How to Choose & Use MCT Oil
MCT oils contain three main types of fatty acids: lauric, capric, and caprylic acids. All are classified as medium chain, but lauric is a somewhat longer chain than the others, and is often considered to be less beneficial for energy boosting and fat-burning. However, some research has found lauric acid to be the most powerful of the three in fighting bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
MCT oil triggers production of ketones, substances generated when fat is burned for energy. For optimum energy-boosting and weight-control effects, try incorporating MCT oil into a diet that contains nonstarchy vegetables rather than starchy or sugary carbohydrates.
How much to take: 1 Tbs. daily, or about 13 grams if taking capsules. MCT oil can be added to food, smoothies, or taken by itself. Some products come in a variety of flavors. MCT oil supplements are made from coconut and/or palm oil, another rich source of MCTs.