The Health benefits of MCT Coconut Oil in People and Pets

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MCT Coconut Oil is comprised of two extremely important medium Triglycerides: caprylic and capric acid. These two MCTs can have a substantial positive impact on our health and wellbeing.

Heart Health

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods reported that MCTs can assist in the prevention of metabolic syndrome which includes disorders as impaired fasting glycemia (IFG) -- a type of prediabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  MCTs may be able to help decrease cardiovascular disease. The MCTs are easy to digest, convert easily to energy and anti-inflammatory.


Brain Health

In order to stay sharp, and have high performance, we need a continuous supply of fatty acids. MCTs are the most quickly and effectively utilized fatty acids available.  The MCTs are a great source of fuel for the brain, and as a result increase our ability to be positive, think clearly and have increased energy.

The Journal of Neurobiology of Aging published a study that found that in older adults, the coconut oil MCTs improved memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease.


Weight Loss and Weight Control

In comparison to other types of oils and fats, MCTs can have results on fat burning and weight loss. MCT oil can help us feel a sense of fullness and raise the metabolic rate at which the body functions.

Studies indicate that MCTs in people and animals help make ketones, that have the ability to quickly become energy.

Additionally, several reports suggest that MCTs offer the therapeutic advantage of preserving insulin sensitivity in animals and patients with type 2 diabetes.

A recent study published in the Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders indicated that comparing long-term consumption of MCTs and LCTs on fat oxidation, energy expenditure, body composition in obese women, the MCTs had more significant effects.

Source: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

Digestive Health

Medium-chain fats can help kill a wide range of viruses and bacteria that cause digestive problems as stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, yeast infections and more.


Coconut oils are a healthy fat needed to absorb fat-soluble nutrients. Healthy diets often include whole, plant foods with nutrients as Vitamin A, E, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and others . These nutrients cannot be utilized by the body without the healthy fats of MCTs.

In an animal study published in the Journal of Animal Feed and Sciences, pigs were fed either a standard feed mixture (the control) or the same mixture supplemented with two grams each of caprylic or capric acid MCTs. The study concluded that the pigs given Coconut MCTs showed improvement in their overall digestion, including the digestion of nutrients, both protein and fiber; greater bacterial health and increased performance and growth.


Why MCT Coconut Oil is Superior to Coconut Oil for People and Pets

Melinda Culver is a veterinarian with a PhD in Animal Sciences from Washington State University.

In an interview with PetX Talk, Dr. Melinda Culver discusses the importance of MCT Coconut Oil and the abundance of misinformation about lauric acid in coconut oil.

  • There are actually only 2 fatty acids that are rapidly digested, absorbed and quickly moved into the bloodstream for processing by the liver.

  • The results of this processing are ketone bodies, which are tiny balls of energy molecules that the body can use in countless ways.

  • However the only medium chain fatty acids processed in this way are Caprylic and Capric acid.

  • These comprise 100% of MCT Coconut Oil.

  • Coconut oil itself is about 60% Lauric Acid, which cannot process into Ketones.

Benefits of MCT Coconut Oil - (Caprylic and Capric acid MCTs) and Ketones

The benefits of medium chain fatty acids (Caprylic and Capric acid MCTs)  are related to these ketone bodies, which are the metabolic by-product.

  • One area in which ketone bodies have a positive impact is cognition.

A normal healthy brain uses glucose or sugar as a primary fuel source. Unfortunately as the brain ages there is a decrease in the brain's ability to effectively use glucose for energy. The good news is that the brain can use an alternate energy source, specifically ketone bodies. This is an adaptation which allows the brain to function in times when glucose is not readily available. This is fantastic.

  • A second area ketone bodies can benefit the body is weight wellness.

It is widely known and accepted that a healthy weight contributes to longer lifespans and decreased obesity-related diseases such as arthritis and diabetes. Nearly sixty six percent of our pets are overweight or obese. We can and should be doing better as pet parents.

  • A third way in which ketone bodies can benefit a pet (and People) is through energy.

The ketone bodies are energy bundles that are available and primed for use all over the body. In addition to the brain, skeletal muscles are the largest users of ketone bodies and quickly gobble them up when needed. Like the brain, the muscles like to burn glucose for energy; however, they are also well adapted to use ketone bodies as energy.

  • MCT oil is actually concentrated medium chain fatty acids;  whereas, coconut oil is just all fat.

So if, as a pet parent, I want to incorporate this into my pet’s diet, what's the best way for me to do that? The best, easiest and quickest way would be just to take medium-chain triglyceride or MCT oil and put it into your dog or cat's food…

  • Another way would be to choose products that contain MCT oil.

Look at the ingredient list and select products that contain high caprylic and capric acid content and little to no lauric acid or coconut oil.