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Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs)
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: Medium-chain triglycerides are fatty acids that are found in coconut and palm oil, as well as in butter. They are used by athletes for training and may have mild weight-loss properties. Some nutritionists claim that they support thyroid function. MCTs have been shown to have a mild blood glucose-lowering effect.


  • Athletic training
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism

Precautions: Digestive upset is known to occur for some users. They should be used under a doctor's care if you have diabetes or liver disease.

Dosage: The typical dosage is 15 to 30 grams, although athletes often use 50 grams or more.

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