Pros and Cons of Coconut Oil Capsules – Better than Liquid?

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Coconut oils have become a popular functional food and nutritional supplement.

Before vegetable oils came around, coconut oil was typically used for cooking and baking; home makers would simply take a scoop of coconut oil out of a jar and cook with it.

However, due to the oil’s growing popularity as a health supplement, you can now get coconut oil in capsules or soft gels.

The exact form that you buy coconut oil will usually depend on what your wish to use the oil for.

The following information takes a closer look at coconut oil capsules vs. bottled oils.

Advantages of Coconut Oil Soft Gels

  • Avoid the taste and texture of coconut oil – soft gels and capsules allow consumers to ingest coconut oil without tasting the actual oil.

  • Portability factor – if you want to take coconut oils at a later time during the day or you’re going to be away from home for an extended period of time, it may be more convenient to bring a few coconut oil capsules, rather than carrying a large bottle or jar of liquid coconut oil.

Disadvantages of Coconut Oil Capsules

  • Lower Dosage per Capsule – The smaller size of most soft gels or capsules may pose a problem for consumers that want to use or ingest larger amounts of coconut oil.
  • Unwanted Ingredients Used to Make the Capsules or Soft Gels – Similar to fish oil capsules, many soft gels are made of gelatin derived from collagen. The source to make the collagen is usually made from bovine or porcine bone and skin.  For consumers that wish to avoid animal-based ingredients, they will have to find a coconut oil capsule made with plant-based or Vegan ingredients.
  • Fewer Product Choices – Many of the more popular coconut oil brands are only available as bottled liquid oils.  For example, Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is a popular product that’s only available in bottle liquid oils. Consumers seeking specific brands of coconut oils may not be able to get them in the capsule form.

Where to Get Coconut Oil Capsules

In our Consumer’s Guide to the Best Coconut Oils, we emphasize that coconut oils should be organic, cold-pressed and devoid of any bleaches or other chemicals.

Due to the growing popularity of virgin coconut oils, you can easily find these products at most local health food stores or from many on-line retailers.

The most common coconut oil capsule dosage size is the 1000 mg. sized soft gel. Quantities can range from 60 – 240 soft gels per bottle.

Our research uncovered that the average prices for these types of products will depend on the overall quantity and purity of the coconut oil; we found prices can range from as low as $7 up 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 manufacturer claims that the product doesn’t contain any animal sources. Prices can range from $25 – 40 a bottle.

NOW Foods Virgin Coconut Oil is a cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil that comes in 1000 mg. 120 soft gels. Each serving may provide the following fatty acids: Lauric Acid 1.43 g, Myristic Acid 529 mg, Caprylic Acid 221 mg, Capric Acid 177 mg, Oleic Acid 177 mg and Linoleic Acid 44 mg.  Prices can range from $12 – $20 a bottle.

Jarrow Formulas Coconut Oil is made from expeller-pressed coconuts. The capsules appear to be made of animal-based gelatin. Comes packaged in 120 soft gels with each providing 1000 mg. of organic virgin coconut oils. Prices range from $10 to $18 a bottle.

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