MCT’s (medium chain triglycerides) are saturated fatty acids derived from the fat in coconuts. Due to public misinformation about saturated fats, these essential fatty acids are often missing from our western diet.
As described by Medical News Today “MCTs are found in coconut oil and are processed by the body in a different way to long-chain fatty acids. Unlike other fats, they go straight from the gut to the liver. From here, they are used as a source of energy or turned into ketones. Ketones are substances produced when the liver breaks down a lot of fat, and they can be used by the brain for energy instead of glucose or sugar. As the calories in MCTs are used straight away, they are less likely to be stored as fat. This principle is the basis of the ketogenic diet, which many people believe is an effective way to lose weight.”
MCT oil is an excellent way to optimize our brains with energy by providing a steady source of fatty acids. Not only do MCT’s supply our brains with energy but they also support our brains cognitive function as we age (1, 1.5).
Along with optimizing our brains, MCT research documents these amazing benefits: