MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides: saturated fats that are produced from hydrolyzed palm kernel oil or coconut oil. Fats are an essential component of a healthy diet; however, some people have malabsorption issues that make it difficult to get enough for their energy needs. Medium-chain triglycerides are noted for their small molecular size, which makes them easier to absorb and metabolize than their long-chain counterparts.** Because of this easy-to-assimilate quality, medium-chain triglycerides have been suggested to be helpful for those who have difficulty digesting and metabolizing fats, and may be substituted for a portion of dietary long-chain fat to help contribute to ideal fat intake.**
In order to be burned as cellular fuel, long-chain fats require the compound carnitine as a coenzyme. MCTs, however, do not require carnitine in order to be metabolized, and are able to enter the cells' mitochondria quickly and easily to serve as an efficient, readily available source of energy.** This fast-acting property is valued among athletes and anyone seeking enhanced vitality; medium-chain triglycerides are a source of quick energy that can be delivered to the whole body.** For this reason, medium-chain triglycerides are sometimes used in sports nutrition supplements that are designed to support exercise performance.** In addition, when combined with an intense daily exercise program and a balanced diet including an adequate caloric intake, MCTs may help to support healthy weight management.**
MCT products are typically presented in a liquid form. Some products may specify levels of caprylic acid and capric acid; these are not extra ingredients, but rather the exact names of the medium-chain triglycerides that are found in the oil.
Directions for Use
Before starting any nutritional supplement program, be sure to consult with your doctor. that can be taken straight or incorporated in culinary applications including salad dressings, smoothies and protein shakes. Since this oil has a low boiling point, it is not recommended for use in frying or other high-heat cooking applications. One tablespoon taken one to three times daily is a commonly suggested serving size. Since the oil is rich in fats, it may be susceptible to rancidity and should be refrigerated after opening.