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Coconut Oil Capsules: Is this the best way to take coconut oil?
Are coconut oil capsules an effective way to take this supplement? Visit your local health food store and you’ll most likely find these popular oils packaged in either bulk glass jars or individual soft gels.
In the past, coconut oils were typically used for cooking and people simply scooped out whatever amount of oil they needed out of the jar and used it accordingly.
Due to this oil’s growing popularity as a healthy oil, you can now get it packaged in individual soft gel capsules…and you may be wondering which is the best form to take this oil.
Coconut Oil Soft Gels – The Advantages and Disadvantages
One of the main advantages of using the capsule or soft gel form is you avoid the taste and texture of oil.
Most coconut oils are generally not distasteful; quality oils have a nice tropical aroma with a light fragrant flavor which most people find quite flavorful. Nevertheless, some people do find the oil distasteful and may therefore seek to use capsules or softgels.
Another advantage of capsules is the portability factor. You can throw a few soft gels in your briefcase or backpack and take them at a later time; like at work or school. This is a lot easier that lugging around a heavy glass jar with you in order to get your daily dose.
One of the disadvantages of using soft gels is the low dosage per capsule. Some natural health advocates recommend taking 3 – 4 tablespoons (35 – 45 grams) per day to reap the health benefits.
Based on the above recommendations, a 1000 mg. capsule may provide only 1 gram of coconut oil; so you would need to take 35 – 45 capsules a day to get reach the suggested therapeutic dose – a very high amount for anyone to consume on a daily basis.
Soft gel capsules are usually made of gelatin derived from collagen; typical sources of collagen are animal bone and skin. If you’re following a vegetarian-diet, you may want to avoid using capsulated oils and stick with the traditional bottled oils.
You’ll find only a few companies offer the capsules or soft gels, so you may need to do a bit of research to find a place that sells them. If you prefer this form you can usually find it at your local health food store or online.
My Favorite Way to Take Coconut Oils
Virgin coconut oils are the consummate functional food and I think it’s best administered like a food. I believe the best way to use these oils is in its pure organic state; packaged in jars or bottles.
I like to dissolve a tablespoon in a glass of hot water and chug it down before hitting the gym; it makes an excellent pre-workout energy drink. You can also add it to your protein fruit smoothies, as well as cook with it.
You may find it difficult to make smoothies or cook with capsules which is why the liquid oils are still the most popular form.
Unlike the protection of a soft gel capsule, coconut oil’s consistency is affected by its surrounding temperatures. You’ll find the oils will harden in cooler temperatures and becomes a near liquid in warm temperatures.
I remember when I left my bottle of coconut oil out on the counter after taking it out of the fridge. When it came time for me to use it, I had a heck of a time trying to scoop some from the bottle because it had become as hard as a rock from the cold air in the fridge.
To remedy this, simply leave the jar out to defrost and the oils will slowly soften. Expose the oils to higher temperatures and it will become almost pure liquid. You can avoid this problem by using capsules or store your oils in the cupboard.
Where to Get Coconut Oil Capsules
If you’re looking for soft gel products, you can usually find them at your local health food store. Another great place is to look online; you can compare prices and different brands which can help you get the best bang for your buck.
The majority of soft gels and capsules come packaged in 1000 mg. in quantities ranging from 60 – 240 soft gels per bottle.
Prices for these types of products will vary (depending on the quantity and purity) and can range from as low as $7 to $50 per bottle.
Here are some popular brands that offer coconut oils in the capsule form:
Source Naturals Coconut Oil is an extra virgin oil that comes packaged in 240 soft gels. The capsules are made from gelatin and prices can range from $25 – 40 a bottle.
NOW Foods Virgin Coconut Oil comes in 1000 mg, 120 softgels. NOW Foods claims all capsules contain 100% unrefined, organic oils. Some customers claim these soft gels are a little bigger than others, so if you have trouble swallowing pills, you may want to look for a smaller sized capsule. Prices can range from $12 – $20 a bottle.
Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil is made from expeller-pressed coconuts. Comes packaged in 120 softgels; each providing 1000 mg of organic virgin coconut oils. Prices range from $10 to $18 a bottle.
You can also find more brands available from Amazon.com; most of the soft gel products come packaged in 1000 mg. capsules in quantities starting at 60 soft gels per bottle. See below for more details: