Fueling the Brain and Body with Medium-Chain Triglycerides

Good nutrition is vital for health and wellbeing. Many of the nutrients people need can be obtained from food that is eaten. Quality supplements like those produced by MCM Nutrition provide additional nutrients that are often lacking in people’s diet.


What are medium-chain triglycerides?

Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are saturated fatty acids that are essential for good health. Coconut oil is a primary source of MCTs. MCTs can be extracted from the coconut oil and taken in more concentrated forms such as capsules, oil, and powder.

MCTs are the foundation of a ketogenic (keto) diet, which is a safe way to eat that has many potential health benefits [1]. MCTs convert to exogenous ketones, an incredible source of energy for the brain and the body. Using MCT supplements helps a person obtain the amount of good fats needed to achieve and maintain ketosis.


What are the benefits of MCTs?

 A primary benefit of MCTs and the resulting ketones is enhanced brain health. Individuals who use MCT supplements notice an increase in focus, memory, and mental clarity. This is especially helpful for people, ages 40 and over, who have foggy brain or difficulty matching their thoughts and words.

The keto diet has a long history of being used to improve brain health. In fact, the keto way of eating has been around for 100 years. The diet was first developed in the 1920s and suggested for patients with uncontrolled epilepsy [2].

Doctors have continued to study the impact of the keto diet on people with other neurological and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease (AD). According to the authors of a 2019 study, “The presence of ketone bodies has a neuroprotective impact on aging brain cells” [2].

Another group of doctors studied how MCTs affected people with mild to moderate AD. These people also had APOE4 −/−, a genetic risk factor for AD. Cognitive ability improved in the people who received the MCTs in the study [3].

The benefits of MCTs extend beyond brain health. MCTs support weight loss and overall health. MCTs and the ketones they form have been shown to:

  • Decrease cravings
  • Enhance the body’s immune response
  • Increase energy
  • Promote ketosis
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Regulate insulin levels
  • Support cardiovascular health [1, 2].


What makes MCM Nutrition MCT products unique?

MCM Nutrition MCT products stand out from other MCT products on the market. Care for the end user marks every aspect of MCM Nutrition products, from design and manufacturing to distribution. Following are key attributes of MCM Nutrition MCT Oil Softgels and MCT Powder:

  • High quality. MCM Nutrition MCT Oil Softgels and MCT Powder are doctor-formulated and manufactured to ensure the best ingredients, consistency, and effectiveness. The products do not contain fillers. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, and vegan.
  • Absorbable. The type of MCTs used in MCM Nutrition MCT products have the best absorption rate. The body can easily break down and make use of the ingredients.
  • Affordable. MCM Nutrition’s approach to marketing and distribution lowers costs. The company provides the finest products directly to the consumer. This results in reasonably priced supplements for daily use.
  • Convenient. MCM Nutrition MCT products are easy to use, even on the go. The mess-free powder and softgels are tasteless and dissolve well in both hot and cold liquids. Many coffee drinkers use the MCT products as creamer in their coffee. MCM Nutrition MCT products can also be combined with ketones and proteins.


MCM Nutrition MCT Oil Softgels and MCT Powder were developed with the end user in mind. The products work. MCM Nutrition MCT products take the health of people to the next level.


[1] Ludwig DS. The Ketogenic Diet: Evidence for Optimism but High-Quality Research Needed. J Nutr. 2020;150(6):1354-1359. doi:10.1093/jn/nxz308.

[2] Rusek M, Pluta R, Ułamek-Kozioł M, Czuczwar SJ. Ketogenic Diet in Alzheimer’s Disease. Int J Mol Sci. 2019;20(16):3892. Published 2019 Aug 9. doi:10.3390/ijms20163892.

[3] Xu Q, Zhang Y, Zhang X, et al. Medium-chain triglycerides improved cognition and lipid metabolomics in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease patients with APOE4−/−: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial. Clin Nutr. 2019;39(7):2092-2105. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clnu.2019.10.017.

How to Stay Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Many of our friends and patients have reached out to us for help with different struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, we want to share some ways that all of us can stay physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually healthy during these unique times in our country.

With many states reopening and people on the move again, awareness and prevention are vital for staying healthy.

Warding off any illness starts with feeding our cellular building blocks, so they can always be on the offense. Our immune system is like a city with many roadways, waterways, and bridges for communication. We need to do the things that keep the traffic moving in our cellular system. This includes filtering out the bad stuff such as free radicals to prevent accidents on the roadways.

Eating sugar produces free radicals, and in times of stress, many people’s cravings for sugar and carbohydrates (carbs) exponentially increase. You may have heard some of your friends joking about the “quarantine 15.” This is the extra weight many have gained from overeating, indulging in less healthy foods, dinking more alcohol, and being less active during the pandemic. Many of these “unhealthy” choices come from not successfully managing our new stressors, which affect every area of our life.

I would like to share with you a few things we do to control the stress and ultimately decrease and stop the sugar and carb cravings. The self-care steps below help us manage our physical health, improve our energy and focus, and promote rest and repair of our cellular system.  We cannot take care of others if we do not take care of ourselves first.

Let’s get to it. Here are some stress management options to consider as you create your “new normal” Health Success Plan:

  1. Check in with yourself and your family, especially during this time.
  2. Keep a grateful diary/journal. It is okay to have ups and downs. The main thing is to get back up.
  3. Set a daily fitness goal. You can even exercise in small chunks of time that create pleasure and allow you to spend time with those around you as well as have alone time for “self-care.”
  4. Develop an eating plan. Individualize the plan based on your needs. I follow a Macro Keto Nutritional plan of 40/40/20 (40% protein, 40% fats, 20% carbs). I chose this plan because of my family’s history of cardiovascular, neurological, and autoimmune illnesses. I also take exogenous ketones to help prevent sugar cravings. When you have a plan and prepare to eat healthy ahead of time, you will be less like to scavenge the fridge and pantry for food when you become bored or stressed.

This is just the tip of the iceberg on how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow up with a series of detailed posts to guide you in developing your personal Health Success Plan. This plan will help you manage your stressors and promote your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being.

By Dr. Liza Leal with Meridian Medical Dental