MCT oil has been shown to increase the release of two hormones that promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin. It may even be better than coconut oil in keeping you full. One study found that people taking two tablespoons of MCT oil as part of their breakfast ended up eating less food for lunch compared to those taking coconut oil.
MCT oil is a food supplement that can be added to smoothies, salad dressings or even coffee.
Why is it such a good source of energy?
MCT oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and there are many health benefits related to the way your body processes these fats.
Here are 7 scientifically proven health benefits of MCT oil:
PROMOTES WEIGHT LOSS
MCT oil contains 10% fewer calories than long-chain glycerides that are found in foods like olive oil and avocados. Because of how the body processes MCT (medium length triglycerides), it can actually increase the amount of calories you burn. This has been scientifically proven to reduce body fat and waist circumference.
FASTER ENERGY FOR THE BRAIN
Because of how fast the body absorbs MCTs it has been dubbed a Super Fuel. MCTs can easily enter your cells without being broken down like other ‘energy food’ sources and provides an immediate source of energy for the muscles and the brain.
REDUCED LACTIC ACID BUILD UP
During heavy exercise, especially anaerobic, the body produces lactates that can negatively affect performance. Studies have found that athletes taking MCT oil before exercise found it easier to exercise compared to those taking LCTs (long-chain triglycerides).
It has also been shown that MCT oil may help the body burn more fats instead of carb energy.
HELPING PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ILLNESS
It has been shown to have positive effects on patients suffering from epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and autism, when combined with a ketogenic diet.
MCT CAN FIGHT YEAST INFECTIONS & BACTERIAL GROWTH
Coconut oil, which contains a large amount of MCTs can reduce the growth of a disease-causing bacteria called clostridium difficile and has shown reductions in the growth of candida albicans, a bacterium causing thrush and various skin infections, by 25%.
MAY REDUCE CONTRIBITING FACTORS FOR HEART DISEASE
Because MCT has been shown to reduce cholesterol, it has a positive impact in reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and inflammation.
BETTER BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS & DIABETES SUPPORT
MCTS’ have been shown to reduce fat storage and increase fat burning. One of the major traits synonymous with diabetes sufferers is being overweight or obese. MCT oil can help reduce the risks of obesity and further, it has been shown that when people suffering from diabetes consumed MCTs they needed 30% less sugar to maintain normal blood sugar levels.
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