MCTs are a fat source for people who cannot tolerate other types of fats. These fats might also improve weight loss because the body can more easily break them down into molecules called ketone bodies. These ketone bodies can be used for energy.
People use MCTs for involuntary weight loss called cachexia or wasting syndrome. MCTs are also used for obesity, seizures, athletic performance, Alzheimer disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
- Involuntary weight loss in people who are very ill (cachexia or wasting syndrome). Giving MCTs by IV can provide calories in critically ill patients. But they don't seem to work any better than normal dietary fats (long chain triglycerides). IV products can only be given by a healthcare provider.
Possibly Ineffective for
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if MCTs are safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if MCTs are safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: MCTs can cause certain chemicals called ketones to build up in the body. This can be a problem for people with diabetes. Avoid using MCTs if you have diabetes.
Liver problems: Because MCTs are processed by the liver, they can cause serious problems in people with liver disease. Do not use MCTs if you have liver problems.
We currently have no information for MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES (MCTs) overview.
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