MCT Oil and its benefits

MCT Oil and BenifitsMedium chain triglycerides is a saturated fatty acid. The chemical structure derives its name.

It is basically a fatty acid and it is made up of a chain of connected carbon and hydrogen. The fatty acids are classified into three chains:-

(1) Short Chain

(2) Medium Chain

(3) Long Chain

MCT contain 6-12 connected carbon. The greatest source of MCT is coconut oil.

MCT can also be found in butter, cheeses, palm oil, whole milk. It has been found that 60-65 % of the fatty acids in the coconut oil are MCTs.

With advancement now concentrated MCT oil have also become popular.

It is a myth that all saturated fatty acids are bad for health.

Through research, it has been found that this is not the case.

All saturated fatty acids are not harmful to health. MCTs are easier to digest than the LCTs (Long chain triglycerides).

And then they directly send it to the liver. With the help of a thermogenic effect and alteration in the metabolism, it can be easily digested.

Due to this, it can be said that instead of storing as a fat our body burns it and releases energy.

The length of the carbon chain is small as compared to the LCT and that makes it easier for the breakdown and allows proper digestion.

Due to small size, they can permeate the cell membranes. The special enzymes are not required.

MCT can provide certain benefits to the health. MCT oil can also act as an antioxidant and can lead to inflammatory benefits. The benefits that MCT can provide as follows:-

(1)Improved cognitive function

(2)Better weight management

(3)Obesity Prevention

(4)Brain Health

(5)More energy

(6)Better digestion

(7)Balance hormone levels

(8)Fight bacterial infections and viruses

With the above-mentioned advantages, it is very clear that MCTs are very beneficial for the health.

Healthy Heart Care Supplements

heartcare supplementsVery often supplements that can take care of cardiovascular diseases are being overlooked and not taken into consideration.

They can play a very vital role in taking care of your cardiovascular health.

Heartcare Supplements can be a very powerful weapon in fighting the cardiovascular diseases. You can also be saved from the danger of side effects.

It can reduce the chances of heart attack.Supplements for cardiovascular diseases can be taken in various forms.

In accordance with your body, you can have supplements.

Supplements that can take care of you!

Here is the list of supplements that you can take to take care of your cardiovascular diseases:-

(1) Fish Oil

(2) Plant Sterols

(3) Garlic

(4) Lecithin

(5) Coenzyme Q10

(6) Niacin

(7) Lycopene

(8) L-Carnitine

(9) Arginine

(10) No Block Juice

(11) Natural Liquid Vitamins E,

(12) Soy Protein Isolated

(13) Resverratrol

Safety tips

With research, it has been found that the dietary supplements have a great potential to fight against the cardiovascular diseases.

They are safe as well as effective. By the intake of above-mentioned supplements, you can control your cardiovascular diseases and have a healthy heart.

By consulting a doctor you should come to know which supplement will be best for your health and then go for the intake of the supplement.

Safe usage!

Ø  While using supplements for improving your heart health you must ensure that the supplement is safe for health.

Ø  Many times just a label that it is healthy for health can prove to be very dangerous for your health.

Ø  You must try and get recommended Heart care supplements which will eventually help you in fighting the cardiovascular diseases.

Ø  From body to body the effect of supplement can vary. It is not necessary that every supplement suits your body.

Ø  It is very dangerous if you are treating a dangerous cardiovascular on your own with the help of supplements.

Natural nail care

Naturopath Jennifer McLennan looks at some key nutrients for healthy, strong nails.

Nails are predominately made up of the protein keratin. Nails tend to grow at a consistent pace throughout life and may be affected by blood supply, medication, illness or infection. Unlike hair, nail growth is not influenced by hormones.

Although the main characteristics of nails are genetically predetermined, there are some situations where diseases and nutrition may affect the growth and therefore appearance of nails.

Nail Problems

Flaking or splitting
Nails may peel or break easily or be brittle. There may be many reasons for this, including:

  • Frequent washing or wetting of hands, especially with detergents
  • Applying and removing nail polish
  • Excessive overuse of a nail or several nails
  • Deficiencies including silica, biotin or essential fatty acids

Ridged nails
Nails that are ridged may occur as part of the natural aging process, but they can be due to other causes. Ridged nails generally present with vertical or sometimes horizontal lines along the nail plate. Reasons for ridging include:

  • Ageing
  • Deficiencies of minerals such as iron
  • Trauma to the growing nail
  • Fever or illness
  • Other conditions such as eczema or arthritis

Discolouration of the nail
Nails may appear stained all over or display white spots or flecks. Reasons include:

  • Nail polish, or hair dyes
  • Medications, such as anti-malarial, or chemotherapy drugs
  • Cigarette smoke, which generally affects several nails
  • Lack of zinc, which is a precursor to keratin production, can leave white spots on nails
  • In rare cases serious illness can cause yellowing and thickening of the nails

Even though our nails seem to take care of themselves, nature can always use a helping hand. My top picks for nail nutrients are:

The mineral silica is thought to be involved in the protein synthesis of connective tissues and therefore strength of nails. It is thought that silica may improve the structure of brittle, fragile nails, including nails that are flaking and peeling. Look out for a silica supplement, or the herb horsetail. Food sources of silica include oats, whole wheat and barley.

Dietary iron deficiency affects a number of women and results in tiredness but it can also have an impact on nail health. Not enough iron can lead to nails that are misshapen (dish-like), ridged or brittle.

If you suspect iron deficiency or anaemia, seek advice from your healthcare professional before commencing iron supplementation. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of iron for premenopausal women is 18 mg/day, and supplements with doses higher than this may be taken if anaemia is detected.

Foods rich in iron include red meat, wheat germ and wheat bran, chicken and green leafy vegetables such as spinach.

Biotin is a B vitamin otherwise known as vitamin H. Biotin, unlike other B vitamins, is mostly produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract, and it is known to be involved in important processes that help make healthy nails. Amounts over 2.5 mg/day have been shown to help thin and brittle nails.

Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)
GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid found in borage and evening primrose oil. This fatty acid has been reported to help with nail brittleness. Take one gram of evening primrose oil three times a day.
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