MCT Oil 180 softgels - Medium Chain Triglycerides from coconut oil | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas MCT Oil 180 softgels is a natural source of caprylic (C8) and capric (C10) fatty acids with a minimal amount of lauric acid compared to other conventional MCT oil products and standard coconut oil. Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is rapidly absorbed, which provides fast fuel to the body.
Jarrow Formulas MCT Oil provides:
• quick energy for the brain
• fast metabolic fuel for muscles
• support for a low-carb, ketogenic diet
Important Features of Jarrow Formulas MCT Oil:
• 100% pure
who can benefit from MCT Oil?
Men and women seeking a clean and efficient energy source to support active lifestyles, cognitive function, and healthy body composition. MCT oil ingestion promotes the generation of ketones, thus supports a lowcarbohydrate, ketogenic diet.
Fatty acids are characterized as short-, medium-, long- and very long-chain based on their number of carbon atoms. Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) are 6 - 10 carbons long, whereas longer-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) have more than 12 carbons. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) refers to mixed triglycerides of saturated fatty acids with chain lengths of 6 - 10 carbons.
Jarrow Formulas’ MCT Oil is an odorless, neutral tasting, all-natural source of caprylic (C8:0) and capric (C10:0) MCFAs as triglycerides derived from coconut oil. Triglycerides comprised of caprylic and capric MCFAs are easily digested and absorbed, and primarily transported directly to the liver where they are extensively oxidized within the mitochondria of liver cells for energy and promote the generation of ketones (i.e., ketogenic). Ketones readily cross the blood brain barrier to serve as the only alternative fuel source to glucose for the brain as well as serve as a fuel source to other tissues including heart and skeletal muscle. Substitution of longchain triglycerides (LCTs) with MCTs may support body weight and composition management due to modest enhancement of energy expenditure and reductions in food intake.
MCT Oil ≠ Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is the richest natural source of MCTs, but only provides ~8 - 15% caprylic and capric MCFAs. The predominant fatty acid in coconut oil is 12 carbon long lauric acid (~45 - 78%). Although sometimes referred to as a MCFA, lauric acid behaves more like LCFAs in the body. These distinct chemical and physical properties impact the way MCFAs are absorbed and metabolized, thus accounting for their unique metabolic effects compared to LCFAs.
“Fast” Energy & Ketogenesis
MCTs are very easy for the body to digest and unlike LCFAs, do not require bile acids to facilitate digestion and absorption. MCFAs are more soluble in aqueous solutions (e.g., biological fluids) than LCFAs and are primarily absorbed along with other water-soluble nutrients into portal circulation for direct transport to the liver, where they are extensively oxidized as a source of energy and support ketone formation. Thus, there is greatly reduced deposition of MCFAs into fat tissue for energy storage. In contrast, once absorbed, poorly watersoluble LCFAs are re-esterified into triglycerides for incorporation into chylomicrons, a type of lipoprotein that transports ingested fatsoluble nutrients, and transported via the lymphatic system to the general circulation, allowing for extensive uptake into fat tissue. Due to energy lost during the utilization of MCFAs in the body, MCTs actually have a lower usable energy content at less than 7 calories per gram vs. conventional fats comprised of LCFAs at approximately 9 calories per gram (~25% fewer net calories).
MCFAs readily cross cell and mitochondrial membranes, whereas LCFAs are shuttled via binding and transport proteins including the carnitine shuttle required for transport into the mitochondrial matrix for oxidation to generate energy. This high propensity for oxidation within mitochondria of liver cells promotes the production of ketones, which can be readily utilized for energy by other tissues such as the brain, skeletal muscle and heart. Consumption of MCT oil supports nutritional ketosis (increased levels of ketones in the body) independent of carbohydrate intake as typical ketogenic diets are very low in carbohydrate content. Nutritional ketosis should not be confused with ketoacidosis, unrestrained and abnormally excessive ketosis, which can occur in uncontrolled diabetes and not as a result of ketogenic diets or prolonged fasting.
Ketones = Brain Fuel: improved cognitive performance
The brain relies almost exclusively on the simple sugar glucose for energy at ~97% in a freely fed, healthy adult, with the remaining 3% coming primarily from ketones as the only effective alternative fuel source for the brain. Brain glucose uptake is often diminished (~10- 15%) with advancing age and several studies have suggested uptake and utilization of glucose by the brain can deteriorate long before clinical symptoms of cognitive decline.
Mildly stimulating ketone production may be a way to bypass the deficit in brain glucose uptake and repeated dosing for 4 weeks with 5 - 7.5 g of MCT oil 4 times daily in healthy adults consuming their normal diet was shown to sustain mildly elevated levels of ketones in the blood, which was estimated to contribute up to 8 - 9% of brain energy metabolism. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, elevation of blood ketones via dietary supplementation with MCTs in older adults with mild to moderate cognitive impairment improved cognitive performance/memory.
Body Weight & Composition Management
Substitution of LCTs with MCTs has been shown to positively influence body weight and composition management via modestly increasing energy expenditure and satiety to reduce food intake. Daily consumption of 1.7 g of MCTs in place of LCTs as part of a controlled diet for 12 weeks resulted in significantly enhanced body weight and fat reductions, particularly intra-abdominal fat in Japanese adults. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, consuming 5 - 10 g of MCT resulted in larger increases in diet-induced energy expenditure compared to LCTs in healthy men and women. Another study showed women consuming an MCT vs. LCT containing preload formula matched for energy 30 minutes prior to a meal, resulted in 14 - 15% fewer calories consumed.
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Forget about exercising to lose weight: you can't outrun a bad diet!
Why can resistant starch improve your blood sugar balance?
Among the most popular good intentions we have before the new year starts is to improve health and lose weight.
Sadly, for many of us, those good intentions fall by the wayside within as little as 1 or 2 weeks. The main reason for failing on any given diet is that it tends to be a too drastic change in how we tend to eat.
Which for most of us, tends to be a moderate to high-carb diet, which for most Dutch people tends to revolve around bread and potatoes. That will make it very hard if you want to make a switch to a low-carb diet as is the norm these days.
However, I've got good news for you! You may not need to give up on all of your carbs. Instead, you can try to switch from carbs that have a negative impact on your blood sugar balance, towards slow-acting carbs also known as ... resistant starch.
Even when you are quite happy about eating a (very) low-carb diet, there are still ways to increase the amount of resistant starch in your diet, without drastically increasing the amount of calories and 'net carbs'.
Therefore the article below will tell you everything about resistant starch you need to know.
Feeling sad and stressed due to COVID-lockdown?
Depression in winter time is quite normal, because we aren't exposed to the vitamin D-generating sunrays, which also enhances immunity levels. Fortunately, we can take vitamin D supplements to combat seasonal depression as well as enhance immunity levels.
Another way to chase sadness away is by celebrating, no matter whether that's Sinterklaas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year. We will decorate our houses, exchange gifts and overeat , get a bit tipsy and enjoy ourselves.
This year is different: restaurants, shops and even gyms need to close down and we are not allowed to gather together in groups. Lack of entertainment, retail therapy and exercise will make it much more difficult to overcome feelings of depression.
It gets worse when you are among those who work in the tourism or entertainment industry and have lost your job as well as most of your income.
For now it is probably best to just accept the current state of affairs and try to console yourself with non-edible goods, such as nice music with a good book, entertaining movie, and aromatherapy (perfume/room fragrances).
And, weather permitting, put on your walking shoes and go for a long walk in the forests or local park.
But perhaps you have been feeling too stressed to enjoy whatever you still can do to relax? Or you were already feeling sad before COVID-19 came along? In that case, DHEA might help.
Set point and holiday weight gain
Leptin, leptin resistance and SIRT1
After demand for resveratrol and pterostilbene went up considerably, due to a remark on tv by a doctor about its' effect on leptin and cardiovascular function, we got a lot of requests to explain how leptin works.
Currently, a major topic in the field of obesity research is the link between obesity and the hormone leptin. Some evidence suggests that obese-prone individuals don’t respond to increasing leptin levels in the same way that non-obese-prone individuals do, which is the reason obesity is now being associated with possible “leptin resistance.” Scientists first discovered leptin in 1994, after years of research focused on hormones that affect body weight and calorie intake. While initially researchers believed the discovery could be used to create powerful weight loss supplements, this has never happened.
How does leptin function in the body and where does the hormone come from? Leptin interacts with areas of the brain that control hunger and eating behavior. The nickname “the starvation hormone” has been given to leptin because levels tend to plummet when someone restricts their calorie intake too much, exercises more and loses body fat. These are all factors involved in what’s called “starvation mode.”
Meanwhile, ghrelin is called a “hunger hormone” that increases your desire to eat.
At your ideal “set point weight,” fat cells produce a given amount of leptin, which maintains the internal energy balance needed for necessary cellular function and proper weight management. In most healthy adults, changes in body weight will trigger changes in leptin, causing appetite to either increase when body fat falls or decrease when body fat rises — although in some susceptible individuals this energy-balance system seems to malfunction.
There’s still a lot to learn about how leptin resistance or decreased sensitivity to leptin’s signals develops, and what can be done to prevent or reverse it. Many experts believe that eating a highly processed diet — especially while also leading a stressful and mostly sedentary lifestyle — is the perfect storm for developing leptin resistance.
Even if someone is genetically susceptible to weight gain or obesity, there’s still a lot they can do to help prevent this from happening, especially eating a nutrient-dense diet, getting enough exercise and taking steps to manage stress.
Exercise and immunity: staying fit at home
When you are used to go to a gym to exercise and are forced to stay at home, it is good to know there are alternatives to gym workouts. Since most of those exercises are shown on short videos with an explanation we will not present much text this time , apart from explaining why exercise is so important for immune system.
How to love your body?
With all these standards for beauty, it’s easy to plummet into a spiral of body-hating. Don’t succumb to the pressure! Love your body, no matter what!
Body shaming is, sadly, a trend these days. You have songs that hate on the skinny girls because “real women have curves.” Then you have songs about shaming people who don’t happen to have the body type of a Victoria’s Secret model. We all know that no one is perfect, but there are still some people who insist on telling people how they should look, how they should act, what size they should be, what their hair color should look like.
Everyone has the right to love their own body. Whether you’re skinny, fat, tall, short, missing a limb, dark-skinned, pale-skinned, what have you, every single body in the world deserves to be loved. It’s just a shame that so many people insist on hating on their bodies, simply because they don’t conform to the unrealistic standards set by society.
Exercise or diet, what's better for weight loss?Especially in January, we are asked whether it is better to lose weight by exercise or by diet.
The response I mostly give is that diet is the more efficient method but makes you grumpy and if you overdo it, will lose muscle, while exercise can make you happy, fit and strong.
A few years ago the discovery how in general, exercise doesn't make you lose weight made headlines.
In my former life as a long-distance cyclist I'd have shaken my head in disbelief.. after all, every single spring, fat would almost literally melt away once the cycling season started.
Anyhow, as counterintuitive as it seems to mile-eating cardio-junkies, exercising more is not the best solution to weight loss mostly because the weight piles on off-season.
True enough , once the season was over, the fat would pile on equally fast. Why?
Quite simply, unlike many of my cycling buddies who were also passionate about (marathon) skating, I didn't practice any other sport. Some others refused to skate indoor and only wanted to skate on natural ice, which has become a rarity in the the past 30 years!
Of course I knew exercise burns calories, but somehow it is very difficult to adjust to diet upwards or downwards as appetite lags behind so much!
Is Alzheimer’s Disease the same as type 3 diabetes?Alzheimer starves your brain, tangles and twists vital cells, and for decades it has been misrepresented as an untreatable, genetically determined disease. Alzheimer's disease is already an important cause of death in Western Europe and is expected to rise to the top. This devastating illness shares a strong link with another sickness that wreaks havoc on millions of people too: diabetes.
Why coconut oil is being demonized by the American Heart AssociationYou may have heard the news last week about new guidelines from on dietary fats from the American Heart Association (AHA). The part that made the most news around the globe is that coconut oil is unhealthy. It led to flashy newspaper articles as “Coconut Oil is as Bad as Butter”, “Coconut Oil is Unhealthy and Has Never Been Healthy”. Not only do these types of headlines cause increased confusion for the general population, for those of us who understand the nuances and politics behind the AHA’s statement it’s absolutely infuriating.
Keto diets for endurance athletesMany of us will have heard of the advantages of very low carb diets for obese patients and more specifically for diabetics. Going very low carb results in not having as much hunger and much healthier blood glucose levels. Another group that often goes on a keto diet are those who want to prevent tumour growth.
Indigestion and fatsAfter having been vilified for years as useful but tasty nutrient, fats have been embraced again. Contrary to carbohydrates, fats are not just an energy source, but building blocks for the entire body and of utmost importance for immunity and a proper working brains.
Take 1 softgel 3 times per day on an empty stomach, or as directed by your qualified healthcare professional.
contains per daily serving (1 softgel)
calories 10 kcal
total fat 1g (1% RDI)
- saturated fat 1g
- transfat 0g
coconut oil 1000mg
- medium chain triglycerides 1000mg†
-- caprylic acid (C8) 500mg †
-- capric acid (C10) 340mg †
RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
active ingredients (medium chain triglcyeride oil from coconut oil), softgel capsule (gelatin, glycerin, purified water)
after opening, product may be refrigerated or stored at cool room temperature
keep out of reach of young children
contains tree nuts (coconut)
contains no other familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks)