How MCT Oils Work in the Body- What Form is BEST for You?

why are MCTS considered just this hero

in the ketogenic world and just in

general why are we seeing them in so

many different supplements so many

different products why are they marketed

so much well it's not just because

they're trendy ok MCTS have really

unique properties within the body they

are a form of fat but there are a very

unique fat in their own league of their

own really ok how they are metabolized

how they are utilized is very unique and

they give us energy really quickly so

this is going to be a breakdown because

they're not all created equal when you

look at the world of MCTS you have

multiple you have four different kinds

of MCTS that you can choose from and

they all have different roles within the


it's truly fascinating and you need to

understand the fad science so we'll

break it all down I do want to make sure

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so let's go ahead and let's dive in so

in order for any of this to make sense

you have to know that there are really

three different classifications of fats

in the first place short chain fatty

acids medium chain triglycerides or

medium chain fatty acids and long chain

fatty acids okay and they all have

different lengths of carbon chains

here's what I mean by that when we look

at fats they have what are called carbon

tails okay they are strings of carbon

atoms that are at the end of a fat okay

a short chain fatty acid just like the

name implies has 0 to 5 carbon chains

they're short chain then we have a

medium chain triglyceride or a medium

chain fatty acid that has 6 to 12

carbons so basically it's a medium

length tail right then we have long

chain fatty acids and these are like the

typical fats like the oils and olive

oils and whatever things like that and

there's gonna be anywhere from 12 13 all

the way up to 21 22 carbons and those

take longer to break down okay so what

we have to remember is that fats have

different lengths of time in which they

break down and are utilized within the

body not all fats are created equal if

you consume some olive oil and you

consume some MCTS

what they do in your body is radically

different comparable to what it would be

like if you consumed pure glucose pure

sugar versus a sweet potato

totally different worlds the problem is

up until recently no one wanted to look

at fats because fats were just bad and

we didn't care now there's a lot of

emerging research so without further ado

let's look at the MCT classifications so

we have C 6 which is caproic acid now C

6 is going to absorb the fastest because

the shortest chain however it's really

hard to consume C 6 because it causes

serious and gastric distress you don't

even see it in research a lot because

it's hard to consume then we have C 8

which is caprylic okay caprylic or c 8

is the most efficient and probably the

best when it comes down to getting your

ketone levels elevated why because it's

short but it's just ever so slightly

long enough to be able to absorb and not

just like just radically just disrupt

your stomach and I'll explain more of

this in a minute then we have C 10 which

is capric okay capric is more used in

like anti fungal situations really good

at combating yeast really good at

combating different upper intestinal

issues however when it comes down to

ketone formation which we'll talk about

more in a minute too it just doesn't

seem to it kind of misses the mark a

little bit for some reason or another

okay then we have C 12 C 12 is lauric

acid and you've probably heard lauric

acid talked about in the world of

coconut oil okay a good percentage of

coconut oil is made up of lauric acid

and although it's technically in MCT

it's unique because it's saturated

whereas the other MCTS are oils lauric

acid is more saturated anyhow I digress

let's go ahead and break down why

they're different okay MCTS are not

stored as fat

what no they're not stored as fat that

means that they get absorbed by the

system immediately and convert it into

ketones or used as fuel by the organs

and tissues almost immediately whereas

ordinarily a long-chain fatty acids

gonna get mobilized its gonna get

transported by Clio microns and it's

eventually going to end up either having

to get burned or potentially

unfortunately stored as body fat does

this mean that you cannot get fat when

you consume a lot of MCTS false you

absolutely can get fat it is still a

calorie thermodynamic still apply so

don't think that you have a free rein to

just consume as much MCT as you want let

me explain something really briefly here

when you consume glucose like

carbohydrates usually what happens is it

has to be combined with L carnitine in

order to get into

a cell and to actually produce acetyl

coenzyme a when you consume MCTS you

don't need the carnitine I'm trying to

make this video simple so basically what

that means is MCTS have a unique ability

to get right into the cell if you looked

at how complex it is to actually use and

manufacture energy from food it's


so the fact that MCTS go right through

the intestinal wall and go right into

the cell to create energy or right into

the liver to create ketones is actually

nothing short of miraculous it's really

cool and the research quite honestly

it's still somewhat inconclusive as to

why they operate the way they do but

we're starting to get there so let's

break down how they convert to ketones

and which form of MCT is going to be

best because that's probably the

question that you're wondering hey I

want to get my ketones elevated hey I

want energy from fat which ketones

should I consume so this study was

published in the current developments of

nutrition and it took a look at all the

different MCTS and compared how quickly

they elevated ketone levels but also how

those ketones ultimately converted into

truly usable ketones okay so they

compared coconut oil to c8 MCT oil to

c10 MCT oil then they also compared

coconut oil plus c 8 c 10 and lastly

they compared a general MCT oil which is

usually a blend of all the different MC

T's the c 8a c 10 and the c 12 so they

gave subjects 20 milliliters of these

oils and they suspended it with a little

bit of milk it's complicated why it's

just a better carrier I know it doesn't

make sense why would they give it to

them with milk but point is they wanted

to measure which one elevated ketones

the best well it turned out that c8

triggered the highest plasma ketone

increase from 0 to 4 hours and from 4 to

8 hours postprandial

so after consuming them they found that

c8 elevated ketones the highest okay

just to give you a matter of comparison

coconut oil only elevated ketones 25% of

that it goes to show that the faster the

absorbing the MCT the heirarchy tones

get and the faster they get there but

the caveat and the interesting thing is

that when you take c8 and you

combine it with coconut oil there seem

to be some pretty cool responses it

turns out that coconut oil triggered a

higher conversion of acetyl acetate to


that's complicated basically what it

means is coconut oil helped the fats

turn into a truly usable form of ketones

because we have multiple variations of

ketones acetoacetate


and acetone beta-hydroxybutyrate is the

one that we want elevated the most so it

turns out that when you combine some c8

with some coconut oil you not only get

the spike really quick from the c8 but

you also get the conversion that happens

from the coconut oil so the end of the

matter is coconut oil is great c8 is a

little bit faster not a lot of products

that have good amounts of c8 I will say

if you want to check out a product that

has a really high-quality straight c8

caprylic acid hvm in has really hit the

mark with this so I don't recommend MCT

oils or MCT oil powders a whole lot but

I do have to really go out on the limb

and recommend them because they've done

a good job with this so I personally

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trying to mess around with your ketones

and you want to see hey how high can I

get my ketones can I you know experiment

a little bit you want to use this one

because a lot of times the MCTS out

there are blends and like I've said with

blends you don't know what you're

getting you're getting c8 c10 and C 12

which means that you are actually

limiting yourself from getting that fast

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actually have a practical application to

use the c8 properly so build a little

bit more on the c8 c8 not only had the

highest net ketogenic effect but what's

wild is that other studies have shown

that it has a really powerful effect in

terms of anti-inflammatory effects in

the gut you see after consuming c8

subjects seem to have lower levels of

interleukin 8 okay kind of a cascade

result of just lower gut inflammation

now I have two theories as to why this

could occur

c8 is so simple and gentle to absorb

that it doesn't trigger any gut

inflammation it gives your gut a break

but I think the stronger reasoning is

the fact that c8 drove ketones up so

high and ketones have a natural

anti-inflammatory mechanism that we were

able to reduce inflammation in the gut

quite significantly now I bet you if you

looked at other markers within the body

you'd see that c8 probably drove

inflammation down throughout the body

not just in the gut perhaps it was just

being measured there so c8 has really

powerful anti-inflammatory effects which

I personally find fascinating because

that's my personal journey and why I'm

literally here in front of you today

because I was chasing down controlling

inflammation in mine and my wife's body

look look at the other MCTS for just a

second so c10 is more known as like an

antifungal right so if you have Candida

or if you have a yeast infection things

like that

c10 is the one that you want to focus on

and a concentrated form of seaton which

quite frankly is not the easiest thing

to find but you're not gonna get a huge

ketogenic effect out of it's much more

of an anti microbial now in the same

vein as anti microbial let's talk about

lauric acid for a second okay lauric

acid or c12 is gonna be the one that

you're gonna get out of coconut oil and

yes the studies have shown that coconut

oil is going to drive up the conversion

of acetoacetate to beta hydroxy butyrate

the best but what's wild is that

although lauric acid is technically a

medium chain triglyceride it acts as a

long chain triglyceride or a long-chain

fatty acid in the body what do I mean by

that okay this is where it gets a little

complicated so if you're not super

scientific you don't want the science

it's all good you can tune out or you

can skip ahead or whatever or check out

some of the other videos that I've

linked down below in the description but

let's get a little bit scientific for a

second so lauric acid that form of MCT

is absorbed and utilized in a different


seventy-five percent of a lauric acid

that you consume when you consume

coconut oil gets absorbed via Clio

microns what that means is that it's

acted in the body just like a regular

fat is yet it still seems to have a

powerful benefit 25 percent or so of the

coconut oil that you consume is absorbed

as a standard MCT so what that means is

when you look at 100% of coconut oil 25

percent of it is getting absorbed just

like a normal MCT would where it's just

rapid absorption 71

five percent is getting absorbed via

these little transport molecules that

take fats from the intestine to the

liver okay that's all there is to it so

and then ultimately around the body - so

why is it that coconut oil still drives

ketones up so high

we don't really know okay it's like it's

able to get ketones out to other areas

of the body because they ride on the

Claddagh microns but at the same time

it's just as wild we honestly don't

really know why but it's pretty

interesting so Clio microns transport

triglycerides I have other videos that

break that down in a little bit more

detail the end all be all of what I'm

saying here is do not get cheap MCTS

okay cheap MCTS don't really do the

trick you want to focus on getting good

quality c8 in some cases CAC 10 depends

on what you're after and almost always

combined something with coconut oil

because you're not going to get that

same effect unless you have some coconut

oil in it unless your goal is just to

drive of your ketones as fast as you can

so for example like if you want to just

get brain power up really high you can

jam a bunch of c8 really quick and just

drive your brain up okay that's kind of

like some of these people out there that

really use keto for cognitive function

they'll just slam their CH because they

just get this big raise and like mental

awareness and ketone levels anyhow I

digress point is there's a lot of

information out there a lot of different

fats that we can look at I encourage you

to check out some of my other videos and

again if you want to try some good c8

check out HBM in down below in the

description so as always I appreciate

you being here and I'll see you in the

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