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coconut oil is not MCT oil and MCT oil is not coconut oil there are two different things there is a little bit of crossover but it’s very important that you understand the clear defined difference between the two so you know how to get the most out of your body make sure you click on the little bell and click on the little notification button so you can see whenever I go live on these videos very important that you see everything I put out there okay let’s talk about what an MCT is what a medium chain triglyceride is you see when we look at fats we had three different kinds we have short chain fatty acids medium chain fatty acids and of course we have long chain fatty acids or triglycerides right so here’s what you need to know about medium chain triglycerides they bypass the liver generally speaking we have three or four different really kinds we want to talk about three and a half first one is known as c6 and it’s called caproic acid it’s kind of the gem it’s very hard to find it’s very rare especially in coconut oil there’s only a tiny tiny bit of it in coconut oil then we have c8 which is known as caprylic now caprylic makes up about 6% of coconut oil and caprylic is the really powerful medium chain triglyceride the one that really has some umph and I’m going to get down to the detail so just bear with me okay then we have C 10 which is capric okay capric acid is another medium chain triglyceride that is still pretty darn rare makes up about 10 percent of coconut oil then we have lauric acid lauric acid is kind of an imposter you see it’s the most prevalent in coconut oil but it is actually although in MCT it’s a pseudo MCT because it responds in the body as a long chain triglyceride which means still has to go to the liver for conversion okay now that I got that out of the way let me explain what’s really happening what is it MC T and what is MCT oil so MCT oil is actually manufactured straight up MCT oil doesn’t exist naturally has to go through a manufacturing process to remove the lower gas it it removes that component so it’s leaving you with the Catholic caprylic and caproic acid the most powerful NCT’s so you’re removing the long-chain acting fatty-acid and leaving yourself with straight-up vm chain triglycerides that can be used as a source of fuel right out the gate now these are cool because they react very fast in the body they give you really quick energy because they bypass the liver they can actually cross the blood-brain barrier and they’ve proven to not only help with fat distribution and fat burning but they’ve also been proven to help with cognitive function I’m going to get to some research here in just a couple minutes but first I want to break down what coconut oil is and what the key differences are you see coconut oil is lauric acid dominant meaning 50% of the actual fats that are in coconut oil are lauric acid and if you remember lauric acid technically although it’s an MCT isn’t really an MCT so you only have a small portion you have 6% of the MCTS coming from caprylic in coconut oil then you have 10% coming from capric then you have a small small amount coming from caproic basically leaving you with like 20% MCTS the rest just being long-chain fatty acids that really aren’t that valuable when it comes to getting more fat burning so why is coconut oil touted as this amazing thing well because it is it’s still one of the only natural sources of ncts that are out there so you’re really not going to find anywhere else that’s why MCT oil is manufactured from coconut oil but the main benefit is the fact that lauric acid has huge huge digestive and immune benefits you think once that lourd acid hits your digestive system enzymes couple with it to create something called mono lauren which has been shown in multiple studies to do a lot of crazy cool things for our immune system in fact it’s been shown to actually kill off certain forms of Staphylococcus which I can get to in just a minute but let’s talk about the key differences between MCTS and coconut oil as far as fat loss is concerned there was a 2015 meta-analysis of 13 different studies looking at long-chain fatty acids versus medium chain triglycerides okay and what they looked at was the difference in body composition waist to hip ratio waist circumference hips circumference actual sub-q fat actual visceral fat overall weight loss and body fat reduction or changes or what they found was those that consumed MCTS over long-chain fatty acid by and large across 13 randomized controlled studies had significant changes for the better in their body composition pretty darn powerful now there’s one other study I’ve got to throw at you in regards to the brain alright so they also found in a different study that by looking at those that took in MCTS they had better cognitive function particularly people that were suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s why does this matter well in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s patients usually found that neurons tend to die off these particular neurons that are required for cognitive function well MCTS are starting to prove that they may be able to tap into those neurons and reactivate them so that they can be used functionally again that’s pretty darn powerful then let’s look at coconut oil okay coconut oil has these huge benefits when it comes to the immune system although it doesn’t help you so much as fat loss it does indirectly because it works with the MCTS so here’s what I want you to do I want you to practice this when you want a fat burning or a cognitive effect lean on straight MCTS they’re perfect add your coffee they’re perfect add to a breakfast meal but the thing is they’re not that stable to cook so it’s now you can just pour your NCT’s into the pan and start cooking up your eggs it’ll probably denature and they won’t have their benefit you can certainly add it to your coffee or straight-up take a tablespoon of it coconut oil is stable and provides the digestive benefits and the immune benefits cook with that stuff and have that later in the day so you’re not using as a source of fuel but you’re using it as a supplement to help you feel better so MCTS fat burning in the morning coconut oil in the evening but don’t get me wrong I’m always promoting coconut oil MCTS aren’t always easy to get your hands on so coconut oil Bar None the best oil to cook with so don’t get me wrong it doesn’t contradict hundreds of other videos that have done tapping the benefits of coconut oil I just wanted to clear the air and let you know what the difference was especially if you’re going into ketosis and you’re trying to learn this whole process so make sure you comment and let me know and if you haven’t already make sure you hit up my other social channels going super strong on Facebook Instagram as well make sure you check me out everywhere more importantly let us know what kind of videos we should be producing to help you 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Are Coconut Oil and MCT Oil the Same?
C6 (Caproic Acid) – There isn’t a high quantity of C6 fatty acids in coconut oil, which might be a good thing. Despite being a ready source of ketone energy for your body, it has been found to cause throat irritation and gastrointestinal distress
C8 (Caprylic Acid) – This is a rare type of MCT (only 6% of coconut oil) and useful for energy via ketone metabolism.
C10 (Capric Acid) – Another major MCT is C10, which is approximately 10% of coconut oil and is considered a useful tool for energy metabolism because (like other MCTs) does not require bile salts for digestive purposes. In short, it’s easy to digest and convert to energy.
C12 (Lauric Acid) – Composing about 50% of coconut oil, lauric acid is considered an MCT, but behaves like a LCT because it must visit our liver before being turned into energy. This makes it less effective than many of the other MCT oils in terms of energy benefits; however, lauric acid has amazing antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral benefits.
While medium chain fatty acids do occur naturally in foods (such as coconut oil), MCT oil itself is not found in nature, which means it instead needs to be manufactured.
This is done by a machine that extracts all of the medium chain fatty acids from the source.
Unfortunately during this process, lauric acid is typically left behind, or can only be found in miniscule amounts – this is because lauric acid is technically a psudeo-MCT, so it won’t be found in most MCT oils.
Since oils marketed as “MCT oil” contain either a combination of Capric and Caprylic acid, or just concentrated Caprylic acid, they are a faster and more usable source of energy – since they often don’t contain Lauric Acid, which acts like a combination long chain and medium chain fatty acid in the body and slows digestion
Ketones easily cross the typically impenetrable blood-brain barrier and easily get into our brains.
Ketones from MCT Oil are a more efficient source of energy for our brain too. That is, it takes less work for our brain to energy from them than carbs.
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 most well-known for its antimicrobial properties, since it’s the precursor to monolaurin, a more powerful 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 monolaurin, it essentially acts like a bacteria-killer. 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)
Studies have demonstrated that MCTs enhance thermogenesis and fat oxidation, thereby suppressing the deposition and accumulation of body fat
A 2015 meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials found that, compared to LCTs, MCTs more effectively decreased body weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, total body fat, total subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.
There was no difference in blood lipid levels between the two fats.
MCTs are a superior brain fuel, converting to ketones within minutes of ingestion
In small-scale human trials, MCT supplementation boosted cognition in individuals with cognitive impairment and mild forms of Alzheimer’s disease after just a single dose
Ketones appear to be the preferred source of energy for the brain in people affected by diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases where certain neurons have become insulin resistant or have lost the ability to efficiently utilize glucose. As a result, neurons slowly die off.
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