need breakfast and in fact, I can go without food all morning up until around 10:30/11am and sometimes even longer!
This practice (intermittent fasting with the help of MCT oil etc.) has helped to keep me satiated/less hungry, helped me lose some weight and keep it off and keep my blood sugar levels balanced (that is the most important).
Managing blood sugar levels (especially as a woman), is one of the cornerstones of health and can make all the difference when in perimenopause/menopause and beyond.
If you're one of our male readers, we don't mean to leave you out, blood sugar management is important for you as well!
Why MCT Oil is the Star of The Show
So we mentioned already that MCT oil is a medium chain triglyceride but forgot to point out that they are 6-12 carbon atoms in length, this makes MCT oil an awesome fat-burner as it gets around the usual digestion of fat.
MCTs go straight to the liver and make ketone production possible. The body will then start using ketones as energy (which the body and brain love very much)!
With consistency (taking MCT oil daily), your body will become more efficient at using ketones as fuel. Your diet plays a huge part though, so aim to reduce or eliminate all processed carbohydrates and incorporate health complex carbs into your diet at dinner time, such as organic sweet potato, quinoa, buckwheat, etc.
Sweet potato especially can be great in the evening (3 hours before bed preferably), as sweet potato is rich in vitamin B6 which helps to create your sleep hormone - melatonin. They also contain electrolyte minerals potassium and magnesium for muscle relaxation.
Not to make this blog about sweet potato, but I was keto for awhile and now I am "keto cycling/carb cycling" which is working for me. This practice lets you take temporary breaks from full keto, allowing some complex carbs and I've incorporated this into my menstrual cycle for best results (more on this soon).
The Types of Fatty Acids in MCT Oil
You may have heard of C6, C8, C10 and C12 in MCT oil and wondered what this all means? I totally get that as I used to think the same thing.
I'll give you a brief explanation of the acids and why Perfect Organic MCT oil is a cut above the rest. Once you've tried others and then tried theirs, you will actually taste and feel the difference!
- C6 (caproic acid): gives MCT oil a horrible taste! If you have ever bought a cheap MCT oil and found it bitter or awful-tasting, it may have contained C6. Perfect Organic MCT does NOT contain C6.
- C8 (caprylic acid): the most beneficial fatty acid in MCT oil. Perfect MCT oil contains mostly C8, 9g per serving to be exact!
- C10 capric acid: is the second-best acid in MCT oil and is also found in Perfect MCT oil, 5g per serving.
- C12 (lauric acid): Lauric acid is beneficial and found in higher ratios in pure coconut oil. The reason that you will NOT find it in high quality MCT oil (like the Perfect brand), is because it does not go directly to the liver for energy like C8 and C10 acids do).
In Perfect MCT oil, you will ONLY find the best MCT oil acids - C8 and C10 and this oil is sourced from the cleanest and purest coconuts on the planet and ZERO solvents are used during production (unlike most other MCT oils available).
Perfect Organic MCT Oil Ticks All of the Boxes:
✅ Certified Organic (NO toxic Glyphosate)!!
✅ Made from sustainable and non-GMO coconuts
✅ 100% C8 and C10 and nothing else!
✅ Superior flavour, smooth and enjoyable taste (zero bitterness)
✅ No Palm oil
✅ No Harmful Hexane (solvent used in oil production)
✅ Lab-tested for quality and safety
Purported Benefits of MCT Oil
- May help to boost metabolism
- Can help with weight loss/weight management
- Helps reduce hunger (create satiety) by raising leptin and PPY (both of these help to reduce ghrelin). Leptin hormone tells your body you're full and ghrelin hormone tells your body that you're hungry).
- Helps to improve insulin sensitivity
- Helps to fuel your brain (give it energy for focus, function/cognition which can help avoid brain fogginess)
- Is an instant energy source
- Improved athletic performance (can help reduce lactate and increase energy)
- May help with constipation
Starting Out on MCT Oil
If you're taking MCT oil, go slowly as your body will need to adjust (you're digestive system). If you go too fast, too soon (have more than the recommended), you may experience digestive upset or end up on the loo!
Don't be perturbed by this, just remember to go slow and you should be fine. Good health is a journey and not a race! When I first started taking MCT oil, I started with half a teaspoon and that was enough for me. I now take up to 3 tablespoons daily and I feel amazing!
MCT oil keeps me full (satiated/not hungry), my blood sugar levels balanced, my brain firing on all octaves, my mood more balanced and my weight maintained. It is part of my wellness regime and I would not be without it.
Take it in your morning coffee or hot drink (be sure to blend in a blender to emulsify or your drink will be oily and unpleasant). You may also like to add a scoop of Perfect Collagen and or a tsp of grass-fed ghee. This combo works so well and keeps you going for hours!
You can take it by the spoonful, add it to hot drinks (as above), smoothies, salad dressings and even drizzle over vegetables.
It's a Great Intro to Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting (IF) has so many health benefits (including blood sugar balance, weight loss/maintenance, disease-prevention and much more!
If you want to extend your nightly fast and skip breakfast (or your first meal of the day), taking MCT oil first thing can really help here.
Who knew that such a simple daily practice could be so powerful for health and wellbeing? If you're yet to try this, maybe it's time to give it a go?
Who May Want to Avoid MCT Oil
- If you have fatty liver disease talk to your physician before taking MCT oil
- If you have a fatty acid deficiency
There are mixed opinions on whether MCT oil is safe for diabetics so we encourage you to do thorough (unbiased) research and speak to your trusted health provider for advice.
One HealthLine article states (links in references):
"MCT oil may also have benefits fir those with diabetes. MCTs have been shown to reduce fat storage and increase fat-burning, which can aid in managing the condition".
Disclaimer: the information in this article is intended purely as information and not health advice. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure and one should always seek expert advice from their trusted health practitioner.