Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and the Ketogenic Diet

A form of a new dietary fat, known as MCTs has garnered great interest among scientists as well as the public. That’s because it rapidly delivers energy for cells, including those in the brain. Of particular beneficial effects are the C-8 MCTs (MCTs with an 8 carbon fatty acid backbone) in relation to Alzheimer’s disease and weight loss. These C-8 MCTs, also known as caprylic acid, can help mimic calorie restriction while they maintain white matter and improve cognition and treat neurodegenerative disorders.

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