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MCT Oil – All you need to know

Why Consider MCT Oil Supplementation? 

 

At Nutrition for Life we recommend this MCT oil for those who:

  1. Need more variety of healthy fat sources in their diet and are currently unable to meet these needs from food sources alone.
  2. Are wanting to improve overall health and wellness including increased energy levels and weight management.
  3. Aiming to improve the quality of their smoothie creation
  4. Aiming to enhance their preparation for physical movement

 

About MCT Oil

MCT oil comprises of Medium Chain Triglycerides and 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, caprylic, capric, and the slightly longer 12-chain MCT lauric acid.

 

Digestion and absorption of MCT Oil

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.

 

Benefits of MCT Oil

MCT oil can help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining. Optimising your gut health is always advised when a person is seeking weight loss, weight management and overall quality of health.

It has been shown to increase the release of two hormones that promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin. (However, MCT when taken straight or added to your drinks is not to be viewed as a meal replacement supplement).

 

Side effects to be aware of

Minor side effects have been reported and include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and an upset stomach. These can be avoided by starting with small doses consumed with food. If your body does not respond well to the recommended uses and dose of MCT then stop taking it and speak with your health practitioner.

 

Practical use

1 teaspoon added (per day consumption is fine, 2-3 times per week for benefits is okay too)

  • Straight from the spoon (it is tasteless and flavourless)
  • Smoothies
  • Bulletproof coffee
  • Salad dressings

 

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