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Medium Chain Fatty Acids ???

Sunday, October 06, 2013

I started taking Medium Chain Fatty Acids.



The other day I talked with my MOM. She started my Dad on MCT oil from Now. She said his thoughts seem to be clearer, more focused. He has been experiencing memory issues, undiagnosed. At times she said he just couldn't understand her sitting like an empty shell. There is a Dr. in Florida who put her husband on it and had remarkable improvements in his cognitive functioning. While I have been aware of the story and read it, I never tried taking it. I have eaten coconut oil off and on over the years without any noticeable changes. Coconut oil has MCT in it, but MCT from what I understand is a more concentrated form of the nutrient.


I started taking it a few days ago. Since I have started about 3 days ago I am noticing changes in my body. While I have yet to explore the relationship between medium chain fatty acids and multiple sclerosis I plan on doing so reading research articles about it.

I feel different on it. The first day I had GI upset. I think it was more due to pain issues that were going on due to the barometer, but I am not sure. My sleeping has improved, its more restful, deeper. I am waking up with more energy and alertness. My muscle strength is improved for periods of time closely related to the dosing of the medium chain fatty acids. I feel more alert, less cognitive fog.

Yesterday no GI issues taking it. I added a cup to my CHOCOLATE GANACHE recipie altering the recipe somewhat. I slightly increased the coconut oil to maintain a chocolate bar consistency that I love the ganache for. I also added some cacao paste for the added antioxidants and high ORAC value in addition to the cacao powder. The results are incredible. It has the consistency of a ultra expensive chocolate. Honestly I haven't ever found any chocolate that can match that of the ganache. Adding the ingredients to it, made it an even more powerful BRAIN FOOD. I am thrilled with the results, the taste, and how it makes me feel after eating it. I feel more alert, awake, perkier, better. I only eat a small piece maybe a tablespoon or less in a serving as it is very rich and satisfying.

Today no GI issues with taking the MCT OIL. I have upped the dose to one tablespoon mid-day and evening. I am also eating my chocolate ganache. YUM. Yes, it is a fat, a healthy fat. I also rub it on my dry skin. It seems to absorb really well. My extra dry, sun-damaged skin from my younger years is looking better.

Swansonvitamins.com says, "Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT's) are fats that are naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil. MCT's are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal absorption. MCT's are metabolized very quickly in the liver and are reported to encourage an increase in energy expenditure, while decreasing fat storage. Numerous studies suggest that substituting MCT oil for other fats in a healthy diet may therefore help to support healthy weight and body composition. Contains no sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives."

I have read on other sites improvements in brain functioning, muscle strength, energy, alertness, weight loss, etc.

Normally I don't talk about specific supplements, but I think this might have the potential to improve my health. There is just something about it that seems to be helping me to feel better. I plan on continuing to take it as it's rather inexpensive.

My walking continues to improve. Today my walk was 1.5 miles long.


Here is a link to an article about Medium chain fatty acids. http://www.thewayup.com/newsle
tters/111511.htm



I would be curious does anyone have experience taking this and what has it done for you?



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GOLDENANGELFISH 10/12/2013 12:32PM

    Thanks for posting this. I also use coconut oil - but I didn't know there was an affordable way to buy the MCT oil. I think I will get some and tell my friends.

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SANDYL54 10/10/2013 11:22AM

  Hello and thanks for the info. I admire your ability to manage your health issues with such awareness and really appreciate your sharing. I will also look into MCTs to see if they would assist with my health issues. I found that adding ground flax to my daily breakfast smoothie made a huge differnece with my digestive issues. And since I continue to struggle with hypertension (in spite of medication and weight loss) I am always interested in new ideas.

I am another person whose brain stopped at 'chocolate ganache'. Would you consider posting your recipe? My biggest weakness is ice cream and I am trying to find a healthier alternative treat to compensate for it.



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NASFKAB 10/10/2013 5:00AM

  never heard of this does it really help?

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CLPURNELL 10/8/2013 6:32PM

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NATNOEL 10/7/2013 4:08PM

    This is great to know. I cant wait to try some, my healthfood store should have it I am guessing. I use a lot of organic coconut oil even use it as a make-up remover and moisturizer :)
Thanks so much for the info.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 10/7/2013 2:31PM

    Thank you so much for your great comments. It sounds like a great product.

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2BFREE2LIVE 10/7/2013 11:48AM

    Benefits of MCT Oil

Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCT) oils are a special class of fats that are digested and handled by the body in a different way than most fats. Most fats are long-chain triglycerides which are difficult to process, so the body prefers to store them in fat cells.

MCT oils are absorbed in the bloodstream, passing the digestion process that longer chain fats go through. MCT oil provides quick energy for the body and therefore is less likely to be stored as body fat. MCTs are such an easy source of fuel, they are even more likely to be burned off than low-fat fare. When MCT is metabolized in the body, it behaves like a carbohydrate not a fat.

Unlike other fats, it does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized and released like a carbohydrate and then is used for fuel. MCT has a thermogenic effect in the body, helping you to stay slim by keeping your body fat levels down while keeping energy levels up. MCT oil is easily absorbed by the body and is therefore ideal for individuals with digestive problems. For those with Crohn's and irritable bowel syndrome, the healing effects of MCT oil could be beneficial. MCT promotes intestinal health by killing troublesome microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.

Diabetics could benefit from using MCT oil as it helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Supplementation of MCT oil began as a fat source to help treat diseases such as cystic fibrosis, obesity and fat malabsorption. Bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts have used MCT for its fat burning and energy-sustaining powers. It has been found that MCTs burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than other fats. It is thought that MCTs stimulate production of thyroid hormone, improving thyroid function boosting metabolism.

I just started this week using this as a supplement and will see if it gives me the boost it says it will. No taste and I use in place of olive oil in my salad dressing as well. Only has 100 calories for a tablespoon so not as much as other oils.

Worth the money for health!
Sandy

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STELLASMYBEBE 10/7/2013 10:48AM

    Great info!

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BRENDA_G50 10/7/2013 9:59AM

    I've never heard of it until now. Just glad it seems to be working for you. Loved the picture of granny on skates...go granny go emoticon

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LANNIEMANUEL 10/7/2013 7:22AM

    intresting. think i am going to have to check more into this. thanks for sharing

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TOKIEMOON 10/7/2013 1:26AM

    I to have read of the Florida physician and cognitive improvements. I use organic coconut oil in place of butter (and even put it on my skin.) You seem to know more than me about MCT, please keep us posted. I'm so glad to hear you're still making progress with your walks. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/7/2013 12:22AM

    like you, I try everything. if it works keep at it, if not move on. ((hugs))

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SEAJESS 10/6/2013 11:52PM

    It's a balance thing. I did some research on medium chain fatty acids because I've been slipping into a vegan diet and not getting enough EPA and DHA can be an issue along with B12. You don't need much, around 200 mg per day. The book Vegan for Life has an interesting discussion about them.

A tablespoon of fat added as a supplement would probably be too much for me as I eat a fair amount of seeds and nuts.

Glad that you found something that makes you feel better.

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RICKI157 10/6/2013 11:49PM

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MICKEYH 10/6/2013 11:29PM

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SUSIEPH1 10/6/2013 11:08PM

    So very glad you are feeling so much better .. Thanks for the info ..
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2ABBYNORMAL 10/6/2013 10:46PM

    Can you give me the recipe for CHOCOLATE GANACHE, please?
I have never heard of the MCT Oil. Can you keep us updated on the progress you're noting after taking it longer. As you know, I also have MS and am taking a lot of vitamins, some of which I'm sure I don't need.
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ARTJAC 10/6/2013 10:20PM

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WALLAHALLA 10/6/2013 10:06PM

    interesting

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DJ4HEALTH 10/6/2013 9:33PM

    I heard of this product on Know The Cause and have been wanting to get it. Now I will look into getting it.

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MJ7DM33 10/6/2013 9:13PM

  Thx for sharing!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/6/2013 8:51PM

  Haven't tried it but am going to look into it now. Thanks!

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-BLESSINGS- 10/6/2013 7:55PM

   

thanks for sharing the info with us

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/6/2013 6:35PM

    My Dr. doesn't believe in supplements. The only thing I take is Centrum Silver for women and vitamin D.

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EXOTEC 10/6/2013 5:53PM

    I've never taken the supplement, but I use LOTS of coconut oil. I also take many other nutritional supplements to support my immune system. It's definitely healing my leaky gut (also considered autoimmune), and I feel it's helping my scleroderma symptoms.

I encourage you to continue researching diet and supplementation to address your particular autoimmune symptoms. I religiously follow my Rx for traditional therapy, but I would never stop the complementary measures I'm taking.

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PHOENIX1949 10/6/2013 5:18PM

    No experience with this. Look forward to your experience with it over time. Thanks.

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COCK-ROBIN 10/6/2013 5:18PM

    I never heard of it before, but it looks good.

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CATLADY52 10/6/2013 4:35PM

    It sounds almost too good to be true! emoticon

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KAB7801 10/6/2013 4:29PM

    Sorry, I don't know

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K1TT3N 10/6/2013 4:25PM

    I have never heard of this .... hope it helps

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THINFITKINDVGAN 10/6/2013 4:21PM

    I'm going to look into this. I am taking Klamath Falls wild blue green algae and it is helping my brain function. I am also consuming hemp berries and black chia seeds for the good fats that I know I can consume without problems.

Like I said I'll look into this. Please keep us posted. Very positive so far for you.

Thanks for sharing.



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ALIDOSHA 10/6/2013 4:09PM

    emoticon on your walking progress!

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GRANDMABABA 10/6/2013 4:09PM

    Interesting. Haven't tried this, but may soon. Thanks for the info.

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LJOYCE55 10/6/2013 3:54PM

  I have no experience with MCT, but my brain stopped at chocolate ganache. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
mmmmm.

Thank you for the lovely thought for today.

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HEALTHY4ME 10/6/2013 3:51PM

    Interesting, I have osteoarthritis and wonder if it will help it.I am sure it wouldn't hurt. also my hubby is on anti depressants and we find his memory isn't great. hmm
thanks

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