MCT Coconut Oil VS Olive Oil

Hi, Dr. Meredith Warner here –

 

I am a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who is passionate about helping you live well mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Recently, I have been using more MCT oil in the kitchen. I have been intrigued by the potential health benefits of the medium chain triglycerides. I have long loved olive oils and use them most of the time, but was curious to see how they compared to MCT coconut oil. 

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are medium length chains of fats. There also exist long chain fats and short chain fats. Long chain fats are saturated fats and remain solid at room temperature.   

50% of fat in coconut oil is medium chain. Usually, coconut oil remains solid at room temperature, so the other half of coconut oil is comprised of long-chain fats. MCT coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, and is separated from these long-chain fats for its beneficial uses.   

 

Health Benefits of MCT 

MCT is thought to increase the amounts of leptin and peptide YY. These proteins naturally promote a feeling of fullness and help you feel satiated – which means that you may consume less calories throughout your day. MCTs have also been found to have about 10% fewer calories than long chain fats.   

MCTs have many potential benefits for optimizing your daily health:  

MCTs can convert to ketones in the body. This makes them ideal for a ketogenic diet, since they help individuals maintain ketosis. Ketones can be used by the brain for energy and because of this, MCTs have been shown to help reduce symptoms for those with Alzheimer’s. One study also showed some benefit of MCTs for those with autism also on a gluten-free diet. In addition, MCTs support the correct gut biome; this too helps to maintain overall health and promote wellness. 

MCTs have been shown in studies to increase production of HDL (good) cholesterol and decrease production of LDL (bad) cholesterol. MCT was also able to reduce the amount of inflammatory proteins (CRP) in serum. The medium chains fats in MCTs bypass the bile duct system and are ideal for those with issues in the biliary system. However, over time too many MCTs will cause a fatty liver, as they are high in calories.  

 

How MCTs Compare To Olive Oil 

Olive oil is a natural substance extracted from olives. MCTs are natural in a way – they are partitioned from coconut oil using scientific techniques. 

The beauty of olive oil is that it is primarily a monounsaturated fat; it is oleic acid. This is just about ¾ of the total content of the oil. Oleic acid is naturally anti-inflammatory and has been found to alter epigenetics (or gene formations) associated with cancer – which means that oleic acid may prevent cancer. Olive oil is also an anti-oxidant and can scavenge free radicals.   

Olive oil is a great choice for those struggling with the symptoms of aging:

Olive oil prevents and treats constipation. This is one of the unspoken problems with aging. A teaspoon of olive oil a day has been shown to be an effective treatment for this issue.  

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are to be the main source of fat in an anti-aging diet. Since olive oil contains monosaturated fats, it is a beneficial part of a healthy, anti-aging diet.  

 

Should You Choose Olive Oil or MCT Coconut Oil?

 
There is nothing inherently wrong with fat; and plant-based fats are found to be especially beneficial. Olive oil is more protective from heart disease than a low-fat diet. Healthy fats support nerves and the brain and are actually important and essential parts of a balanced diet. 
 
I would advise that, while they are not inherently dangerous, you avoid consuming many fats that stay solid at room temperature.  Imagine what that is doing in your smaller arteries.    

We incorporate MCT coconut oil into our pain-fighting Hemp oil tincture. It is easily digestible and can be taken easily with just a few drops under your tongue or in your morning coffee. Choose Well Theory for resources on full body betterment and products to bolster your wellness so that you can live to your fullest potential.

5 Natural Tips To Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a painful condition in the joints that causes inflammation, stiffness and most of all pain.  As we age, these conditions become worse due to wear and tear on our joints, and managing the pain and related symptoms can become even more of a challenge.

For those who are dealing with arthritis related pain, managing the pain can be a major concern.  Fortunately, there are several factors that we can directly control that can help reduce inflammation and pain overall.  While these tips won’t eliminate your arthritis, they can help you to better manage the pain you feel on a daily basis.


HOT AND COLD THERAPY TO REDUCE ARTHRITIS PAIN

Remember those days when you’d play catch and wind up with a sore shoulder? Your mother likely told you to “throw some ice on it.”  When pain strikes, one of the first things many people do is grab the heating pad.

Hot and cold therapy helps reduce arthritis pain and while it’s a very temporary solution, it does actually work!  Simply taking a warm bath and applying a heating bad while watching TV can help to ease stiffness in your joints, while an ice pack can help to relieve joint pain after a long day.  When you’re looking to loosen up in the morning look to heat, but when you need a quick bit of pain relief, grab an ice pack and give yourself a break.


GET ACTIVE AND START EXERCISING

Just about any major life problem can be solved in one way or another through exercise.  It helps you control your weight, gives you more energy and overall just improves your quality of life.  While intense sprinting exercises or body building may be out of the question, low impact type exercises like swimming and walking allow you to move freely and to move your joints with little resistance.  Looking for something a bit more involved? Try out yoga! Dr. Meredith Warner always recommends yoga to her patients.


TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DIET

Our diets have a much bigger impact on our quality of life than most of us realize or care to admit.  The foods we eat provide our bodies with the energy we need, and the vitamins and minerals we need to thrive.  Avoid fast food, foods with high sodium content and inflammatory foods to help reduce arthritis symptoms.  Also, including the right fatty acids in your diet can not only help with pain relief but are known to have similar effects as NSAIDs.

Foods that cause inflammation

Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

  • refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
  • French fries and other fried foods
  • soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
  • red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
  • margarine, shortening, and lard

Anti-inflammatory foods

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

  • tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
  • nuts like almonds and walnuts
  • fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges


BE MINDFUL OF YOUR WEIGHT

This tip takes into account exercise and diet, as they both play a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight.  As the numbers on the scale begin to rise, the amount of stress that is placed on our joints increases as well.  With arthritis already causing significant joint pain, keeping your weight under control can help reduce the chance of worsening this pain.

Keep it simple. You don’t have to run a marathon every day to be healthy. Simple, daily choices to move more by walking a little further in a parking lot or stretching before bed will pay big dividends over time.

YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Arthritis Pain with Hemp Oil


OTHER NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTS FOR SUPPORT WITH PAIN RELIEF

One natural herb that is gaining a lot of attention in the public and scientific forums, is hemp, Cannabidiol. It has none of the psychoactive properties found in THC. There is growing evidence to support the use of hemp for its high antioxidant contents and its ability to interact with the system of cell receptors in your body, called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which spreads throughout connective tissues and even into your organs.  Many people have found success over the long term by introducing a hemp products into their wellness routine.