MCTs have many applications across the personal care, aromatherapy and cosmetic industries. MCT oil may be used as a stand-alone product or added to lotions, creams, foams, topical aerosols, ointments, cleansing oils, bath scrubs, makeup and CBD oil. MCT oil is a go-to carrier oil for CBD products and CBD tinctures, as MCT is absorbed into the bloodstream faster than longer-chain fatty acids. 4 MCTs are also versatile enough to be incorporated into food and beverage products, with the possibility to offer science-backed functionality.
Research has also indicated a promising role for MCTs with specific issues, including epilepsy and autism. One study explored the ability of MCTs to offer increased seizure control. 8 Another study showed positive improvements for people with autism who incorporated MCTs into their diet, tracking results over six months. 9 Other studies have assessed MCTs’ ability to influence memory loss and help patients in an Alzheimer’s disease population. 10
What MCTs are
MCTs are produced in the U.S., Malaysia, Singapore and other parts of the world from vegetable oil fatty acids from natural sources. MCT oil is most commonly derived from palm kernel oil and coconut oil. With both sources, the extraction process is called fractionation and it separates MCT oil into a concentrate. The four types of MCTs include the commonly used caprylic acid and capric acid.
4 You N et al. “Effects of Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Long-Chain Triglycerides, or 2-Monododecanoin on Fatty Acid Composition in the Portal Vein, Intestinal Lymph, and Systemic Circulation in Rats.” JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2008;32(2):169-175.
10 Augustin K et al. “Mechanisms of Action for the Medium-Chain Triglyceride Ketogenic Diet in Neurological and Metabolic Disorders.” Lancet Neurol. 2018;17(1):84-93.
Like a good friend, MCT oil has CBD oil’s back.
When discussing how effectively a compound like CBD can travel through the digestive system after consuming and the level to which it can be absorbed by the body, the term is called bioavailability . Of course, most people would hope to have the most effective absorption to get the most out of their product’s benefits. This is precisely where MCT oil shines, and makes it CBD oil’s perfect match.
MCT & CBD Oil Is the Perfect Match
You know when you meet someone you’re destined to be friends with, and they just complement you perfectly? They get your jokes, they like going places with you, you get along great…CBD has a friend like that. A strong and unbreakable bond between two best friends. You will find that most CBD products on the shelves are made with a little someone called “MCT oil.” This is for good reason ━ they are a dynamic duo.
While all of Vena’s CBD products are crafted with the highest-quality MCT Coconut Oil, it should be noted that there is, in fact, a difference that separates MCT oil and coconut oil. MCT can stand alone, but coconut oil (which is also famous for an array of health benefits) naturally contains MCT. Coconut oil is highly abundant with MCTs, and in fact, more than half of the fat that is found in coconut oil comes from MCTs. Other examples of oils that contain MCTs are avocado, olive, and sesame. Like we know about the healthy fats in avocadoes, it is important to understand that MCT is also what is considered to be “good fat.” MCT molecules are also smaller than the molecules in most fats that are found in food, making them easier for the body to readily use. In more specific terms, they increase the bioavailability of CBD when consumed together.
Besides its popular use in CBD products, MCT oil has attracted attention in the health and wellness world on its own as a supplement. Salad dressings mix great with it, smoothies blend with it, and you may have also heard about bulletproof coffee in the recently trending Ketogenic “Keto” diet. What about MCT oil makes it healthy, besides increasing bioavailability? MCTs provide energy, first and foremost. Naturally, their smaller molecules allow them to break through cells more efficiently without being degraded. They have been shown to enhance metabolic health and boost your immunity, as well, and have played roles in healthy weight maintenance.