MCT oil has already been called "rocket fuel". The names for this high-quality oil are manifold, much hype and controversy about a product that is (still) known to relatively few people. In this article you will learn what MCT oil actually is, how it increases your power and how you can use it for yourself.


1. What is MCT oil and what are its advantages

MCT oil has various effects that you can use for yourself. For example, MCT OIL can increase your power level, boost your overall performance and help you lose weight. If we look at the oil first on a chemical level, MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. These are naturally occurring fats that are only found in a handful of foods.

The difference between medium and long-chain triglycerides is the number of carbon atoms in each molecule. In total, there are four of these MCTs, namely caproic acid (C6), caprylic acid (C8), capric acid (C10) and lauric acid (C12).

Compared to the long-chain triglycerides in other vegetable oils, MCTs are smaller and can, therefore, form ketones in the liver. This means in consequence: Very effective fuel. A natural source for this is coconut fat, but smaller amounts are also found in palm oil and high-fat dairy products such as cheese and butter. Some MCT oils are labeled as "liquid coconut oil".

This is a somewhat misleading term, as all coconut fats become liquid at around 24 degrees and are in a solid-state at lower temperatures. Depending on the brand used, specially prepared MCT oil can contain up to 18 times more MCT fatty acids per serving than pure coconut oil.

As studies show, by far the best MCT fatty acid is C8 caprylic acid, as this is the acid that forms the most ketones in the blood. This means that MCT oils consisting of 100% caprylic acid are the most effective. Some MCT oils contain a mixture of caprylic acid C8 and capric acid C10, which therefore form fewer ketone bodies and are therefore less effective.

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2. The effective ketogenic power for brain and body!

Because MCT oil can be processed particularly quickly in the liver and does not have to take the detour via the intestines, these oils can provide the body and especially the brain with particularly good power in the form of ketone bodies.

Your brain cannot store energy and needs a constant supply of energy, which is produced by glucose or carbohydrates during a normal diet. Ketones have only recently been discovered as a second energy source (besides glucose) of the brain. These are power carriers that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier to effectively supply the brain with fuel.

A study of the Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics in Washington proves the accelerated metabolism in the brain by the MCT oil. [1] The MCT oil has the second advantage, besides the fast utilization for the brain, that it has no effect on your blood sugar level, i.e. the release of insulin. Through a constant power supply, performance lows are prevented and body and mind can perform better.

Another advantage of MCT oils is - compared to other oils - that they help you lose weight. The medium-chain fatty acids cannot be stored in the form of fat reserves. So the fatty acids of the oil do not store in your body but are directly processed into fuel.

The Obesity Research Center of Columbia University in New York examined the effect of MCT oil on the dietary success of overweight in a study. The study compared the basal metabolic rate of subjects who consumed MCT oil with others who were given olive oil. The result showed a decrease in body fat in those who received MCT oil. 2] MCT oil has no influence on your blood fat values or your cholesterol level.

Another advantage of MCT oil is that part of it is converted to heat, which in turn raises the body temperature and thus boosts the entire metabolism. You can supply your brain with powerful ketones through a high-fat, carbohydrate-reduced diet, the so-called ketosis or keto diet.

3. The advantages of MCT oil at a glance

  1. Effective conversion to power
  2. No storage in the fat cells of the body 
  3. No influence on the blood fat values or the cholesterol level
  4. burning off the body's fat reserves 
  5. Generated heat increases the entire metabolism


4. The origin of MCT oil in medicine

The advantages of MCT oil have been recognized long ago in other areas, e.g. in medicine. For decades it has been used to treat children suffering from epilepsy, because MCT oil is an easily absorbed power source, especially for children. One of the most promising applications of MCTs is in the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

In the case of Alzheimer's disease, it is believed to be a type of diabetes of the brain in which the brain cells lose the ability to absorb glucose and die as a result. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition focuses mainly on the positive effect of ketones on a broad range of diseases, including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Besides the research of the diseases, the positive influence of the ketones on the energy level could be proven. 3] PET scans show that the areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease easily absorb ketones from MCT fatty acids as an alternative power source. Thus, the brain simply gets the fuel it needs from the ketones and not from the carbohydrates.

5. Ketogenic nutrition and how you can use MCT oil for you

MCT oil is now accessible to everyone and is available in our online shop, for example. Many nutrition professionals rely on the valuable MCTs in combination or as part of a ketogenic diet whose goal is ketosis. If one is in the ketosis, then the body falls back alone to fat cells for energy production.

With this form of nutrition, carbohydrates are almost exclusively avoided and healthy fats, in particular, are on the diet. Finally, the ketone level can be measured in the blood, where it is said that ketosis starts at a value of 0.5.

However, the medium-chain fatty acids are just as interesting for athletes and are often used in competitive sports to increase the available power and reduce the body fat percentage. Because we already mentioned, good fats are extremely suitable for losing weight without losing muscle mass.

Numerous professionals and stars from high-performance sports already rely on ketone bodies as a fuel source. These include basketball player LeBron James, for example, who does without carbohydrates and relies instead on medium-chain fatty acids.

6. MCT oil for "beginners" or Bulletproof Coffee

Perhaps you have already heard of MCT OIL as an ingredient in so-called Bulletproof Coffee? This is a trendy, special coffee whose recipe consists of a mix of coffee, butter, and MCT oil. The effect of the coffee, optimized by the MCT oil, will definitely bring you forward in the morning.

Dave Asprey, biohacker, book author and the inventor of the drink, swears by the addition of butter and MCT oil to his morning coffee. Buttered coffee is the best way to start the day with mental energy and lose weight, Asprey says.

He now has thousands of followers who follow his philosophy. By the way, the fat takes some of the acidity out of the coffee. You will certainly be positively surprised by the taste. And this is how you prepare the power-fat coffee:

  1. Brew a coffee as strong as you like. 
  2. Add 1-2 EL MCT oil
  3. 1-2 tablespoons butter 
  4. Off to the mixer 
  5. Enjoy and get started!

If you decide to use MCT oil and medium-chain fatty acids for the production of your fuel, you should start with small amounts, about 1 teaspoon per day is enough. Dosages used in studies are usually between 5 and 50 grams per day.

For general purposes, 5 to 10 grams of medium-chain triglycerides are a reasonable initial value. However, your correct dosage also depends very much on your individual goal and preferences. The best thing to do is to try out how much power the MCT oil gives you. The evaluation is purely subjective and that's a good thing. You alone should feel and evaluate the advantage of the oil and the good fats!

7. Conclusion

MCT oil is an effective way to provide your body in the state of ketosis ketone bodies. The MCT fatty acid caprylic acid C8 can be converted into ketones very effectively. The condition of ketosis has the advantage that your body uses fat as an energy source. No insulin is secreted during this process, which results in a continuously more stable performance.

8. Sources

[1] 2004_therapeutic_implications.pdf
[3] n2013116a.html#aff1