Why do we use MCT Oil?

Posted: Jun 16, 2021

The Basics

Pure Spectrum Cannabidiol Oils are formulated with organic MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil for a smooth taste, better absorption, and added nutritional benefits.

MCTs are largely uncommon in the standard Western diet, so adding Pure Spectrum Cannabidiol oil to your daily routine is a great way to get the powerful benefits of both CBD and MCT oil! 

MCT oil comes from coconut oil or palm kernel oil through a process called fractionation. This process separates the MCT from the oil. MCTs are medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are more easily digested than longer-chain fatty acids that are found in many other oils. 

MCT oil has also become increasingly popular among athletes!

Studies show that MCT oil can help boost athletic performance by improving stamina and reducing lactate build-up, allowing you to exercise for longer periods of time while maintaining intensity.  

In a clinical trial, it was found that recreational athletes who consumed MCTs vs LCTs (long-chain triglycerides) for two weeks could do longer sessions of high-intensity exercises. The study states, “The exercise time to exhaustion …was significantly …longer in the MCT trial …than in the LCT trial.” (1)

It’s commonly known that lactic acid build-up can impact athletic performance. The production of lactate during muscle exertion is responsible for the burning sensation you feel while working out. MCTs may help reduce lactate buildup. Research has shown that the athletes who consume MCTs before exercising have lower lactate levels compared to those consuming LCTs. (1) 

Additional Benefits!

MCT oil is also an excellent energy source for your brain. MCT molecules are smaller than those in most fats making them easier to digest. MCTs travel more quickly to the liver and do not require bile to break down as longer-chain fats do. (2) Due to this, they can be used as an immediate source of energy. (3) MCTs may also help with neurodegenerative diseases by providing energy to dying brain cells. (4) 

MCT oil makes the perfect carrier oil for our Cannabidiol oil due to its excellent absorption properties. Due to their smaller size, MCT molecules are absorbed into your bloodstream rapidly. This process increases the bioavailability of CBD allowing your body to absorb and utilize the CBD more quickly. When cannabinoids like CBD are broken down, they are stored in fat. Therefore, CBD works best when taken with fats, such as MCT oil.

Pure Spectrum Cannabidiol oils are a perfect blend of MCT oil and CBD creating a synergy that can help you reach personal fitness goals, provide a natural energy boost, and support brain health. Let Pure Spectrum be your advantage. 

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