Dietary fats are an essential part of any healthy diet. Eating healthy fats such as mono-unsaturated fat, poly-unsaturated fat, and the occasional saturated fat can help you feel full, support weight loss, and improve nutrient absorption. Most dietary fats are nutrient dense, providing nine calories per one gram of fat, and they take a long time to digest.
What if there was a way to get all of the benefits of healthy fats without the calories and slow digestion speed? This is where medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs can help.
MCTs are a type of healthy fat that has been extracted from high-fat foods. Since it is an extract, MCT oil is a super concentrated form of fatty acids without the caloric baggage. It digests quickly while providing all of the benefits of dietary fats at a fraction of the food source needed.
Thrivr Foundation contains two grams of the highest quality MCT oil, sourced from all-natural coconut oil.
Benefits of MCT Oil
Supports Weight Loss and Maintenance: MCT oil helps with weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight in a few ways: First, it has been shown to suppress ghrelin, the hormone responsible for making you feel hungry. As a result, you’ll feel more satisfied after a meal without additional hunger cravings. (1)
Blocks Fat Storage: The next way that MCT oil supports weight loss is by blocking fat from being stored in the body. MCT oil can raise levels of ketone bodies. These compounds promote the use of fat as fuel, instead of allowing it to be stored. Consistent supplementation with MCT oil has been shown to increase fat utilization or how the body uses fat as fuel. (2)
Lowers Blood Sugar: The last way that MCT oil can help with weight loss and weight maintenance is by lowering your blood sugar and supporting insulin sensitivity. Since the body is relying on stored fat and ketone bodies, a byproduct of MCT oil, as fuel, blood sugar levels will naturally get lower. Studies also show that MCT oil taken alongside a healthy diet and exercise program can reverse insulin resistance, making it an ideal supplement for diabetics. (3)
Improves Mood: MCT oil can put you in a better mood! Studies show that medium-chain glyceride oil was effective in raising the mood of subjects who were placed in a high-stress environment. Researchers confirmed that MCT oil had an anti-depressant effect, making it a great natural choice for those who want to boost their mood. (4)
Helps Protect Heart Health: The healthy fatty acids found within coconut oil have been shown in a number of studies to lower cardiovascular risk factors. MCT oil can help reduce levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight gain; all of which have been shown to contribute to heart disease. (5)
Promotes Cognitive Function: Did you know that your brain is made of more than 60% fat? Naturally, your brain thrives off of healthy fatty acids, which makes MCT oil a great way to support brain health. Studies show that MCT oil can promote brain function and repair while decreasing the risk for developing degenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s. (6)
Boosts Energy and Endurance: The fatty acids within MCT oil are nutrient dense and able to quickly enter cells to provide energy. What does this mean for you? An immediate supply of usable natural energy that doesn’t need to go through the long process of digestion. Taken in the morning or before a workout, the MCT oil found in Thrivr can boost your energy levels. (7)
Supports Digestion and Nutrient Absorption: MCT oils have been shown to have a positive effect on the good bacteria in your stomach. What’s more, since it’s so easy to digest and absorb, it helps other nutrients in your body during the digestion and absorption process.
Antibacterial, Antiviral, and Antifungal Properties: With worries of overusing antibiotics, MCT oil could be an excellent natural alternative. MCT oil has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, inhibiting the growth of numerous types of bacteria considered harmful to the human body. (8)
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