Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, have unique absorption characteristics. MCT’s are generally absorbed and metabolised very efficiently and with minimal discomfort. Whilst side effects are uncommon, MCT as a supplement may still bring about some side effects in the short term which may increase in severity depending on the dosage used. Here are some of the more common side effects of supplementing with MCTs and what you can do to help avoid them.
MCT and Diabetes
The process of metabolising MCT brings about an increase in ketone production. The presence of high levels of ketones in the bloodstream is a common complication of diabetes, which if left untreated can lead to ketoacidosis. Ketones build up when there is insufficient insulin to help fuel the body’s cells. High levels of ketones are therefore common in people with diabetes. Whilst using MCT is widely seen to be beneficial to those with diabetes, it is important to inform your GP of any dietary changes to avoid any assumptions being made on your health status.
MCTs and Gastrointestinal Discomfort
MCTs supplementation in clinical studies have been shown to occasionally cause gastrointestinal discomfort. These cases are often reported when high dosages are being used. Discomfort when using small to moderate dosages of MCTs are very rare. If symptoms are experienced from MCT supplementation, they can potentially include nausea, stomach pains, gas, diarrhea and vomiting. Combining MCT with other nutrients such as a carbohydrate source has been shown to reduce some of these side effects.
Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Dosage
Add 150ml – 200ml of water or fruit juice into your TPW Protein Shaker and add five scoops of MCT Powder (10g). Shake well and consume. If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort initially, try reducing the dosage before gradually increasing the dosage back to the recommended levels.