Will MCT Oil REALLY Help You Lose Weight & Reach KETOSIS Faster? šŸ„„

Hello, Health Champions., You've, probably heard that ketones are great when you're on keto and how it's. The best thing since sliced bread for helping you boost ketones and burn fat. But how does it do that, When you understand completely what MCT oil is and what it does, then you will also know why and when to use it, then you can reach your goals, not waste money and get healthy all at the same time.

Coming right. Up., Hey, I'm Dr. Ekberg, I'm, a holistic doctor and a former Olympic decathlete, and if you want to truly master health by understanding how the body really works, make sure you subscribe hit that bell and turn on all the Notifications, so you never miss a life-saving video.

. Mct stands for medium chain triglycerides, and here's. What that is., The medium means it's, sort of average, not too long. Not too short. Chain refers to a chain of carbons in sequence and triglyceride just means that there's.

Three of these chains, three fatty acids linked up to a glycerol backbone., And this is how virtually all the fat in your body, as well as all the fat that you consume, that's, how it's, configured.! That's, just the way fat is packaged in nature and medium length usually refers to six to twelve carbons in length, so this would be six.

This would be eight. This would be ten, and if there's six of these, if there's, three of six carbon chains linked up, then they're called Caproic acid. Eight carbons is called Caprylic and ten is called Capric, and these are the main ones that we're concerned with in this talk.

. A lot of people also will include Lauric acid, which is when there's 12 carbons. But we're going to talk about, even though that's, often included in the definition from medium chain triglyceride. That is not what we're looking for, because that has some different properties that keeps it from giving us what we need when we're using MCT.

Also, we'll, come back to that in some detail.. Why are we talking about MCT oil at all? Well, let's back up just a little bit. Most people want to lose weight, they want to lose fat and they have too much fat because they have an imbalance between fat, storing and fat burning and the reason they have that is that they have too much.

Insulin. Insulin is a fat storing hormone and when we eat in such a way that we have high insulin levels, we cannot burn fat at the same time. And you probably know by now that carbohydrates is the thing that raises insulin the most, but they do one More thing.

, They create dependence, and a lot of people will say that carbs are the preferred fuel because they're burned first, and that's, not really how it works, because carbs raise blood sugar and blood sugar is dangerous.

The body has to deal with it first and when we burn through the carbs, but then we fill up more carbs. Before we're ever getting to the fat, then we just keep burning more and more carbs. We become carbohydrate dependent.

. We shape our metabolism, we up regulate all the pathways related to carbs and we down regulate all the pathways related to fat burning. So in a sense the body forgets about how to burn fat.. So now you hear about this great idea to become fat adapted to go keto and low carb.

So you cut out all the carbs and your body thinks it just got robbed of all the fuels.. So it only knew how to use carbohydrates for energy, and you just took them all away. So there is no fuel and you have no energy, you get fatigue, you get brain fog, you get nausea.

All of these things that collectively we call keto flu and your body is slowly adapting. It is looking for another fuel, but it takes time to develop ketones to get into fat burning and make ketones for your brain.

So in the meantime, you just feel terrible. Let's, talk about the different ways to get ketones into your system and the first one is to go low, carb, go keto and or to fast. So when you're fasting, you're, obviously very low carb, because you're, not eating anything at all.

The problem, like we said, is that it's slow. The second way is to buy exogenous ketones. You can buy these in powder form or in pill, and they work fantastically well. They're the fastest way, because, as soon as you eat them, your body absorbs them.

They're in your bloodstream and you have ketone. The problem, though, is that they're kind of expensive, and the next thing is that they don't teach your body to make ketones, because you're, just putting them in the way they are in their finished form.

So there is no incentive for your body to make its own, so you never really up regulate that function in your body. The third way is to take MCT oil medium chain triglycerides, and they are almost as fast as taking the exogenous ketones but better.

They are cheap and they still give your body an incentive, because your body still has to convert the MCT into ketones. So you will up regulate that function. You will assist your body in that function.

. What are the benefits of MCT? The first one is going to be improved brain function because your brain needs energy and if you & # 39, re insulin resistant or if your glucose drops now your brain is starving and ketone is a fantastic alternative.

Fuel so boost the ketones. And you boost your brain energy., You also boost the overall energy of the body and because you do this without adding any carbs or insulin, you also lower your blood sugar and you feel less hunger.

It also can help with replenishing energy, so you reduce lactic acid. After exercise, so you can recover faster, it improves cardiovascular function because the two organs that most readily use ketones for fuel are brain and heart.

. It also has some anti-microbial properties, anti-fungal properties, but this is primarily the Lauric acid and that doesn't convert to energy as well. But I just want to show you that there are different benefits to different components and most of all, what we're going to talk about is MCT makes an easier transition into a state of ketosis.

. There are three very interesting mechanisms that are unique to medium chain triglycerides.. So when you first eat something, it gets into your gut into your digestive tract, and if what you eat is a long chain triglyceride a regular fat, then it doesn't get into the bloodstream right away.

It gets into the lymph system first, and this is where a lot of your immune system lives. So the immune system gets to sample the food first to check that it's safe. You have these white blood cells that make sure everything's, okay, before it passes it into the blood, but MCT & # 39.

S are much much smaller, MCT's and glucose are very, very simple molecules and because of that, they're deemed safe by the body, and they're allowed to bypass the lymph system and they get absorbed directly into The bloodstream.

From there it goes via the blood into the liver, because the liver gets first crack at everything it gets repackaged sent out into circulation so that we can make energy from this. Now. What this means is that MCT & # 39.

S are about as fast as carbohydrates as glucose.. You can make energy within minutes, whereas the regular fat, the long chain triglycerides, are going to be delayed by several hours. Two to three to four hours.

Depending on what else you ate. And here's. A very critical distinction, even though MCT's, are sometimes including carbon chains. Up to 12, this bypass only works for chains. There are 10 carbons or less so the one that we mentioned before the Lauric acid, which has 12 carbons.

It's good for certain things, but it is too large to bypass the lymph and therefore the lauric acid is not good for making energy quickly and therefore we want products that don & # 39. T have lauric acid in it.

For that purpose.. The second mechanism is similar, but now we're talking on the cellular level. This is where we have mitochondria. They're inside the cells. They look sort of like this and they make almost all of your energy.

So it's, not that you eat food. That gives you energy it doesn't become energy until the glucose or the fat makes it into the mitochondria. If you eat a long chain triglyceride a regular dietary fat, then it can't get in to the mitochondria without jumping on a bus, and that bus is called the carnitine shuttle.

Carnitine is a substance that's necessary to guide the long chains into the mitochondria.. However, the medium chain, again, they're tiny. They're, smaller particles and they're allowed. They can pass straight past that mitochondrial membrane.

, Because there is no need for carnitine. Now we can produce energy even faster., But there is more to the story because the carnitine is made up from nutrients. You need protein, you need amino acids, you need certain other nutrients like vitamin c, and if these are in short supply, you may not be able to make enough of the carnitine.

So now that whole system becomes a bottleneck, so it's, not just about speed, but if you don't have enough, then you may not be able to get it in at all at that time.. The third mechanism has to do with how MCT & # 39.

S, on the one hand, looks like they're, both fat and a carb, and, on the other hand they're neither., So MCT & # 39. S are very quickly absorbed, they turn into energy in minutes just like a carbohydrate, but they have no impact on blood sugar, except maybe lower it a little bit and they require no insulin.

. On the other hand, triglycerides are certainly a fat, but while other fats will stimulate the gallbladder to release bile for emulsifying fats, the MCT & # 39. S are already so fluid that there is no need for bile, and the benefit of this, then, is that even if you don & # 39, t have a gallbladder, even if you have really poor digestion or in some cases where you have a full-blown malabsorption situation.

Where you can hardly absorb anything, MCT's are a way of getting energy into the person without having to just pump them full of sugar or carbs.. How do coconut oil and MCT compare then, because MCT & # 39? S are made from coconut oil, and very often we hear that coconut oil is mostly MCT's.

. Well, it's, yes, and no. What you're looking for is called Caprylic acid, with 8 carbons. Capric acid, with 10 carbons. These are the short ones that will bypass the digestive processes and become energy very quickly and coconut oil has about eight percent of one and about seven percent of the other.

So all in all there's about 15 percent of these good MCT's in there. These quick MCT's, but most of the fat in coconut oil is the lauric acid, which again it's. Not a bad food, but it doesn't serve the purposes of quick energy.

There's, a full 45 percent, and this is why you often hear that coconut oil has 60 % MCT's, but it depends on your definition. If you're, really looking for the quick stuff, then the lauric acid doesn't cut it and coconut oil only has 15 percent of the stuff.

We're, really looking for., Then there's. Some other fats which are either shorter or longer than 8 or 12 that make up the balance.. Now MCT oil is made from coconut oil, so the ratios between the proportions are going to stay about the same, but they extract only these two.

Basically, so a good quality MCT oil is typically going to have 55 % Caprylic and 44 % Capric. Sometimes they extract only one or the other so that they have a hundred percent of either, but there's really no point in doing that.

Just from an energy standpoint, and then because they can't clean out the Lauric entirely there's, usually going to be a few percent. A good quality will have less than one percent, but it's, not critical.

If it has one or two or three, it doesn't really matter., But you want to avoid poor quality oils when they don & # 39. T extract all that much so a lesser quality might have 43 % 27 %, but a full 30 % of the Lauric acid, so MCT & # 39.

S are cheap enough today that the one that I use I found at Costco, which is super super cheap. These days - and it had these ratios so there's, no reason really to buy anything that's of a lesser quality, so the one that I used gets 99 of these quick ones, whereas the lesser brand might get only 70.

. So again, just make sure you get in the high 90 % range, so you get value for your money. Now for the million dollar question.. Should you take it And you're wondering what am I talking about? You've mentioned all these benefits.

Well, on the one hand we just say go for it, but then on another side of this we might say: hey not so fast.. Do we really need this, So we want to think of this as a tool as a hack, not necessarily as food.

It will definitely allow for a smoother fat adaptation. So if you're just getting into keto, if you & # 39, ve been eating a bunch of carbs, and now you're. Trying this low carb lifestyle before you're adapted, it can be uncomfortable, and this can make it much much more comfortable and also if, during the holidays, you slipped up and you had more carbs than you thought you should.

Then you might be out of keto, and this is a great way to help you back into keto. For some people they might be in keto, but they never get any decent levels of ketosis. They might read 0.2 0.3 and they just want some better numbers and they notice that they do feel different.

They feel better. When they have some higher numbers, then you can use a little bit just to boost the levels because they & # 39. Ll. Definitely do that. Another way to use. It is to prolong fasting that if you want to do one meal a day, you want to do intermittent fasting, something like that.

Then it will give you that extra energy and allow you to go a few more hours.. Now, if you're fat adapted, then the MCT's. Really don't have an advantage over a normal fat like butter or coconut oil, because it's.

Not the speed of the energy that you're, looking for. And like we mentioned the people with malabsorption. If they have trouble absorbing anything quickly except sugar, then this is a way for them to get more energy.

. What about the not so fast portion? Well, here's. What I really want to help us understand that this is not food. Your primary purpose, with staying healthy with developing a diet should be to feed the body.

Things that you eat should have minerals and vitamins and essential fatty acids and essential amino acids. They should feed your body. They should provide building blocks things that you can use for energy and rebuilding and metabolic processes all right.

, The MCT's. Don't have any of that except fuel. So, in that sense it's like a sugar that it's, empty calories. Of course, it doesn't trigger insulin, so it's, not nearly as bad as sugar, but we don't want to think of it as a food.

. Also there's, not really a need to take MCT oils. If you're already fat adapted. If your body knows how to burn fat, if it knows how to make ketones, then you don't need a tool or a hack, because your body is already doing it.

. We want to understand. The purpose of keto is to lower the carbs until your body learns to burn fat and then the fat you want to burn is off the body. You're, not burning more fat, because you're, adding fat in the diet.

You want to keep the fat moderate right, so in keto we go low, carb, moderate protein and enough fat to fill you up it's, not that more fat burns more fat. Okay, you want to burn the fat off the body.

So if you take too much MCT's, then you're, just going to burn that instead of the fat of the body. And also even though the MCT's bypass all these digestive mechanisms, it still has a tendency To cause some stomach upset, or maybe even diarrhea in people when you're not used to it.

So what you want to do is you start very low. You start with a half a teaspoon or one teaspoon and make sure your body gets used to it, and then you can work your way up, but unless you have a malabsorption situation, I don & # 39.

T see a reason to use a whole lot. Okay, it's, just a little bit to push you over the edge to act, sort of like a catalyst to get some ketones going.. If you enjoy this video that one right there will give you a lot of good information.

Thank you. So much for watching. I'll, see you next time. hello, health champions. You've, probably heard that ketones are great when you're on keto and how it's. The best thing since sliced bread for helping you boost ketones and burn fat, but how does it do that when you understand completely what mct oil is and what it does, then you will also know why and when to use it, then you can reach your goals, Not waste money and get healthy all at the same time, coming right up, hey, i'm, dr ekberg, i'm, a holistic doctor and a former olympic decathlete, and if you want to truly master health by understanding how the body really Works make sure you subscribe hit that bell and turn on all the notifications.

So you never miss a life-saving video. Mct stands for medium chain triglycerides and here's. What that is the medium means it's, sort of average, not too long. Not too short chain refers to a chain of carbons in sequence and triglyceride just means that there's.

Three of these chains, three fatty acids linked up to a glycerol backbone, and this is how virtually all the fat in your body, as well as all the fat that you consume, that's, how it's, configured that'S just the way fat is packaged in nature, and medium length usually refers to six to twelve carbons in length, so this would be six.

This would be eight. This would be ten, and if there's six of these, if there's, three of six carbon chains linked up, then they're called caproic acid. Eight carbons is called caprylic and ten is called capric, and these are the main ones that we're concerned with.

In this talk, a lot of people also will include lauric acid, which is when there's 12 carbons. But we're going to talk about, even though that's, often included in the definition from medium chain triglyceride.

That is not what we're looking for, because that has some different properties that keeps it from giving us what we need when we're using mct. Also, we'll. Come back to that in some detail. Why are we talking about mct oil at all? Well, let's back up just a little bit.

Most people want to lose weight, they want to lose fat and they have too much fat because they have an imbalance between fat, storing and fat burning and the reason they have that is that they have too much insulin.

Insulin is a fat storing hormone and when we eat in such a way that we have high insulin levels, we cannot burn fat at the same time, and you probably know by now that carbohydrates is the thing that raises insulin the most, but they do one more Thing they create dependence, and a lot of people will say that carbs are the preferred fuel because they're burned first, and that's, not really how it works, because carbs raise blood sugar and blood sugar is dangerous.

The body has to deal with it first and when we burn through the carbs, but then we fill up more carbs before we're ever getting to the fat, then we're. Just keep burning more and more carbs. We become carbohydrate dependent, we shape our metabolism, we up regulate all the pathways related to carbs and we down regulate all the pathways related to fat burning.

So in a sense the body forgets about how to burn fat. So now you hear about this great idea to become fat adapted to go keto and low carb. So you cut out all the carbs and your body thinks it just got robbed of all the fuels, so it only knew how to use carbohydrates for energy, and you just took them all away.

So there is no fuel and you have no energy. You get fatigue. You get brain fog, you get nausea all of these things that collectively we call keto flu and your body is slowly adapting. It is looking for another fuel, but it takes time to develop ketones to get into fat burning and make ketones for your brain.

So in the meantime, you just feel terrible. Let's. Talk about the different ways to get ketones into your system and the first one is to go low, carb, go keto and or to fast. So when you're fasting, you're, obviously very low carb, because you're, not eating anything at all.

The problem, like we said, is that it's slow. The second way is to buy exogenous ketones. You can buy these in powder form or in pill, and they work fantastically well. They're the fastest way, because, as soon as you eat them, your body absorbs them.

They're in your bloodstream and you have ketone. The problem, though, is that they're kind of expensive, and the next thing is that they don't teach your body to make ketones, because you're, just putting them in the way they are in their finished form.

So there is no incentive for your body to make its own, so you never really up regulate that function in your body. The third way is to take mct oil medium chain triglycerides, and they are almost as fast as taking the exogenous ketones but better.

They are cheap and they still give your body an incentive, because your body still has to convert the mct into ketones. So you will up regulate that function. You will assist your body in that function.

What are the benefits of mct? The first one is going to be improved brain function because your brain needs energy and if you & # 39, re insulin resistant or if your glucose drops now your brain is starving and ketone is a fantastic alternative.

Fuel so boost the ketones. And you boost your brain energy, you also boost the overall energy of the body and because you do this without adding any carbs or insulin, you also lower your blood sugar and you feel less hunger.

It also can help with replenishing energy, so you reduce lactic acid. After exercise, so you can recover faster, it improves cardiovascular function because the two organs that most readily use ketones for fuel are brain and heart.

It also has some anti-microbial properties, anti-fungal properties, but this is primarily the lauric acid and that doesn't convert to energy as well. But i just want to show you that there are different benefits to different components and most of all, what we're going to talk about is mct makes an easier transition into a state of ketosis.

There are three very interesting mechanisms that are unique to medium chain triglycerides. So when you first eat something, it gets into your gut into your digestive tract, and if what you eat is a long chain triglyceride a regular fat, then it doesn't get into the bloodstream right away.

It gets into the lymph system first, and this is where a lot of your immune system lives. So the immune system gets to sample the food first to check that it's safe. You have these white blood cells that make sure everything's, okay, before it passes it into the blood, but mcts are much much smaller.

Mcts and glucose are very, very simple molecules and because of that, they're deemed safe by the body, and they're allowed to bypass the lymph system and they get absorbed directly into the bloodstream from there.

It goes via the blood into the liver, because the liver gets first crack at everything. It gets repackaged sent out into circulation so that we can make energy from this. Now. What this means is that mcts are about as fast as carbohydrates as glucose.

You can make energy within minutes, whereas the regular fat, the long chain triglycerides, are going to be delayed by several hours, two to three to four hours, depending on what else you ate and here's, a very critical distinction, even though mcts are sometimes Including carbon chains up to 12, this bypass only works for chains.

There are 10 carbons or less so the one that we mentioned before the lauric acid, which has 12 carbons. It's good for certain things, but it is too large to bypass the lymph and therefore the lauric acid is not good for making energy quickly and therefore we want products that don & # 39.

T have lauric acid in it. For that purpose, the second mechanism is similar, but now we're talking on the cellular level. This is where we have mitochondria. They're inside the cells. They look sort of like this and they make almost all of your energy.

So it's, not that you eat food. That gives you energy it doesn't become energy until the glucose or the fat makes it into the mitochondria. If you eat a long chain triglyceride a regular dietary fat, then it can't get in to the mitochondria without jumping on a bus, and that bus is called the carnitine shuttle.

Carnitine is a substance that's necessary to guide the long chains into the mitochondria. However, the medium chain, again, they're tiny. They're, smaller particles and they're allowed. They can pass straight past that mitochondrial membrane, because there is no need for carnitine.

Now we can produce energy even faster, but there is more to the story, because the carnitine is made up from nutrients. You need protein, you need amino acids, you need certain other nutrients like vitamin c, and if these are in short supply, you may not be able to make enough of the carnitine.

So now that whole system becomes a bottleneck, so it's, not just about speed, but if you don't have enough, then you may not be able to get it in at all at that time. The third mechanism has to do with how mcts, on the one hand, looks like they're, both fat and a carb, and, on the other hand they're.

Neither so mcts are very quickly absorbed. They turn into energy in minutes. Just like a carbohydrate, but they have no impact on blood sugar, except maybe lower it a little bit and they require no insulin.

On the other hand, triglycerides are certainly a fat, but while other fats will stimulate the gallbladder to release bile for emulsifying fats, the mcts are already so fluid that there is no need for bile, and the benefit of this, then, is that even if you don't have a gallbladder, even if you have really poor digestion or in some cases where you have a full-blown malabsorption situation, where you can hardly absorb anything.

Mcts are a way of getting energy into the person without having to just pump them full of sugar or carbs. How do coconut oil and mct compare them because mcts are made from coconut oil, and very often we hear that coconut oil is mostly mcts.

Well, it's, yes, and no. What you're looking for is called caprylic acid, with eight carbons, capric acid, with 10 carbons. These are the short ones that will bypass the digestive processes and become energy very quickly and coconut oil has about eight percent of one and about seven percent of the other.

So all in all there's about 15 percent of these good mcts. In there, these quick mct's, but most of the fat in coconut oil is the lauric acid, which again it's, not a bad food, but it doesn't serve the purposes of quick energy.

There's, a full 45 percent, and this is why you often hear that coconut oil has 60 mcts, but it depends on your definition. If you're, really looking for the quick stuff, then the lauric acid doesn't cut it and coconut oil only has 15 percent of the stuff.

We're, really looking for. Then there's. Some other fats, which are either shorter or longer than 8 or 12 that make up the balance. Now mct oil is made from coconut oil, so the ratios between the proportions are going to stay about the same, but they extract only these two.

Basically so a good quality mct oil is typically going to have 55 caprylic and 44 capric. Sometimes they extract only one or the other so that they have a hundred percent of either, but there's really no point in doing that, just from an energy standpoint and then because they can't clean out the loric entirely.

There's, usually going to be a few percent. A good quality will have less than one percent, but it's, not critical. If it has one or two or three, it doesn't really matter, but you want to avoid poor quality oils when they don & # 39.

T extract all that much so a lesser quality might have 43 27, but a full 30 percent of the lauric acid, so mcts are cheap enough today that the one that i use i found at costco, which is super super cheap these days, and it had these Ratios so there's, no reason really to buy anything that's of a lesser quality, so the one that i used gets 99 of these quick ones, whereas the lesser brand might get only 70.

. So again, just make sure you get in the high 90 range, so you get value for your money now for the million dollar question. Should you take it and you're wondering what am i talking about? You've mentioned all these benefits.

Well, on the one hand we just say go for it, but then on another side of this we might say hey not so fast. Do we really need this, so we want to think of this as a tool as a hack, not necessarily as food.

It will definitely allow for a smoother fat adaptation. So if you're just getting into keto, if you & # 39, ve been eating a bunch of carbs, and now you're. Trying this low carb lifestyle before you're adapted, it can be uncomfortable, and this can make it much much more comfortable and also if, during the holidays, you slipped up and you had more carbs than you thought you should.

Then you might be out of keto, and this is a great way to help you back into keto for some people they might be in keto, but they never get any decent levels of ketosis. They might read 0.2 0.3 and they just want some better numbers and they notice that they do feel different.

They feel better. When they have some higher numbers, then you can use a little bit just to boost the levels because they & # 39. Ll. Definitely do that another way to use it is to prolong fasting that if you want to do one meal a day, you want to do intermittent fasting, something like that.

Then it will give you that extra energy and allow you to go a few more hours now, if you're fat adapted, then the mcts really don't, have an advantage over a normal fat like butter or coconut oil, because it's, not the speed of the energy that you're.

Looking for and like we mentioned the people with malabsorption. If they have trouble absorbing anything quickly except sugar, then this is a way for them to get more energy. What about the? Not so fast portion well, here's.

What i really want to help us understand that this is not food. Your primary purpose, with staying healthy with developing a diet should be to feed the body. Things that you eat should have minerals and vitamins and essential fatty acids and essential amino acids.

They should feed your body. They should provide building blocks things that you can use for energy and rebuilding and metabolic processes. All right. The mcts don't have any of that except fuel, so in that sense it's like a sugar that it's, empty calories.

Of course, it doesn't trigger insulin, so it's. Not nearly as bad as sugar, but we don't want to think of it as a food. Also, there's, not really a need to take mct oils. If you're already fat adapted.

If your body knows how to burn fat, if it knows how to make ketones, then you don't need a tool or a hack, because your body is already doing it. We want to understand the purpose of keto is to lower the carbs until your body learns to burn fat and then the fat you want to burn is off the body.

You're, not burning more fat because you're, adding fat in the diet. You want to keep the fat moderate right. So in keto we go low, carb, moderate protein and enough fat to fill you up it's, not that more fat burns more fat.

Okay, you want to burn the fat off the body. So if you take too much mcts, then you're, just going to burn that instead of the fat of the body and also even though the mcts bypass all these digestive mechanisms, it still has a tendency to cause some stomach upset, or maybe even Diarrhea in people when you're not used to it.

So what you want to do is you start very low. You start with a half a teaspoon or one teaspoon and make sure your body gets used to it, and then you can work your way up, but unless you have a malabsorption situation, i don & # 39.

T see a reason to use a whole lot. Okay, it's, just a little bit to push you over the edge to act, sort of like a catalyst to get some ketones going. If you enjoy this video that one right there will give you a lot of good information.

Thank you. So much for watching i'll, see you next time.


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