This healthy fat from co­conut oil can help boost en­ergy, fight off bad bugs, pro­mote heart health, and more

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The top five ben­e­fits of MCT oil, how cer­tain jobs de­plete vitamin D, and more.

Healthy fats are all the rage, and among these, MCT oil falls in a spe­cial cat­e­gory. A con­cen­tra­tion of cer­tain fats found in co­conut oil, it prom­ises to de­liver quick en­ergy and a host of other ben­e­fits.

“MCT” is an ab­bre­vi­a­tion for medium chain triglyc­erides, also called medium chain fatty acids. Fats are made of chains of mol­e­cules bound to­gether and, de­pend­ing upon the num­ber of car­bon atoms in a chain, are clas­si­fied as short, medium, or long chain.

1. Boost­ing En­ergy

“Medium chain triglyc­erides are more eas­ily di­gested than other fats,” says Larry Triv­ieri Jr., au­thor of Co­conuts for Your Health. “More im­por­tantly,” he adds, “un­like long chain triglyc­erides, which get stored in your body’s other cells, tis­sues, and or­gans, MCTs are stored in the liver, where they are quickly me­tab­o­lized and con­verted into a read­ily avail­able source of en­ergy.”

2. Aid­ing in Weight Loss

Re­plac­ing other fats with MCT oil can pro­duce weight loss. A Ja­panese study of 78 men and women com­pared the ef­fects of MCT oil or long chain fatty acids in di­ets with the same amounts of calo­ries and to­tal fat. Mea­sure­ments af­ter 4, 8, and 12 weeks showed that at each stage, those con­sum­ing MCT oil lost sig­nif­i­cantly more fat.

An­other study com­pared medium and long chain fats in a group of obese women. Re­searchers found that more fat calo­ries were burned on a diet with medium chain fats.

3. Pro­tect­ing the Heart

A re­view of stud­ies, pub­lished in the jour­nal Phar­ma­co­log­i­cal Re­search, con­cluded that MCT oil may help to pre­vent meta­bolic syn­drome, a com­bi­na­tion of fac­tors that in­creases risk for di­a­betes and heart dis­ease. Stud­ies sug­gested that the oil sup­pressed fat de­po­si­tion, en­hanced me­tab­o­lism, and im­proved in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity.

4. Fight­ing Bugs

MCT oil in­hibits the growth of bugs that have be­come re­sis­tant to an­tibi­otics, ac­cord­ing to re­search at Kent State Univer­sity in Ohio. One spe­cific bac­terium it fights is Clostrid­ium dif­fi­cile, a com­mon cause of in­fec­tion in hos­pi­tals. MCT oil has also been found to com­bat Sta­phy­lo­coc­cus au­reus and E. coli.

5. Help­ing Alzheimer’s Pa­tients

Peo­ple suf­fer­ing from Alzheimer’s have ex­pe­ri­enced im­prove­ment in mem­ory and other symp­toms when tak­ing co­conut oil or MCT oil, and re­search into this ef­fect is on­go­ing at the Univer­sity of South Florida’s Byrd Alzheimer’s In­sti­tute in Tampa.

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