Whether you are aiming to fuel mental and physical performance, aid and maintain your body into ketosis or support fat burning, MCT oil is an invaluable natural supplement.
Coconut derived medium chain triglycerides are easily absorbed and converted in the liver to ketones which help fuel the brain and body for mental and physical performance. Ketones allow the body to produce energy from good fats rather than from sugar and carbohydrates. The oil can be taken straight, added to hot drinks, smoothies and salad dressings. For best results it’s recommended to be taken as part of a low carbohydrate diet. See Range
What is MCT Oil?
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a particular type of dietary fat that are most commonly found in coconut and palm oils. MCT’s are important fatty acids that are between 6-12 carbon chains in length and are rarer in the diet than other fats. The Melrose MCT range consists of varying blends of caproic (C6), caprylic (C8), capric (C10), and the slightly longer 12-chain MCT lauric acid (C12).
MCTs aren’t digested and absorbed in the same way as normal dietary fats, instead they are easily digested and processed in the liver, providing immediate fuel rather than being stored as fat in the body. They have been researched extensively for their many benefits that include:
Encouraging the creation of brain and body-friendly ketone fuels for natural energy
Help you get into and stay in ketosis
Helps maintain and support digestive health
Supports mental and physical performance
Benefits For the Brain:
MCTs are a great source of fuel for the brain. They are converted to ketones in the liver and transported to the brain where they are utilised as a source of energy to assist and enhance brain function. There is substantial research to show that MCTs can enhance cognitive function in patients with certain neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Epilepsy.
Benefits for For Heart:
MCTs have a positive effect on cholesterol levels by lowering bad (LDL) and elevating good (HDL) cholesterol. Unlike most fats, MCTs do not increase blood clotting, therefore reducing heart disease and the risk of stroke. Oxidized fat molecules from highly processed vegetable oils can cause damage to the arteries. MCTs are resistant to such oxidation and have been shown to help reduce other oils from becoming oxidized, therefore, MCTs seem to act like an antioxidant in the body reducing further arterial damage.
Benefits For Gut Health:
Research suggests that MCTs help make the gut healthier by improving intestinal permeability and modifying the gut microbiota. This is due to the fact that MCTs can help combat a range of pathogenic viruses and bacteria that can cause digestive issues. This further supports research showing that MCTs can enhance the absorption of certain minerals and fat-soluble vitamins. Such gut improvements mean a more robust immune system. The gut is the pathway to longevity and disease. If this pathway is damaged, then so is our body.
Benefits For Muscles:
MCTs contain around ten percent fewer calories than other fats. Since MCTs are medium in length, they are rapidly absorbed and metabolised by the body. MCTs are quickly utilized as fuel for the muscles and organs and are not stored as fat. MCTs have been show to enhance thermogenesis (fat burning) encouraging further weight loss. The energy enhancing properties of MCTs are due to the fact that they are converted to ketones almost immediately. Ketones are used to provide energy to the cells of the body.
Ketones also produce less carbon dioxide and free radicals than when the body uses glucose as a source of energy, therefore ketones are considered less toxic for our body, making it a cleaner source of energy.
Benefits For Overall Whole Body Health:
From endurance and physical performance; weight loss; improved cognitive function; reduced symptoms of neurological disorders such as (Migraines, Mood disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis); improved digestive & GUT health; reduced blood sugar levels; reduced symptoms of certain inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and eczema; supports adequate hormone production; improves sleep by stabilizing brain function to reduced cardiovascular disease. As you can see MCTs play a major part in every aspect of the functioning and well-being of the human body.