MCT Coconut Oil is a Healthy Fat Linked to Many Health Benefits
MCT coconut oil is a supplement typically added to bulletproof coffees, health smoothies and even salad dressings. In the world of CBD, however, MCT coconut oil is one of the most common carrier oils used in tinctures, capsules and other ingestible forms of CBD.
Carrier oils do what their name suggests: the suspend solid CBD isolate in a liquid that’s easy to ingest. But MCT coconut oil offers a number of well-documented health benefits on its own, which is why it’s such a good carrier oil for healthy cannabidiol products.
Coconuts happen to be excellent sources for MCT oil. In fact, more than half of all the fat in coconut oil consists of MCTs. Not all coconut oil contains MCTs, and the MCT oil from coconuts provides more health benefits.
So what exactly is MCT coconut oil? MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. Triglycerides are chains of fats, and their medium length requires your body to process them in a certain way. And the way your body processes these medium-length chains of fats is what makes them so healthy.
If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, MCT coconut oil can release hormones that promote feelings of fullness. Studies show that taking MCT oil can significantly reduce body weight and waist circumference. That’s why researchers are looking to it to help prevent obesity.
It’s very easy for our bodies to digest MCT coconut oil, which makes it an instant source of energy. MCTs take less time to break down, so your body can absorb and use their energy more rapidly.
Furthermore, because our bodies break down MCTs so quickly, we don’t store these fats and gain weight. MCT oils also increase the production of heart-protective HDL, otherwise known as “good” cholesterol. Multiple studies show how MCT oil-based mixtures have a positive effect on many risk factors for heart disease.
Our bodies easily absorb MCT coconut oil and transport it throughout the body. And that gets to the heart of what makes it such an excellent carrier oil for CBD. Our bodies have a harder time absorbing CBD on its own. Scientists call this CBD’s low bioavailability. We need a way to make CBD more bioavailable, so our bodies can make full use of the CBD we give it. And that’s exactly what MCT oil does.
By infusing CBD in MCT coconut oil, we make it easier for our bodies to absorb cannabidiol and enjoy more its therapeutic effects. Plus, we combine the benefits of CBD and MCT in a single mixture.
Short- and medium-chain fatty acids in energy metabolism: the cellular perspective — 2016
Consumption of an oil composed of medium chain triacyglycerols, phytosterols, and N-3 fatty acids improves cardiovascular risk profile in overweight women — 2003