Medium chain triglycerides

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are medium-chain fatty acid esters of glycerol. For commercial purposes, MCTs are derived from coconut or palm kernel oils. Once ingested, they are rapidly absorbed from the small intestine and then transported to the liver where they are broken down to produce energy for the body 1. MCTs are used as dietary supplements as well as formulation ingredients, acting as fillers or lubricants, to stabilize mixtures and to aid in absorption 2. MCTs are likely safe when used orally and appropriately 3.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. PDR for Nutritional Supplements. Montvale, NJ: Physicians’ Desk Reference, Inc, 2008.
  2. Handbook of Pharmaceutical Excipients. Washington, DC: Pharmaceutical Press and American Pharmacists Assn, 2006.
  3. Natural Medicines. Comprehensive Database. Therapeutic Research Faculty, 2003.