Coconut Oil Capsules and Supplements

Coconut oil capsules are one of the latest forms of consumption of coconut oil.

Unimaginably tight job schedules and metropolitan lifestyles hardly give us any time to breathe, let alone eating lavish meals and using time-consuming health care products. Therefore, everything has begun to come in easily manageable, portable, and quickly consumable forms, such as fast foods, iPods, and mobile phones, etc. Coconut Oil is no exception.

For a long time, efforts have been ongoing to make this oil available in easily consumable forms, since you can neither carry a cake or a bottle of coconut oil with you to your office, nor will you have the time to gulp down two tablespoons full of it, let alone massaging your body with it or getting your dishes cooked in it. For this reason, coconut oil capsules came as very good news for the ultra-busy executives and businessmen who did not want to compromise on their health. They are portable, easily consumable supplements, and have many of the benefits of coconut oil, if not all of them. Let’s learn a bit more about these beneficial capsules.

What Are Coconut Oil Capsules?

These capsules are like any other medicinal capsules, pills, or tablets. They have a concentrated form of coconut oil extract that fill starch capsules. Coconut oil capsules may or may not contain other herbal extracts and/or medicines and vitamin supplements. These pills can be based on pure, refined, virgin, or organic coconut oil (this one is doubted, as after so much processing, there is hardly any organic material left).

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Organic coconut oil is also available in soft gel form. Some companies 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 a specific amount directed by physicians. However, it may be difficult to swallow softgel pills directly.

Benefits of Coconut Oil Capsules

Coconut oil supplements in the form of capsules and soft gels have the following advantages:

Easily portable and consumable.

Dosages can be easily managed since each has a fixed quantity and nutritional value.

Coconut oil soft gel pills relieve you from the taste and odor of other drugs.

Uses of Coconut Oil Capsules

Coconut oil capsules are good for:

Weight loss

Treating Candida

Reducing bad cholesterol

Increasing good cholesterol

Treating hair loss

Improving metabolism

Keeping the skin attractive and healthy

Treating problems in digestion

Fighting microbial infections

Cost of Coconut Oil Capsules

In places where coconuts are scarcely available, coconut oil pills can be a good and an economic alternative to actually buying and eating a costly coconut. However, opting for them is certainly not a wise decision in certain coastal areas and islands in Asia and the Indian subcontinent, where fresh coconuts and pure coconut oil are available in huge amounts. 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.

However, as mentioned earlier, these capsules are good for people living only in places where fresh coconuts or coconut oil are scarcely available and very costly. However, I doubt whether these capsules can really match the quality of fresh coconut oil or a fresh coconut. The reasons for that belief are quite simple.

They are highly processed, so they lack that natural and pure element of normal oil.

The taste and flavor are removed. You may not like the taste and smell of the capsule’s outer shell.

They will lack many volatile nutrients which actual coconut oil contains, due to the high degree of processing.

You cannot perform massages with these capsules, unlike with coconut oil.

coconutoilcapsulseinfoWhat About Availability?

There are many companies that do not produce coconut oil soft gel 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 only consume 1 tablespoon, that is about 15 grams. Now if you take this oil’s capsules, which generally contain about 500-1000 mg coconut oil, you will have to consume at least 15 capsules per day to equate to one 1 table spoon of coconut oil. That’s far too many. These capsules are also very costly when compared to regular coconut oil.

Furthermore, these capsules are made from animal gelatin. Therefore, if you are a vegan, you will want to stay away from them. Also, if you prefer to buy 100% organic products, you also have to ensure that the capsule is made from organic animal gelatin. Preparing soft gel capsules also involves the use of mineral oil, which is not permitted in organic foods, although there are some companies that claim to prepare soft gels without mineral oil.

Do you agree?

Imagine that you are very busy with no time to even eat your favorite food, let’s say ice Cream. You were then given a capsule and told to gulp it down with some water. You did it. And then you were told that it was a capsulated form of ice cream (or any other delicacy you can imagine). How would you feel? Or, rather, will it be anywhere close to the same experience? The answers are mixed. First of all, you will severely miss the taste, the flavor, and the sheer pleasure of eating your favorite dish, bite after bite. Beyond that, the extensive processing involved in converting the original stuff into the capsulated form will rob it of many micronutrients. In other words, it is better than nothing, but it is nowhere close to the real thing.

You have to make your own choices depending on your lifestyle, but the real thing will always be a far better choice.

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I just started taking the organic extra virgin coconut oil, 1000mg softgels and it says on bottle to take 2 softgels 2 times daily. My husband and I can't agree if I should take 1 in morning and 1 at night or 2 and 2. Serving size is 2 softgels, 100 softgels, servings per bottle is 50.

I think you need to take 2 in morning and 2 at night, because the serving size is 2

I take Cod Liver Oil capsules two per day. Is it safe to take coconut oil capsules as well as the Cod Liver Oil?

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello both coconut oil capsules and cod liver oil capsules are good for health however its advisable to consult your health specialist before taking both.

Hi... may I ask, if it is okay to apply directly to my hair damage is the virgin coconut oil capsules? As I don't want to take it orally?. Thanks.

Use the oil it's supposed to do better because of the freshness of it. The pills are not as effective. Try putting your in a lose messy bun for 30 days each night then washing in the morning.

I apply coconut oil to my hair all the time I would suggest once a week you can sleep in it or just wash your hair after a couple of hours

Jill Jones Goldsberry

Makes the best brownies you will ever eat. Just substitute coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. I also use organics coconut sugar instead of regular sugar.

It's supposed to be very good for you, but I am still nervous about it clogging my arteries. One dr from harvard wrote it is not good for you, while another dr promotes it as great for the heart and mind. My neurologist said a woman who was in her 90's had severe memory loss, and her son took her to live with him in Florida. He put her on coconut oil supplements, and when she returned 6 months later and was retested, she was as sharp as a tack and did not fail one test! The dr couldn't believe it, and the son said the only thing he changed was giving her the supplements. I would love to give it to my daughter and myself, because she has cognitive issues from lyme. I have narrowing of the carotid arteries (less than 50% but 100% in one of my renal arteries), and I would hate to accelerate the stenosis. I wish there was more scientific evidence. I do using it for cooking, because only light olive oil is beneficial as a cooking oil or it oxidizes and is worse for you. Using EVOO in salads (1 tbsp) is good for you though.

Vera Lucia Amaral Gonçalves

VALE A PENA PROVAR.

Pauline Conforti

Very informative article. I've been eating 2 Tbs of coconut oil mixed in applesauce every day and cooking with it, plus using it as a moisturizer on my face for about six weeks and have noticed a remarkable difference in my skin, plus my hair seems to be getting thicker even though I haven't tried the hair treatment yet.
I've been using the refined oil, simply because I didn't really know what to look for when buying coconut oil.
I don't know how much I would like the taste of coconut in my cooked foods, but I am willing to give it a try.

My big question is - does it taste like coconut? I am hearing good things but cannot stand the taste of coconut!

Dayananda Kumaravithanage Ranjith

In traditional medicine cocnut oil is being used for centuires as pure oil form or as kernel of coconuts after storing for many years. Comapre to most of the other vegitable oils now it is well proven that most of its good quality atributes cannot be match with any other oil as a cooking oil or as its pure form.

I'm giving coconut oil a try.