MCT oil for brain boost and carbs

Answered on May 17, 2016
Created May 16, 2016 at 8:51 PM

I'm really interested in the powers of MCT oil. I've heard such good things about it, especially from people using it for increased mental clarity.

To get the mental benefits of MCT oil, do you need to be already following a low carb diet?

What are the best ways to use this oil for its brain boosting effects?

Thanks for the help.

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on May 17, 2016
at 09:18 AM

Not sure about the long term effects. It may work a bit like caffeine (and maybe iodine for some); boost metabolism with accompanying weight loss and mental clarity at first, but then over time the body adjust to the situation, and ultimately slows down metabolism to meet caloric intake, and the effect vanishes somewhat.

And in the end it´s a refined food just like sucrose, and if consumed in excess, issues will likely develop over time, unless the rest of the diet is nutrient dense.

In a study comparing MCT oil with olive oil over 16 weeks, the weight loss was 3.2 kg in the MCT oil group, and only 1.2 kg in the olive oil group (they consumed 1500-1800 kcal and 18-24 gm oil), however the reduction in waist circumference (more important in my opinion) was similar. Also the final four weeks of the study the MCT group lost no weight, and the olive oil group gained 0.6 kg. But during these final four weeks the olive oil group reduced waist circumference by 0.6 cm, compared to just 0.3 cm in the MCT oil group. (http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/87/3/621.full)



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