Medium Chain Triglycerides (Mct)

How does Medium Chain Triglycerides (mcts) work?

Medium chain triglycerides are a fat source for patients who cannot tolerate other types of fats. Researchers also think that these fats produce chemicals in the body that might help fight Alzheimer's disease.

Are there safety concerns?

Medium chain triglycerides are safe for most people. They can cause diarrhea, vomiting, irritability, nausea, stomach discomfort, intestinal gas, essential fatty acid deficiency, and other side effects. Taking medium chain triglycerides with food might reduce some side effects.

Do not use medium chain triglycerides if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a liver condition.
  • You have diabetes.

Dosing considerations for Medium Chain Triglycerides (mcts).

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
  • For improving seizure control in children: MCT oil is used as 60% of the calories eaten.
INTRAVENOUS:
  • As a fat source for people who receive all their food intravenously (by IV): a fat mixture containing 50% MCTs and 50% long chain triglycerides (usual dietary fats) is commonly used in total parenteral nutrition (TPN) formulas.

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