ABC’s of MCT Oil
Searching Marry Jane’s online shop, you may find this product that contains MCT; these are full-spectrum MCT drops. Right now, you may be wondering what MCT oil is. In this article, we will shed some light on the compound known as MCT and help you learn more about MCT oil, how and what it can be used for as well as review its possible effects, including side effects.
What is MCT?
MCT, short for medium-chain triglyceride, is a type of fat found in products like coconut or palm kernel oil. It is metabolized differently than the long-chain triglyceride (LTG) found in most other foods. MCTs are smaller, so they are easier to digest and quicker to be absorbed in the bloodstream.
How can MCT oil be consumed?
MCT oil can be taken in three main ways:
- sublingually (under the tongue);
- orally (directly after eating or drinking, or added to food or drink);
- topically (applying to the skin and massaging it in).
Don’t forget that depending on the consumption method, how long MCT takes to have an effect and how long that effect lasts will vary.
What are the possible effects of MCT oil?
Let’s look at what the studies say about the potential effects of such a compound. According to different studies, MCT oil may help in weight loss (including lower energy density, increased fullness, burning calories and greater fat loss). However, keep in mind that these studies considered small groups of subjects and didn’t take into account physical activity and total calorie intake. Another research showed increased insulin-mediated glucose metabolism that may lead to a lower blood sugar level. The next study showed MCT may help treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. One research into MCT stated that the compound could assist in decreasing cholesterol levels by increasing the excretion of bile acids. On the other hand, another piece of research said that medium-chain triglyceride might have no or even a negative effect on cholesterol level. This study showed that short-term consumption of food containing small amounts of MCT may suppress the increase in blood lactate and RPE (rate of perceived exertion) levels during moderate-intensity exercise and possibly increase the duration at subsequent high-intensity exercise.
What about the side effects of taking MCT oil?
There are various side effects related to consuming MCT oil. Some people have reported diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, nausea, stomach discomfort and other related effects. Also, high consumption of MCT can affect cardiovascular risk factors in those at risk of cardiovascular disease. Another source told us that taking high doses of vitamin D along with MCT oil may cause heart palpitations.
MCT oil is a product that has a number of possible effects. However, every coin has two sides. We do need more studies on this topic and the various side effects of the product. After giving you the basic information about MCT oil, we kindly recommend you consult your doctor if you are planning to take this product. Stay tuned, and don’t miss any new content on our CBD blog, which is updated every day.