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Health Benefits of MCT Oil Powder

5 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 of 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. This unique chemical process makes MCT oil highly beneficial for several reasons.

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1. Aids in Weight Loss or Weight Maintenance

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 substitute preventing spikes in insulin used for glucose processing.  In the absence of carbohydrates MCTs have a direct pathway via the portal vein to the liver from the small intestine to produce ketones as a substitute fuel.

LCTs, however, require the liver and pancreas to secrete substances that are necessary to break down LCTs into triglycerides. Triglycerides are then transported into the lymphatic system by chylomicrons. Any excess trigylceride that was not used for energy by the body is deposited back into the liver.  

2. Aids in Protecting Brain Health

The brain accounts for 20% of energy expenditure of the entire body and metabolic activity is constant over time. This requires a continuous source of energy that comes primarily from blood glucose.  When blood glucose levels get low the liver can break down stored bodyfat into ketones. Ketones easily pass through the blood-brain barrier for instant energy to the brain.

There is evidence to support that MCTs can have an incredible effect on brain health specifically reversing the effects of Alzheimer's and other brain diseases.  Aging reduces the ability of the brain to process glucose as brain food making brain cells insulin resistant.  In addition 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. 

Benefits of mct oil powder

3. Aids in Protecting Heart Health

MCTs have beneficial properties that could play a role in preventing atherosclerosis.  Research shows that MCTs lower lipids, oxidized LDLs, fat deposition, triglycerides and inflammation while raising HDLs by stimulating the metabolism. MCTs may even diminish the cholesterol-elevating effects of other fats.

MCTs are the only fats that do not increase platelet adhesiveness. 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.

benefits of MCT oil powder

A 2008 study revealed that long-term ingestion of moderate amounts of MCTs might reverse metabolic syndrome, which is the name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk coronary artery disease, stroke, and type II diabetes.

Karup, P. A. & Rajmohan, T. (1994). Consumption of coconut oil and coconut kernel and the incidence of atherosclerosis. In Coconut and Coconut Oil in Human Nutrition, Proceedings. Symposium on Coconut and Coconut Oil in Human Nutrition, sponsored by the Coconut Development Board, Kochi, India, March 27, 1994.

Siri-Tarano, P. W., Sun, Q., Hu, F. B. & Krauss, R. M. (2010). Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 91(3).

4. Improves Energy Levels and Mood

MCTs are metabolized in liver mitochondria. Mitochondria are little furnaces inside the cells and are the site of cellular energy production.  The energy created by the mitochondria is converted into ATP to be used for all bodily functions. Unfortunately, dietary fat cannot enter the mitochondria by themselves because the fatty acid molecules cannot make it across the mitochondrial membrane. Fatty acid molecules must be carried across the membrane by the carnitine shuttle in order to be converted into ATP. This makes makes MCTs a more bio-available energy source.  Since a 1 gram of fat burns at 9 cal/gram and 1 gram of carbs burns at 4 cal/gram, this also makes MCTs a more potent energy source. For more science on MCTs and feeding the mitochondria check out this article - "Feed Your Mitochondria and Boost Your Workout With MCT Oil, Says Study."

MCT oil powder benefits

5. Improves Digestion and Nutrient Absorption

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 encourages good bacteria to grow and heals the gut lining.[1] When you have holes in your intestine, toxins, bacteria, and food particles can escape and enter your bloodstream, putting you at risk for serious gastrointestinal (GI) disorders including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and food allergies. MCTs are also strong antifungals, antivirals, and antibacterials.[2][3]

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MCT Oil vs. MCT Oil Powder

This supplement is a perfect addition to a ketogenic  nutritional approachs 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 equal.  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.

5 health benefits of MCT oil powder

Keto Zone Founder - Dr. Colbert

For the past 30 years as a practicing anti-aging medical doctor, speaker and author, Dr. Colbert has relentlessly been searching for the most complete and beneficial lifestyle. His passion for this lifestyle began with his own personal battle with a severe and chronic skin condition. He overcame this skin condition by changing his dietary habits and discovered that there were certain foods that aided the body in healing itself and functioning optimally.  After years of testing thousands of foods and individual ingredients on himself and on his patients, he developed what he called the Keto Zone Diet along with the Keto Zone Nutritional System. Dr. Colbert considers the Keto Zone System the most complete and effective wellness program he has found to date. This is because the Keto Zone is not just about entering ketosis, but it is a state of complete well-being. The Keto Zone is the point at which cravings are diminished, hunger is suppressed, energy is increased, mental clarity is present and sleep is deep and restful. Aside from the diet, Dr. Colbert developed a Keto Zone Nutritional line designed to aid individuals who want to increase energy and experience and overall better quality of life.


Learn why the Keto Zone Nutritional Strategy might be right for you!

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Control Insulin for Fat Loss – Lose the Sugar!

A few weeks back I wanted to find my copy of an old Bill Starr book, The Strongest Shall Survive. I found my old copy on a lower book shelf that I rarely look through. Next to Bill’s book was a copy of Primal Body – Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. I had zero memory of purchasing this book. I plucked it off the shelf and could not for the life of me remember where or when I bought the book. As I perused the book, I could not believe I had purchased it and not read it: it was chockfull of insights. The premise of the book is twofold…

  • We need to shift our metabolism from sugar-burning mode into fat-burning mode to control insulin for fat loss
  • To accomplish this, we need to eliminate starch and sugar

Nothing more, nothing less. Modern man is obese and unhealthy because modern man has a carb-burning metabolism and lives on sugar. Primal man was lean and healthy because primal man had a fat-burning metabolism and lived on protein and fat.

Primal Man

From the beginning of the human species up until the widespread introduction of agriculture (usually pegged at 10,000 years ago,) all men everywhere had fat-burning metabolisms. For hundreds of thousands of years, primal people primarily existed on the animals they hunted and killed. They would augment animal meat with whatever fruits, vegetables, insects, nuts, berries or wild honey they would happen across – but these foods were accidental and incidental and always occurred in proximity to game.

Primal men would migrate with animal herds, parasitic vampires that clung to the herd’s periphery.  Primal men were as nomadic as the animals they followed to survive. Until the advent of formalized agriculture (an eye-blink) carbohydrates played a small part in the human diet. Man evolved and became fully formed hunting and eating animals.

control insulin for fat loss

Primal man might on occasion come across some wild fruit or vegetables, perhaps some honey, but this represented an insignificant and irregular part of the ancient’s diet. Protein and fat, derived from wild animals, was the primary source of calories. The hunter-gatherer societies existed for hundreds of thousands of years as mankind fully evolved, eating protein and fat, augmented with a small amount of natural carbohydrates and natural sugars. This high-octane, nutrient-dense diet became the optimal food/fuel for the human body. It still is.

Agriculture Changed Everything

Humans no longer had to hunt to eat. They no longer had to migrate in synchronization with animal herds. They could settle in one place and grow crops. They could survive on what they planted and harvested.  The advent of agriculture created all kinds of foodstuff possibilities. With grains, man created baked goods, beer, wine and liquor. Humans began existing on cheap, low-grade carbohydrate as their primary food-fuel.

control insulin for fat loss

All modern heath maladies emerged when man created agriculture and lifted the lid on Pandora’s Box.  Before the advent of agriculture there was no obesity, diabetes, clogged arteries or heart disease. Before the advent of agriculture men were larger and stronger, fitter and more muscular. Mankind degraded when the food-fuel of choice shifted from protein and fat to starch and sugar.  It was akin to trying to run a 600-horsepower Ferrari 488 on kerosene.

There was a widespread shift in nutrition, a replacement of protein and fat with much cheaper and easier to obtain carbohydrates.  Carbs created geographic stability, it was the end of the nomadic lifestyle of hunter-gatherer.  Primal societies were replaced with villages, towns and cities.

The core contention, the most profound thing Gedgaudas says is that, other than protein, fat and fibrous carbohydrates, anything you eat or drink is undigested sugar and once consumed is converted into sugar.

control insulin for fat loss

This simple Simon, Forest Gump-like profundity, this irreducible Zen factoid, resonated with me. Eat a bagel and it is turned into sugar (6 teaspoons of glucose) by the body. Drink a beer and it is turned into sugar. Eat pasta, a muffin, any starch carb, drink any kind of booze or soda and it becomes sugar when digested. When food or drink is digested and emulsified it is turned into glucose. Excess glucose spikes insulin. No fat burning is possible in the presence of insulin.

The solution is easy. Stop eating anything that isn’t a protein, fat or fiber.

Any nutrients consumed other than protein/fiber/fat are converted to sugar.  Sugar spikes insulin. When insulin lingers in the bloodstream, no fat burning is possible. If the system is never clear of insulin, no matter how hard you train, no matter how much cardio you do, no body fat can be mobilized and oxidized. Simple as that.

This nugget of knowledge made everything related to diet and leanness emerge from the fog of opinion into the crystal-clear clarity of useable knowledge. The first order of business for anyone serious about leaning out is to stop eating sugar and starch and purge the bloodstream of insulin. This isn’t rocket science: how do we clear the bloodstream of insulin? Stop eating anything other than protein, fat or fiber carbs. Stop eating anything that gets converted into sugar.

The goal is to shift the metabolism from a sugar-burning (glucose) metabolism into a fat-burning metabolism. How is this accomplished? Deprive the body of sugar.

Control Sugar in Your Diet!

The clarity of Gedgaudas’ message resonated with me. It clarified reality. Sugar and starch (and trans-fats) are my enemy. The bad news is that it could take 4-6 weeks of strict dietary adherence to shift a metabolism from sugar-burning to fat-burning. That’s a long time. Still, it intrigues me and clarified so many dietary questions. I really feel I now know everything I need to know about dieting.  See more information on Marty Gallagher.

They have a saying about the card game Texas Hold ‘em, “it takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master.” I feel like I just got taught the dietary equivalent of Texas Hold ‘em.