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5 Health Benefits of MCT Oil Powder

Health Benefits of MCT Oil Powder

I was introduced to the benefits of MCT oil a little over 15 years ago as a natural bodybuilder through Parrillo Performance Nutrition.  John Parrillo was one of the first to promote this super lipid to his clients as a product called CapTri.  The chemical properties medium-chain triglycerides make MCT oil different from other saturated fat sources.  Unlike long-chain triglycerides which can be stored preferentially as body fat medium-chain fats are digested easily and sent directly to the liver as fuel. This means that the liver utilizes MCT oil like a carbohydrate for energy.  As you can see from the graphic a lot of metabolic work comes into play when digesting a long-chain triglyceride as opposed to a medium chain triglyceride.
5 health benefits of mct oil powder
This unique chemical process makes MCT oil highly beneficial for 5 main reasons.

  1. Aids in weight loss or maintenance
  2. Aids in protecting brain health
  3. Aids in protecting heart health
  4. Improves energy levels and mood
  5. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

MCTs aid in weight loss or maintenance because of their unique ability to be processed by the liver directly into energy making it a great carbohydrate substitution preventing spikes in insulin used for glucose processing.  In the absence of carbohydrates the liver breaks down stored fat or MCTs to produce ketones as a substitute fuel.  In addition the fat provides 9 cal/gram of energy compared to only 4 cal/gram for a carbohydrate.   This means that energy levels can be increased using the same amount of fuel.

benefits of mct oil powderThere is evidence to support that MCTs can have an incredible effect on brain health specifically reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s.  The brain accounts for 20% of energy expenditure of the entire body and metabolic activity is constant over time.  Aging reduces the ability of the brain to process glucose as brain food making brain cells insulin resistant.  Alzheimer’s damages the ability of brain cells to take in the glucose needed for proper functioning causing cells to die.  MCTs can bypass glucose metabolism getting energy directly to the brain and provide instant energy to brain cells without the assistance of insulin.  For more information on MCTs and brain health check out this article.

benefits of MCT oil powderMCTs have beneficial properties that could play a role in preventing atherosclerosis.  It may help to lower lipids, oxidized LDLs, fat deposition, triglycerides and inflammation while raising HDLs.  This may yield a net protective effect on overall risk of heart disease despite potential increases in total cholesterol and total LDL.  In animal studies researchers have found MCTs have anti-coagulation effects that have been shown to lower serum cholesterol and reduce levels of cholesterol in the liver and other tissues.

MCTs are beneficial for balancing gut bacteria.  This has positive effects on digestive symptoms, energy expenditure, and the ability of the gut to absorb vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat. Healthy fats are required to absorb fat-soluble nutrients such as beta-carotene (a precursor of vitamin A found in plants like berries, squash and leafy greens), vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and lutein.  The lack or absence of healthy fats in the body impairs nutrient absorption.

MCT Oil vs. MCT Oil Powder

This supplement is a perfect addition to the ketogenic and paleo nutritional approaches which favor low carb eating.  Unfortunately, one of the downsides of this oil is gastric distress which has prompted manufacturers to create MCT oil powder.  MCT oil in powder form has many advantages.

  • Convenience – The powder form of this supplement is much easier to take on-the-go and incorporate in any beverage or meal.  The oil can be cumbersome and overwhelming taste wise.
  • Better Digestibility – The powder is easier on the digestive system which allows you to consume more at once.  This leads to higher energy and ketone levels.  A preliminary study on animals also suggests that the powder can improve nutrient digestibility.
  • Cooking Advantages – The powder is easier to add to recipes than the oil.  It adds a creamy texture to whatever it is added to instead of an oily texture.
  • Overall Health Benefits – When the powder is created using high quality fiber like acacia, it can contribute to normalized bowel movements, reduced inflammation in the gut and a longer sense of fullness.

Keto Zone MCT Oil Powder

Not all MCT oil powders are created the same.  Generic powders have a better price tag but have quality tradeoffs as a result.  These tradeoffs diminish or negate the ketone driving potential of the MCT powder.  Higher quality MCT oil powders have the following characteristics.

  • The manufacturer uses a combination of C8 and C10 but does not use C12.  C12 is still an MCT but takes much longer to be converted into energy.
  • The manufacturer uses acacia fiber to create the powder form of MCT oil.  A low quality fiber such as corn fiber, maltodextrin and liquid glucose can spike your blood sugar and stop ketosis, effect your energy levels as the result of a blood sugar spike and trigger digestive problems.
  • The manufacturer avoids using fillers (corn fiber and maltodextrin psyllium husk), emulsifiers (soy/sunflower lecithin, monoglycerides and diglycerides), preservatives (BHA, BHT, TBHQ, sodium benzoate and citric acid) and thickeners (xanthum gum and glycerol).

Keto Zone MCT Oil powder by Divine Keto adheres to the highest quality standards in the production of their supplement for maximal results.  The ratio of C8 to C10 is 70% to 30%.  The manufacturer uses acacia fiber as its carrier powder and adds no extra additives or fillers.  See the nutrient facts below.

benefits of MCT oil powder

 Keto Zone Founder – Dr. Colbert

Dr. Don Colbert has lived on the Keto Zone diet for the last 5 years and has seen results first hand.  He is a board certified physician in anti-aging and a best-selling health author.  Check out this video on the Keto Zone Diet!



  1. CT Brown

    Hi Stacy, Great in-depth info and great video.

    So with the talk of optimal fat and the image of coconuts in the featured image, I was wondering if coconut oil is: 1. the foundation for MCT? 2. any different from MCT oil? 3. possibly better, since less processed?


    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read. Those are good questions. Coconut oil is the foundation for MCT oil. High quality processing takes the best coconut oil has to offer. Coconut oil is 60% MCTs and not 100%. The breakdown of MCTs is as follows: C8 (6%), C10 (9%) and C12 (50%). Unfortunately C12 while classified chemically as an MCT is not utilized biologically like an MCT. Digestively C12 is treated like a long-chain triglyceride by the liver. I hope this helped to bring some clarity to the differences.


  2. Rick

    I’m really interested in the ability of MCT to help with Alzheimer’s. So many people seem to be struggling with some form of memory loss and we have several people in our family with those problems. I also like the idea of being able to add it conveniently to recipes.

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read. If you want to know more about MCT and Alzheimers then Dr. Mary T. Newport’s two books are a must – “Alzheimer’s Disease – What if there was a cure?” and “The Coconut Oil and Low-Carb Solution for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Other Diseases” Dr. Newport’s husband has Alzheimer’s and was the first to document the benefits of coconut oil for the disease. MCT oil is better than coconut oil because it removes the C12 (Lauric acid) that comprises 50% of coconut oil. While C12 is identified chemically as an MCT, biologically it is processed like a LCT. Coconut oil has a very small concentration of C8 (6%) and C10 (9%) which are the most beneficial MCTs. The powder is amazing because you can also use it like a creamer in coffee or tea as well as cooking with it. I hope these additional resources will be helpful in answering additional questions you may have.


  3. bibian okoye

    Thank you, Stacy, for your great post. Very informative and an eye-opener. Your detailed review has shown me why I should from today start using MCT powder as one of my daily diets since its health benefit is high.
    I hope daily usage is advisable or do I space it out like 2 or 3 times in a week?

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read. Daily use is definitely advisable. I really enjoy it in the morning with a cup of java. It provides amazing sustained energy throughout my morning. Please let me know how you like this supplement.


  4. Ganesh

    It seems good dietary supplement for ketogenic diet folks, as extract from coconut.
    As loaded with saturated fat and dietary fiber, it seems good value in nutrition.
    But not sure about reviews, have you tried it before ?

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read. I use MCT oil powder everyday in my coffee in the morning. This gives me sustained energy for the morning and I usually eat my first meal around noon. Straight coconut oil does not have these benefits as it contains only 6% of C8 and 9% of C10 with the remainder being C12 at 50%. While C12 is chemically considered an MCT, the body processes it like a long-chain triglyceride. Give it a try and see for yourself!


  5. Tony

    Hi, Stacy,

    I watched the video, and I didn’t know how bad the situation is with diabetes, dementia, and obesity! We have to do something for our health. otherwise, the forecast about increasing the percentage of people getting ill will come true!
    Keto zone diet seems to be one of the solutions and MCT oil powder I will try very soon!
    P.S. I didn’t know brain consumes 20% of our energy! Impressive!

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read! I was also surprised to find out that the brain consumes 20% of our energy when doing research for this article. Glad I could provide you with some educational information.

  6. Peter

    I had never heard of MCT oil before. Thanks for the info. I have just started Atkins diet and the MCT oil powder might be a good choice for me. I think I have gastric distress right not. Ugh.

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read! MCT oil powder makes a great coffee creamer in place of milk and sugar. I recommend it to my clients who are on low carb, high fat diets such as Atkins to help balance energy levels. Good luck on your diet journey!

  7. Cynthia

    I have not heard of MCT oil powder before. Thanks for enlightening me. I would love some in my coffee! I need it for the workouts I do!
    I am also interested in it for a friend. Alzheimer’s runs in her family and she is always looking for ways to prevent it. I think she takes coconut oil every day. She may like this better.

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read! MCT oil powder tastes great in coffee! The MCT oil powder has a better concentration of MCTs as compared to coconut oil. Coconut oil only contains 6% C8 and 9% C10 as compared to 70% C8 and 30% C10. It also contains 50% C12 which chemically is an MCT, but biologically is processed like a long chain triglyceride. This makes MCT oil powder a better choice for beneficial MCT concentration then coconut oil.

  8. Christina

    I have seriously been considering the ketogenic diet. I have had concerns about the potential for adverse nutritional deficiencies. This supplement looks like it can handle many of my concerns and keep me on track for maintaining optimal health while trying to trim some extra pounds. My husband would be doing it with me. He doesn’t care for the flavor of coconut. Does it have strong coconut flavoring that you can detect?

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Thanks for the read! MCT oil powder is a great addition to the ketogenic diet. I find the coconut flavor to be fairly mild. The creamy texture makes a great coffee creamer. Good luck going keto if that is the path you choose! Please let me know how you make out.

  9. DianneBee

    I greatly appreciate the explanation you’ve given about the MCT oil and powder in this post. It’s a real battle to compensate for bad fats and other harmful ingredients in “every day foods”.
    This level of information truly helps in our ability to make good decisions to improve our health.

    • Stacy Gallagher

      Absolutely! I use it as creamer in my coffee in the early am. I get a great mental acuity pick me up and sustained energy to get me through my morning. Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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