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Is MCT Oil Good for Oil Pulling?

By The Big Fruit
Last Updated 5 January, 2018

If you have been oil pulling with Boosted Oil Pulling or even plain coconut oil, you will have already felt the powerful detox effects this daily practice has on your cheeks, tongue, lips and gums as well as your teeth. But is MCT oil a viable alternative?

Compared to unrefined coconut oil, MCT oil is not a good choice for oil pulling. The powerful anti-microbial Lauric acid (C12) has been processed out. It is coconut oil’s Lauric acid that makes it such a popular choice for oil pulling.

Oil pulling is about controlling the oral bacteria that causes bad breath, build-up on teeth and tooth cavities to name just a few ailments.

The more powerful the anti-microbial effect of the oil you use, the better the results will be. MCT oil just does not have enough anti-microbial muscle for the job.

MCT Oil Pros
◆ Stays liquid at room temperature
◆ No discernible taste
◆ Long shelf life

MCT Oil Cons
◆ Lacks the anti-microbial action of unrefined coconut oil so is far less effective

Oil pulling with MCT oil is not pointless, but significantly reduces the results of reducing oral bacteria when compared to using readily available alternatives.

What is MCT Oil?

MCT ‘medium chain triglyceride’ oil otherwise known as fractionated coconut oil or liquid coconut oil is a coconut oil derivative made up of one or more of three fatty acids or medium chain triglycerides. The medium chain triglycerides are typically separated from coconut oil via a mechanical process.

There are four medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil; Caprice Acid (C6), Caprylic Acid (C8), Capric Acid (C10) and Lauric Acid (C12). But, lauric acid is not found in MCT oil.

What is Lauric Acid?

Lauric acid (C12) is unique to coconut oil and has remarkable anti-microbial properties that kill oral bacteria, one of the main goals when oil pulling. Coconut oil is made up of approximately 50% Lauric acid.

Is MCT Oil Natural?

MCT Oil is a natural product but like coconut oil, the quality varies depending on the type and brand.

What is MCT Oil Good For?

I use MCT oil everyday. But I use it as part of my diet. I use it in my coffee – see Bullet Proof Coffee – or as a dressing on my meals. MCT oil or XCT works as an excellent source of energy for my brain as much as my body.

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Digging A Little Deeper

What is a Triglyceride?

A triglyceride is another name for a fatty acid.

What does the C stand for e.g. (C12)

The C and number surrounded by parenthesis (C6) shows is the number of carbon chains in the fatty acid. This indicates if this is a short chain triglyceride (SCT), a medium chain triglyceride (MCT) or a long chain triglyceride (LCT)

Lauric acid (C12) has 12 carbon chains

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