MCTs have the unique ability to skip the digestive system and be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the liver, where it's then converted to ketones... aka energy! Ketones are a different fuel source, compared to glucose (sugar and carbohydrates) as our body can rapidly use ketones as fuel.
MCTs have a long list of health benefits, so people choose to take MCT oil for several reasons. For those who are following a ketogenic diet, MCT oil can be a key source of energy by rapidly being converted to ketones. When you lower your carbohydrate intake, MCT oil can help raise ketone levels so you can enter and stay in a state of nutritional ketosis.
However, you don’t need to be on a keto diet to achieve the benefits of MCT oil. Even for those eating carbohydrates, MCT oil can still work to suppress appetite, improve brain cognition, and provide you with a rapid energy source for brain and body!
We’re joined by Dr Dom D’Agostino, Ph.D a Research Scientist, and Professor of Medicine Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology to discuss the health benefits of MCT oil and its uses.