Why MiCkey T™ Eight™ Pure Caprylic MCT is the “Perfect Fat” ..
What is MCT anyway ?
A fatty acid molecule looks a lot like a balloon animal and is categorized by the length of its carbon chain. Most naturally occurring fatty acids have a chain with an even number of carbon atoms, from 4 to 28. Fatty acids are important sources of energy, because when metabolized, they yield large quantities of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), the molecule that stores the power we need for just about everything we do, considered by biologists to be the “energy currency of life”. Many cell types can use either glucose (sugar) or fatty acids for this purpose, but heart and skeletal muscle in particular prefer fatty acids. Short Chain fats are those with less than 6 carbons. Medium Chain fats have 6 to 12 carbons (C-6 to C-12), and Long Chains are greater than 12 carbons, with the most common being 16 to 18 carbons.
When 3 fatty acid molecules (as acid) are joined with one glycerol molecule they form a Triglyceride, which is an oil. So, a Medium Chain Triglyceride, or MCT, is an oil made of fats with 6 to 12 carbon chains bound together with glycerine. Simple, huh?
OK .. So why are MCT’s important to me ?
In general, due to their smaller molecular size, MCT’s are digested much more rapidly than long chain triglycerides. They are hydrolyzed quickly and, upon absorption, travel directly to the liver via the portal vein, bypassing the lymphatic system. This metabolic pathway permits MCT’s to serve as a ready source of energy and prevents them from accumulating as fat in body tissues.
MiCkey T™ Eight™ is sold as a supplement for substitution, but not elimination, of other fats and oils. The FDA frowns on supplement makers making claims, especially if it seems to imply a cure for disease and I have tried to stick to generally recognized science here. But the Net is replete with research on Coconut Oil and MCT’s in general and Caprylic Acid Triglyceride (C-8) in particular that is not only promising, but downright exciting. I invite you to take a look at the following links and decide for yourself:
- Medical food containing C-8
- Study Showing improvement in Alzheimer’s Patients taking C-8
- Coconut Oil holds promise for Alzheimer’s Patients
- Coconut Oil for Alzheimer’s
- Alternate Treatment of Alzheimer’s using Caprylic Acid
Increased Energy and Cognitive Function
- Benefits of MCT Oil
- MCT Oil Boosts Brain Function
- MCT and Brain Function
- Reversal of Cognitive Decline
Fat Burning and Weight Loss
- Beneficial Effects of MCT on Energy, Atherosclerosis and Aging
- Weight Loss and MCT vs. Olive Oil
- Greater Rise in Fat Oxidation with MCT Consumption
Gut Health and Candida Overgrowth
- Treating Candida with Caprylic Acid
- Caprylic Acid Helpful for Candida Overgrowth
- Health Benefits of Caprylic Acid
Ketosis without Carbohydrate Restriction
- Intermittent Fasting Benefits Weight Loss
- OK .. this is a big subject .. Google it .. A couple of tablespoons of MiCkey T™ Eight™ in the morning (whether straight, in coffee or tea, or use your imagination) can help make you feel full and give you energy without an insulin spike that interferes with Intermittent Fasting to make it through to a healthier meal without the need to snack. Might stop fast food from killing you …
These are just a few resources out on the Web… There are literally thousands of references to MCT and Caprylic Acid MCT. Hint: Another useful resource believe it or not is to read reviews of various products (on Amazon for example). People who spent money are generally going to be harsh critics if a claim or a product is bogus.
So what’s the deal with Coconut Oil ?
The Coconut is an abundant source of MCT’s. Here’s the breakdown of fats in Coconut Oil…
As you can see, about 40% are Long Chain Fats which are harder for the body to digest and are more likely to be stored as fat. About 50% is C-12 (Lauric Acid), which has many health benefits and uses (mainly soaps and cosmetics), but as an energy source, the shorter chain fats are best. Only about 13% are C-10 or less, the MOST energy rich components.
Shorter chain fats are rapidly metabolized by the liver and turned into “ketone bodies” to be used as energy in place of glucose without spiking insulin. Studies have shown that C-8 (Caprylic Acid) is greater than 30% more “ketogenic” than C-10 (CapricAcid), while C-12 (Lauric Acid) has a negligible ketogenic effect.
I know a lot of health experts will say that a food in its natural state is usually the best way to consume it, and in general I hardily agree. I will be the first to point out that I use coconut oil almost exclusively for cooking (sometimes grass fed butter), but sometimes what we really want is just the most effective component. Like taking a 500mg vitamin C capsule rather than consuming 10 cups of orange juice and over 1000 calories of fruit sugar. Considering that pure C-8 not only metabolizes more rapidly, produces faster and more sustained energy, and has about 37 less net calories per tablespoon than coconut oil (or olive oil for that matter), the bottom line is in order to get the pure C-8 in one tablespoon of MiCkey T™ Eight™ at about 93 calories, you’d have to eat a whopping 14.25 tablespoons of coconut oil at 1875 calories.
So what’s the difference between MiCkey T™ Eight™ and other MCT’s out there?
Glad you asked. MiCkey T™ Eight™ is 100% pure C-8 Caprylic Acid MCT Oil. Period.
Virtually all other products sold as “MCT” are a blend of about 60% C-8 and 40% C-10, if you’re lucky. Some add other stuff you definitely don’t need (like sugar and artificial flavorings and color).
Virtually all products sold as “Caprylic Acid” are pills containing 600mg or less Caprylic Acid. One product in particular offers 400mg of Caprylic Acid at 16 cents a pill. That means in order to get the 13.6 grams of pure Caprylic Acid in a tablespoon of MiCkey T™ Eight™ at a cost of about 66 cents, you would have to eat 34 pills at a cost of $5.44. And virtually all pills contain other stuff besides Caprylic Acid that you may or may not want. Google “Caprylic Acid” or check on Amazon. You’ll be amazed at what is being passed off as “Caprylic Acid”. Even the prescription product sold as a “Medical Food” with C-8 as the tested active ingredient (22 grams or about 1 1/2 tablespoons is a therapeutic “dose” in thier study) shockingly has a bunch of stuff nobody really needs like Sucralose. MiCkey T™ Eight™ is pure Caprylic Acid MCT .. Nothing else … a very light oil that is tasteless, odorless, colorless .. no need to add anything really, but it makes a great oil for salad dressing and of course Bulletproof® Coffee.
Last but certainly not least, MiCkey T™ Eight™ is the ONLY pure C-8 made in America and bottled in California with 100% Kosher and Halal certified ingredients, and non-GMO sources. We believe it is simply the best MCT available anywhere.
So.. how do I take MiCkey T™ Eight™ MCT Oil?
As mentioned in various places above, MiCkey T™ Eight™ is a very light oil. It is odorless, colorless, and if it has a taste at all it is ever so slightly “nutty”. You can tell it metabolizes quickly because it takes your breath away almost like alcohol if you take a spoonful straight. At home, we mix it about 50-50 with good olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar for a very tasty salad dressing. Because of the way it metabolizes, it also acts as a “shoehorn” for other nutrients to be absorbed more quickly and efficiently so all those vitamins and minerals in your Spinach Salad actually get where they belong better when “dressed” with MiCkey T™ Eight™.
And credit where credit is due to Dave Asprey, the Bulletproof Executive® for inventing Bulletproof® Coffee .. Clean Organic Coffee (I recommend the one he sells), Grass fed Butter (preferably unsalted, local, raw, organic but Kerry Gold is nationally available) and a shot of MiCkey T™ Eight™ to get my day started .. sets my brain on fire!
Here’s my recipe for Bulletproof® Coffee ..
Don’t laugh.. I really do this (twice) every morning but I swear it’s worth it …
First, equipment … consider your cup .. I am somewhat of a coffee cup snob .. I HATE dainty little coffee cups .. I scoured Ebay for the one shown above (I actually got 4) .. it is a heavy 14oz cup made (and unfortunately discontinued) by Oneida in the Maitre D’ pattern. It just feels great, holds a man size cup of coffee, and keeps the coffee warmer longer.
Next, I love my little Bodum 18oz French Press, Zero Water Pitcher, Proctor Silex Electric Kettle, and my OLD Oster blender with glass container .. also use a little scale that does ounces and grams I got with a coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond, along with other assorted measuring cups and spoons .. that’s my coffee laboratory ..
OK, now coffee .. I will just say, if you buy anything in your life organic, make it coffee .. of any food you eat, coffee is one of the few that you will “wash” with boiling water and then throw away the food and drink the water .. if there is a more perfect delivery system for every bad thing on it or in it, I can’t think of it.. also keep in mind that caffeine is destroyed by heat so if you’re looking for a boost, go for the lighter roast .. I step up to the plate and buy real Bulletproof® Upgraded ® Coffee (organic, mold free, light roast) from Dave’s website.. say what you will, but it just makes me feel better .
So, using filtered water from my Zero Water Pitcher, I get a pot of water heating in the Proctor Silex Kettle (Zero Water will not corrode the element). Next, I fill the glass container of the French Press with water and microwave for a couple of minutes to heat it up.. I then measure out 19 grams of coffee beans (roughly a quarter cup) .. and 18 grams of grass fed butter (heaping tablespoon, preferably unsalted, local, raw, organic but Kerry Gold is good and available nationally) .. if weighing sounds fussy, I just like to know it will always turn out the same .. so sue me ..
When water boils, I grind coffee, dump water from French press into the cup, put ground coffee in French Press and pour in boiling water to just below the band (about 12oz) and stir with a wooden (non-metal) spoon.. I then put cup into microwave for 2 minutes to heat up .. I put the metal plunger screen from the French press in a small bowl of boiling water and pour some boiling water into the blender so it won’t cool down the brew ..
After 2 minutes, I put the heated plunger screen in the French Press and “press” it .. I then dump the water out of the blender and quickly measure 1 1/2 Tablespoons (less if you’re just starting out) of MiCkey T™ Eight™ and dump it, along with the butter, and the hot coffee into the blender and whip for about 15 seconds ..
The most delicious and filling “energy” drink in the world .. and TOTALLY worth it !
OK .. now you can laugh ..
Any side-effects taking Caprylic Acid MCT ?
In general, Caprylic Acid Triglyceride is listed by the FDA as GRAS (generally regarded as safe). Having said that, there are those that suffer gastro distress and loose stools when taking C-8. The best advice is START SLOW! Maybe a teaspoon at first and see what happens .. I personally use 3 tablespoons a day in 2 cups ( 1 1/2 each) of morning coffee with butter .. a small shot on a salad or just straight can get you through the afternoon .. ..