The Benefits of MCT Oil: A Happy Heart!

Cholesterol. Research shows medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) may have a positive effect on cholesterol levels by lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and elevating good (HDL) cholesterol by stimulating metabolism. MCTs may even diminish the cholesterol-elevating effects of other fats.

Blood Clotting. Unlike all other saturated and unsaturated fats, with the exception of omega-3 fatty acids (e.g. fish oil, flaxseed oil), MCTs are the only fats that do not increase platelet adhesiveness. Studies have proven Polynesian cultures that typically consume copious amounts of MCTs experience substantially less health problems associated with blood clotting in the arteries, including heart disease and stroke.

Chronic Infection. Recent research indicates that infection-causing microorganisms are involved in the formation of arterial plaque. MCT Lean MCT Oil contains an optimal ratio of caprylic and capric fatty acids that attack bacteria and viruses most notably linked to atherosclerosis.

Free-Radical Injury. One of the biggest threats to the heart and arteries comes from oxidized fat molecules embedded in rancid fats and highly processed vegetable oils. MCTs are so resistant to oxidation that in some instances they actually behave like an antioxidant, stopping other oils from becoming free radicals. By removing the main source of arterial injury and stopping further damage, MCTs promote arterial wall well-being.

Metabolic Syndrome. A 2008 study revealed that long-term ingestion of moderate amounts of MCTs might reverse metabolic syndrome, which is the name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk coronary artery disease, stroke, and type II diabetes.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.DSC_0249

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