MCT oil has become increasingly popular in the health and fitness industry, and more and more people are turning to this supplement to help support energy levels, assist in weight loss efforts, and help boost healthy fat intake.
Let’s take a look at what MCT oil is, the benefits of adding it to your diet, and then three was you can use MCT oil.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT oil is a dietary supplement made up of medium-chain triglycerides. These types of fats are found in coconut oil and act a little differently in the body when compared to short and long-chain triglycerides. MCT’s are unique as they go right to the liver after ingestion to be used as an immediate source of energy. This means that fats like the ones found in MCT oil are less likely to be stored as fat.
MCT oil is also commonly used among those who follow a ketogenic diet since the medium-chain fats are not stored as fat, and can also be turned into ketones which the brain can use for energy as opposed to glucose.
The Benefits of MCT Oil For Energy
So, what are the benefits of using MCT oil? One of the primary reasons people add MCT oil to their diet is to help support energy levels. Since the fats in this oil are sent directly to the liver from the gut, most people experience an immediate and sustained boost of energy.
Due to MCT oils energy supporting properties, many endurance athletes use this supplement to help fuel their body before an athletic event. MCT oil may be able to help boost overall endurance during exercise. (1)
The energy boosting benefits of medium-chain triglycerides may also help support weight loss efforts since increased energy means a better chance you will have the motivation to stick to your exercise plan, and power through your workouts.
The Different Types of MCT Oil
When it comes to MCT oil, there are also different types of MCT fats, some better than others. Let’s take a look at the different options
- C6: Caproic Acid converts very quickly to ketones in the body, and is sent straight to the liver to be used as energy. However, it often leads to a strange flavour and gastrointestinal upset in some MCT oil products.
- C8: Caprylic Acid contains powerful anti-microbial health benefits, can be used as immediate energy, and is one of the two MCT fats we have in our MCT oil. This MCT fat is also great for gut health.
- C10: Capric Acid, is the other MCT fat we have in our product, and can also be used for immediate energy.
- C12: Lauric Acid is not able to be used as an immediate source of energy like the other three MCT fats, and not one that we use in our MCT oil.
C8 and C10 are ideal as they are the MCT’s that can be used as immediate sources of energy, and aren’t known to cause an unpleasant taste or stomach upset. This is one thing that makes our MCT oil stand apart from others. Our product contains C8 and C10 fats providing you with a high-quality and effective MCT oil.
3 Ways to Use MCT Oil
Ready to add MCT oil to your diet to help boost your overall energy levels? Here are three easy ways to incorporate this oil into your diet.
#1 Mix MCT Oil in With Your Morning Coffee:
One of the best ways to get your dose of MCT oil in is by adding it to your morning cup of coffee. This is an excellent way to supercharge your coffee by adding some healthy fat while also adding some longer and more stabilized energy levels that may sustain your longer than your average cup of caffeinated coffee would.
The combination of the MCT plus the caffeine may be just what your body needs to support energy all morning. Plus, with a high-quality MCT oil like our Phat Performance MCT oil supplement, you won’t even notice it in your coffee. Our MCT oil has a neutral flavour, so you can still enjoy your morning cup of coffee without altering the taste.
Want to add an even bigger energy punch to your morning cup of coffee? Try making a collagen coffee like one of our energy-boosting coffee recipes here. With the addition of MCT oil plus collagen, you will have long-lasting energy to get you through an intense workout, or a busy morning at work.
#2 Enjoyed With Tea:
Not a big coffee drinker? Not a problem! Similar to adding MCT oil to your morning cup of coffee, you can also add this energy-boosting oil to your cup of tea. Simply mix one tablespoon of MCT oil into your favourite cup of tea, and add some full-fat unsweetened coconut milk for an added healthy fat boost.
#3 Mixed Into Shakes:
Looking for a way to support energy levels after an intense workout? Try adding one tablespoon of MCT oil to your post-workout recovery shake.
Here’s a post-workout recovery shake recipe to help you get started.
Chocolate Banana Collagen & MCT Recovery Shake
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 Tbsp. raw unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. raw honey
- 1 Tbsp. Phat Performance MCT oil
- 1 scoop of Peptipro Collagen
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend until smooth.
Additional MCT Oil Benefits
In addition to supporting energy levels, MCT oil may also be able to support health by:
- Promoting satiety, reducing the chance of overeating
- Supporting weight management
- Supporting healthy cholesterol levels. (2)
- Stabilising blood sugar levels
- Supporting brain health
The Bottom Line
If you are in need of a serious energy boost, adding MCT oil to your diet may be something you want to consider. MCT oil can benefit your energy levels whether you are trying to boost exercise endurance, have more energy after an intense workout, or simply need more energy to power through your busy day, MCT oil may do just the trick.
Try adding a tablespoon to your diet each day in your morning cup of coffee or tea, or blended into a shake and see what it can do for your health and energy levels.