MCT oil - properties2022-01-11
For many of us, the beginning of a New Year is the time of small or big changes. A common New Years resolution is losing weight to feel better and take care of own health. We should bear in mind that it is recommended to lose 0.5-1 kg/week, which gives 2-4 kg a month. Our diet should include MCT oils, which are becoming more and more popular. They are categorised as medium-chain fatty acids.
Table of contents
- Impact on health.
- Who is it for?
MCT oil is a fat categorised as medium-chain fatty acids. The medium-chain fatty acids which form MCT include: caproic acid, caprylic acid, capric acid, and lauric acid. It is classified as a saturated acid, which, on the face of it, suggests that it has a negative impact on our health. However, this does not apply to MCT oil, as it shows a positive effect on the body. The absorption of MCT is faster than that of other fats, and one of the reason is that it does not require lipase or bile, which are enzymes essential for digestion of other acids.
The sources of MCT are coconut oil and palm oil. The former is recognised as the best source of medium-chain fatty acids (it contains approx. 60% of MCTs). Our offer includes two products which contain MCTs, and namely Hemp&Go Superfood Plant Power Shake 300g and BeFit Citrus Mix MCT+500mg CBD 30ml.
3. Impact on health
It helps fight obesity.
Due to its influence on thermogenesis and satiety, it shows a beneficial effect in fighting obesity. MCT is a good energy source which reduces excessive food intake and decreases fat deposition in adipose tissue. A meta-analysis of 13 trials in healthy adults who used MCT fats showed that MCTs reduced body weight, waist and hip circumference, total body fat, total subcutaneous fat, and visceral fat.
They help treat digestive diseases.
MCT fats show a positive effect in treatment of malabsorption disorders, e.g. coeliac disease, small bowel obstruction, epilepsy, and malnutrition diseases.
- is bactericidal,
- is fungicidal,
- reduces discomfort from the digestive system,
- improves the sensitivity of tissues to insulin,
- supports cognitive functions.
4. Who is it for?
For people with pancreatic insufficiency. MCTs do not require pancreatic enzymes for digestion, so they can be used as a source of energy for patients suffering from pancreatic insufficiency.
For people trying to lose weight. MCTs are a rapidly and easily absorbed energy source, they give you a feeling of satiety, and they are not deposited in adipose tissue. These are only some of the beneficial effects for people willing to lose weight.
For people who are physically active. As was mentioned before, MCT oil is absorbed quickly, which results in an “energy boost” in the body and allows you to save muscle glycogen reserves.
Naturally, due to a number of health benefits, all healthy people are recommended to use MCT oil in the appropriate quantities.
Although there is no commonly agreed dosage of MCT oil, studies suggest that no more than 50-60 ml per day should be taken.
Prepared by: Dawid Kierzek, MSc (Sports Dietitian)
- Shah N. D., Limketkai B. N. (2017). The use of medium-chain triglycerides in gastrointestinal disorders. Pract. Gastroenterol, 41, 20-28.