What You Need to Know About MCT Oil

by John Limansky, MD October 25, 2018 2 min read

What You Need to Know About MCT Oil

If you’ve been apart of the biohacking community for a while, you’re probably familiar with coconut oil and its benefits. You may have even heard of MCT Oil. What’s the difference?

Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Oil is essentially a more concentrated, powerful form of coconut oil. This powerful oil is shown to have dramatic effects on energy and cognitive function. It also takes minimal effort from the liver to convert MCT’s into ketones. Coconut oil contains a few different types of fats but only 4 types of MCT’s.

4 Types of Medium Chain Triglycerides in Coconut Oil

Caproic acid (C6) – This is the least abundant form of MCT’s found in coconut oil. C6 converts quickly to ketones but tastes bitter and can cause the stomach to become upset.

Caprylic Acid (C8) This MCT comprises about 6% of coconut oil. It has several benefits, including helping to maintain a healthy gut and metabolizing quickly in the brain.

Capric Acid (C10) Usually around 9% of coconut oil, C10 is the second-shortest MCT and also is quickly converted to caloric energy. It is a bit more readily available than C8, but possibly a little less efficient.

Lauric Acid (C12) Comprising over 50% of coconut oil, lauric acid is the MCT that takes the longest to convert to energy. It requires the liver to be converted to energy, unlike the other MCT’s. While it’s still beneficial, C12 is the least efficient of the MCT’s.

Sourcing MCT’s

While MCT’s are often sourced from coconut oil, they can also be made from less expensive Palm Oil. However, this can be detrimental to native palm forests which are one of the few remaining natural habitats for Orangutans. If you are looking for a more sustainable option, make sure your MCT Oil is made from coconut oil. The Orangutans will appreciate it!

Incorporating MCT’s into your diet

There are several different ways to incorporate MCT Oil into your diet. Throwing some in your morning coffee or post-workout smoothie is an easy way to get a regular dose. It can also be included in different recipes like guacamole. It’s not recommended that you cook with MCT Oil because of its low boiling point.

It you’re focused on biohacking and trying to keep your body in ketosis, MCT Oil is a powerful tool to help you do so. Be mindful of the fat content and where it is sourced from. Once you do this, MCT’s can become a regular part of your everyday routine.


John Limansky, MD
John Limansky, MD