The consumption of MCTs has a multitude of benefits for our bodies and minds. Here are the top three reasons why an MCT supplement should be a regular part of your diet.
Does it Help with Cravings?
When our stomachs are empty, we start feeling the slump. This is when we release ghrelin (our hunger hormone), which lets the brain know it’s time to eat. Once you eat, the body releases cholecystokinin (CCK), which is the major hormone responsible for gallbladder contraction, as well as the secretion of the pancreatic enzyme, which lets the brain know it is now satisfied. With the consumption of MCTs, ketone bodies have been shown to actually suppress ghrelin and enhance CCK, meaning you feel less hungry and more satisfied. This can not only lead to healthy weight loss, but the ketones also increase metabolism, can reduce fat storage because you burn the fat you already have stored, as energy. Talk about living in Bonus City!
In addition, one study has found that people taking 2 tablespoons of MCT oil as part of their breakfast routine ended up eating less food for lunch compared to those taking coconut oil. Furthermore, another study found that taking the MCT oil before exercise may help you use more fat instead of carbs for energy. Before you try this, it’s important that you are fat adapted. To learn how to become fat adapted, give our How to WillPowder using MCT Powder and MCT Oil Guide a read. Moreover, MCT oil could help increase the production of heart-protective HDL (good) cholesterol. This may, in turn, help reduce your risk for heart disease and obesity. Pass the oil!
Will it Help my Brain Fog?
The ketones produced by MCTs are thought to provide immediate energy to our brain’s neurons, without the inflammation and crash that comes along with sugar spikes. As a cleaner, more sustainable form of energy, burning ketones may do away with the brain fog, the tip-of-the-tongue moments and give you clearer mind. This will also help enhance mood and memory. In fact, one of the first symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, is impaired glucose metabolism in the brain—when the sugar can’t get where it needs to go, brain cells start to die. Ketones work on a separate system from glucose, and that system often stays intact in people with dementia. That means, MCTs can provide energy to dying brain cells, keeping neurons alive in the face of degeneration. In some cases, ketones have been shown to even reverse symptoms. With the rising number of cases of these illnesses starting in younger people, the absorption of MCTs are a preventative measure that we all need to take. WillPowders will keep an eye out for the latest studies on dementia treatments and keep you posted.
Will it Help my Workout?
Who wouldn’t want more energy? MCTs make excellent fuel for your workouts, or even daily running around. Sugars and simple carbs sap not only your energy, but also reduce your testosterone, which decreases endurance and even muscle building during workouts. MCTs also help you build up less lactic acid as you exercise, so you can go on longer and stronger! When you’re burning your own body fat as energy, you won’t need to refuel as often.
Kick your workout off with WillPowder’s Brain Powder for a burst of energy and finish it with our MCT Oil to continue riding that fat burning wave.
MCT oil is so diverse that you can swig it back from the bottle, or use it in your coffee, shakes, or even in your cooking! Incorporating MCT oil in your daily diet is only going to benefit your health and fuel your body is the best way. It is a great alternative to PUFA's and sugars, as it will keep your gut in check and support you in backing away from the snack stack.