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The Many Health Benefits of MCT Oil

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  • Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), a type of fat, have a number of important health benefits, including appetite reduction and weight loss, improved cognition, increased energy and improved athletic performance
  • MCT is a clean fuel which can improve your mitochondrial function, reducing your risk for diseases such as atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, neurodegenerative disease and epilepsy
  • Most commercial brands of MCT oil contain close to a 50/50 combination of C8 and C10 fats. Straight C8 (caprylic acid) is typically preferred as it converts to ketones far more efficiently than do C10 fats.

By Dr. Mercola

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have become increasingly popular as people are learning more about the health benefits of nutritional ketosis, which is achieved by replacing net carbohydrates (total carbs minus fiber) with high amounts of healthy fats and moderate amounts of high quality protein.

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