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Your doctor may have you get more MCT if you have trouble digesting other kinds of fat or you struggle to get the nutrients you need. This can happen if you take some medications, or you have:

  • Problems with your pancreas
  • Had part of your stomach removed
  • Small bowel resection
  • Small bowel disease
  • Short bowel syndrome

SOURCES:

Bethany Doerfler, clinical dietitian, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Gretchen Swank, registered dietitian, Northwestern Medicine.

PLoS One : “Medium Chain Triglycerides enhances exercise endurance through the increased mitochondrial biogenesis and metabolism.”

Nutrients : “Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals,” “Medium-Chain Triglycerides Lower Blood Lipids and Body Weight in Streptozotocin-Induced Type 2 Diabetes Rats.”

University of Virginia, : “The Use of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Gastrointestinal Disorders.” Practical Gastroenterology

BioMed Research InternationalGeotrichum candidum : “Improvement of Medium Chain Fatty Acid Content and Antimicrobial Activity of Coconut Oil via Solid-State Fermentation Using a Malaysian .”

Metabolism : “The addition of medium-chain triglycerides to a purified fish oil-based diet alters inflammatory profiles in mice.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “Effects of medium-chain triglycerides on weight loss and body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.”

Physiology & Behavior : “Coconut oil has less satiating properties than medium chain triglyceride oil.”

Nutrition Hospitalaria : “Influence of the dietary intake of medium chain triglycerides on body composition, energy expenditure and satiety: a systematic review.”

The Journal of Nutrition : “Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Combination with Leucine and Vitamin D Increase Muscle Strength and Function in Frail Elderly Adults in a Randomized Controlled Trial.”

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition : “Medium-chain triglycerides are advantageous in promoting weight loss although not beneficial to exercise performance.”

BBA Clinical : “Pilot feasibility and safety study examining the effect of medium chain triglyceride supplementation in subjects with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized controlled trial.”

Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience : “Can Ketones Help Rescue Brain Fuel Supply in Later Life? Implications for Cognitive Health during Aging and the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Frontiers in Nutrition : “Efficacy of a Therapeutic Diet on Dogs With Signs of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS): A Prospective Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Clinical Study.”

The British Journal of Nutrition : “Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs.”

Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism : “The Effect of Medium Chain Triglycerides on Time to Nutritional Ketosis and Symptoms of Keto-Induction in Healthy Adults: A Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial.”

PeerJ : “The use of nutritional supplements to induce ketosis and reduce symptoms associated with keto-induction: a narrative review.”

Merck Manuals: “Nutrient-Drug Interactions.”

Biomedical Journal : “Medium-chain Triglyceride Ketogenic Diet, an Effective Treatment for Drug-resistant Epilepsy and a Comparison with Other Ketogenic Diets.”

Brain : “A fatty acid in the MCT ketogenic diet for epilepsy treatment blocks AMPA receptors.”

Epilepsia : “Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) ketogenic therapy.”

Physiology & Behavior : “A modified ketogenic gluten-free diet with MCT improves behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder.”

Diabetes : “Medium-Chain Fatty Acids Improve Cognitive Function in Intensively Treated Type 1 Diabetic Patients and Support In Vitro Synaptic Transmission During Acute Hypoglycemia.”

Open Heart : “Lauric acid-rich medium-chain triglycerides can substitute for other oils in cooking applications and may have limited pathogenicity.”

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : “Daily Consumption of Virgin Coconut Oil Increases High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Crossover Trial.”

Food & Function : “A rich medium-chain triacylglycerol diet benefits adiposity but has adverse effects on the markers of hepatic lipogenesis and beta-oxidation.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Bethany Doerfler, clinical dietitian, Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Gretchen Swank, registered dietitian, Northwestern Medicine.

PLoS One : “Medium Chain Triglycerides enhances exercise endurance through the increased mitochondrial biogenesis and metabolism.”

Nutrients : “Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals,” “Medium-Chain Triglycerides Lower Blood Lipids and Body Weight in Streptozotocin-Induced Type 2 Diabetes Rats.”

University of Virginia, : “The Use of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Gastrointestinal Disorders.” Practical Gastroenterology

BioMed Research InternationalGeotrichum candidum : “Improvement of Medium Chain Fatty Acid Content and Antimicrobial Activity of Coconut Oil via Solid-State Fermentation Using a Malaysian .”

Metabolism : “The addition of medium-chain triglycerides to a purified fish oil-based diet alters inflammatory profiles in mice.”

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics : “Effects of medium-chain triglycerides on weight loss and body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.”

Physiology & Behavior : “Coconut oil has less satiating properties than medium chain triglyceride oil.”

Nutrition Hospitalaria : “Influence of the dietary intake of medium chain triglycerides on body composition, energy expenditure and satiety: a systematic review.”

The Journal of Nutrition : “Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Combination with Leucine and Vitamin D Increase Muscle Strength and Function in Frail Elderly Adults in a Randomized Controlled Trial.”

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition : “Medium-chain triglycerides are advantageous in promoting weight loss although not beneficial to exercise performance.”

BBA Clinical : “Pilot feasibility and safety study examining the effect of medium chain triglyceride supplementation in subjects with mild cognitive impairment: A randomized controlled trial.”

Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience : “Can Ketones Help Rescue Brain Fuel Supply in Later Life? Implications for Cognitive Health during Aging and the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Frontiers in Nutrition : “Efficacy of a Therapeutic Diet on Dogs With Signs of Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS): A Prospective Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Clinical Study.”

The British Journal of Nutrition : “Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs.”

Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism : “The Effect of Medium Chain Triglycerides on Time to Nutritional Ketosis and Symptoms of Keto-Induction in Healthy Adults: A Randomised Controlled Clinical Trial.”

PeerJ : “The use of nutritional supplements to induce ketosis and reduce symptoms associated with keto-induction: a narrative review.”

Merck Manuals: “Nutrient-Drug Interactions.”

Biomedical Journal : “Medium-chain Triglyceride Ketogenic Diet, an Effective Treatment for Drug-resistant Epilepsy and a Comparison with Other Ketogenic Diets.”

Brain : “A fatty acid in the MCT ketogenic diet for epilepsy treatment blocks AMPA receptors.”

Epilepsia : “Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) ketogenic therapy.”

Physiology & Behavior : “A modified ketogenic gluten-free diet with MCT improves behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder.”

Diabetes : “Medium-Chain Fatty Acids Improve Cognitive Function in Intensively Treated Type 1 Diabetic Patients and Support In Vitro Synaptic Transmission During Acute Hypoglycemia.”

Open Heart : “Lauric acid-rich medium-chain triglycerides can substitute for other oils in cooking applications and may have limited pathogenicity.”

Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : “Daily Consumption of Virgin Coconut Oil Increases High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Levels in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Crossover Trial.”

Food & Function : “A rich medium-chain triacylglycerol diet benefits adiposity but has adverse effects on the markers of hepatic lipogenesis and beta-oxidation.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 23, 2019

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