MCT Oil (Coconut Derived)Medium-chain triglyceride (Cocos nucifera)
Actions: Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial, Moisturizing
Found In: Calm + Clarity, Moon + Womb, Lights Out, Moon-a-pause, Touch + Soothe, Moon + Mood
MCT oil, the supplement we know and love. It can often be found in smoothies or even bulletproof coffee. The name (MCT) stands for medium-chain triglyceride. MCT oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and may have health benefits linked to the way the body processes these fats1.
MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, and that's what is used in Xula formulas. Coconut oil is said to have a nearly endless list of benefits. From adding flavor to dishes, protecting against the sun, as a supplement, to moisturizing skin and hair.
The medium-chain fatty acid elements found in coconut are known to disrupt fungal, viral, and bacterial cell membranes, leading to cell death. These antifungal and antimicrobial2 properties are what set coconut oil apart from other oils3.
- Sabri Ahmed Rial, Antony D. Karelis, Karl-F. Bergeron, and Catherine Mounier. (2016). Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals.
- Michael Shilling , Laurie Matt, Evelyn Rubin, Mark Paul Visitacion, et al. (2013). Antimicrobial effects of virgin coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acids on Clostridium difficile. 1079-85.
- Susy Ferraz de Oliveira, Ivon Pinheiro Lôbo, Rosenira Serpa da Cruz, et al. (2018) Antimicrobial activity of coconut oil-in-water emulsion on Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli EPEC associated to Candida kefyr. 4 (11).
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