You may be familiar with MCTs through the viral coffee concoction, where you add a dash of MCT oil to your morning brew. It’s famously known to kick-start your digestive system, burn fat, and satiate your appetite. But, there are known benefits outside of adding just a splash of MCTs to your morning elixir that makes this triglyceride worth keeping in your arsenal.
Follow along as we take a microscope to Medium Chain Triglycerides (more commonly known as MCTs) with the help of Dr. Steven Gundry. Take a deeper look into these fatty chains as we lay down all the benefits and functional ways to maximize this healthy fat into your diet.
If you’re struggling with digestion, an insatiable appetite, lack of energy, and inflammation, read on to learn why MCTs can help resolve these issues.
Firstly, what are MCTs?
Medium Chain Triglycerides contain — as the name suggests — medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. These shorter-length chains absorb in your bloodstream much faster than common fatty foods.
It’s a good fat for a good reason — you get more energy, more promptly.
Dr. Steven Gundry, the founder of Gundry MD, has studied MCTs in-depth and attributes the following primary health benefits to MCTs:
- Breaks down fats
- Increases energy levels
- Aids with metabolic health
- Supports your intestinal ecosystem
- Optimizes overall gut health
How can MCTs boost metabolism?
Although MCTs are a fat, they actually help speed up your metabolism. As Dr. Gundry explains, “when you consume these MCTs, they head right through your gut and find their way directly to your liver where they can be converted by your liver into ketones. Ketones are made when your liver turns fat into energy.”
Think of MCTs as a boost to direct digestion. Although fatty in essence, these triglycerides are clinically proven to speed up your metabolism and satiate cravings.
What about MCTs for gut health?
Our typical protocol for supporting gut health begins with a whole-foods approach to eating. THE FULLEST covers the most rich, adaptable, and delicious probiotic foods to support your gut health — read up on this resource guide for all the details.
However, if you’re seeking an extra boost to supporting your gut microbiome, MCTs are a great supplement to aid in optimizing the growth of good bacteria and supporting the gut barrier.
A strong gut microbiome equals a happy digestive system. With a happy and healthy gut, you can maximize vitamin and mineral absorption. That said, if you’re taking supplements, consider adding MCTs into your routine to get the ultimate benefits!
Not to mention, medium-chain fats can help kill “a wide range of pathogenic viruses, strains and bacteria that cause digestive issues, including candida, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, stomachaches and so on.”
How can MCTs help with appetite?
MCTs travel from the gut to the liver very quickly — bile is not required to break down these medium-chains (unlike longer-chains). This is why most users report feeling fuller, less bloated, and digesting foods more rapidly.
Best ways to add MCTs into your wellness routine?
MCTs come in various forms, making them easy to implement into your wellness routine.
For those that fancy MCTs in a pill form, Kinder Thoughts™ saffron capsules are a quick way to get your daily dose of high-quality MCTs. These capsules are also supported with Affron®, a pharmaceutical grade of saffron, and Turmeric Root Extract. These capsules lower inflammation, support brain function, and aid with mood. The MCTs found in Kinder Thoughts™ support the body’s absorption of saffron and turmeric. This healthy fat built into the capsules delivers the benefits directly to the bloodstream and brain — making them extremely bioavailable.
If you’re looking to add foods rich with MCTs into your diet, we always suggest opting for MCTs derived from coconuts. Other healthy fatty foods that you can receive benefits from include:
- Organic grass-fed butter
- Cold-pressed organic olive oil
- Organic soaked and sprouted pistachios
- Organic avocados
If you are stuck in the mindset that all fat is bad fat, it’s time to rearrange that outdated perspective. MCTs are a fat worth adding to your diet; ultimate absorption for the win!