A Simple Guide to MCT C8, C10 and C12


Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a type of dietary fat that are most commonly found in coconut and palm oils. MCTs aren’t digested and absorbed in the same way as normal dietary fats, instead they are processed in the liver, used by your body and turned into energy very quickly, rather than stored as fat in your body.

There are three main types of fatty acids found in coconut oil - C8, C10 and C12. Each type of fatty acid get its name from the number of carbons (8, 10 and 12) in their fat molecules, and each type of fatty acid offers unique benefits, from fat loss to heightened immune function. 

Caprylic Acid (C8): 

Around 7% of coconut oil is C8. It is an MCT fatty acid.

C8 is the all-around best MCT for ketogenic energy. When you ingest C8, it only takes a few minutes for your body to turn it into energy for your cells. It is no surprise therefore, that C8 leads to better physical performance and you can feel it working almost instantly.

Capric Acid (C10):

Around 7% of coconut oil is C10. It is also an MCT fatty acid.

C10 is a powerful antifungal, and foods rich in C10 can boost immunity. 

Lauric Acid (C12):

Around 50% of coconut oil is C12, it is a long chain triglyceride and does not get converted to energy immediately like C8 and C10, however, C12 has antimicrobial benefits and may aid weight loss.

To enjoy the benefits of MCT oil, why not check out the following products:

Brain and Brawn Vegan Keto MCT Oil Powder is derived from 100% coconut oil, it is palm oil free and has no artificial ingredients or stimulants. It contains 100% pure C8 and C10 and prebiotic fibre - acacia gum (soluble fibre). It is an ideal dietary fat you can add daily to drink or food for a healthy sustained energy boost. 

Brain and Brawn Keto Creamer with Grass-Fed Butter combines coconut oil powder, grass-fed butter, prebiotic - acacia gum (soluble fibre) and protein from dairy. It is perfect to add to keto, paleo or low carb diets as a High-Octane Mind & Body Fuel.

Brain and Brawn Collagen Keto Coffee - with MCT C8 & C10 and Grass-Fed Butter contains 100% arabica coffee, bovine collagen peptides, MCT oil powder - 100% pure C8 & C10, grass-fed butter and many more healthy goodies to boost your daily energy levels and is also great for hair, skin and nail health.