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What are MCTs?
MCTs are medium-chain fatty acids with a wide range of health benefits. Unlike regular long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), the body metabolises them differently and absorbs them faster. MCTs can be derived from coconut or palm oil, but we only use coconut MCTs in our Melrose formulas.
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.
Medium Chain Triglycerides reach the liver more quickly than longer chain fats, converting instantly into ketones, an energy source for the body. They are particularly beneficial when following a low-carb diet as they can contribute to a state of ketosis, whereby the body relies on fat for it’s energy source. Ketones fuel both mental and physical energy making them an excellent all-round option for people looking to increase their energy levels and productivity.
Check out our Melrose MCTs range, and see which one best suits your lifestyle.