Alpha MCT-Oil - Medium chain triglycerides (MCT)
MCTs are more rapidly digested than other conven- tional types of fats. MCTs break down rapidly in the liver and are metabolized differently for easy intestinal absorption. MCTs
are reportedly used to encourage an increase in energy expenditure while decreasing fat storage.
Alpha MCT-Oil can be mixed with fruit juices or protein shakes used on salads and vegetables or in sauces. You can cook with MCT-Oil at low temperatures. However, MCTs are not recommended for frying or high heat food preparation.
MCT Oils are a favourite amoung athletes & also helps with weight loss!
Athletes have known for years what many others are just discovering - MCT Oil supplies energy to the muscles, but is not stored as body fat
It's true. Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) Oil is not metabolized by the liver, which means it is quickly metabolized to supply an enormous amount of power for hard workouts, distance and endurance, but without weight gain.
These special MCTs are fatty acids which are unique in the way they are metabolized and valuable to those con- scious of body weight and ability. However, this does not mean one should substitute MCT Oil for other valuable and healthy Omega 3 oils, such as unrefined flax seed, hemp, pumpkin or walnut oil. Both MCT Oil and Coconut Oil, which is naturally high in MCTs, have absolutely none of the Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids.
It's interesting to note that athletes on a very low calorie diet restricting carbohydrates, or on a ketogenic or ana- bolic diet, often take 20 ml (2 Tbsp) MCT Oil a day. With this very small amount of MCT Oil, the body increases heat production (thermogenesis) by an incredible 40 percent! This means that the body burns a whole lot more calories with the added intake of MCT Oil.
In fact, combining a low carbohydrate diet with an intake of just 20ml MCT Oil a day tricks the body into burning more calories than consumed. In addition, with this MCT know-how one can also avoid the harmful effects of yo- yo dieting, which results in regaining the weight lost on a diet many times over.
Adding 20 ml MCT oil to your daily meals can be done in a number of different ways. For instance, try the following delicious and healthy promoting recipes.
Tasty MCT-Oil Salad Dressing
In a Personal Blender first mix
• Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
• 20ml 1 clove garlic
• 1⁄2 tsp seasoning salt – eg. Herbamare
• 4 tsp freshly pressed flax oil,
alternatively hemp, pumpkin, walnut oil, or a mixture of any combination of these
• 4 tsp MCT-Oil mix again in blender and mix in with salad. Leafy greens are best suited, with onions and radishes.
Optional: add to he above basic dressing as a flavor variety either one of the following 2 heaping tsp nutritional yeast flakes 2 tbsp natural plain yogurt, with or without 1 tbsp Roquefort cheese 1 tblsp sesame tahini, almond or hazelnut butter 1⁄2 ripe avocado. Makes 2 servings of a large leafy green, lettuce salad.
MCT-Oil burns fat to lose weight
The MCTs in coconut oil can help you lose fat, provided you know how to use it. Two MTCs that are especially helpful include capric C10 acid and caprylic C8 acid. Together, in a ratio of 60/40, these are invaluable, safe and natural aids in weight control. Alpha Health Products has made this exclusive MCT-Oil formu- la available in Canada.
Eating too much and exercising too little are the main reasons for upsetting the energy balance, including fat storage, in the body. Coconut oil and MCT-Oil helps you to stop eating too much by satisfying the body's need for good fat and nutrients. Still, exercising is some- thing that you have to do yourself.
In addition, MCTs are a burning fat, not a storing fat. When they are metabolized in the body they even bring some of the stored fat we have with them. Yes, it's true. Eating fat can help you lose fat, when it's MCTs, because they stimulate what's called "thermo genesis," which is the process in which the body generates energy (or heat) by increasing its nor- mal, metabolic, fat-burning rate.
On the other hand, diets high in carbo- hydrates may cause rapid increase in insulin production, resulting in substan- tial weight gain, diabetes and other health problems. When the body has too much glucose (from carbohydrates) it stores that excess energy as fat.
Another main reason MCTs are helpful is because they help preserve muscle mass during fat loss, especially in times of low carbohydrate dieting. One study looked at obese women on a very low-calorie diet and found that when they used MCTs instead of regular dietary fat, they lost less muscle and more body fat. The key isn't just adding MCTs to a diet; it's using them instead of other fats.
Simply make your own salad dressing with lemon and MCT-Oil, flavoured with herbal salt. Or use two tablespoons of MCT-Oil in your smoothie, cutting back on all sweeteners except fruit. Use your imagination and substitute many other fats with MCT-Oil. It can also be used for hot and cold dishes like Olive oil, but should not be used for frying.
MCT-Oil, like any other oil taken for any medicinal reasons, should be intro- duced slowly into the diet. Until the body adjusts to its use, you may experi- ence loose stool or even stomach cramps for a day or two.
MCT Lauric acid fights Candida and more
Dr. Jon Kabara, Professor for Pharmacology and Biochemistry at the University of Detroit and Michigan State University, did a wonderful thing when he discovered lauric acid. This unique 12-carbon MCT, found in coconut oil, proved to be a most effective, safe and natural antifungal.
More than 50 percent of the fatty acids in coconuts are made up of lauric acid. Once ingested, lauric acid is converted into another form called monolaurin, which has additional health benefits is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antiproto- zoal. The human body can use this sub- stance to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, influenza, and various pathogenic bacteria including the heli- cobacter pylori that causes stomach ulcers.
In fact, it was the discovery of lauric acid that led to the development of the drug-like natural antibiotic product Lauricidin, an effective treatment for Candida albicans, which is a systemic yeast infection both women and men can suffer with. This treatment is avail- able in health food stores.
MCT-Oil for endurance
The sports nutrition field has been quick to realize the value in substituting MCT- Oil for other dietary fats and oils. It has quickly become a favourite, instant fuel and energy source for many athletes, including marathon runners and others who participate in endurance sports.
For those athletes who find it difficult to consume sufficient total energy, con- sumption of 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 grams) of MCT-Oil may prove to be beneficial. MCT-Oil is burned differently than other fats, so taking this small amount is a good way to ensure that athletes can meet their needs. Consult your physical trainer or other natural health professional for specific guidance.
Where does one find such a safe and seemingly miraculous oil? MCT-Oil is now available in many health food stores, and because it is saturated, it is stable and has a long shelf life.
a Boon for Diabetics
In our society where type 2 diabetes is now an epidemic we know a lot about control- ling blood sugar levels with daily insulin shots. What most people don't know, unfor- tunately, is that with the help of specific types of fatty acids, medium chain triglyc- erides (MCTs) diabetes can be prevented in the first place. If diabetes is already an issue, MCTs can help prevent some of the many complications that come with it.
High blood pressure, stroke, heart ailments, hearing loss, and amputations are all possi- ble complications from diabetes that can lead to extremely ill health and early death. Diabetes itself is usually caused by too much intake of simple carbohydrates, which is why diabetics need to restrict their intake of sugar and starch.
Sugar turns into glucose and requires insulin to enter the cells. If this doesn't happen, as is the case in diabetes, the glucose becomes body fat, making blood vessels narrower and causing an interruption in blood circulation. This is why numbness in the feet (neuropa- thy) is a common complication of diabetes.
The MCTs in coconut oil, or MCT-Oil, do not require insulin because they easily pass through the cell's membrane. Bruce Fife, who is a respected naturopathic doctor and author of a number of books about coconut oil, states, "Not only are MCTs in coconut oil able to feed the cells without the need of insulin, they also help improve insulin secretion insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance."
One important factor that research has con- cluded and is extremely relevant for diabet- ics is the need to drastically reduce the intake of Omega 6 seed oils (sunflower, saf- flower, soy and canola) to less than 2 per- cent of total fat intake, replacing them with MCTs. Coconut oil may therefore be the best fat for diabetics.