C8 Max MCT Powder
C8 Max MCT powder from Douglas Laboratories is a novel medium chain triglyceride (MCT) powder that delivers 10 g of MCT with 95% caprylic acid (C8) triglycerides. This high C8 concentration is shown to increase ketone levels better than standard MCTs.
This neutral tasting powder easily mixes into beverages and food for an extra boost of fatty acids in the diet to enhance ketone production and support cognitive function or weight management.
- Cognitive function
- Supports ketone production and weight management
Functions and Mechanism of Action
The liver is capable of metabolizing mobilized fat to produce ketones that can be used by the mitochondria as an ATP substrate and may be more efficient than glucose.
Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) include a glycerol backbone attached to three fatty acids ranging in length from 6-12 carbons.
These triglycerides are naturally found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy fat, mainly as C8 (caprylic acid) and C10 (capric acid).
MCTs can produce high levels of B-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), which is a ketone body that is transported to other tissues and converted to acetyl-CoA to produce energy for the brain and muscles.
C8 is more ketogenic than the longer-chain triglycerides due to its unique absorption and metabolic characteristics.
Aside from conditions that involve energy restriction, the most common way to induce controlled dietary ketosis is with medium-chain triacylglycerols (MCT).
Ketones that cross the blood-brain barrier have been shown to be neuroprotective, promoting oxidative defense and enhancing mitochondrial respiration and cerebral blood flow.
In a human intervention study involving 20 elderly subjects and young controls, administration of 30 g MCT increased ketone concentration and overall brain energy metabolism by up to 9% without altering brain glucose consumption.
Additional research has shown that compared to placebo, MCT supplementation can yield higher ketone levels, which has been associated with greater improvement in paragraph recall (cognitive testing).
The use of MCTs in weight management has been shown to be an effective supplement during energy restriction and fat metabolism. MCTs provide 10% lower energy density than long-chain fats, yet seem to enhance satiety more effectively.
A study on appetite and food intake in overweight men demonstrated that post-prandial consumption of 20 g MCT resulted in a lower rise in triglycerides and glucose (P=0.066) and a higher rise in peptide YY compared to long-chain triglycerides.
C8 Vantage contains 95% pure C8 triglycerides while standard coconut oil contains only 3% caprylic acid, and typical MCTs contain only 55% caprylic acid.
In a recent study, C8 Vantage compared the ketogenic effect of coconut oil, 3% tricaprylin, 5% tricaprin, regular MCT oil and C10.
Plasma ketone levels were 400% higher than the coconut oil value, 255% higher than pure C10 and 21% higher than the regular MCT value over an 8 hour post-prandial period.
C8 Vantage contains plant-based pea protein and tapioca fiber as the combined carriers, supplying 1 g of soluble fiber. It is suitable for all consumers including vegans and vegetarians.
Sustainably sourced natural palm kernel oil.
1 scoop C8 Max MCT powder (14.5 g) contains:
- Calories – 109
- Total fat – 10 g
- Saturated fat – 10 g
- Dietary fiber – 1 g
- Protein – 1 g
- Medium Chain Triglycerides (C8Vantage) – 10 g
[Supplying 95% caprylic acid trigylcerides (C8)]
Other ingredients: pea protein and tapioca fiber
Take 1 scoop C8 Max MCT powder daily dissolved in 8-10 oz of water or other liquid, or as directed by one of our health coach professionals.
No adverse side effects reported.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.