Juliegee wrote:Huge thanks for your detailed input here, apod. To clarify, you've never checked lipids before/after C8 to test Dr. Gundy's theory? Has anyone? You're clearly using MCT as a nootropic, to optimize already healthy cognition. I'd love to hear from anyone who's using it to address or prevent cognitive decline. I'm especially curious about dosage and preference for either liquid or capsules. Feel free to PM me if you'd prefer. Apod, I'm stunned by the mega-doses you're using . I suspect I might levitate on 30 grams. I've shared this story before, but I naively took 1 tbs of liquid MCT when I first began using it. Almost immediately, I grew very warm, sweaty, and began trembling. I had an excess of energy like nothing I'd ever experienced before or since. I think Lucy (?) once very aptly described MCT as "rocket fuel." Amen. It's interesting to see how many of us women (especially) react strongly to high doses.
Here's the back of the bottle:
"Gradually increase the amount each day as desired to reach 1-2 tbsp per cup." -- 2tbs is 28 grams. Lately, I often do ~ 2x 10oz cups of coffee a day. That 1-2tbsp per serving ~1-2x a day feels about right for me. Every now and then, I get that rocketfuel feeling, but often it's just a subtle nudge of energy or unnoticeable (I might as well be eating olive oil.) The subtleness is actually what keeps me from eating it more often, because I figure it probably has an effect on lipids similar to other SFA, and it totally makes my coffee taste like greasy MCT oil. I figure I might as well just eat MUFA most of the time. It is pretty awesome on beans, rice, and sweet potatoes as a sort of butter substitute. Coming from the 15-30g dose range, I haven't bothered with 500-1,000mg sized capsules. At the upper range this can get me up to ~1.5mmol/L BHB for a few hours over a non-ketogenic diet. At a smaller dose, it might get me up to around 0.5mmol. I've never checked to see where I end up while in deeper nutritional ketosis.
I've had some pretty awesome workouts using a few TBS of MCT beforehand (I believe you can stack on something like BCAAs + SuperStarch + creatine and you're just flooded with ketones, MCTs, FFAs, aminos, creatine, and glucose to burn somewhat concurrently.) But as a non-athlete, this just equates to a needless extra amount of energy being semi-wasted and I have no idea what that does under the hood chronically / metabolically.
Idea -- Olive Oil Polyphenol infused MCT. MCTOO.