MCT Oil or Medium Chain Triglycerides Coconut Oil : Reviews
How does the mechanism so that coconut oil is so awesome?
DR. Ir. Winarno D., MSI, said that coconut oil contains short-chain fatty acids ( SCFA ) to the medium chain of about 57 percent of capric acid (C8) and 50 percent of lauric acid (C12). So, actually there are several groups of fatty acids in oils and fats. Fatty acids are generally classified into short chain fatty acids (short chain fatty acids, SCFA), medium-chain fatty acids (medium chain fatty acids MCFA) and long chain fatty acids (long chain fatty acid LCFA). Short and medium chain in that it has the same properties. The second type is contained in virgin coconut oil.
There’s more kinds of fatty acids formed from the combination of three fatty acids to form triglycerides. Therefore there are short chain triglycerides (SCT), medium chain triglycerides (MCT) or long chain triglycerides (LCT). In this case the organic extra virgin coconut oil is included in the MCT group.
What is MCT oil ( Medium Chain Triglycerides)?
MCT oil was first isolated by Dr.. Vigen K. Babayan at the beginning of 1950. He is director of the Research Laboratory of the Nutrition / Metabolism at Harvard Medical School. Since 1966, at least from the data recorded in the national library in the U.S., there have been 534 scientific review of MCT oil. In 1968 subjects with Medium Chain Triglycerides titles published by the University of Pennsylvania. This scientific report repeatedly suggests that the MCT oil group did not increase the body’s cholesterol. Several studies have shown that the levels of bad cholesterol “LDL” in the blood because it is derived MCT oil intake. Other studies have emphasized on the antibacterial properties of MCT oil and also its ability to reduce the incidence of breast tumors.
For comparison, ordinary virgin coconut oil contains only saturated fatty acids or MCFA was 64 percent, while the MCT oil is composed of 100 percent of the MCFA. When the organic oils containing MCT extra VCO has a ratio of the carbon chain of C8: C10: C12: C14 with C12 levels low, normal virgin coconut oil has a ratio of C8: C10: C12: C14 with high levels of C12. That is, VCO chain is still longer than the ordinary MCT oil. This is because MCT is the result of further processing of the VCO. MCT oil molecules are very small, so easily digested by the intestine, easily soluble in body fluids in the form of esters, even directly decompose quickly by saliva in the oral cavity, pancreatic lipase does not require to be broken down into smaller molecules, did not cause clumping direction, and can be directly transferred in the liver and converted into energy.
Because of these advantages, MCT oil is often used in hospitals to increase nutrient burn patients or patients with serious illness and premature babies.