In Virgin Coconut oil, there are four molecules that make up Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), these are known to be Caproic acid (C6), Caprylic acid (C8), Capric acid (C10) and Lauric acid (C12). It is important to know that MCTs are dietary fats that are 6-12 carbon chains in length, derived from 100% sustainable coconut oil. Before reading ahead, you can find out more of the structure and benefits of Medium Chain Triglycerides compared to long chain fatty acids here.
Virgin Coconut Oil contains a high concentration of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and in particular Lauric acid (C12) being the most abundant. With this, Virgin Coconut Oil also consists of long chain fatty acids as well as saturated fat. To obtain 100% MCT oil, we extract the smaller amounts of MCTs from Coconut oil through molecular vacuum distillation. We are able to extract only the most beneficial aspect of coconut oil being the Medium Chain Triglycerides and in particular Caprylic acid (C8) and Capric acid (C10). C8 is known to be the most effective MCT in regards to the way the body uses it for energy as well as weight management. You can find out more about this here.
MCT Oil 60/40
- Fatty Acid Composition Caproic C6 - 0.06%
- Fatty Acid Composition Caprylic C8 - 57%
- Fatty Acid Composition Capric C10 - 40%
- Fatty Acid Composition Caproic C12 – 0.97%
With the remaining 1.97% being a mixture of Palmitic acid C16, Oleic C18:1, moisture and free fatty acids.
MCT Pure C8
- Fatty Acid Composition Caprylic C8 – 98.7%
- Fatty Acid Composition Caprylic C10 – 1.3%
Each Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) mentioned above have varied beneficial qualities for the human body. To read more about the benefits of MCT oil, please read on a previous blog here.
About the Author: Victoria graduated at the Australian College of Natural Therapies in Sydney and has a Bachelor of Business from the Australian Catholic University. Victoria is the co-owner of Jimalie Coconut Products. More information about her on her website www.centralcoastnutritionist.com.au