Is MCT Oil Good or Bad for a Fatty Liver

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 11/20/2021

Can you use MCT oil if you have a fatty liver? Here’s what you need to know.


0:00 Is MCT oil good or bad for a fatty liver?

0:27 What is MCT oil?

1:20 Benefits of MCT oil

1:48 Key takeaways

In this video, we’re going to talk about whether MCT oil is good or bad for a fatty liver. In other videos, I’ve talked about how omega-6 fatty acids can be bad for your liver. This includes oils like soy oil, corn oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil.

However, omega-3 fatty acids are very good for a fatty liver. This includes fish oil and cod liver oil.

MCT oils, which are medium-chain triglycerides, are a unique type of fat that can be very good for your liver.

MCT fats are “burned” or oxidized into energy very quickly. Unlike other oils, MCT oil is water-soluble. Why is this significant? It doesn’t depend on bile or enzymes—you don’t have to break down MCT oil at all.

MCT oil bypasses your digestive system and is absorbed directly into the body.

MCT oil is great for:

• Dementia

• Malabsorption

• Epilepsy

• Supporting a healthy heart

• Those with no gallbladder

Keep in mind that MCT oil doesn’t contain vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids—so you’ll still need to get these in your diet when using MCTs.


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