MCT oil is a supplement that is popular among athletes and body builders. It is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, but it is also found in other foods such as palm oil and dairy products.
MCT oil may help reduce weight and waist circumference by increasing the release of two hormones that promote the feeling of fullness in the body - peptide YY and leptin.
MCTs absorb more quickly than long-chain triglycerides, travel more quickly from the gut to the liver, and are broken down in the liver to be either used as fuel or stored as body fat.
Taking MCTs before exercise may help you use more fat instead of carbs for energy and reduce lactate levels, which can negatively impact exercise performance.
The ketogenic diet has gained popularity among people wishing to lose weight, but it was first introduced as a way of managing epilepsy. However, the type of MCT you choose may be important in managing epilepsy.
MCT oil may also have benefits for those with diabetes, such as reducing body weight, waist circumference, and insulin resistance. However, other factors such as timing and the amount of food eaten may influence.
MCT oil may help reduce your risk for heart disease by supporting weight and fat loss, reducing LDL cholesterol, and increasing HDL cholesterol. It may also help reduce C-reactive protein.
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