The short answer is that regular MCT oil contains three medium-chain fatty acids (C8, C10, C12) at varying concentrations, while C8 MCT oil is at least 98% - 100% pure caprylic acid, also know as C8. “C8” refers to the eight-carbon chains that characterises this specific fatty acid. Note: If you are new to MCT and do not know what it is, before reading on, we highly recommend you read here first, to help you understand long chain and medium chain fatty acids found in coconut.
The reason C8 is isolated and why it is known to be superior to regular MCT oil is because caprylic acid (C8) is the most metabolically active medium-chain fatty acid meaning your body can convert C8 more quickly into energy compared to the other medium-chain fatty acids. This results in a supercharged, quicker boost to physical and mental energy.Three main benefits of C8 MCT oil are:
- MCT oil may be beneficial for weight loss, not only as healthy fats keep you fuller for longer but MCT oil has been shown to increase the release of two hormones that can promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin.
- As mentioned earlier, C8 is more quickly absorbed to utilise as an energy source compared to the other fats. MCT oil, unlike other fats, bypasses the lymphatic system and therefore travel more quickly to the liver. Here, the fats are broken down to be either used as fuel or stored as body fat but since MCTs easily enter your cells without being broken down, they can be used as an immediate source of energy.
- MCTs have been shown to have antimicrobial and anti-fungal effects. Studies have shown that it can decrease the growth of Candida albicans (thrush and skin infection causing yeast) by 25% and can reduce the growth of Clostridium difficile, a disease causing bacteria.
Jimalie’s premium MCT oil and C8 MCT oil are derived from coconuts, and are 100% plant based and palm free. So if you are asking, what are the best ways to include MCT oil and C8 MCT oil into my diet, here are a few suggestions:
- Adding between one teaspoon to one tablespoon into your smoothies - green smoothies, protein smoothies, etc. – the best thing about it is MCT oil is virtually tasteless and it won’t alter the taste.
- Adding between one teaspoon to one tablespoon to your coffee (or also known in America as bullet proof coffee) for quick energy.
- Mix MCT oil with lemon/vinegar (or any of your other favourite condiments) to make a delicious, healthy salad dressing.
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. Image courtesy of Coast Photography.