Two is always better than one, like when Harry met Sally or when pepper was placed next to salt. Everything is generally better together! Combining two macro nutrients, such as fat and protein, is a great way to add a balanced and healthy ‘kick’ to your daily routine. That’s why putting both collagen and MCT together will add benefits to your day in more ways than just a tasty combo. Let’s talk healthy fats; specifically, MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride). With all of the new information emerging, we recognize that fat does NOT make you fat.
Fat is a superior source of energy.
It helps us with proper brain and nerve functioning, as well as with absorbing fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Fat helps us maintain healthy skin, and is required to help form our body’s steroid hormones, like estrogen and testosterone. It is important to note that there are good quality fats on the market, and not-so-good fats. Avocados and avocado oil, coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil, are fantastic sources of healthy fat. These fats will help you with all the energetic and metabolic demands required for your body to function optimally.
Now, let’s talk bad fats.
This includes vegetable oil, such as corn, soy, and canola oils. They may sound healthy, and they are even marketed as such. But that’s just not the case! These types of oils are highly processed, cause inflammation, and can be damaging to your health in many ways. Consuming these fats often puts you at a higher risk of heart disease and obesity. MCT is derived from a healthy fat, which, most of the time, comes from coconut oil. The original fat is prepared in such a way that the most absorbable and efficiently working part of the fat is extracted and put into a compact form. This compact form then makes it easier for your body to absorb and utilize immediately. For those of you who have not yet tried MCT: Pay attention to the abundance of energy this healthy fat gives you the first time you try it! Along with better energy levels, you might notice an easier time focusing on the task at hand, since improved mental clarity and focus are more of the benefits you can expect with using MCT.
Up next is collagen!
Collagen is a protein, and proteins are the building blocks of life. Protein is found in all foods and is abundant in collagen products. Collagen makes up a large portion of who we are physically - it is responsible for the elasticity in our skin and the stretch in our tendons. This abundant protein helps our joints move more freely and keeps our bones strong. Collagen is rich in amino acids such as glycine and glutamine, which are both great for brain health and overall mental well-being. These two amino acids also help support the immune system and strengthen the gut lining. The benefits of consuming collagen are endless!
So why put the two together?
MCT and collagen are a great combination because they will give you the energy you require as well as keep you satiated. Fat and protein both do a great job of making you feel more balanced by keeping your blood glucose levels in check. The combination of these two go well in a warm beverage, in any type of pudding or even in your baking. Mixing the two together will give you the necessary nutrition your body needs to perform every day! From effectively absorbing nutrients, to keeping our skin firm and resilient, it all starts in the gut. From there it makes its way all around the body, right to the hair on your head! It is best to take this combination first thing in the morning for a good boost to your day, or in mid-afternoon when you need a ‘pick me up’, instead of reaching for that afternoon sweet. Enjoy this combination daily and thrive from the benefits both collagen and MCT have to offer!
What's your favourite way to combine MCT and collagen?
Amy is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with over 7 years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She is currently in her third year as a Naturopathic Medical Student and has a special interest in gut and brain health. Find her on Instagram: @amy_kwilson