Why You Should Take MCT Oil
Want To Lose Weight, Decrease Risk of Heart Disease, and Improve Brain Function? Try MCT Oil!
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“You put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em bot'up.” No, I’m not watching the end of Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. I’m actually giving you advice for the ketogenic diet. See, coconuts are full of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Although a better name for them might be “off the chain triglycerides”! Triglycerides are medium length fats, and you're going to want to try-a-ride on these oils because there are so many health benefits associated with them. Why? Because their shorter length makes them easier to digest.
Some of the benefits of MCT oil are said to promote loss of body fat, mange medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease. They’re also great for the ketogenic diet because they can increase the level of ketone bodies in your blood and can speed up your metabolism. However, you don’t actually want to get them from coconuts because coconut oil, while great for hair and complexion, is too full of long-chain triglycerides for our purposes. Instead, get MCT oil. In fact, before we take our deep dive into MCTs, you may want to mix some of that oil into a cup of coffee because that’s a great way to stay full and full of zip-zap-zop!
Contributes to Fat Loss
A study by the National Institute for Health found that MCT oil can help produce the hormones peptide YY and leptin, which promote feelings of fullness. If I felt full more often then I would eat less and experience weight loss! I've done the math on this: feeling full more often = eating food less often. It checks out when I step on the scale! And even though MCT oil is often derived from coconut oil, a piece that appeared in the journal of Physiology and Behaviour found that MCT oil like that sold by ShopMyKeto is actually more effective in curbing appetite than straight coconut oil.
Some people put MCT oil, along with grass fed butter, into their morning coffee because it gets absorbed so quickly by the body. This mixture is often times called Bulletproof Coffee because it gained widespread attention thanks to Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof Nutrition Inc. But you can call it whatever you want! ShopMyKeto Coffee, Ben Kharakh Coffee, You’re Welcome For the Coffee, etc. If you're doing the keto diet, MCTs are turned into ketone bodies by the liver. So, MCTs are a great way to keep your energy levels up, as well as getting all the other benefits of the ketogenic diet (improved focus, elevated mood, and clear headedness).
Reduce Lactic Buildup
Lactic build up isn’t a problem for me, that I know of! I certainly do a lot of exercises-strength training every other day and 65 minutes of cardio 4 to 6 times per week. In fact, I’m so dedicated that just writing, “I strength train every other day,” inspired me to go to the gym immediately. But for those who push themselves harder than I do I GUESS, a study by the National Institute for Health has shown that MCT oil has been shown to lower lactic acid build up.
Athletes also use MCT oil before working out because it’s converted into energy so quickly. Even someone who does as much cardio as me (65 minutes is a lot!) sometimes makes the mistake of doing so too long after a meal. A little MCT can go a long way, especially 30 minutes into a session (not as much as 65!). Plus, using MCT oil means you can work out without having to wait around after eating a meal. If you got time to lean you got time to do cardio!
Lastly, MCT oil has been shown to reduce the rate of perceived exertion, which is the measure of how tired you get from physical activity. That means if you got time to lean and some MCT oil, then you got time to do cardio even harder!
Improved Brain Function
Sure, you may feel great on the ketogenic diet on account of reduced brain fog, but your brain will be doing great too because ketones turn on brain derived neurotrophic growth factors (BDNF). BDNF is good for brain! BDNF repair, protect, and enhance brain. Make brain big and strong like ox! BDNF even grow new, healthy neurons; replace old, dying neurons. Circle of life in brain!
Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
Studies have shown that MCT oil can both decrease the presence of bad cholesterol while increasing the amount of good cholesterol. That means MCT oil is doing two good things for your heart at once! Bad cholesterol sticks to the walls of your arteries, making your heart work harder to pump blood. Bad cholesterol can also abscond from the wall of your arteries like a teen playing hookie. Except instead of sneaking out to vape in the parking look, that rupter, now a clot, may give you a heart attack.
It’s hard to reduce cholesterol build up, so people end up either taking medications, having invasive procedures done, or both. Anything you can do to prevent that is something you should do! As reported by WebMD, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming 900,000 lives yearly. You don’t want to be one of those 900,000 people! It’s much better to die in a climate change related disaster.
You take the good, you take the bad, and there you have: the facts about MCT. As detailed by HealthLine, too much MCT may cause your liver to store fat and for your body to release ghrelin and neuropeptide Y, hormones that stimulate hunger. So, if you’re going to incorporate MCT into your diet, do so in moderation. It's also recommended that you start with a low dosage of MCT because it may cause intestinal distress, which is a polite way of saying farts, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea (although, diarrhea is a technical term, so doctors are saying it all the time! YOU THINK YOU’RE BETTER THAN A DOCTOR?!) You also don’t want to overdo it on the MCT since you want to maintain your caloric deficit. You are on a diet, after all.