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— Understanding ‘MCTs’, and which ones really work!

 

The low-down on MCTs

Have you experienced the MCT PowerUp effect? There’s a lot of hype surrounding MCTs at the moment, but it’s not just a buzzword. Hold onto your socks, because here we explain what MCTs really are (and what they are not!), how they effect us physiologically to deliver incredible health benefits, what to look out for, and simple ways you can use MCTs to ‘PowerUp’ your brain, energy and metabolism.

 

Luke Hines MCT Keto Tonic

 

IN SHORT:

MCTs are fatty acids, simple molecules that we use for energy.
 MCT’ is short for Medium Chain Triglycerides
MCTs are not liquid coconut oil (although coconut oil does contain MCTs)
MCTs are absorbed and utilised as energy very quickly (faster than sugar!)
There are 4 different types of MCTs, but they have different effects physiologically
Its important to know the concentration and what type of MCTs you are using.
 Only pure C8 + C10 MCTs ‘PowerUp’ your brain, energy and metabolism.

 


 

What are MCTs?

MCT is short for ‘medium chain triglycerides’ or ‘medium chain fatty acids’. They are simple molecules derived from fats or oil that our body uses as energy. In pure form, they are a colourless and odourless oil that stays liquid at room temperature and delivers a number of physiological health benefits when consumed as part of a healthy diet. MCTs are actually found in most sources of fat in small quantities, but the most common and also one of the naturally highest sources of MCTs is coconut oil. MCT oil is made by separating the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) from the coconut oil.

 

What are the benefits of C8 + C10 MCTs?

Increased energy, mood and focus
Brain power and protection
Anti-inflammatory support
Improved metabolism and weight management
Promoting a healthy gut – Antibiotic properties

 


 

How does our body use MCTs?

Three out of the four MCTs found in Coconut Oil are considered the most bioavailable and most quickly absorbed sources of energy for the human body. This is due to their clean and simple structure and, unlike carbohydrates or other fats, they don’t require lengthy digestion or processing by the body. Given their simple structure, they are able to enter our system quickly and unmodified to stimulate and deliver numerous benefits.

The term ‘medium-chain’ simply describes their structure or length. By definition, medium chain triglycerides are fatty acids that contain between 6 and 12 carbon chains. There are four MCTs in Coconut Oil (making up approximately 65% of coconut oil’s mass), and these are:

C6 – Caproic Acid
C8 – Caprylic Acid
C10 – Capric Acid
C12 – Lauric Acid

It’s important to note that the four different MCTs actually have some varied functions and effects, which is why it’s always best to know the types as well as the concentration of your MCTs. Extracting MCTs is a fairly expensive process, so if the bottle doesn’t tell you exactly which MCTs it contains, you can just about assume that it will essentially just be liquid coconut oil – good for cooking, but it won’t deliver the energy and brain enhancing affects you are after.

 

So which MCTs do we really want?

Whilst all 4 MCTs are categorised as ‘MCTs’, only C6, C8, and C10 are able to bypass digestion and directly enter our liver, bloodstream and brain to be converted into ketones. This quick conversion from MCTs to ketones is what we are looking for, because it is that affect that quickly boosts our focus, mood and energy.

C12, although classed as an MCT, is metabolised like most other fatty acids, requiring digestion through the stomach and small intestines before it can then be absorbed into your blood and turned into energy. The trouble is, C12 is the most abundant “MCT” in coconut oil (about 50% of coconut oil is C12). C12 will satiate you rather than energise or focus you. C6 tastes unpleasant and can cause digestive upset, so it is purely C8 and C10 that you want when choosing an MCT, and this is why it’s important to know your MCTs.

 


 

What to look for

When purchasing and using an MCT to powerup your day and feel the direct and fast benefits that the right MCT should deliver, you want to look for one that is pure C8 and C10, because they are the only MCTs that are immediately absorbed and converted into brain and energy boosting ketones, whilst also delivering powerful gut supporting properties, boosting your metabolism and helping to reduce inflammation, without the gastric upset.

The Luke Hines by Cocolife MCT Keto Tonic does just that. At a minimum of 53-64% C8, and 36-47% C10 and nothing else – it is the cleanest, most transparent and effective MCT for your health. We will always tell you the concentrations and purity of our MCTs.

Start with just one teaspoon of the Luke Hines MCT Keto Tonic in your coffee or tea, salad or smoothie bowl and feel the energising and brain boosting affects.

 

Check out this article for how to make a PowerUp MCT Keto Coffee, or read this article by Luke on his breakdown of the difference between MCTs vs Coconut Oil.

Read on for further info on the different MCT types and their health benefits

MCT 200ml - Luke Hines by Cocolife MCT Keto Tonic

Pure C8 + C10 MCT Keto Tonic – 200ml

 


 

Breaking down the MCTs

C6 – Caproic Acid

This is the least present MCT in coconut oil, which is actually for the best as it has an unpleasant taste and it can cause digestive upset. It is absorbed and converted quickly into ketones, however it is best avoided in high doses which is why it is usually removed.

C8 – Caprylic Acid (6% of coconut oil)

The good stuff! C8 is the fastest of the MCTs to metabolise in the brain, helping your brain to utilise ketones as fuel within minutes, and your liver does not need to process this rare type of MCT. It only takes 3 steps for your body to turn C-8 into cellular energy – sugar takes 26 steps! This is why C-8 is also fantastic at  achieving satiety and suppressing cravings, as well as boosting your brain. It is the most powerful oil to PowerUp your mind and body.

C10 – Capric Acid (9% of coconut oil)

Almost as rare as C8, C10 is the next best MCT. It also bypasses the liver and is quickly converted into ketones for energy without the need for lengthy digestion. C10 also helps to deliver incredible benefits like boosting your metabolism and supporting your brain.

C12 – Lauric Acid (50+% of coconut oil)

As mentioned earlier, this is the most abundant MCT in coconut oil, making up about 50% of coconut oils total mass. This type of MCT cannot bypass the liver or enter our system without first passing through the digestive tract and being processed by the liver. Only once it has been processed by the liver can it then be converted into energy. It does still deliver awesome health benefits, although at a much slower pace. C12 will satiate you rather than energise or focus you. It does have antimicrobial properties, but not as powerful as C8 and C10. (c12 is the cheapest to isolate)

 

More on the benefits of C8 + C10 MCTs

 

Increased energy, mood and focus

As mentioned earlier, MCTs have a simple structure which doesn’t require intense energy-draining digestion or processing. MCTs in their natural isolated state can enter our liver, and bloodstream and be converted into ketones and transported to our brains more quickly than other fats or energy sources. This is because they don’t need bile salts to be digested and they can enter without modification by the digestive system. Upon entering our liver, MCTs quickly stimulate the production of ketones which is our brains preferred energy source.

Brain power and protection

Research has demonstrated that MCTs can readily cross the blood-brain barrier and be oxidised by the brain itself in order to produce ketones. This is very exciting as it shows that MCTs may provide both a direct and an indirect energy source for our brains, and even more importantly, it is proving to be a promising way to support and maintain brain function without raising blood glucose levels – a significant consideration for those with blood-sugar handling issues and even diabetes.

A further note on the benefits of brain health, as supported by MCTs. As our brain and liver uses MCTs to produce ketones, our brain is then able to utilise those ketones to activate special regulatory proteins (brain-derived neurotrophic growth factors, or BDNF). BDNF is vital for brain health as it supports the repair, protection and enhancement of our brain cells and our neurological pathways. BDNF has also been shown to stimulate the production of new, healthy neurons which replace degraded and dying cells, helping keep our brain sharp and healthy. This all leads to enhanced protection against neurodegenerative diseases.

Anti-inflammatory support

Another benefit most worthy of mention is the anti-inflammatory properties of MCTs. Research has shown that the consumption of dietary MCTs may significantly assist us to manage and reduce inflammation by reducing the presence and activity of those immunity cells and micro-organism that are directly responsible for inducing inflammation.

Improved metabolism and weight management

MCTs have a thermogenic effect which positively boosts our metabolism, helping us to utilise the body’s current stored energy (including fat deposits).