Advantages of MCT oil

Saturated fats comprise long-chain fatty acids, which undergo a long digestive process in your body and many are not a healthy energy source. Medium-chain triglycerides, in contrast, are broken down quickly and processed in the liver, and can be used as a source of energy to power your pursuits. But there are other benefits as well.

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are metabolized to ketone bodies that serve as an alternative source of energy for all your cells including neurons. So they are “high octane” fuel for the body, improving physical performance, but also mental performance.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides. 

MCT can be converted to beta-hydroxybutyrate, a major ketone body. Elevation of plasma ketone body levels by oral administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) improves cardiac metabolic efficiency and exerts a cardioprotective antioxidant action. There is some evidence that they inhibit certain cancers.

Caprylic oil is a major constituent in most commercially available MCT oils. It is easy digested and absorbed even when your pancreas, the bodies primary fat emulsifying organ, isn’t working well. Caprylic is also an anti fungal agent, and a yeast killer. Yeasts, especially candida, are commonly overgrown in poor gut flora states. Endurance athletes like Caprylic oil because it has a unique ability to be used directly in cellular energy making, despite cellular depleted energy states that derail other energy sources.

Another major MCT constituent is capric acid. It too has strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties. It is converted into monocaprin in the body, where it can help combat viruses, bacteria and the yeast Candida albicans. Capric acid, together with caprylic acid, helps to increase levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDL, the “good” cholesterol) relative to low-density lipoproteins (LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. )


The information on this site is solely for purposes of general patient education, and may not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician for evaluation and treatment of your specific condition.