KetoBrain C8 MCT Oil
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A Superior MCT Oil:
KetoBrain C8 MCT Oil is extracted from natural sources using a three-stage steam-based filtering process without the addition of any chemicals. The result is a pure and ketogenic C8 (caprylic acid triglyceride) formulation.
- Pure C8 (as Clean MCT®)*
- Completely chemical free
- Smooth tasting and odorless
*Applicable to 32oz only
How Are MCTs Metabolized?
MCTs are easily digested and do not require the production and utilization of bile (1). Most fatty acids depend upon bile salt emulsification in order to be metabolized and absorbed. The production of bile is an energy dependent process that takes place in the liver.
Individuals with sluggish livers and gallbladders struggle to produce adequate bile. Other individuals who struggle with malnutrition or malabsorption syndromes can easily absorb and utilize these MCTs.
MCTs have a remarkable ability to stabilize high blood glucose and enhance ketone body production. This process makes MCT’s a powerful tool to reduce inflammation, improve metabolism and enhance cognitive function.
Why Choose C8 MCTs?
Unlike long chain fatty acids, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are quickly converted into ketones and are less likely to be reserved as body fat. The result is improved mental performance and energy!
Although C12 (lauric acid) is considered a medium chain triglyceride, it behaves in the body like a long chain fatty acid. Some brands include up to 50% lauric acid in their MCT oil. Choosing a MCT oil with only caprylic acid will provide the greatest health benefits.
MCTs provide immediate energy because they are able to cross the double mitochondrial membrane very rapidly and do not require the presence of carnitine (2).
The body has two major energy sources, it burns glucose or ketone bodies. The majority of people burn glucose primarily because they are constantly supplying a steady form of sugar, starches and proteins that can be turned into blood glucose. When one either fasts or goes on a low-carb, moderate protein and high fat diet they switch their energy source to fat.
In particular, the fatty acids are broken down into ketone bodies. The three major forms of ketones produced in the body include Acetoacetate, Acetone and Beta-HydroxyButyric acid. These are released into the blood from the liver when insulin levels are low and hepatic liver metabolism is increased (3).
Ketones are unique energy producing molecules made from fatty acids. Our bodies can make them from stored fat or from MCTs. Ketones feed all the cells of the body, but in particular they are a preferred fuel for the brain.
Ketones activate specialized regulatory proteins in the brain called brain derived neurotrophic growth factors (BDNF). BDNF works to repair, protect and enhance the function of the brain cells and the neurological networks (4).
BDNF also stimulates the growth of new, healthy neurons that take the place of older, dying cells. The inability to regulate dead or dying brain cells is a risk factor for neurodegenerative problems(5).
Ways to Include KetoBrain in your diet!
MCT oil is very versatile and also heat stable up to 320 o F. Use it as a salad dressing or a thickening agent for coffee and teas. Add it to smoothies to help curb hunger and keep you satisfied longer.
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