MCT oil is a supplement made from a type of fat called medium-chain triglycerides.
MCT molecules are smaller than those in most sources of fats you eat (long-chain triglycerides [LCT]). This makes them easier to metabolise and there are many health benefits linked to the way your body processes these fats. MCTs can are also absorbed quickly into your bloodstream and this turns results in energy you can use or store.
Where does it come from?
MCT oil is usually made from coconut or palm oil. Both are a rich source of MCTs. Scorpion has both a Coconut MCT option and a Palm Oil option for you to choose from:
Scorpion Coconut MCT Oil
What is it used for?
Usually, people use MCT for help with:
- Problems taking in fat or nutrients
- Weight loss
- Appetite control
- Extra energy for exercise
MCTs and the Ketogenic Diet
Your body makes ketones naturally when you break down fat on a very low-carbohydrate diet. This can lower your blood sugar which can have a positive effect on fat metabolism and help keep away those unwanted cravings. MCT Oil helps you increase ketone levels. The perfect fat source for a Ketogenic Diet.
What can MCTs help with?
Your doctor may have you get more MCT if you have trouble digesting other kinds of fat or you struggle to get the nutrients you need. This can happen if you take some medications, or you have:
- Problems with your pancreas
- Had part of your stomach removed
- Small bowel resection
- Small bowel disease
- Short bowel syndrome
Studies show that a high-fat ketogenic diet eases seizures. It can help some children with epilepsy who do not react to drug treatment. A keto diet that uses MCT instead of LCT may be easier for kids to stick to if they have trouble with the high amounts of fat.
If you have type 1 diabetes, fatty acids made by MCT may help you think better when you have very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). It may improve insulin resistance for folks with type 2 diabetes, but we need more research to know for sure.
In one small study, adding MCT to a ketogenic gluten-free diet helped improve symptoms in children with autism. But more research needs to be done.
Some research shows MCT oil may help ease problems with thinking, memory, or judgement. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, your brain may not use glucose well. Some experts think using ketones as an energy source instead may help your brain work better.
How to use MCT Oil?
You can add MCT oil to many foods and drinks. Most commonly, you’ll find it in:
- Salad dressing
- Bullet Proof Coffee
Because most MCT oil has a low burning point, it’s not a good idea to fry things with it.
What are some of the risks with using MCT Oil?
MCT Oil is generally very safe to use in moderation however we must state that long term, overuse may lead to weight gain, as fat is twice as calorie dense compared with carbohydrates and protein. Also it is important to beware that a large serving of MCT oil may lead to one or more of the following symptoms:
- Stomach pain
How and when to use?
We advise that individuals begin by supplementing with 5ml, two times a day and slowly increase to 15mls twice a day to alleviate any of the previous side effects.