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What is MCT Oil?

By July 4, 2019 No Comments
What is MCT Oil?

MCT oil is used by a vast majority of the CBD industry. Many consumers have no idea what MCT oil is, what it stands for or if it’s even safe. In this guide, we’ll explain why MCT oil so popular, it’s listed health benefits and what it is.

Canna Trading Co. uses MCT oil in most of its tinctures.

What is MCT Oil?

MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride. Medium chain triglycerides are typically made from coconuts and palm kernel oils. They are man-made, but do have benefits and are used for some medicinal purposes such as celiac disease, liver disease and digestive issues.

Canna Trading Co.’s MCT oil is derived from coconuts.

The reasons for using MCT oil are vast. Athletes use them sometimes, doctors may suggest that you use them for support in reducing cholesterol levels or other fats in blood (triglycerides). MCTs are commonly used for those that are attempting to increase muscle mass or body strength.

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How does MCT Oil Work in the Body?

The human body needs fat. Not all fats are good for the body, but medium chain triglycerides are. For those that need a source of healthy fats but their bodies don’t tolerate other types, this is a good option.

MCT oil is used differently by the body. These fats can be broken down and typically aren’t stored by the body adding to body fat because it is able to be digested easier. It might concern you to read that a fat is good for you, but since the body processes MCTs differently, they’re a friend to your body instead of a foe.

Potential Benefits of MCT Oil

Science has proven that MCT oil has some health benefits.  When you’re eating a meal, hormones are part of what help you feel full. The hormones peptide YY and leptin help signal to your brain that you are full. If your hormones are out of balance or are not working as they should, you may not get the feeling of being full even after eating a heavy meal.

MCT oil, however, may help signal the increased release of these hormones. The result could be assistance in losing weight.

Science also indicates that it may help regulate glucose levels.

Carbs

When it comes to carbohydrates, it’s important to ingest healthy carbs from vegetables, fruits and other natural sources – like MCT. For those on keto diets or those that need to watch their carb intakes, MCT oil can convert to keytones. When your body isn’t taking in many carbs, there may be times when you feel sluggish or fatigued.

Ingesting a little MCT Oil, even if it is with a CBD tincture, may give your body the boost of healthy fat that it needs while maintaining healthy ketosis. Ketosis is the process of burning fat in the body.  Sometimes you’re just lacking a little energy, and it is said to be a good instant energy source – kind of like bananas.

Heart Health

A study had positive results regarding reduced cholesterol and lower LDL. LDL is the bad cholesterol that your doctors may have said that you need to lower. Healthier food choices and a few lifestyle changes, such as increasing activity, may also help with lowering LDL.

In this particular study, MCT oil helped to reduce total cholesterol by 12.5%.

HDL is good cholesterol. This same study, which included 24 men, showed an increase of the heart-protecting cholesterol.

Did you know that certain inflammatory markers, called C-reactive protein (CRP), may also increase your risk of heart disease? According to science, MCTs may help reduce this protein.

What does it Taste Like?

MCT oil has no flavor at all. You’d expect that something that is made from coconut fat would taste like coconut right? Not in this case. This is why it is a common ingredient in CBD tinctures, vape and some medications. It’s also why some doctors may suggest that you ingest some MCT oil by itself on a daily basis.

Canna Trading Co. Uses MCT Oil

There are several reasons that Canna Trading Co. uses this oil instead of others for more than just its availability. Due to the fact that it is flavorless, it allows the flavor of terpenes and CBD oil to shine through. It doesn’t change the flavor of the terpene and CBD oil blends at all.

The oil blends well with terpenes and CBD oil. It emulsifies well and with just a good shake of the bottle, all of the terpenes and CBD are evenly distributed for ingestion.

Since Canna Trading Co. uses natural ingredients, it’s only fitting that one of our carrier oils is MCT oil. The other carrier oil that we use is organic olive oil. It is important to us to provide our customers with all-natural ingredients.

Canna Trading Products that feature MCT Oil include:

  • Sleep Aid Tincture (regular and sample sizes)
  • Inflammation tincture (regular and sample sizes)
  • Anxiety Calming Tincture (regular and sample sizes)
  • Peppermint tinctures
  • Vanilla tinctures
  • Alchemy tincture
  • Pet Care Muscle & Joint CBD tincture

By using this oil in our peppermint and vanilla tinctures, it allows the pure flavors to come through. They aren’t buried by other oils or flavors.

MCT oil is also suggested to be added to food if you don’t want to take a tablespoon of it by itself. This is why we sometimes suggest to add our CBD tinctures to your food as well. It is easy to use in vinaigrettes, sauces and even pesto. Of course, you can also blend it with olive oil as well.

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MCT oil is popular in the CBD industry. It has a long shelf life when properly stored. MCT Oil should be stored like olive oil, in a cool, dark place. If the container is unopened, it has a 2-year shelf life. Opened containers have a 1-year shelf life. This flavorless oil has multiple benefits and also helps Canna Trading Co. keep the cost of tinctures down so that they are affordable for our customers. It’s a healthy oil that the medical community appears to approve of.

 

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