You may have been hearing a lot about MCT oil these days, and for good reason. There are lots of benefits to Medium Chain Triglycerides – but 5 that we are especially excited about.
Not only does MCT oil provide the base for our hemp tinctures, but it offers a host of additional benefits when taken on its own.
MCT OIL IS A STABLE AND LONG LASTING ENERGY SOURCE.
Because MCT oil is transported immediately from the stomach to the liver, and broken down very efficiently, it quickly raises energy levels and isn’t converted to body fat.
MCT OIL STABILIZES BLOOD SUGAR.
A healthy metabolism requires a healthy regulation of blood sugars. When functioning properly, insulin (a hormone made by the pancreas that allows your body to use sugar from carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy or to store as glucose for future use) keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). Unfortunately, certain pathologies (diabetes, obesity) can cause this sugar metabolism to be impaired, and rather than storing sugar in the muscle tissue for energy later, it stores sugar as fat tissue. MCT oil causes sugars present in the bloodstream to be stored in the muscle tissue rather than as fat mass.(1)
Studies have shown that this effect applies to healthy people too! (2) Athletes should also take note of this effect, as improved insulin function means that not only will carbs be stored as energy in the muscle tissue, but it can indirectly increase the amount of muscle mass in the body too.(3)
MCT OIL BENEFITS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
MCT oil contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, the flu, and cytomegalovirus.(4)
MCT OIL HAS INCREDIBLE BENEFITS FOR COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE.
Your brain can’t store its own energy, and needs a constant stream of blood glucose to function (this is why you get brain fog when your blood sugar dips!). Fortunately, there’s a backup mechanism in case your blood sugar gets too low – your liver can break down stored fat to produce ketones and keep your brain running. Your brain actually really likes to run on fat! Ketones readily cross the blood-brain barrier to provide instant energy to the brain. You could certainly eat a very high fat, low carbohydrate ketogenic diet, you don’t have to because the medium chain fats in MCT oil raise blood levels of ketones, providing a convenient shortcut to stable energy for your brain!
MCT IS AN EXCEPTIONAL CARRIER OIL.
Carrier oils are those which easily penetrate or absorb into the skin and thus facilitate absorption of other oils and herbal extracts when combined. Since it is one of the most stable oils, MCT oil does not go rancid, and its antimicrobial and antifungal properties prevent the other oils or extracts contained within it from spoiling.
When you choose a hemp oil or a tincture made with MCT oil (like any of our hemp tinctures) – you’re not only getting all of the cannabinoids, terpenes and phyto-nutrients from our single origin, full-spectrum hemp extract, but the added benefits of MCT oil, too. You can also add MCT oil in place of cooking oil or olive oil in foods and salad dressings for an added brain boost!
- Eckel, R. H., Hanson, A. S., Chen, A. Y., Berman, J. N., Yost, T. J., & Brass, E. P. (1992). Dietary substitution of medium-chain triglycerides improves insulin-mediated glucose metabolism in NIDDM subjects. Diabetes, 41(5), 641-647
- Han, J. R., Deng, B., Sun, J., Chen, C. G., Corkey, B. E., Kirkland, J. L., … & Guo, W. (2007). Effects of dietary medium-chain triglyceride on weight loss and insulin sensitivity in a group of moderately overweight free-living type 2 diabetic Chinese subjects. Metabolism, 56(7), 985-991.
- Fryburg, D. A., Jahn, L. A., Hill, S. A., Oliveras, D. M., & Barrett, E. J. (1995). Insulin and insulin-like growth factor-I enhance human skeletal muscle protein anabolism during hyperaminoacidemia by different mechanisms. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 96(4), 1722.
- Harrison, L. M., Balan, K. V., & Babu, U. S. (2013). Dietary fatty acids and immune response to food-borne bacterial infections. Nutrients, 5(5), 1801-1822.