Primal Energy MCT Oil
- Customer Favourite: Best selling MCT Oil in the UK.
- Primal Approved: Suitable for Primal/Paleo/Low Carb/Ketogenic Diets.
- Purest Formula: Derived of 98%+ C8 & C10 MCT Oils.
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- Premium Quality: Produced in the UK under GMP Licence. Highest Quality Guaranteed.
Please note: Results may vary from person to person.
What is Primal Energy MCT Oil?
Primal Energy comprises the purest 100% Medium Chain Tryglycerides. This type of fat is found naturally in coconut oil and is readily absorbed by the body. Medium chain triglycerides are not processed via the lymphatic system, and are instead transported directly to the liver to be broken down.
Our MCT Oil is metabolised in the liver to produce ketones for instant and stable energy, which is then available for muscle and brain function, ATP energy synthesis in the cells, and for thermogenesis. .
Why should I choose Primal Energy MCTs?
We guarantee the highest quality MCT Oil which is produced in the UK. MCT Oil is becoming ever more popular with athletes for a fast efficient energy source that encourages healthy body composition.
Not all blends of MCTs are created equally! This is important to know. We never include high amounts of low quality C12 oils from coconut oil.
Our commitment to quality means you're getting an MCT blend with a huge amount of Caprylic C8 & Capric C10 MCTs (up to 98%!) which are converted into energy by the body in as little as 3 steps. Once you try our pure MCT oil blend you'll never want to use another.
Our flavourless supplement is liquid at room temperature so can make the perfect accompaniment to any food or drink. Primal Energy can be blended to make dressings or sauces or can be added to smoothies.
Try a Primal Energy MCT Oil in your morning coffee for the perfect pick me up!
Ingredients:100% Coconut Medium Chain Tryglycerides.
Typical Values per 100g:Energy: 3761.4jk/899kcal
of which sugars: 0g
Total fat: 100.0g
Trans fat: 0g
Saturated fat: 100g
- Caproic C8: 0 - 0.5%
- Caprylic C8: >53%
- Capric C10: 36 - 47%
- Lauric C12: 0 - 1.5%
Cautions:Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18. This product is not intended to prevent, treat or cure any disease. If taken in excess this product may cause stomach upset and/or diarrhoea. If this occurs consumption should cease until these symptoms have passed and then the oil can be reintroduced at the instructed levels. Consult your GP if pregnant or lactating mothers. Always consult your GP before taking nutritional supplement, especially if you are taking medication, have and existing medical condition or are due to undergo surgery.
Directions for use:
As a dietary supplement, take 2 tablespoons (15ml) 1 to 3 times daily. MCT oil can also be used as a substitute for conventional oils in salad dressings and sauces as a source of beneficial fatty acids. Not recommended for cooking due to low boiling point.
What can I use it for?
Many of the team at Love Life Supplements either add MCT Oil to their coffee or a smoothie. Because it’s a relatively tasteless and scent-free oil, it won’t create an unpleasant smell and can be added to almost any food where you’d usually use things like Olive Oil or Coconut Oil, although we don’t recommend cooking with MCTs as they can be spoiled by very high temperatures.
What can’t I use it for?
As mentioned in the 'learn more' section, you can’t use MCT Oil for cooking like an olive or coconut oil, and unlike straight coconut oil you can’t use MCT Oils on your body or hair. MCT Oil tends to go best in drinks when it can be emulsified in a blender such as a smoothie or bulletproof coffee.
Are there negative side effects to MCT Oil?
The one most widely recognised side effect to MCT Oil consumption is a laxative effect. This can obviously be very unpleasant, but there is a simple way to avoid it.
If you’ve never tried MCTs before, just start with a smaller dosage and work your way up. It takes time for your body to get used to digesting these fast acting fats, but a few days of acclimatising to them will ensure there are no unpleasant mishaps.
Is your MCT Oil made in the UK?
Yes! Seeing a lack of high quality MCT Oils available for UK Keto/Low carb dieters, we wanted to create a product that is made in the UK and ensures an extremely high quality. This also allows us to offer free UK delivery on all orders.
When should I take MCT Oils?
You can take MCT Oils any time of day, but many of the Love Life team like to take them first thing in the morning for some serious brain energy, or pre-workout for awesome sustained energy.
Can't I just have Coconut oil for my MCTs?
Although MCT Oils are derived from coconut oil, our formula is much more pure. The C8 & C10 MCTs in Primal Energy are highly concentrated versions of the same oils which only make up around 6% of coconut oil, which is why you get such an incredible amount of energy from Primal Energy.
What is MCT Oil?
MCT Oil is technically a supplement, but due to its versatility as an oil, it’s often used as an addition to food such as smoothies, salads and coffee. It comes in bottled form, and there are various purities and qualities available out there. At Love Life supplements we love MCT Oils - many of the team use them daily - and we’re dedicated to bringing you the best information on supplements we love, right where we sell them. Our aim is to teach you and be as transparent as possible so you can make the best decisions for your health.
This guide gives you an overview of the subject of fats, and why MCT Oil is so awesome.
Derived from coconut oils, traditionally MCT Oils were used to treat malnutrition due to their quick absorption and the fact they don’t require energy to metabolise. However the supplement has gained popularity within the endurance athlete scene, as well as with bodybuilders and other competitive athletes on a very low carb diet.
‘Biohackers’ - those who use nutrition and supplements to achieve the best performance - have also taken to MCT Oil, and you may have reached this page after hearing about things like Bulletproof coffee, in which case; read ahead!
Primarily, MCT Oils are different from conventional fats due to their length of carbon atoms in the fatty acids. Fats can be classified by:
- 4 or fewer carbon atoms: short chain
- 6 to 12 carbon atoms: medium chain (MCTs)
- 12+ carbon atoms: long chain
Because MCT oils are medium chain, they are processed differently, meaning they behave in our bodies much more like a carbohydrate than a fat.
How is MCT Oil processed by our bodies?
Let’s start by taking a very brief look at how fats in general are digested by our bodies.
Lipids (fats) are insoluble in water, meaning they cannot dissolve into water - obviously a big problem as more than 60% of our body is water. So, lipids must be broken down to allow for digestion, which first begins with bile in the stomach.
Bile acts like an emulsifier, ensuring fats don’t ‘stick together’ - which would render them indigestible and very unpleasant to consume. Once bile has done its work, the small intestine digests the fats into their composite parts by using an enzyme called pancreatic lipase. This results in fats being broken down into a mixture of fatty acids, monoglycerides and glycerol, which are absorbed by the cells of the small intestine. Once absorbed (digested), the components of the fat are then reassembled in the cells, and put into special transport molecules called chylomicrons.
These then enter circulation via the lymphatic system, with the chylomicrons circulating the blood stream depositing their lipid goods to body tissue for roughly half an hour. These deposits are usually likely to be stored as adipose tissue (body fat).
Essentially, it takes a long time to digest conventional fats due to their longer carbon chains, and the involvement of the lymphatic system.
MCT Oil however, has a much smaller molecular structure, allowing it to essentially bypass the digestion process mentioned above, and rather than circulate in the lymphatic system and then the blood - making it likely to be stored as fat - it’s sent directly from the small intestine to the liver through the portal vein.
Due to the very quick processing of MCTs in the liver, they are rapidly absorbed and quickly metabolised as fuel for the body, rather than storage like traditional fats (LCTs). The liver creates ketone bodies from the MCTs, which are one of the two (the other being glucose) forms of energy that can be used by the brain. That’s what causes the ‘clean energy’ feel you get when you take MCTs. In fact, it’s said that 26 processes are needed by the body to convert carbohydrates into ATP (cells energy currency) whereas the purest MCT Oil only needs 3!
The benefits of MCT Oils
The traditional use for MCT Oils was in a medical sense for treating disorders that involve damaged fat metabolism, but MCT Oils have more recently been associated with a number of benefits such as:
- High energy levels
- Weight loss
- Appetite Control
Upon adding MCT Oils to your diet it will immediately become obvious that your energy levels (particularly concentration) are much higher. For weight loss, they are most effective when following a very low carbohydrate diet, and particularly effective when added to a diet plan for a ketogenic programme.
What are the different types of MCT Oil?
Not all oil is created equally. Take Olive oils: there are a ton of different options for us in supermarkets, from ultra cheap to very expensive, and it’s usually quite easy to differentiate them and pick the one that’s best for your body. MCT Oil however is still quite a niche, unheard of product, and this means generally people are shopping online for MCT Oil, which also means it’s harder to choose a quality oil if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Most MCT supplements are created from coconut oil, which is where manufacturers can fall short of quality if they’re not careful.
So, the best way to ensure you’re getting the right MCT Oils and creating maximum high performance for your body is to look at the types of medium chain fatty acids.
C6 - Caproic Acid
Although an MCT, Caproic acid is not a pleasant fat to consume, and you should ensure your MCT Oil does not contain much of this at all. It’s usually removed during the manufacturing process, but cheap oils can leave some remaining which may cause an unpleasant smell or strong taste.
C8 - Caprylic Acid
Capri Acid (C8) is the MCT that is considered the best ‘brain fuel’ as it digests the quickest. In general, the shorter the carbon chain the fatty acid has, the quicker the body can use it as energy in the form of ketones. But due to Caproic acid’s unpleasant taste and general recommendation not to consume, Caprylic acid is the superior source of MCTs.
C10 - Capric Acid
Capric Acid is also a superior fatty acid, although not the same purity and energy effect of Caprylic acid, it comes close and makes up a large part of good quality MCT oil blends. Around 9% of coconut oil is C10, and it’s another incredible source of fast acting energy.
C12 - Lauric Acid
Read research on MCTs and you’ll quickly see that they’ll tell you Lauric acid isn’t a ‘proper’ MCT, and that would be correct. C12 is still an excellent oil, but actually does pass into the lymphatic system during digestion, making it act much more like an LCT (long chain triglyceride). Lower quality MCT Oil blends will wrongly contain large percentages of Lauric acid, and it makes up around 50% of coconut oil.
Of course, anything above C12 is considered a long chain triglyceride (regular fat).
Many of the Love Life Supplements team take MCT oils in higher doses several times per day and have no side effects.
MCT Oil in the UK
MCT Oil is quickly becoming a popular supplement in the UK, but is still really a niche product, making it hard to get high quality MCT Oil in the UK. At Love Life Supplements, we only make products we believe in, and that’s what we did with our MCT Oil: Primal Energy.
References & Further Reading
- Medium-chain triglycerides are advantageous in promoting weight loss although not beneficial to exercise performance. Miriam E. Clegg.
- Medium Chain Triglycerides: Beneficial Effects on Energy, Atherosclerosis and Aging
- The Nutritionist, Robert Wildman, 2009.
- The Role of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Exercise, Berning, R, 1996
- New Insights into the Utilization of Medium-Chain Triglycerides by the Neonate: Observations from a Piglet Model, Odle, J, 2997
Please Note: The reviews shown below are the independent views of Love Life Supplements customers, and should not be regarded as medical advice, and nor do we expressly endorse or support the views expressed here.