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    Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are super-fuels for your brain, muscles, and metabolism. In this video, functional medicine expert Mark Hyman, MD, explains why MCT fats and oils, like coconut oil, are a healthy, nutritious addition to your diet.

    MCT can also help you lose weight because it is quickly burned and metabolized. It gets absorbed directly from the gut into the liver and doesn’t get stored as fat but rather burned quickly and turned into energy.  For many patients, MCT becomes that little nudge to help you drop those last 10 to 15 stubborn pounds that just won’t go away.

    In one study published in the Journal of Obesity and Research in 2013, scientists at McGill University carried out a randomized control trial to compare the effects of medium-chain triglycerides (such as caprylic acid and lauric acid) and long-chain triglycerides (like olive oil) on body fat storage, energy expenditure, appetite control, and other aspects of weight loss in overweight men.

    Researchers put these men on different diets for 28 days. They switched the diets after a short time so that they could see differences in the same subjects.

    One group ate a coconut oil-rich diet, high in medium-chain triglycerides. The other group ate a diet rich in long-chain triglycerides.

    Researchers found the men who ate coconut oil lost more body fat, which they attributed to a greater increase in energy expenditure and fat burning. Coconut oil actually sped up their metabolism, curbing their appetite and allowing them to lose more belly fat, as compared with the men who were on the olive oil-rich diet.

    MCTs are also a unique form of saturated fat with very potent antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that support your immune system. They also provide anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and even anti-viral benefits.

    MCT Oil is a Fat Burning Oil

    Let’s compare MCTs with omega 6 fats.

    Omega 6 fats are seed, bean, or grain oils (which include corn, soy, sunflower and canola oils).  Once ingested, these inflammatory oils are transported to the lymphatic system and not to the blood, which means your fat tissues absorb them.

    MCTs, on the other hand, are directly absorbed into the blood, and boost your metabolism , burn more calories and fat, and reduce fat storage, while curbing your appetite. That’s why we think of these fats as super fuel for your cells.

    In fact, studies show MCTs help you burn about 460 extra calories a day for men and about 190 extra calories for women (sorry, ladies!).  MCTs also beneficially impact your hormones, including appetite-controlling hormones, helping you feel full.

    They can also improve your cholesterol profile. In one study , consuming MCT oils helped reduce body fat and triglycerides more than omega 6 vegetable oils. After eight weeks, the experiment showed the MCT oil group lost more weight, body fat, and subcutaneous fat, all while experiencing a 15 percent drop in triglycerides and LDL (the bad) cholesterol.

    All these benefits occurred despite the fact that MCTs are a saturated fat. There was no difference in daily exercise or consumption of total calories of protein, fat, or carbohydrates. There was no calorie restriction, yet the subjects still lost more weight. It further proves that it’s not all about the calories in food, it’s about the information!

    Researchers attributed this to the increased metabolism and fat burning that comes with consuming MCTs. I love coconut oil because it provides the very best natural source of MCT oils to boost metabolism, cut your hunger, lower triglycerides , reduce fat storage, and even improve athletic performance.  On top of all these benefits, MCTs make excellent brain and cellular fuel.

    You might be hesitant to use coconut oil or MCT oil because it is high in saturated fat, which has been demonized for decades. Yet there is world of difference between quality saturated fat in coconut or MCT oils, as compared with what you might find in a fast food cheeseburger.

    The recent U.S. dietary guidelines  finally eliminated any call to lower dietary cholesterol and fat. The research just does not support any link to heart disease.  There is no limit on total dietary fat or cholesterol – a complete reversal on governmental advice from 35 years ago!

    Fat is one of your body’s main building blocks, yet for decades it was unfairly maligned. Instead, we followed a low-fat diet according to U.S. dietary guidelines, which became a high-sugar, high-refined-carb diet contributing to an epidemic of insulin resistance , obesity, heart disease , type 2 diabetes, and many other serious health problems.

    We know inflammation caused by following these flawed guidelines is the true villain. Rather than demonize fat, we need to restrict sugar and carbohydrates that break down to sugar , along with inflammatory omega 6 fats. Instead, we want more Omega 3 fats  and MCTs like coconut oil, which can help you to lose weight and become healthy and vibrant. Quality matters here, not quantity.

    I personally use MCT oil every single day. I use it every morning to speed up my metabolism and keep my mind sharp and focused. It also keeps me full and satisfied longer , so it preserves me from food emergencies and snacking. 

    Let’s take a look at just a few of the many ways you can get MCTs and healthy fats into your diet.

    1. Add it to your salad dressing for your different salad recipes .
    2. Add it in your smoothie. 
    3. Enjoy it in your coffee – just like my friend Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Coffee® does. It tastes great.
    4. You can also use MCT oil as a supplement and take it by the tablespoon. You can find it in India on Online store
    5. Use it as a base for marinades for your meat, chicken, or fish.

    Over the next few months in these blogs, I’m going to blow up the myths you’ve long heard about dietary fat and uncover real truths, which will allow you to utilize healthy fats to become lean and healthy.

    Wishing you health and happiness,

    Mark Hyman, MD

Benefits of MCT Oil

benefits of mct oil

It is no secret that coconut oil is a great source of healthy fats  with hundreds of uses in cooking and beauty products. But did you know that MCT oil is a similar but concentrated oil with many of the same benefits?

What is MCT Oil?

MCTs or Medium Chain Triglycerides (of Medium Chain Fatty Acids) are fatty acids of a certain length, as the name suggests. MCT oil is an oil made up of one or more of these medium chain triglycerides and it is translucent and tasteless liquid at room temperature.

Medium Chain Fatty Acids vs. Long or Short Chain

All fats are composed of carbon and hydrogen, but they vary in length. By definition, “Short Chain” fatty acids have 5 or fewer carbons, medium chains have 6-12 and long chain fatty acids have more than 12.

Medium Chain Triglycerides are considered easily digestible and beneficial fats, and instead of being metabolized through digestion like most other foods, these fats are processed in the liver. MCTs provide fast and lasting energy and are easily absorbed by the body.

These fatty acids are all classified as  Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs):

  • Caproic acid, also called hexaonic acid (C6-six carbons)
  • Caprylic Acid, also called Octanoic acid (C8-8 carbons)
  • Capric Acid, also called Dacanoic acid (C10-10 carbons)
  • Lauric Acid, also called Dodecanoic acid (C12- 12 carbons)

MCT oil can be a mixture of one or more of these types of MCFAs and is typically extracted from coconut or palm oil, which are both rich natural sources. MCFAs are also found in human breastmilk, goats milk, cheese, butter, and other types of dairy.

Whether consumed in whole form from coconut or palm oil or in a concentrated MCT form, these triglycerides have several benefits.

MCT Oil Benefits

The unique structure of medium-chain fatty acids make them beneficial in several ways:

Easier to Digest

MCTs don’t need bile salts to be digested and can pass directly from the digestive system to the blood stream without being modified by digestion like long chain fats. This makes them easier to digest and utilize than long chain fatty acids.

Because they are so easy to absorb and use, MCTs are often a good choice for those who struggle with digestive problems, fat absorption or lack a gallbladder.

Good Source of Energy

Since MCTs are processed in the liver, they are absorbed quickly and provide fast and sustained energy. MCTs move passively via the hepatic portal system to the liver without the need for a longer digestive process. Unlike almost all other foods, MCTs do not require energy to be absorbed, stored or used in the body, making them an almost perfect source of natural energy.

Support Hormones

Since fats are needed for proper hormone creation and balance in the body , , MCTs may offer special benefits for those struggling with hormone imbalance. There is also research suggesting that medium chain fats may be beneficial for maintaining a healthy weight by helping balance hormones and improving insulin sensitivity.

Gut Health

MCTs have antiviral and antibacterial properties and there is some evidence that they may help balance gut bacteria and combat pathogenic bacteria. They also offer the digestive system a break because they are so easily utilized by the body. When used with a healthy diet and other ways to support gut bacteria , MCTs may help improve gut health over time. (Though regular coconut oil may be more effective for this, see below).

Immune Health

The same antiviral and antibacterial properties make MCTs beneficial for immune as well. Healthy fats are important for proper immune function, and since MCTs can be more easily used by the body, this may be especially beneficial for those who have trouble absorbing fats and who struggle with immune function.

MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil

This is where things get really interesting. MCT oil is extracted from Coconut oil and Palm oil, which are considered great natural sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides.

With the emerging popularity of MCT oil, many coconut oil manufacturers boast that coconut oil is naturally high in MCTs (which it is), but there are some important caveats! MCT oil manufacturers like to brag that their products are “more concentrated” than coconut oil (which is also true), but it also doesn’t contain one beneficial form of MCT.

Here’s the deal…

It depends on the particular type of MCT that you are trying to consume. Coconut oil is high in certain types of medium chain fatty acids, while concentrated MCT oil is a better source of others.

Perhaps you’ve read that coconut oil is 62% MCT oil. It is, but not necessarily in the same form you’d find in MCT oil. That 62% is made up of a combination of the 4 types of MCFAs listed above. All of these forms are beneficial, but when a person buys an “MCT oil,” he or she is typically trying to consume Capric acid (C10) and Caprylic Acid (C8).

The MCFA composition of coconut oil is largely from lauric acid (C12), which some biochemists argue is not a true medium chain fatty acid since it acts different in the body. It is also tremendously beneficial, but for different reasons.

Lauric Acid: The Real Story

Lauric acid is the reason that coconut oil companies claim that coconut oil is better than MCT oil. It is also the reason that MCT oil companies claim that MCT oil is better than coconut. And they are both right, but for different reasons.

Oils marketed as “MCT oil” contain either a combination of Capric and Caprylic acid, or just concentrated Caprylic acid, making them a faster and more usable source of energy. They often don’t contain Lauric Acid (C12), which acts like a combination long chain and medium chain fatty acid in the body, making it slower to digest.

The dominant fatty acid in coconut oil, on the other hand, is lauric acid, which comprises 50% of the total fat content. Coconut oil also contains a very nominal amount of Caproic Acid (C6), about 6% Caprylic Acid (C8) and about 9% Capric Acid (C10).

So coconut oil is a great source of MCFAs, but the amounts depend on if you consider Lauric Acid (C12) a medium chain triglyceride or a long one. Ask a chemist and you may be told it is a medium-chain fatty acid. Ask a biochemist and you may be told it is a long-chain fatty acid. Either way, it is beneficial.

Lauric acid is naturally antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral. It is excellent for the skin and it has even been studied  for its potential ability to help with severe acne for this reason! Coconut oil is the richest natural source, followed by human breastmilk, which contains up to 20% of its saturated fat content as lauric acid. (Side note to nursing moms: there are studies that show that consuming coconut oil helps improve the lauric acid content of milk.)

During digestion, lauric acid is converted monolaurin, a vital substance for optimal immune function. MCT oil doesn’t contain lauric acid. While the Caprylic and Capric acids in MCT oil have some antiviral and antibacterial properties of their own, they don’t contain lauric acid and won’t help the body create monolaurin.

Long story short:

  • For fast and lasting energy, concentrated MCT oil is more beneficial
  • For Lauric acid and its immune benefits, coconut oil is the superstar

Coconut oil and MCT oil are both beneficial in their own ways and I use them both in different ways. Coconut oil is typically cheaper and supports the immune system, while MCT oil is tasteless and provides faster energy.

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benefits of mct oil

Whether you want to effortlessly lose weight and turn heads on the beach, feel strong and energized for your athletic pursuits, or safeguard your health as you enter your golden years, MCT OIL provide the clean nutrition you need to fuel your life.


The unique vegetable source fatty acids in MCT Oil provides you with cleaner—and more rapidly utilized—energy to fuel your life. This is because it is entirely made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are not stored in the body in the same way as traditional fats. Instead of landing in problem areas of your belly, hips, and thighs, MCT Oil does the opposite! It enhances thermogenesis, which revs up your metabolism and promotes fat burning.


  • Promotes weight loss, burns body fat, and preserves lean muscle
  • Suppresses cravings and decreases appetite
  • Increases energy and improves endurance
  • Enhances athletic performance and reduces recovery time
  • Improves absorption of vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids
  • Aids in brain cell maintenance, repair, and protection
  • Helps protect against degenerative disease
  • Supports immune system function and cardiovascular health

Our oil contains only pure, plant-based MCTs that have been naturally extracted from coconut and/or palm kernel.

MCT Oil is an odorless, flavorless oil that makes a great addition to any nutritional regimen and is the ideal substitute for conventional oils in salad dressings, sauces, or low-heat cooking as a source of beneficial fatty acids.

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Boost your immune system with nature's antibiotic


There’s no way around it: germs surround us all the time. That’s why it’s so important to provide your immune system with some support.

Thankfully, MCT oil’s singular medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) act as natural antibiotics—boosting the immune system and fighting off harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa.

While completely harmless to our bodies, MCFAs are lethal to some of the most notorious disease-causing bugs in existence.


Due to its chemical structure, MCFAs drawn to and easily absorbed into most bacteria and viruses. MCFAs enter their lipid membrane and weaken it to the point that it eventually breaks open, expelling the microorganism’s insides and causing imminent death. White blood cells then quickly dispose of the terminated invader’s remains.

With 8 grams of caprylic acid and 6 grams of capric acid per serving, MCT oil  harbors antimicrobial capabilities, while also being free from any undesirable or unsafe side effects.

  • Capric Acid: one of the two most active antimicrobial fatty acids
  • Caprylic Acid: one of the most potent natural yeast-fighting substances on earth

Research continues to prove MCFAs as one of the best internal antimicrobial substances available without a doctor’s prescription.

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Aging doesn’t have to mean a slow, steady decline into ailing health and disease. You can provide an extra line of defense against the following common chronic conditions by adding  MCT oil   and  Sharrets Soy Protein  to your diet. The anti-aging benefits are staggering.


Research shows that, by stimulating metabolism, MCTs may have a positive effect on cholesterol levels by lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and elevating good (HDL) cholesterol.


Unlike other fats (with the exception of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil and flaxseed oil), MCTs are the only fatty acids that do not increase platelet adhesiveness. Studies show Polynesian cultures that typically consume copious amounts of MCT have many fewer health problems associated with blood clotting in the arteries, including heart disease and stroke.


Recent research indicates that infection-causing microorganisms are involved in the formation of arterial plaque. MCT oil  contains an optimal ratio of caprylic and capric fatty acids that attack bacteria and viruses most notably linked to atherosclerosis.


A 2008 study revealed that long-term ingestion of moderate amounts of MCTs might reverse metabolic syndrome, which is a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk coronary artery disease, stroke, and type II diabetes.

Ultimately, because the MCTs from MCT oil  are 100% plant-based saturated fats and are resistant to oxidation and free radical formation, they have the capacity to help you slow your body’s natural aging process. 

When free radicals accumulate in the body, we become extremely vulnerable to the development of degenerative disease and an increased rate of aging, which can manifest as serious health conditions as well as undernourished-looking hair, skin, and nails.

Fortunately, nature has provided you with saturated fats that do not create free radicals when exposed to oxygen, heat, or light. MCT to the rescue!

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brain health

Brain health is as important as your overall physical health. Here’s why…

As your brain ages, it becomes less efficient at utilizing glucose as an energy source. This defect in energy conversion starves your brain of nourishment and weakens its ability to withstand normal oxidative stress from free radicals.

As a result, you are more susceptible to neurodegenerative disorders and you can run the risk of developing dementia.


Ketones are designed to fuel the brain and other peripheral organs during reduced carbohydrate diets when blood glucose levels are low. Normally, your brain primarily derives its energy from glucose, but when ketosis is induced, up to 75% of energy requirements can be obtained through the production of ketones.

MCTs leads to substantially more ketones in the blood (compared to LCTs), making the fatty acids a critical substance for a healthy brain.

Studies show a state of ketosis may help prevent and provide symptomatic relief to a wide variety of brain disorders:

  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
  • Autism
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Traumatic brain injury

Ketones have been found to reduce Alzheimer’s-type plaque in the brain.

In  Clinical studies Alzheimer’s patients who consumed a beverage with MCTs compared to one without MCTs, scored significantly better on cognitive tests.

In other studies ,ketosis has led to:

  • improved performance on visual-spatial memory tasks
  • increased ability of learning tasks
  • enhanced short-term memory

Ketones trigger the activation of specialized proteins called brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNFs) that aid in brain cell maintenance, repair, and protection. BDNFs also stimulate the growth of new brain cells to replace dead or dying cells, allowing some mental function restoration.

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Take your workouts to the next level

If you’re an athlete who wants to go the distance with your workouts, MCTs can help get you there.

Studies suggest continual MCT consumption by recreational athletes results in reduced lactate production, a lower rate of perceived exertion, and maintenance of extended high-intensity exercise.

When you take MCTs on a regular basis, it provides sustained energy that reduces fatigue, improves endurance, and allows you to accomplish more during your workouts.

Best of all, it helps you last longer during competition.


When MCTs reach liver cells, metabolism is stimulated and energy is produced to fuel the body. This process provides immediate supplemental energy. That energy increases oxidative capacity, while also decreasing fat deposition during extended periods of physical activity.

When metabolism increases, cells function more efficiently:

  • Injuries heal faster
  • Old and diseased cells turnover faster
  • New cells are generated at an expedited rate

MCTs enables you to recover more efficiently from workouts—taking away your excuse for not working out the next day!

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