Here at Emperors Best, we've discussed the numerous benefits of using our brand of CBD products. One of the benefits is that our oil and lotions are made with the best organic MCT Coconut Oil! But, you may be wondering what that means. On today's post, we'll be exploring the benefits of using MCT Coconut Oil and why it adds extra nutrition to CBD.
There are a number of impressive health benefits of MCT Oil, including: improving mood, aiding in weight loss, protecting the skin, optimizing digestion, boosting energy, strengthening the immune system, regulating hormones, and increasing cognitive function, among many others.
MCT Oil contains an extreme concentration of powerful chemical compounds and active ingredients, which is why only a very small amount is required for the desired effects. As with any supplement, it's important to always use MCT Oil in moderation or when diluted in some way.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT Oil stands for Medium-Chain Triglycerides, also known as medium-chain fatty acids, which are widely known as beneficial nutrients for the body. These are commonly considered good forms of fat, which can do everything from boosting the metabolism to improving the strength of the immune system.
These medium-chain fatty acids are named C-6 (caproic acid), C-8 (caprylic acid), C-10 (capric acid), and C-12 (lauric acid). The numbers attached to these fatty acids are important. The smaller ones are easier for the body to absorb and convert directly into ketones, a powerful form of energy for the body. Lauric acid behaves like a long-chain fatty acid and is slightly less efficiently processed by the body into the energy, but is still considered an MCT.
MCT Oil is composed solely of these medium-chain fatty acids. Before exploring the benefits of MCT Oil, it's important to understand the component parts.
C-6, Caproic Acid: This is a medium chain fatty acid that is in extremely small concentrations in most MCT Oils, and is often processed out of them intentionally. It has an unpleasant taste, but as with other MCTs, it can be quickly converted into useful ketones and ATP, valuable clean energy sources in the body.
C-8, Caprylic Acid: This is the most important medium-chain fatty acid because it is converted extremely quickly into ATP - usable energy - without involving the liver and is directly linked to improved cognition. It also results in a burst of energy and provides immune system support, thanks to its antioxidant and antibacterial qualities.
C-10, Capric Acid: This fatty acid is another type of fat that can bypass any lengthy processing in the liver from a long-chain carbohydrate, such as sugar. This makes Capric Acid ideal for rapidly producing energy within the body.
C-12, Lauric Acid: With a 12-carbon chain, lauric acid does need to pass through the liver to be processed into energy, which makes it more like long-chain fatty acids. Lauric Acid has antimicrobial properties, but it has a larger impact on your cholesterol than the smaller-chain MCTs.
MCT Oil Benefits
Using MCT Oil is very effective for people who struggle with low energy, poor digestive health, obesity, hormonal fluctuations, slow metabolism, dementia, diabetes, and inflammatory conditions, as well as those who are high risk for cardiovascular disease.
Controls Obesity: When the fatty acids of MCT Oil are converted into energy, the metabolism is inevitable sped up, which can help with passive fat burning and general efficiency of calorie burning by the body. Research has shown that MCTs will prevent fat deposition by the body, instead of becoming pure forms of energy.
Increased Energy Levels: With a boosted metabolism, you also have enhanced energy levels, as well as the direct stream of ATP and ketones from the rapid conversion of MCTs to energy. Instead of more than 20 steps that sugar takes to become energy, C-8 fatty acids can be converted to usable energy in 3 steps - giving your body rapid support and invigorating you.
Immune System: The antimicrobial qualities of lauric acid and caprylic acid make MCT Oil an immune system supporter, and there has been plenty of research on linking these to better overall health. There is an increase in immune activity and white blood cell production in the body, while the antioxidant effects of these acids also reduce levels of oxidative stress.
Improves Digestion: MCT Oil has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial qualities that can optimize digestion and balance the micro-environment of your gut flora. This will help prevent symptoms of cramping, bloating, and constipation, as well as any parasitic or viral infections.
Boosts Heart Health: With the low fat deposition effect of MCT Oil, there is a better chance of having control over your weight, keeping overall cholesterol levels down, and lower blood pressure. While consuming fats may seem counterintuitive to heart health, most MCTs are those good fats that you need in your diet.
Maintains Hormone Balance: One of the critical purposes of fats in the body is their role in creating hormones. With these MCTs in your diet, you can make those hormones you need most to keep your mood in place, your metabolism high, and prevent depression and hormonal disorders.
Prevents Diabetes: MCTs are known to help control blood sugar, namely by preventing fat deposition, and instead storing sugars in muscle and energy sources. Given that MCT Oil can help control obesity, increase the metabolism and optimize digestion, this oil is not only good for those with diabetes, but also those at high risk of diabetes.
Improves Cognitive Function: By providing energy to and protecting neural pathways, these ketones can mitigate the symptoms of dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases by providing energy for concentration, focus and memory retention.
Side Effects of MCT Oil
As with anything, there are some potential side effects of using MCT Oil, including hormonal fluctuations, gastrointestinal distress, anxiety, appetite abnormality, headaches and inflammation, and can negatively affect people with certain liver conditions or diabetes. You are susceptible to these side effects if you use the oil in too high of a dose. The concentration of medium-chain fatty acids in MCT Oil is enough to quickly remedy most afflictions. Always speak with your doctor about using this oil with your particular condition, and discontinue use if serious negative side effects occur.
Hormones: When the medium-chain fatty acids are processed by the body, it happens fairly quick, which tends to generate heat and energy. This can stimulate the metabolism and cause hormone fluctuations in certain people, as well as hot flashes. There may be mild irritability or mood swings, especially if you're taking too much of the oil.
Inflammation: Your body receives a burst of pure and positive energy from the processing of certain true medium-chain triglycerides. This can be a bit overwhelming for your system. If not taken in moderation, this can temporarily increase your blood pressure and cause inflammation or headaches. Consider lessening your dosage if this occurs. Throat itchiness and respiratory irritation can also occur.
Digestion: MCTs are known to stimulate the stomach, and can have laxative effects due to their powerful impact on digestion. Excessive consumption of MCT Oil can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gas, and general stomach discomfort.
Anxiety: While uncommon, some people reported increased feelings of anxiety after consuming large amounts of MCT Oil. This could be due to the rapid energy surge in your body, and without any way to expend that energy, it can manifest as anxiety or nervousness.
Appetite: MCT Oil has been known to cause both a loss of appetite and extreme hunger, though the latter is far less common. In terms of a loss of appetite, the valuable energy produced by the acids makes the body feel as though it's full, which causes a decrease in appetite.
Liver Health: Since Lauric Acid must be processed by the liver, it is best to speak with a doctor before using MCT Oil if you have existing liver problems.
Type 1 Diabetes: Certain aspects of MCTs can help with diabetes, but if you have too many ketones in the body, those will exclusively be used for energy production, meaning that the body will continue to store up glucose until it is at a dangerous level. If you have diabetes, especially Type 1 Diabetes, speak to your doctor before using MCT Oil.
MCT Oil Dosage
In terms of dosage, MCT Oil usage will be different for everyone, depending on their personal health and wellness goals. However, to have an effect on most health conditions, no more than 2-3 tablespoons per day are all that is needed. In fact, that amount is even on the high end. Most people find that 1-2 teaspoons per day can help certain conditions, but everyone is different. The average range is between 2 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons per day.
If you begin using MCT Oil, start with a small amount and see how your body reacts. It is best to begin slowly, and of course, always consult with your doctor to discuss the appropriate dosage level for you to see desired results, and to not experience unpleasant side effects.
Always consult with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before starting or stopping any medication, supplements, or health regimen.