Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s have 6-12 carbon atoms) are fats found in foods like coconut oil. MCT oil is a supplement that contains a lot of these fats and is claimed to have many benefits such as,
- Enhances Weight Loss
MCT oil can help you lose weight, as it can stop you from feeling hungry, as it releases hormones that are responsible for making you feel satisfied and full after a small meal.
- Prevents Bacterial Growth
It shows to possess antifungal and antimicrobial effects. Coconut oil can decrease the growth of yeast that causes skin diseases.
- Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
It may reduce heart disease risk factors such as weight, cholesterol and inflammation.
- Helps Manage Diabetes
MCT oil may help manage diabetes by reducing fat storage and increasing fat burning. It may also help you control your blood sugar.
- Energy Booster
MCT oil can help boost a person’s energy and improve their endurance when they are working out.
Benefits of MCT Oil for Brain Disorders
MCT oil is easily absorbed and transported throughout the body. It can be used as an instant source of energy or can be converted into ketones to fuel your brain. Using MCT oil as a supplement has been shown great promise for treating many neurological diseases, including dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Traumatic brain injury
Caprylic acid, a main component of MCT oil supplements, has shown promise for treating autism. When MCT oil was given to a person with mild cognitive impairment, they experienced significant improvement in memory recall.
The dosage depends on the individual and taking too much can have negatives affects so please talk to a health professional first.