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What are MCTs?
MCTs are medium-chain fatty acids, which are derived from 100% coconuts, with a wide range of health benefits. Unlike regular long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), the body metabolises them differently and absorbs them faster.
Coconuts contain many chains of triglycerides, however the main types are from MCT. These include C6 (caproic acid), C8 (caprylic acid), C10 (capric acid) and C12 (lauric acid). Each of these have slightly different actions, though overall are a great addition to your diet as they're an excellent energy source.
Melrose Health MCTs are rapidly absorbed due to their slightly shorter chain length. This allows them to reach your liver quickly. In addition, they don’t require any bile to break them down, unlike longer-chain fats.
In your liver, the body breaks down fats and oils and uses them as fuel or stores them as fat. But since MCTs initially enter the cells without breaking down, they are used as an instant energy source, great for students wanting to stay focused in an exam, or busy parents needing an extra boost of energy..
Additionally, Melrose MCT oils are perfect for ketogenic diets. This allows the liver to convert MCTs into ketones, creating sustained energy to support ketosis in ketogenic diets, as well as balancing metabolism, that may help in weight loss.
MCTs not only support mental focus they also assist with sustained muscle energy for optimal physical performance. MCTs have been known to reduce the accumulation of lactic acid build up, to allow the muscles to relax after a workout.
Check out our Melrose MCTs range, and see which one best suits your lifestyle.