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MCT Oil

Drinking coffee daily has become a mainstream ritual for 64% of adults in the United States. The number one reason people reach for that morning cup of coffee is not that they necessarily love the taste but rather because they are looking for the energy-boosting effect that caffeine provides. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that occurs naturally in coffee beans. Caffeine molecules bind with the adenosine receptors in the brain and block adenosine from binding with these receptors. Therefore, when you consume caffeine, adenosine is blocked from binding with its receptor sites prolonging the onset of the relaxed, sleepy feeling we usually experience but instead feel a sense of alertness and energy. People can develop a dependence quite quickly with consumption of caffeinated beverages due to the chemical changes this produces, and with sustained consumption, people can also develop a tolerance to caffeine’s effects. After a while, the drinker requires more and more caffeine to produce the same effects of alertness. Regular caffeine drinkers become acclimated to the wake-up effect that the substance produces and gradually require higher amounts to achieve the same “Caffeine fix.”

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), are a type of fatty acid that can be derived from coconut oil. MCTs are metabolized differently than the long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) found in most other foods. MCTs travel quickly from your gut to your liver as they do not require bile to be broken down. Since MCTs enter your cells without being broken down they can be used as an instant natural source of energy, instead of from a stimulant, like caffeine. However, if the body has a shortage of carbohydrates, such as when being on a ketogenic diet, MCTs can be converted into ketones that can pass through the blood-brain barrier, making them a source of energy for your brain cells. MCT oil may have other health benefits as well. Some studies have shown MCT to improve blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, aid in weight loss, reduce inflammation, improve gastrointestinal health and increase endurance.

 

We know how important it is for people to feel alert and focused throughout their day, so we have added MCT oil to our Lions Brew in order to provide an immediate natural source of energy and endurance for your mind and body.