MCT Oil, Keto Diet, CBD and Performance
Curious about MCT oil? You’re not alone. The low-carb, high-fat Keto diet has gained a lot of popularity in recent years, and brought MCT oil into the spotlight with it. (The Keto diet has also been subject to a lot of controversy.) Ketogenic diets discourage users from eating a wide range of popular foods, including grains, fruits, and veggies that “grow beneath the ground.” MCT oil, however, seems to be everywhere in the Keto diet. You can’t cook with it, but Keto fans recommend putting it into smoothies, coffee, and dressings for a fat-burning boost of energy.
MCT oil is also popping up outside of the world of Keto. It’s making quite a name for itself in the cannabis industry. At Remedy+, MCT oil is used as a carrier oil to blend broad-spectrum CBD with other empowering ingredients.
The choice to use MCT oil isn’t random. It provides plenty of benefits for athletes and other high performers, whether they’re on the Keto diet or prefer carbs. But what is this MCT oil, and why is it such a hit? Let’s find out.
What Is MCT Oil, Anyway?
MCT stands for “medium-chain triglycerides.” Triglycerides are molecules and the main constituent in both human fat and other types of fat, including vegetable fat. But not all triglycerides are MCTs. Long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) are also found in commercial cooking oils. (Nutritionists may also refer to LCTs as “long-chain fatty acids.”)
What’s the difference between LCTs and MCTs? They’re simply different sizes. LCTs contain chains containing 12 carbon atoms, while MCTs contain chains with as few as six carbon atoms. These half-dozen carbon atoms may be microscopic, but they make a big impact on how MCTs travel through the body.
How Does the Body Digest MCTs?
When you eat anything, the body gets to work. It has to break down every molecule and morsel to provide fuel. Breaking down some foods is easier than others. Due to the length of carbon atoms in LCTs and MCTs, MCTs are easier to break down. MCTs instantly move to the liver, where they can be turned into ketones and used as an energy source for the body. The quick absorption and use of MCTs makes MCT oil a popular ingredient among Keto fans. Keto is all about turning fat into energy without storing it throughout the body.
The Keto diet may have brought MCT oil back into the spotlight, but it’s far from a “new” product. Commercial MCT oil was first introduced decades ago as an alternative to traditional oils. Patients who could not digest oils with LCTs had an easier time digesting MCT oil. MCTs can also be used to manage symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders.
Benefits of MCT Oil
Not a biology major? It’s okay. All you need to know about MCT oil is that it provides the body with energy faster than traditional oils that are filled with LCTs.
Experts also believe that MCT oil has a long list of benefits for the body and mind:
- MCT oil has fewer calories than LCTs, and can prevent fat storage.
- Good bacteria may be more likely to grow and thrive in the gut after consuming MCTs.
- Many experts have linked gut health to cognitive health, suggesting that MCT oil can assist in keeping the mind clear and focused throughout the day.
- Studies suggest that MCT oil has antifungal and antimicrobial effects.
- Other studies suggest that regular MCT oil consumption could help to manage symptoms of diabetes.
- MCT oil may encourage the release of hormones that make you feel full.
Choose MCT Oil To Enhance Performance
The appeal of MCT oil has also recently reached athletes. Performance experts believe that MCT oil has the ability to slow lactate buildup and prevent athletes from getting sore after a hard workout. Even a small amount of MCT oil (1.5 teaspoons) can make a significant difference in athletic performance. After consuming MCT oil, athletes are able to burn fat faster, reducing the need for high amounts of carbs.
Whether you are an athlete, Keto follower, or CBD lover, you can benefit from a small amount of MCT oil to boost your physical performance.
CBD and MCT Oil
CBD and MCT have become quite the pair recently. MCT oil acts as a carrier oil in many CBD oils and products.
Carrier oils are essential to blending and diluting essential oils and other ingredients. Essential oils in their purest form may not be suitable for consumption or application to the skin. By diluting these oils with a carrier oil like MCT, users can enjoy all the benefits of these ingredients.
MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil
MCT oil is typically extracted from coconut oil. Coconut oil can act as a carrier oil for CBD too, but more brands are opting for MCT oil. Why? It goes back to the way the body processes MCTs. Coconut oil contains only 50% MCTs. Taking LCTs and other fats out of coconut oil allows the body to produce more energy and lose weight faster. That’s why we use MCT oil as a carrier in all of our CBD products.
What Does MCT Oil Taste Like?
Most MCT oil doesn’t have much of a taste. Pure MCT oils may have a slight coconut flavor, but this is quickly overpowered if other ingredients are blended into the MCT oil. The DROP from Remedy+, for example, contains a blend of MCT oil, orange oil, and cinnamon oil. The orange and cinnamon flavors are much more present when you drop The DROP under your tongue.
Remedy+ offers three different products that enhance performance: The DROP, The SHOT, and The CAP. All three of these products contain CBD and MCT oil derived from coconut.
The DROP is a CBD tincture that users add to drinks or simply drop under their tongues. It starts your day off on a high note.
The SHOT gives you a boost of performance energy whenever you need it! In addition to CBD and MCT oil, The SHOT contains 30mg of organic caffeine.
The CAP is the ideal product for athletes and high-performers who want to recover more quickly. Each CAP is designed to help the body achieve a state homeostasis, promoting high-quality sleep without grogginess or soreness the next morning.
MCT oil is essential to the purpose behind each Remedy+ product. Grab your favorite today!