MCT oil: What is it and why is it good for you?
What’s the deal with MCT oil?
You may have heard whispers about MCT oil and you may be wondering what it is exactly, is it something you should be using and how should you use it?
Until earlier this year I hadn’t heard of MCT oil and didn’t know the first thing about it. But I’ve learnt a lot about it this year as I have been working really closely with the team at Melrose Health and have discovered why it’s a brilliant, clean source of energy that can help you with your mental stamina and physical performance.
I’ll do my best to explain why in the simplest way I can. Which is actually kind of difficult as MCT actually stands for “Medium Chain Triglycerides,” that name itself is a bit of a mouthful! So let’s break it down…
What is MCT?
Melrose MCT oil is derived from 100% organic and sustainable coconut oil from the Philippines. This is important, as there are a few other brands out there that derive their MCT oil from palm oil, which is a big no-no for anyone with an environmental conscious (think endangered orang-utans!). So always look for 100% coconut oil on the label.
Basically, coconut oil is made up of different fatty acids, some are short, medium and long, but it’s the medium chain fatty acids (between C6 – C12) that are especially useful for supporting things like, physical performance, brain functioning, gut health, as well as general health and immunity. So the coconut oil goes through a process called fractioning to extract the MCTs from the coconut oil.
Why are MCTs good for you?
MCTs are used by the body as a source of energy, they are converted into ketones providing instant energy for the cells in your body. Party time! They are not stored as body fat so do not cause weight gain. Using MCT oil as part of a low carb and low sugar diet, like a paleo or keto diet increases the effectiveness ketogenesis, In short – more fat, less carbs and sugar is a good thing.
There are different fatty acids like, C6, C8, C10, and lauric acid C12, that all serve a slightly different purpose in the body, and so Melrose have formulated three types of MCT oil that serve slightly different functions. My personal favourite is “Go For Longer” that contains a mix of C8, C10 and C12.
So stepping away from the science for a bit, how can MCT oil help you in your everyday life?
I have started using MCT oil in the morning and sometimes in the mid afternoon as a clean source of energy to help me with my mental stamina. Others use it before or straight after a work out at the gym, before studying for an important exam, sporting match or just to get through our busy days chasing toddlers and general mum life.
It’s really easy to add it to your morning coffee, or make a Melrose MCT coffee, or even to your smoothie or mixed into something like yoghurt or a chia pudding. It doesn’t have a strong flavour, so you can even just have it straight off the spoon.