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.   
 
At this point, I think I will continue using olive oil and similar products most of the time. Although I think MCT has a role and is a good source of certain factors, fully plant-based fats may be better in my opinion. I will continue to research this and test things and will keep you updated.  

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How Metformin Can Help You Age Vibrantly

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.

Aging is not considered a disease by the CDC, Federal Government or the FDA. However, there are a lot of problems associated with aging that need to be fixed. I see the symptoms of age in my clinical practice every day – joint inflammation and stiffness, loss of bone mass, chronic pain and inflammation, and more. I am always looking for new ways to better serve my patients who are suffering from age-related conditions, and want to share such an option with you today.


Slow Down DNA Degradation

Metformin is drug that is usually prescribed for diabetes; however, it is finding new life as a way to combat the ravages of aging.

Metformin is in a class of medications called ‘M-Tor inhibitors’. This basically means that it helps to stop the degradation of DNA over time. This reduces chromosomal abnormalities and has the potential to help people age better, and with less pain.

This drug modulates a cell protein important for division and growth. Essentially, metformin, when dosed correctly, can be protective and reduce DNA malformations. Research is still ongoing about metformin being used in this circumstance, but so far, it has been promising.

By using metformin, we can mimic the effects of intermittent fasting on the cells. Many studies have shown that periodic fasting, under the supervision and guidance of a doctor, can prolong a healthy, functional life and promote overall health. Since metformin mimics the effects intermittent fasting has on your body, it is highly protective of the cell’s integrity and youthfulness.

Potentially, aging patients may be able to use metformin to mimic the effects of intermittent fasting. This is especially helpful for aging patients who are unable to fast due to other conditions or dietary requirements. Used alongside other anti-aging solutions, supplements, and more, metformin could be a powerful adjunct medication with the potential to slow down the damaging effects that aging has on cellular degradation. This theory is being tested with a human trial.


Alter Your Genes – For The Better

In addition to mimicking the effects of intermittent fasting, metformin could alter gene expression as well. Epigenetics – what determines your cell’s specialization, their use, and more – could also be altered for the better with metformin. DNA can be changed with poor diet, bad lifestyle, environmental toxins and stress. This process is called methylation – essentially, the scarring of the DNA that accumulates and occurs with age and other outside stimuli.

Harnessing the power of epigenetics can potentially change methylation patterns for the better, such as slowing down aging or adapting the body’s inflammation response.

As the medical community finds ways to combat the symptoms of aging, creative and exciting options have revealed themselves through research. The Well Theory team and I are dedicated to finding new and alternative ways for you to live a more vibrant life with less pain as you age.

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