Mesa Lavender Farms uses organic coconut MCT oil in our CBD tinctures. This high-grade MCT oil.
Mesa Lavender Farms uses only USDA organic Coconut MCT oil containing medium-chain fatty acids. The fatty acid composition of Mesa Lavender Farms MCT oil is as follows:
C6 Caproic fatty acid 0.50%
C8 Caprylic fatty acid 59.4%
C10 Capric fatty acid 40%
MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride. These are fatty acids easily converted into energy for your body.
Fatty acids are composed of carbon atom chains with hydrogen atoms joined at one end and an acid group attached to the other. When three fatty acids join together they form a triglyceride.
Triglycerides are transported into cells and burned for energy, or depending on the fatty acid involved, they can be stored as body fat.
MCTs are the forms that are rapidly broken down and absorbed into the body. Unlike long-chain fatty acids, MCTs go straight to the liver, where they are broken down into ketones.
Ketones can cross the blood-brain barrier providing an alternative energy source for the brain. MCT provides brain cells (neurons and astrocytes) with an energy source that is more efficient than glucose, the brain’s normal energy source.
Because the calories contained in MCTs are more efficiently turned into energy and used by the body, they are less likely to be stored as fat.
Mesa Lavender Farms’ MCT oil does not contain lauric acid.
Lauric acid is the longest chain MCT with 12 carbon atoms. This fatty acid emulates properties of both long-chain and medium-chain saturated fatty acids. Because of this, lauric acid takes much longer to digest and is the least effective MCT to supplement with.
Long-chain fatty acids are those with 13 or more carbons. They’re found in most fats and oils, including olive oil, soybean oil, fish, nuts, avocado, and meat. Due to their carbon size, they are not easily absorbed by the body and require pancreatic enzymes and bile to break them down. MCT on the other hand easily enters your cells without any breakdown required.
Our MCT oil does not contain palm oil
“Oil palm plantations currently cover more than 27 million hectares of the Earth’s surface. Forests and human settlements have been destroyed and replaced by “green deserts” containing virtually no biodiversity on an area the size of New Zealand.” https://www.rainforest-rescue.org/topics/palm-oil#petition
“Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm tree, Elaeis guineensis, which thrives in humid climates. The large majority of palm oil production occurs in just two countries, Malaysia and Indonesia, where huge swaths of tropical forests and peatlands (carbon-rich swamps) are being cleared to make way for oil palm plantations, releasing carbon into the atmosphere to drive global warming while shrinking habitats for a multitude of endangered species.” https://www.ucsusa.org/global-warming/stop-deforestation/drivers-of-deforestation-2016-palm-oil
“MCTs are used along with usual medications for treating food absorption disorders including diarrhea, steatorrhea (fat indigestion), celiac disease, liver disease, and digestion problems due to partial surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy) or the intestine (short bowel syndrome).
Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, to increase exercise performance, for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, and for weight loss.
MCTs are sometimes used to reduce levels of cholesterol and other fats in the blood called triglycerides. They might also be used for diabetes. In older people, MCTs are used to increase muscle mass and strength. They are also used for a rare disease called Waldmann disease.” (https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-915/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts)
MCT links of interest:
A comparison of medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides in surgical patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242757/
Mechanisms of action for the medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet in neurological and metabolic disorders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29263011
MCT Oil: The Benefits, Risks, and How to Use https://www.ruled.me/mct-oil/
Medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet, effective treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy and a comparison with other ketogenic diets. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23515148
Medium Chain Triglycerides in Paediatric Practice