MCT Oil Liquid - Medium Chain Triglycerides from coconut oil | Jarrow Formulas
Jarrow Formulas MCT Oil Liquid 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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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 prepare for a quarantine such as COVID-19
Like most of you, we have been following the news on the COVID-19 virus pandemic closely since early January.
With a rapid increase of both infections and people who have been in contact with infected persons, the amount of people who need to go into quarantine, rapidly increases too. Never mind how the entire population in Italy is forced to stay inside with more countries to follow soon.
With ever stricter rules in place, people suddenly realized they are not prepared for events like this, and started buying goods left and right without much of a plan.
Like most of you, I have also not given this much thought, so it stands to reason to go take a look in the USA where 'prepping' for disasters is popular, and rightly so because of the more dramatic weather conditions. Because people in North America generally live much further away from supermarkets and do not always have access to good tap water and electricity power may go off for longer periods of time,most advice given is superfluous for our society where power outages are rare and tap water reliable.
Hence that part of the advice was omitted in the article below.
What is quarantine?
The main rule of quarantine is: "nobody comes in and nobody goes out". If you are in quarantine, you are distancing yourself from people aside from the ones in quarantine with you, like your family or roommates. The reason for this is to stop the spread of an illness or possible illness.
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.
Which nutritional supplements can you give to your pet?
Just as many pet parents are paying more attention these days to the quality of food they feed their companion animals, they are also realizing the potential benefits of nutritional supplements.
Supplements are becoming more and more recognized as a valuable component of a comprehensive care program for pets.
The primary categories for supplements include joint support, skin and coat health, GI tract health, and liver and kidney support. A less well-known but equally important type of supplement supports healthy circulation, optimal immune function, the healthy presence of oxygen in tissues, and cardiovascular health.
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!
Why do elderly people suffer more easily from dehydration?
Normally, our summers tend to alternate between cooler and warmer days with plenty of rain, but at the moment we experience a prolonged period of unusually warm and dry weather. This is probably why it is not so common to warn against dehydration among elderly adults on hot summer days, which is a grave mistake.
While even healthy younger adults have a hard time staying properly hydrated in the heat, elderly citizens have an especially hard time because they don't even drink enough in cooler weather.
It’s important to prevent dehydration because it’s a common cause of hospitalization in people over 65 and can even cause death.
Dehydration can also cause other major health problems like kidney stones, blood clot complications, passing out, rapid but weak pulse, and lowered blood pressure. Being properly hydrated is also very important for certain medications to work.
Because water has numerous functions in the human body, it is one of the most important nutrients and is essential in every life stage. However, with aging, the body’s mechanisms of water balance are disturbed, increasing the risk of dehydration among the elderly.
There are high rates of dehydration in the elderly population and dehydration is one of the ten most frequent diagnoses reported for hospitalisations of persons over 65 in the United States.
What foods deserve the name 'superfoods' and why?Many different foods have been touted as superfoods over the past few decades and undoubtedly many more will come.
Why are we all so focussed on superfoods? Secretly, we all hope for the miracle natural 'drug' to cure or prevent heart diseases and other degenerative diseases, especially when it can compensate for other bad habits, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not sleeping enough and moving too little.
In order to do away with the hype of it all, we at Pasio decided to get rid of the category of 'superfoods' and merge all edible products (fats, proteins and superfoods) into one major category called 'nutrition'.
While there is no official legal definition of superfoods, this doesn't mean there isn't a scientific basis for calling a food “super.”
According to nutritionists, a superfood is the type of fruit and veggies that packs a lot of micronutrients into each calorie and is linked with a reduced risk of chronic disease. Studies also suggest that people who eat more of them tend to be thinner and live longer than those who rarely or never eat them.
However, what type of micronutrients these are , is up for debate.
A healthy gut, a healthy brain
Few people realize how the amount of microbes residing in our gut between the mouth and the end of the large intestine outnumber the amount of human eukaryotic cells by ten to one. This complex ecosystem is formed mainly by bacteria, but also viruses, archae, protozoa and fungi.
Even less known is how gut microbes lays a major role in host health by shaping the development of the immune system, metabolizing dietary nutrients (such as fatty acids, glucose and bile acids) and drugs, digesting complex indigestible polysaccharides and synthesizing vitamins and bioactive molecules.
Throughout different life stages, various changes occur in the microbial diversity of humans.
While babies are massively 'inoculated' with microbes from their mother during birth, smaller amounts enter the baby's gut via the bloodstream and placenta.
After birth, the composition of the gut microbes in the infant changes slowly with age, and stays mostly the same until old age.
While the composition of the gut microbes don't change much in a healthy adult, that is not to say that they aren't vulnerable to outside factors, such as lifestyle, use of antibiotics or even vaccinations, and overall health.
However, outside those factors, diet is one of the most important factors for gut health.
A change in a diet, especially by eating more or less fiber can change the composition of the gut microbitics within a few days. When this change is negative, a dysbiosis can result, characterized by an overgrowth of potentially pathogenic organisms.
This change in the delicate balance between 'good' and 'bad' organisms will result in a 'leaky' gut because of a more porous gut lining and cause chronic inflammation, which can even influence our brain because it also affects our central nervous system. So, as incredible as it sounds, an unhealthy diet can cause you to have an unhealthy brain as well.
This makes it easier to understand why an increasing amount of people try to improve gut health.
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.
Breast milk is bestIt is not even so long ago, when baby formulas were almost enforced upon new moms that gave birth to a baby in a hospital because the babies were withheld from the new mom, which makes it much harder to start breast feeding their newborn child.
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 tablespoon per day, on an empty stomach, or as directed by your qualified healthcare professional. Use in cooking, baking, on salads or in smoothies.
Not recommended for frying.
contains per daily serving (1 tablespoon, 15ml / 100ml)
calories 130 kcal / 867kcal
total fat 14g (22% RDI) / 93g (146% RDI)
- saturated fat 13g / 87g
- transfat 0g
coconut oil 14g / 93g
- medium chain triglycerides 14g/ 93g †
-- caprylic acid (C8) 8.4g / 56g †
-- capric acid (C10) 5.6g / 37g †
RDI = Recommended Daily Intake
† = Recommended Daily Intake not established
100% medium chain triglcyeride oil from coconut oil
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)
suitable for vegetarians and vegans