Whether you have heard of it or not, MCT oils have become very popular among committed athletes looking to optimise health and performance. Let's look at what MCT oil is, as well as how it is made, why athletes should use it, and several of the benefits it has to offer.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT simply stands for medium-chain triglycerides. Due to their shorter size as compared to other fats, MCTs are able to be absorbed and metabolised very quickly. This allows them to quickly and efficiently be converted into fuel for immediate use, as opposed to being stored as fats. They are considered an excellent source of energy during intense workouts because they are a fat-based fuel that acts similar to simple carbohydrates in energy production.
How is MCT Oil Made?
MCT oil is a naturally-occurring fatty acid, and the MCT oil you buy in bottles is usually the result of processing coconut and palm kernel oil. For a natural and un-processed MCT oil source, simply eat coconut flesh or coconut milk, which is high in MCT oils.
Why Should Athletes Use MCT Oil?
Athletes and bodybuilders use MCT oil primarily for two reasons. Firstly, it is an excellent fat burner as it promotes the process of thermogenesis. Secondly, it offers serious energy sustaining benefits. Due to its ability to quickly be used as a source of fuel, it enhances athletic performance. In addition, it has been shown to assist in the prevention of muscle breakdown by promoting ketone production. This results in ketones being used as an energy source in the muscles before amino acids. This delays muscle breakdown. Ketones also delay the depletion of muscle glycogen which enhances endurance.
What are the Benefits of MCT Oil?
There are numerous benefits to taking MCT oils including:
- Effective fat burning
- Energy boosting
- Assisting lean muscle mass
- Increases metabolic rate
- Enhances athletic performance
- Helps stimulate ketosis (ketone production)
- It has been shown to boost cognitive performance in individuals suffering from memory disorders including Alzheimer's Disease
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