MCT Oil is a supplement often added to smoothies, bulletproof coffee and salad dressings.
As the name suggests, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) Oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and many health are benefits are linked to the way your body processes these fats.
MCT Oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. These fats are also found in many other foods, such as palm oil and dairy products.
Four different types of MCTs exist, of which caprylic and capric acid are most commonly used for MCT oil. In some cases, these specific types have unique benefits.
Tocotrienols are chemicals in the vitamin E family. Vitamin E is a substance necessary for proper body and brain function.
As with the other vitamin E chemicals, tocopherols, there are four types of tocotriends found in nature: alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Tocotrienols occur in the oils of rice bran, palm fruit, barley, and wheat germ. Tocopherols, on the other hand, are found mostly in vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower and safflower oils, whole grains, and green leafy vegetables.
These substances are also available in supplement from as capsules or pills. Although tocotrienols are structurally similar to tocopherols, each has slightly different health Properties. Tocotrienols benefits include increased brain health and functionality, anticancer activity, and cholesterol-lowering Properties.
Tocotrienols aren’t commonly found in nature when they are, they tend to occur at very low levels. However, palm, rice bran, and barley oils contain tocotrienols, as well as wheat germ and oats.
Palm oil is the most concentrated natural source of tocotrienols, but even so, you would have to consume an entire cup of palm oil each day to ingest the amount of tocotrienols that experts suggest may have beneficial effects on health. For more higher levels of the substance, talk to your doctor about supplements.
Tocotrienols can also be found in synthetic supplements commonly sold in health food stores and pharmacies. While many people take vitamin E supplements, most only contain alpha-tocopherol.