What is MCT Oil?
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides. You may also see them called MCFAs (medium-chain fatty acids).
They’re “medium” because they only have 6-10 carbon atoms (as opposed to long-chain triglycerides, which contain more than 12). MCTs are a form of saturated fatty acids and consist of four different types based on their carbon length. MCTs are the ideal source of energy because they don’t rely on other enzymes for absorption in your body.
MCT oil is made from pure MCTs extracted from whole foods, usually coconut and/or palm oil.
NOTE: Perfect Keto’s MCT oil products are all derived from coconut, not palm oil.
MCTs are a much faster source of energy than most fats, making them the ultimate keto-approved fat source.
When your body uses ketones as its main source of fuel instead of glucose (from carbs), it can enter and remain in a state of ketosis.
MCT oil is powerful because it helps make those ketones readily available for your body to use, making ketosis easier to achieve and maintain.
Unlike most other foods, the MCTs used in MCT oil are swiftly absorbed and metabolized as energy in your body, making them the perfect fuel. Because they’re efficiently burned, saturated fats and MCT oil, in particular, have two positive effects on weight:
- No fat storage. MCTs don’t get stored as fat in your body; they’re all turned into ketones.
- Higher calorie burn. MCTs have a thermogenic effect (burning calories to create heat). This fat-burning process results in a metabolism boost.
There are 4 reasons why MCT oil can be burned as fuel so effectively:
- MCTs reach your liver quickly. They don’t have to go through peripheral tissues first, like LCTs (long-chain triglycerides) do.
- MCTs don’t have to be broken down into smaller molecules. Unlike long-chain fats, the body can absorb MCTs more efficiently due to the size of their carbon bonds.
- MCTs cross the double membrane of the mitochondria quickly (the energy “factory” of the cell).
- MCTs don’t need the presence of an enzyme called carnitine to be converted to energy, like LCTs do.
MCTs can be quickly converted into ketones because they need fewer steps to be metabolized in your cells. MCT oil provides the most effective MCTs that turn into energy faster.
Consuming MCT oil (like Perfect Keto MCT Oil Softgels) has been shown to…
- Raise the metabolic rate at which your body functions — leading to greater weight loss and health outcomes[*][*][*].
- Help keep a healthy balance of gut flora and improve the absorbability of nutrients[*].
- Have a strong blood sugar-stabilizing effect that may help reduce inflammation and improve brain function[*].
Chances are, you’re reading this guide because you just received a shipment of Perfect Keto MCT Oil Softgels and aren’t sure how to use them. These next sections will help!
How to Use MCT Oil Softgels
Softgels vs. Pure Oil
The greatest benefit of consuming MCT oil in softgel form is the ease of use. You can travel effortlessly with the softgels and not have to worry about the potential mess of MCTs in powder or oil form.
Additionally, there is no mixing or blending required, and the softgels are flavorless, odorless, and have no oily residue.
How Often Should You Take MCT Oil Softgels?
To increase healthy fats and energy, take up to 3 – 6 servings per day. If you’ve never taken MCT oil before, we recommend starting with smaller, fewer servings and working your way up, as some people may experience stomach upset before their body gets adjusted to MCTs.
When Should You Take MCT Oil Softgels?
In the Morning, Anytime You Need a Mental Boost
Due to MCTs energizing properties, you can take the softgels first thing in the morning, or whenever you need some extra help getting into super-productivity mode.
Before or After Your Workout
Improve your performance by taking MCT Oil Softgels 30 minutes before you get to the gym. You’ll have all the energy you need to power through leg day without taking a break.
If You’re Feeling Peckish
Fats like MCTs have been shown to curb cravings and help you reach that full feeling sooner (two things that can also aid in weight loss!).
Who Should Use MCT Oil Softgels?
Women vs. Men
Perfect Keto MCT Oil Softgels do not discriminate by gender!
In fact, a double-blind study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that MCTs may suppress the accumulation of body fat in both healthy men and women[*].
Another study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that consumption of MCTs in overweight men may lead to improvements in overall lipid profiles — specifically showing increases in LDL particle size (the big “fluffy” LDLs that are associated with decreased cardiovascular risk) [*].
And for the women, a study conducted by the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in Quebec suggested that overweight women consuming MCTs may improve their overall cardiovascular risk profile [*].
Are MCT Oil Softgels Vegetarian or Vegan-Friendly?
Perfect Keto MCT Oil Softgels are encapsulated in a gelatin capsule, making them neither vegan or vegetarian-friendly.
Are MCT Oil Softgels Safe During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding?
There are currently no known studies on the effects of MCT oil on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor before taking this supplement!
How Do MCT Oil Softgels Affect Ketosis and Blood Sugars?
MCT oil helps make ketones readily available for your body, so ketosis is easy to achieve and maintain.
Perfect Keto MCT Oil Softgels contain neither sugar nor carbohydrates, meaning they do not affect blood sugars.