Do you want more energy to power through your busy days?
Are you looking to burn more calories and finally lose that extra weight you’ve been carrying around?
Let’s be honest, you probably want both of those to happen, and no one can blame you. That’s probably why you’ve gravitated to the ketogenic diet in the first place.
By switching your body’s main energy source from quick-burning carbs and sugar to healthy fats, you’ll start to achieve both those life goals faster than you would with exercise alone.
But what if you had a little extra help to climb those mountains?
Today we’ll show you all the benefits of MCT oil — and specifically how C8 MCT Oil can help you torch calories and improve your health.
Here’s a sneak peek of what’s ahead:
- Why You Should Care About MCT Oil in the First Place
- What’s So Special About C8 MCT Oil Specifically?
- How C8 Trumps Coconut Oil
- A Real World Guide to Using C8 MCT Oil
Let’s start this party by introducing MCT oil and explaining exactly why it’s such a rock star in the keto world.
Why Should You Care About MCT Oil?
If you’re not already familiar, medium chain triglycerides, or MCT, are a form of saturated fatty acids. And they may just become your new best friend.
When inside your body, MCTs create ketones, which are simply energy molecules. Your goal on a keto diet is to get your body to produce these ketones on its own.
That’s because these powerful molecules become a readily available energy source that can help you burn calories while giving both your brain and body the boost it needs to power through your most grueling days.
And this isn’t snake oil magic either. It’s pure science.
But before we dive into the research, let’s back things up a bit.
Where can you find medium chain triglycerides?
Once ingested, MCTs turn into ketones, which are a better source of fuel than glucose, as we briefly touched on.
So what does “better” mean?
- MCTs are more bioavailable than other fuel sources. Since they don’t rely on other enzymes for absorption, your body can use the fuel almost instantly. This cuts down on your spikes and dips in energy to provide a steady stream of motivation all day.
- There’s no fat storage of MCTs. Unlike other sources of energy (I’m looking at you again, glucose), you won’t have to worry about storing this one as fat for later. Instead, these molecules turn into usable ketones (read: more energy).
- They’re also far less reactive. As compared to glucose molecules, ketones don’t produce nearly as many reactive molecules, which helps ensure your metabolism isn’t constantly under attack and functions the way it should.
So in short, MCTs will enhance your body’s thermogenesis, or your body’s ability to burn calories.
This metabolic process helps you lose weight and eventually maintain a healthy weight once you reach your target.
You’ll also experience a high calorie burn for a low calorie investment, which is another huge perk to using MCT oil.
While a low-calorie food that also helps you burn more calories and provides energy seems bananas, here’s the really crazy part: the benefits don’t stop there.
As you may have seen in this guide, adding MCT oil to your diet can also give you the following health benefits:
- Improved mental and cognitive health (i.e., less brain fog)
- Better heart health
- Diabetes prevention
- Enhanced exercise performance
Now, before you run out and buy the first MCT oil you find, there’s one more thing to consider.
There are four different types of medium chain triglycerides in MCT oil, each one varying by its carbon length:
- Caproic Acid (which has six carbons)
- Caprylic Acid (containing eight carbons)
- Capric Acid (10 carbons)
- Lauric Acid (12 carbons)
The shorter the carbon chain (6 carbons vs 12 carbons, for instance) the less work it takes your body to process and utilize the energy.
For example, lauric acid has 12 carbons and takes longer to process than caprylic acid, which has six.
Following this logic, the more efficient energy options would be caproic acid, or C6, and caprylic acid, C8.
But C6’s taste and smell is not for the faint of heart (read: you may start gagging).
It’s also not the most easily digestible, which means C6 MCTs may give you some unwanted upsets, like bloating, cramping, and diarrhea, if you have a sensitive stomach or take too much at once.
So what can you do instead?
Consider using a C8 MCT oil.
What’s So Special About C8 MCT Oil?
The benefits of using an MCT oil are hard to ignore. Now it’s all about picking the right one for your body.
What’s so great about C8 specifically?
For one, the shorter carbon chain means your body will spend less time and energy converting MCT molecules into ketones.
Instead of spending time processing in the liver, the C8 molecules are quickly transformed and ready to use. Once ingested, it doesn’t take long for your body to feel the effects.
All of this means you’ll reap the positive benefits that much faster.
MCTs have been shown to help you:
- Better your cognitive health. A pure C8 MCT oil also comes packed with powerful antimicrobial properties that can help you keep bad bacteria in check while still maintaining a healthy gut balance. Improve your gut health and you’ll see an improvement in your mental alertness and memory[*].
- Feel satiated after meals and for much longer. Healthy fats like MCTs curb cravings and help you reach that full feeling much sooner, two things that can aid in weight loss.
- Prevent and treat diabetes. MCTs have also been studied for their insulin regulating properties which can help prevent and treat type 2 diabetes[*].
- Improve your exercise performance. One study confirmed that when cyclists consumed MCTs during their two-hour endurance ride, they improved their overall performance times[*].
Now, before we go over how to use pure C8, there’s one more question you’re probably asking: Doesn’t coconut oil contain MCTs?
The short answer is yes, you will find MCTs in coconut oil.
But pure, 100% C8 MCT oil is way better, as we’ll see next.
Why Pure C8 MCT Oil Trumps Coconut Oil Any Day
The difference between C8 and coconut oil comes down to two factors:
- The concentration of MCTs
- The chemical makeup of the oil.
While coconut oil boasts a whopping 55% MCTs, MCT oils come in at 100%.
And that’s not the only key difference.
When looking at their chemical makeup, coconut oil is comprised of all four medium chain fatty acids, just like MCT oil.
But the balance is slightly different here — coconut contains mostly lauric acid (C12) and a smaller combination of caproic (C6), caprylic (C8) and capric acid (C10).
The problem is one of those sources (lauric acid) is an inefficient energy source.
Since it’s made of 12 carbon molecules, it takes longer to process. Meanwhile, MCTs like C6, C8, and C10 are absorbed as fast as glucose[*].
MCTS are also more available in the bloodstream for energy than lauric acid. One study [*] found that after consumption of MCTs and LCTs:
- C10 was 1.7 times more concentrated in the blood than C12 [*]
- C8 was 2.5 times more concentrated in the blood than C12 [*]
- C6 was 3.5 times more concentrated in the blood than C12 [*]
On the other hand, MCT oils take efficiency in the opposite direction. MCT oil is made of mostly C6 and C8, the two most usable energy options of the four for your body.
This means that with pure C8 MCT oil you’ll be able to burn fat and calories faster than you would with coconut oil.
Now that you know how beneficial MCTs are and why C8 is the best type of MCT oil, you may be wondering how to add it to your ketogenic toolkit.
How to Use C8 MCT Oil
Unlike C6 MCTs, a pure C8 MCT oil will be both odorless and tasteless.
This makes it super easy to add C8 to virtually anything on your daily menu, like:
- Your morning coffee. Adding C8 makes the perfect boost to your buttery bulletproof coffee.
- Pre and post workout shakes and smoothies. Improve your performance by adding MCTs to your pre and post workout drinks. You’ll have all the energy you need to power through leg day without taking a break.
- Salad dressings. Go ahead and mix C8 with your dressings. Replace your trusty avocado or olive oil with C8 to get the most bang for your fat buck. Trust me, you won’t even notice it’s there, aside from bursting with energy when you’re done eating.
- Baking recipes. That same no-taste characteristic makes C8 another great option to add to anything you’re baking. This turns any keto-friendly recipe into a fat burning energy bomb.
- Keto friendly sweets. Include C8 MCT oil in your keto-friendly vices like these (already healthy) chocolate bars to make them even healthier.
You can even use C8 MCT oil as a satiating mid-morning or afternoon snack. You can add it to water or just chug a spoonful and chase it with a raspberry.
So instead of succumbing to overly processed vending machine snacks at work, or grabbing fast food between carpooling, you’ll have the power to resist unhealthy temptations and stay on track and in ketosis.
Just think, if you’re able to cut back on the amount of calories you eat, and have more energy to tackle your hardest workouts, you’ll be on the fast track to sustained weight loss in no time.
Stop Doing Hundreds of Burpees and Try C8 MCT Oil Instead
Unless burpees are your thing, there’s a better, easier way to torch calories: by adding C8 MCT oil to your diet.
When this healthy fat finds its way into your daily routine, you’ll have a much faster, more bioavailable energy source that’s also going to help you fight cravings and burn calories all day long.