Coconut oil capsules are one of the latest forms of consumption of coconut oil.
The unimaginably tight job schedules and metropolitan life styles hardly give us any time to breath, not to speak of taking lavish meals and time consuming health care products etc. etc. So, everything started coming in easily manageable, portable and consumable forms e.g. fast foods, i-pods, mobile phones etc. Coconut Oil is no exception either.
Since long, efforts were going on to make coconut oil available in easily consumable forms, since you can neither carry a cake or bottle of coconut oil with you to your office nor will you have the time to gulp down two tablespoons full of coconut oil, forget about massaging your body with it or getting your dish cooked in it. So, the coconut oil capsules came as good news for those ultra-busy executives and businessmen, who did not want to compromise with the health. They were portable, easily consumable and had lot of benefits of coconut oil, if not all. Let us know more about them.
What are coconut oil capsules?
These are like any other medicinal capsules or pills or tablets. They have concentrated form of coconut oil extract filled in starch capsules. Coconut Oil Capsules may or may not contain other herbal extracts and/or medicines/vitamin supplements. These capsules can be based on pure coconut oil, refined coconut oil, virgin coconut oil or organic coconut oil (this one is doubted, as after so much processing, nothing is hardly left organic).
Organic coconut oil is also available in soft gel form. There are some companies that sell coconut oil soft gel pills, and a few of them sell virgin coconut oil pills as well. These companies suggest a daily dosage of 4-6 capsules or as directed by the physician. But it may be difficult to swallow softgel capsules directly.
Benefits of coconut oil capsules
Coconut Oil Capsules have following advantages;
Easily portable and consumable
Dosages can be easily managed, since each has a fixed quantity & nutrient value.
Coconut oil softgel capsules relieve you from the taste and odor of the drugs
Uses of coconut oil capsules
Coconut oil capsules are good for:
Reducing bad cholesterol
Increasing good cholesterol
Treating hair loss
Keeping skin good and healthy
Treating problems in digestion
Fighting microbial infections
Cost of coconut oil capsules
In places where coconuts are scarcely available, these coconut oil capsules can be a good and cheap alternative to actually buying and eating a costly coconut. But opting for them is certainly not a wise decision in certain coastal areas and islands in Asia and Indian subcontinent, where fresh coconuts and pure coconut oil are available in plenty. In that case, they will cost you more.
Why do people demand coconut oil pills or capsules?
People have become accustomed to pills these days. Taking drugs in the form of pills is convenient and time-saving. But does that mean coconut oil should also be consumed in the form of pills? Since consumers, ignorantly, demand coconut oil pills, especially, virgin coconut oil pills, some manufacturers package coconut oil for them in that form.
The other aspect
As said earlier, these capsules are good for people living only in those places where fresh coconut or coconut oil is scarcely available and very costly. But I doubt whether these capsules can really match the goodness of fresh coconut oil or a fresh coconut. The reasons are simple;
They are highly processed; hence they lack that natural and pure thing.
The taste and flavour are robbed. You may not like the taste and smell of the capsule’s outer shell (like most of us, since our childhood).
They will lack many volatile nutrients which actual coconut oil contains, due to high degree of processing.
You cannot massage with this capsules, unlike with coconut oil.
No, there are many companies that do not produce coconut oil softgel capsules. The reason given by these companies is that a daily consumption of about 3 tablespoons is recommended by experts. That means about 50 g of coconut oil. Even if you consume 1 tablespoon, it is about 15 grams. Now if you take coconut oil softgel capsules, which generally contain about 500-1000 mg coconut oil, you will have to consume atleast 15 capsules daily to equate one 1 table spoon of coconut oil. That’s too many. These capsules are also very costly when compared to regular coconut oil.
Further, these capsules are made from animal gelatin. So if you are a vegan, you would prefer to stay away from them. And if you prefer to buy 100% organic products, you also have to ensure that the capsule is made from organic animal gelatin. Preparing softgel capsules also involves usage of mineral oil which is not permitted in organic foods, though there are some companies which claim to prepare softgels without mineral oil.
Do you agree?
Imagine that you are a very-very busy man with no time even to eat your favourite food, let’s say, the “Ice Cream”. Then you were given a capsule and told to gulp it down with some water. You did it. And then you were told that it was capsulated form of ice cream (or any other delicacy you can imagine). How would you feel then? Or, rather I should ask, will it be really of any good? The answers are mixed. First of all, you will severely miss the taste, the flavour and the sheer pleasure of eating your favourite dish, bite after bite. Then, the extensive processing involved in converting the original stuff into capsulated form will rob it of many micronutrients. So, it is like something, better than nothing.