Medium–Chain Triglycerides for Sports & Fitness
Also indexed as:MCT
Why Do Athletes Use It?*
Some athletes say that medium-chain triglycerides helps increase endurance.
What Do the Advocates Say?*
Medium-chain triglycerides are more easily absorbed and burned for energy than other fats, which suggests they might play a role in supplying energy during exercise. Research results have been quite mixed, however, and the large amounts required can lead to gastrointestinal distress, which limits the usefulness of this supplement, even to the few athletes who might benefit.
*Athletes and fitness advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.
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