Why do we use MCT oil in our CBD Oral Products?
There are a bunch of forms of MCTs – some real, some mostly made up by marketing, and not all forms of so-called MCT oils are equally effective. MCT oil occurs naturally in coconut oil and other foods. Aside from coconut oil, smaller amounts of MCTs can also be found in certain other foods with saturated fats including butter (especially butter from grass-fed cows), cheeses, palm oil, whole milk and full-fat yogurt.
MCT simply stands for medium chain triglycerides, as opposed to long chain triglycerides (LCT), which are found in most foods.
What makes MCTs a top source of essential healthy fats? Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed more easily since there’s less work for the body to do breaking apart carbon bonds. They are absorbed into the blood stream, bypassing the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCTs are smaller, so they can permeate our cell membranes more easily and don’t require that we use special enzymes in order for our bodies to utilize them. Medium-chain fats are digested easily and sent directly to your liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter your metabolism. This is one reason why many people claim that MCTs, including coconut oil, are burned by the body for energy, or “fuel,” instead of being stored as fat.
MCT oils like coconut oil should actually be consumed every day. Certain saturated fats, especially MCTs and other healthy fats found in things like coconut oil or grass-fed beef, are in fact easier to digest than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs).
Just about all of the abundant oils in coconut oil are good for you. Coconut oil is a great source of MCTs because it’s “62% MCT oil."
comprised of primarily caprylic and caprice fatty acids
translucent liquid at room temperature
When MCTs are absorbed into the blood stream, they bypass the digestion process that longer chain fats go through.
MCT's provide quick energy for the body and are less likely to be stored in the fat cells.
When a meal includes medium chain triglycerides, there is a significant increase in the number of calories burned (thermogenic effect).
When more calories are used, fewer are stored as fat, which helps to reduce body fat levels.
MCT's energy sustaining powers can be explained as follows: when MCT oil is metabolized in the body, it behaves more like a carbohydrate than a fat. Remember that the fuel of preference for the body is carbohydrate. Unlike other fats, MCT oil does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized so it releases energy like a carbohydrate and creates lots of ketones (which can be used for fuel) in the process.
Medium-chain fatty acids are capable of helping you:
Maintain a healthy weight — since they both make you feel full
Specifically reduce stored body fat — since they also raise your metabolic function
Have more energy
Think more clearly
Experience better digestion
Supportive of your gut environment
Balance hormone levels
Improve your mood
Boost energy levels
Support heart health
Fight bacterial infection and viruses
Absorb fat-soluble nutrients from various foods
They reduce the risks of low-fat diets
Fat Burning Properties
Support brain health
They have the capability to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites
Contain antioxidant properties (which is why coconut oil has far-reaching inflammatory benefits that have led it to be used to treat dozens of health problems in folk medicine for centuries.)