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Coconut Oil vs MCT Oil: Benefits and Safety of Each: Thomas DeLauer
Are coconut oil and MCT oil the same?
C6 (Caproic Acid) – There is not a lot of C6 fatty acids in coconut oil, which could be a good thing. Despite being a source of ketone energy for your body, it has been found to cause irritation of the throat and gastrointestinal disorders
C8 (caprylic acid) – This is a rare type of MCT (only 6% coconut oil) and useful for energy through ketone metabolism.
C10 (Capric Acid) – Another important MCT is C10, which is about 10% coconut oil and is considered a useful tool for energy metabolism because (like other MCTs) it does not require bile salts for digestive purposes. In short, it is easy to digest and convert to energy.
C12 (lauric acid) – Composition of about 50% of coconut oil, lauric acid is considered an MCT, but behaves like an LCT because it must visit our liver before it becomes energy. This makes it less effective than many of the other MCT oils in terms of energy benefits; however, lauric acid has incredible antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
While medium chain fatty acids occur naturally in foods (such as coconut oil), MCT oil itself is not found in nature, which means that instead it must be manufactured.
This is done by a machine that extracts all medium chain fatty acids from the source.
Unfortunately during this process, lauric acid is typically left behind, or can only be found in tiny amounts – this is because lauric acid is technically a MCT-psudeo, so it will not be found in most MCT oils .
Since oils marketed as "MCT oil" contain a combination of caprylic or caprylic acid, or simply concentrated caprylic acid, they are a faster and more usable energy source, as they often contain no lauric acid, which acts as a combination chain long and medium chain fatty acids in the body and slows digestion
Ketones easily cross the typically impenetrable blood-brain barrier and easily enter our brain.
MCT Oil ketones are a more efficient energy source for our brain as well. That is, it takes less work for our brains to energy them than carbohydrates.
The dominant fatty acid in coconut oil, on the other hand, is lauric acid, which comprises about 50% of the total fat content.
Coconut oil also contains a very nominal amount of caproic acid (C6), about 6% caprylic acid (C8) and about 10% capric acid (C10).
Lauric acid is best known for its antimicrobial properties, as it is the precursor of monolaurine, a more potent antimicrobial agent that is able to fight viruses and bacterial infections.
When lauric acid is digested, enzymes within the digestive tract form the valuable type of monoglyceride called monolaurin.
When lauric acid is converted to monolaurine, it acts essentially as a killer of bacteria. It has the ability to kill a wide range of harmful pathogen hosts in the body, making it an effective way to help treat or prevent infections, viruses, digestive disorders and chronic diseases. (1.3)
Loss of fat
Studies have shown that MCTs improve thermogenesis and oxidation of fats, thereby suppressing deposition and accumulation of body fat
A 2015 meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials found that MCTs more effectively decreased body weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, total body fat, total subcutaneous fat, and visceral fat compared to LCTs.
There was no difference in blood lipid levels between the two fats.
MCTs are a superior brain fuel, becoming ketones within minutes of ingestion
In small-scale human trials, MCT supplementation stimulated cognition in individuals with cognitive impairment and mild forms of Alzheimer's disease after a single dose
Ketones appear to be the preferred source of energy for the brains of people affected by diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases in which certain neurons have become resistant to insulin or have lost the ability to efficiently use glucose . As a result, neurons die slowly.
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