Young Living Has MCT oil in Roll-ons and Mindwise!
Young Living uses medium chain triglycerides (capric/caprylic acids) as a carrier oil in essential oil roll-ons, Kidscents oils and some oil-infused supplements like MindWise.
What is MCT oil and Why is it Important?
MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. It’s a nutritional supplement that has been called “rocket fuel for your brain”.
The best food source of MCTs, by far, is coconut oil, but they can also be found in palm oil and high-fat dairy products like cheese and butter. Coconut oil is most commonly use to make MCT oil.
Compared to the long-chain triglycerides found in other vegetable oils, MCTs are smaller and, consequently, more readily absorbed and metabolized — qualities that make them a good source of fuel for the brain.
MCTs are unique among fats in that they don’t require bile salts for digestion or extra energy for absorption, use, or storage.
HOW MCT OIL NOURISHES THE BRAIN
The brain cannot store energy, so it needs a constant and steady energy stream that’s normally supplied by blood glucose.
Fortunately, there’s a backup energy source for the times when blood sugar level gets low.
When needed, your liver can break down good fats (like MCT oil) to provide instant energy to the brain.
There are a few proven ways MCT oil benefits the brain.
• Taking MCT oil has been found to increase brain energy by 8 to 9%. (Nutrition, April 2013, Courchesne-Loyer et al.)
• MCTs can delay brain aging by promoting the repair of brain cell damage, especially when combined with a high-fat diet.
• MCT oil can help balance intestinal flora which is important for good brain function.
• Good gut bacteria produce dozens of neurotransmitters which ae used by brain cells to communicate with each other. Notably, two important feel-good neurotransmitters — serotonin and dopamine — are created mainly in your intestines
• Good bacteria also reduce brain inflammation, now thought to be a possible root cause of depression. NingXia Red and Life 9 also support the growth of good bacteria in the gut.
MCT OIL VS COCONUT OIL: HOW THEY COMPARE
Depending on the brand you use, MCT oil can contain up to 18 times more MCTs per serving than coconut oil.
But since MCTs are isolated from coconut oil by a process called fractionation, they do not contain the same nutrients as coconut oil, a healthy traditional food.
Notably, MCT oil does not contain lauric acid, a compound found in abundance in coconut oil.
Lauric acid is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal, making it responsible for many of coconut oil’s health properties.
Both MCT oil and coconut oil bring their own unique set of benefits to the table, but there’s no reason you must choose between them.
You can add coconut oil to your diet and take supplemental MCT oil.
It is important to minimize your consumption of highly processed vegetable oils like canola, sunflower, and soy oil. These highly processed oils increase your risk of health issues. Instead, use coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil, two brain-healthy oils, in cooking and salads.
Upgrading brain health is key to making your brain work better.
• Improve your mental clarity and focus.
• Boost your memory and your ability to learn.
• Increase your capacity to think critically, solve problems, and make decisions.
Who should NOT use MCT oil?
• If you have an allergy or sensitivity to coconut, MCT oil would not be a good choice for you.
• Patients with uncontrolled diabetic ketoacidosis should not use MCT oil, as it does increase ketone levels in the blood.
• People who have liver cirrhosis should use small amounts MCT oil because the liver is needed to clear medium-chain fatty acids.