Pros and Cons of Coconut Oil Capsules – Better than Liquid?
Are coconut oil capsules the best way to take this natural oil?
Before vegetable oils came around, coconut oil was typically used for cooking and home makers would simply take a scoop of oil out of the jar and cooked with it.
However, due to this oil’s growing popularity as a health supplement, you can now find them packaged in either bottled soft gels or the jars.
I’ve used both the bottled oils and coconut oil capsules and found there are actually advantages and disadvantages to both forms.
Advantages of Coconut Oil Soft Gels
I think that one of the main advantages of using the coconut oil capsules or soft gels is you can avoid the taste and texture of coconut oil.
Some people find the oil is fairly mild in flavor, however, if you don’t like the taste of coconut or the texture of the oil in your mouth, then you may want to choose coconut oil capsules.
Another advantage of using coconut oil capsules is the portability factor. If you want to take coconut oil during the day, you can toss a few soft gels in your bag and take them whenever you want. It may be inconvenient for some people to carry a bottle of coconut oil to work or when travelling. There’s also a risk of the bottle leaking leaking during transport.
Disadvantages of Coconut Oil Capsules
One of the main disadvantages is you may get a lower dosage per capsule, compared to ingesting the oil by the spoonful. Some natural health advocates may take 2 – 3 tablespoons of coconut oil per day, which may be difficult if using soft gels.
The majority of coconut oil capsules come packaged in 1000 mg. dosages. So if your daily coconut oil dosage is a couple of tablespoons a day, you would have to swallow a high amount of coconut oil capsules to equal the amount of oil you’d get from eating by the spoonful.
What are the soft gel / capsules made of? Just like fish oil capsules, many soft gels are made of gelatin derived from collagen. Collagen can made from animal bone and skin, so if you’re following a Vegan diet, you’ll probably want to avoid using the coconut oil soft gels unless they’re made from plant-based products.
Many popular coconut oil brands are only available as bottle liquid oils. For example, Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, is only available in bottle liquid oils. The number of product choices may be more limited if you only choose to use capsulated oils.
Where to Get Coconut Oil Capsules
If you’re looking for soft gels, you can usually find them at your local health food store or on-line retailers.
The most common coconut oil capsule dosage size is 1000 mg, with quantities ranging from 60 – 240 soft gels per bottle.
Smaller-sized soft gels will be more common than larger-sized, as it becomes more difficult to swallow soft gels once they exceed the 1000 mg size.
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.