The main difference between C8 MCT oil and coconut oil comes down to two factors:
• The concentration of MCTs
• The chemical makeup of the oil
While coconut oil boasts 55% MCTs, pure MCT oils come in at 100%. And that’s not the only key difference.
When looking at their chemical makeup, coconut oil is comprised of all four medium-chain fatty acids, just like MCT oil. But the balance is slightly different — coconut contains mostly lauric acid (C12) and a smaller combination of caproic (C6), caprylic (C8), and capric acid (C10).
The problem is one of those sources (lauric acid) is an inefficient energy source. Since it’s made of 12 carbon molecules, it takes longer to process. Meanwhile, MCTs like C6, C8, and C10 are absorbed in a rate similar to glucose.
MCTs are also more available in the bloodstream for energy than lauric acid.
On the other hand, MCT oils take efficiency in the opposite direction. MCT oil is made of mostly C6 and C8, the two most usable energy options of the four for your body. This means that with pure C8 MCT oil you’ll be able to burn body fat faster than you would with coconut oil.
Moreover, some of the top benefits of C8 MCT Oil:
- Supports weight loss
- Boosts metabolism, helping to increase energy
- Flavourless so you can add it to all of your favourite beverages without worry
- Helps regulate appetite
- Can be beneficial for random ailments like tooth infections, frequent urination, and respiratory infections