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Anxiety and MCT Oil


Anxiety & Panic Attacks

I’ve been dealing with anxiety most of my life. I thought I had had panic attacks before, but I learned my lesson when I really had one in July of 2017. I’ll never forget that day and the terror I felt. Ever since then, the frequency has increased. Each doctor wants to blame something different. It’s the keto diet, it’s all the exercise, it’s this and that. But the first panic attack I had was before all of these triggers, so I wasn’t about to stop the things that improved my life so much just because I was starting to have panic attacks monthly. However, have to admit that something was causing my panic attacks to be more frequent. I was starting to have them weekly!

I removed things from my diet, I changed up how I exercised, and I recorded the data. It appeared that my panic attacks seemed to happen in the morning times and correlated heavily with my energy levels. Turned out that a Bulletproof Coffee triggered me the most. My assumption was that it was the caffeine and fats sending me into heightened ketosis, and this was triggering my panic attacks. I didn’t research any further and stopped drinking Bulletproof Coffee altogether. The panic attacks ceased, but my energy took quite a hit. I had grown accustomed and longed for the day-long energy boost that only a Bulletproof Coffee can deliver. There had to be more to it than simply the fats and caffeine. Coffee had never triggered panic attacks before, even when I drank copious amounts. So maybe it wasn’t quite the energy either. What exactly was it?

The Cause

I started digging again, and I suddenly had the thought to Google “mct oil panic attack”, just to see if there was some sort of correlation. This led me to articles like this onethis post, and other resources that alluded to heightened anxiety with MCT oil. This led me to do even more research. I had known that coconut oil was metabolized much faster than other fats, but I didn’t realize that it had this much potential to trigger anxiety.

When I consume MCT Oil, I get almost an instant rush and feel as if my heart is racing. This begins a downward spiral until I am sent over the edge and a panic attack happens. I discovered this through extensive testing by changing my MCT Oil dosage and continuing my Bulletproof Coffee every morning. I can now consume MCT Oil in the right dosages without having much of an issue, and now that I understand the problem, my anxiety isn’t as intense.

Hopefully this helps anyone else that might have the same reactions to MCT Oil! Don’t give up!

7 thoughts on “Anxiety and MCT Oil

  1. Thanks for the info. I have been having panic attacks, stating when I tried the Keto diet.

  2. Tried MCT oil for thr first time today. Had a panic attack! Glad to see I’m not crazy and not the only one.

    1. It took me a few weeks to pinpoint the issue, but boy was I happy when I found the culprit! I’m glad you figured out the issue right away.

      1. Thankful I found this. I took it for the first time to day and went into full blown panic attack. I’ have a panic disorder but have not had an attack in years until today .

        1. I’m glad you found it helpful! That’s how I reacted as well.

  3. What was the safe dose you discovered that avoided anxiety?

    1. Hi Christine,

      I’m sorry for my delay in reply. I just stopped using MCT Oil altogether. I found that it wasn’t necessary. The only thing you get from it is a faster energy boost. You can get the same benefits by just using butter alone or adding a little bit of coconut oil. MCT Oil just burns fast, so it gives you that faster energy boost. That’s all it does. When I realized that, I just stopped using MCT Oil.

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