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What Is MCT Oil? Unpacking The Types And Benefits Of MCTs.

Are you looking for a boost in energy and mental clarity? Our Melrose MCT Oils may be the perfect supplement for you.

Read on to discover all things MCTs, like what MCT oil is, how it works and how to use it.
What Is MCT Oil and How Does It Work?
MCT Oils, or Medium Chain Triglycerides, are unique super fats made from coconuts that are a great fuel source, especially for those who are doing the ketogenic diet.

MCTs have shorter carbon chains than other dietary fats found in plants and animals, allowing them to be absorbed rapidly into our bloodstream. 

From our blood stream, our liver then converts MCTs into ketones, a natural energy source for our body.

On the other hand, long-chain fats found in animal and plant products, like olive oil and butter, have a longer absorption time and are more likely to be stored in your body as fat rather than being used immediately as fuel.

Ketones also provide a more efficient energy source to glucose (sourced from sugars and carbohydrates). While glucose provides a short-term energy source, ketones fuel you rapidly and consistently.

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MCT Oil Benefits

Now that we know what MCT Oil is, let’s dive into why it’s so great. 
There are numerous benefits of MCT oils, from boosting energy and brain function to helping you feel fuller for longer.
MCTs Support a Keto Diet
For people on a keto diet, MCT oil is a key energy source that promotes weight loss. 

When you follow a keto diet, you lower your carbohydrate intake and increase your protein and healthy fat intake. 

Adding MCT oil to your diet can help to raise your ketone levels, allowing you to enter and stay in a state of nutritional ketosis – which is why some people call it keto MCT Oil!

Once you’ve reached ketosis, your body is primed to use your stored fat as your main fuel source, leading to weight loss. 

But you don’t need to be on a keto diet to benefit from MCT oil. 

Even if you’re eating carbohydrates, MCT oil can still suppress your appetite, improve brain cognition, and act as an energy source for your brain and body.

MCTs Are Great For Weight Loss

Studies have shown that consuming MCT oil as part of a weight loss plan can enhance results. 

MCT oil helps with weight loss in three ways:
  • It makes you feel fuller for longer, which helps you control your food intake

  • It encourages thermogenesis, which stimulates your body’s ability to burn calories to produce heat

  • It increases your metabolic energy, which means you’ll burn more fat from daily activities and exercise.

MCTs Boost Energy and Exercise

For many years, athletes have used MCT oils for their proven ability to boost energy levels and improve their endurance. 

Not only are MCT oils a sustainable energy source, but they also reduce the build-up of lactic acid in your muscles, which speeds up recovery time.

As a result, MCTs can allow you to exercise harder for longer and spend less time recovering.

MCTs Promote Brain Function

MCT oils are an amazing source of brain fuel too.

While our brains usually rely on glucose for energy, ketones are also an efficient fuel source for the brain.

When you go on a keto diet or take MCT oil regularly, your blood ketone levels are raised and are rapidly transported to your brain. This enhances your cognition and energy metabolism.

MCTs Regulate Blood Sugar

Although glucose is an important source of energy, a diet rich in carbohydrates and simple sugars can negatively impact your body and health.

Our bodies manage our blood sugar levels by producing insulin, a hormone that moves glucose from the bloodstream and into our cells for energy. 

When we eat too many carbohydrates and sugars, we can lose sensitivity to insulin, and our blood glucose levels can rise. This is known as insulin resistance and can lead to diabetes and pre-diabetes. 

Studies have shown that MCT oils increase insulin production in response to glucose and improve insulin sensitivity, therefore improving blood glucose levels and glucose metabolism.

What Are The Different Types of MCTs?

Caproic Acid (C6)
Caproic acid is the shortest chain MCT and is rapidly broken down by the body, immediately providing the body with energy. C6 is readily converted into ketones in the liver, which acts as an additional energy source for the brain and body. 

You’ll find plenty of Caproic acid in the Melrose MCT Oil Brain Power; enjoy it daily to boost mental clarity.
Capric Acid (C10)
Capric acid has many of the same energy-boosting and metabolic properties as caprylic acid (C8), but, as a longer chain MCT, it takes a bit more time for the body to convert into ketones and energy. C10 also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help with varying health conditions. 

The Melrose MCT Oil Kick Start is packed with Capric acid, making it a powerful supplement to take in the morning.
Caprylic Acid (C8)
Caprylic acid has been shown to increase energy and ketone production, which can assist with weight loss, brain function, blood sugar regulation and metabolism. It’s also found to have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

If you’re looking for your Caprylic acid fix, our Melrose MCT Oil Energy & Exercise is the MCT for you.
Lauric Acid (C12)
Lauric acid is the longest chain MCT. The body takes more time to break it down. This results in a more sustained energy release suited to endurance athletes that need to perform better for longer. Lauric acid also possesses antimicrobial properties like C8 and C10.

Our Melrose MCT Oil Energy & Exercise champions lauric acid, helping you go harder for longer.

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How is Melrose MCT oil made?

Melrose MCT oils are 100% derived from organic coconuts. While coconut oil is rich in MCTs, it also has a range of longer-chain fatty acids that we don't want! In order to isolate the MCTs from the other fatty acids, the coconut oil goes through a multi-step process.

1. Separation of fatty acids from glycerin

Firstly, we separate the Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) from the long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) as coconut oil is rich in both.

2. Fractionation to isolate MCFAs

We use a process called "fractionation" to isolate each fatty acid, resulting in the MCFAs being isolated and ready for the next step.

3. Refining of the glycerin

We refine our coconut glycerine by using activated carbon and blowing steam through the liquid - this removes any unpleasent smells, tastes or impurities. It is then filtered and made at least 99% pure to produce refined glycerin.

4. Joining the glycerin and MCFA

The refined glycerin is now joined back with the MCFAs to form a triglyceride which our bodies can absorb as energy and once this is done, we have a crystal-clear, flavour-free oil we now call MCT!

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How do our bodies use MCT oil?

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MCT oil is water soluble, which means it doesn't need to be broken down in our stomach in order to be digested and converted to energy.

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Rapidly absorbed in the gut

MCTs are rapidly absorbed in the gut and then head straight to the liver. As soon as MCTs reach the liver, they’re converted into ketones used for energy, which helps fuel your brain and body.

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Ketones are an excellent alternative energy source for organs that normally rely on carbohydrates.

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MCT vs Coconut oil: What’s the difference?

So, if coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs, why not just have coconut oil?

While coconut contains more MCTs than any other food source, MCTs still only make up about 55% of its total fat content! 

In addition to containing MCTs (C6, C8, C10 and C12), coconut oil also has other longer-chain fatty acids, including myristic acid (C14), palmitic acid (C16), stearic acid (C16), oleic acid and linoleum acid (C18).

MCT oil increases feelings of satiety more than coconut does, indicating that it’s the MCT in the coconut oil that helps a person feel fuller for longer. 

Other studies have shown that MCT oil is better for fat loss than coconut oil and other fats thanks to its metabolism-boosting properties.  

Of course, coconut oil still offers many health benefits and is particularly useful for cooking and nourishing your hair and skin. 

But, if you’re looking to reap the benefits of MCTs, like ketone production, weight loss, or mental clarity, it makes sense to choose MCT oil.


Want to learn more about MCTs? We’ve answered a few commonly asked questions below!

What Is MCT Oil Made From?

MCT oil is most commonly made from coconut oil because it contains more MCTs than any other food source.

Dairy fat found in butter, milk, yoghurt, and cheese also contain MCTs but in minimal concentrations.

While there may not be many food sources high in MCTs, we humans are very well adapted to consuming them.

Our first introduction to them is during breastfeeding. Human breastmilk naturally contains a high concentration of medium-chain fatty acids (about 15% of total fats), making it an important source of energy and antimicrobial activity for infants.

How Much MCT Oil Per Day?

For beginners, we recommend starting with 1 tsp per day, and gradually increasing your intake up to 1-3 tbsp.

This will help your body better climatise to MCTs and will help prevent digestive upset.

How Do I Use MCT Oil?

Some people sip their MCTs straight off the spoon, while others prefer to mix them in their drinks or meals.

Here are a few ways you can incorporate MCTs into your day.

Make Tasty Salad Dressings

MCT Oil is a subtle base for low-carb dressings. Try adding apple cider vinegar too!

Whip Up A Powerful Guacamole

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, and adding MCTs makes it even more keto-friendly.

Add MCTs To Your Favourite Nut Butter

Supercharge the benefits of your nut butter by adding some MCT oil.

Add MCTs To Your Coffee

Many keto dieters mix MCTs into their morning coffee for a powerful kick. Try adding unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee to your black coffee too!

Make Low-Carb Smoothies

You can add MCT oil to a low-carb smoothie to create a quick and keto-friendly meal. 

Mix With Your Super Blends:

If MCTs aren’t the only supplements you’re taking, you can always mix your powders and oils for a powerful morning boost.

Our Melrose MCT + Collagen and MCT Powder Coconut Matcha make the perfect bases to add your protein powders, super greens and vitamins. 

Can I Use MCT Oil For Weight Loss?

Taking MCTs daily can be a great way to lose weight healthily. Not only does it provide sustainable energy, but it helps you feel fuller for longer, curbing your appetite.

Many people use MCT oil in conjunction with the keto diet. The keto diet helps you reach and stay in ketosis. Ketosis is a state which allows your body to efficiently and effectively burn through fat reserves.

To learn more about the keto diet and how it works, read our ‘What Is Keto’ page today.

Is Cooking With MCT Oil Okay?

If you’re wondering whether you can swap out your regular cooking oil for MCTs, the answer is yes!

MCT oil is a great cooking oil substitute — just be sure to only use low or medium heat. Anything over 160 celsius will begin to impact the natural MCT fats and lessen their benefits.

Are There Any MCT Oil Side Effects?

While MCTs offer numerous health benefits, they can cause side effects in some people, including nausea, flatulence, diarrhoea, stomach pain, and bloating.

To test your tolerance, you may want to start with a lower dose of 1 tsp per day. If you tolerate this dose well, you can start gradually increasing as you see fit.

If you experience any gastrointestinal problems or nausea, it’s best to reduce your dose.