MCT Oil: Reap the Full Benefits of Food!

Not So Fast. As we age, our body begins to gradually wear down – the digestive system is no exception. Eventually, the pancreas secretes less digestive enzymes, nutrient absorption in the intestines becomes less efficient, and excretion rate greatly reduces. As a result, vitamin and mineral deficiencies may arise. Because medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) require less energy and fewer enzymes for digestion, they act as a support system for the digestive tract.

Not Your Ordinary Fat. In the mouth and stomach, salivary enzymes almost instantly break down MCTs, rendering pancreatic enzymes basically useless. Also, once broken down into medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), they are not packaged into lipoproteins in the intestinal tract but are absorbed directly from the intestines and transferred directly to the liver.

Reducing Stress Once Again. MCFAs not only allow us to easily absorb much needed fats, but they also enhance the absorption of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids. Ultimately, much less strain is placed on the pancreas and digestive system, which is crucial for patients who suffer from digestive and malabsorption issues.

Maintain a Healthy Digestive TractFor those with digestive problems, MCTs provide some aid by killing harmful microorganisms that prompt chronic inflammation in the intestines. MCFAs have been known to destroy both the H. pyloris bacteria and measles virus that infect the digestive tract and might be involved in the onset of Chron’s Disease.

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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.

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