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Is Taking Coconut Oil Capsules Good or Bad for You?

Is wrapping coconut oil in capsules really that good and convenient, or they’re just a bad option? It’s gaining an increasing popularity as many people seem to favor such way of obtaining benefits from coconut oil. But there’s always a price to pay for convenience. Let’s check out the “price” you have to pay.

1. Cost of Coconut Oil Pills

Each capsule usually carries 1000 mg of coconut oil. That’s what shows on the label. Looks a lot, right?

Nah, it actually equates to only one gram.

Because of the technology used to encase the oil, each capsule costs about $0.15. That’s also the price of one gram of coconut oil.

If a bottle has 120 pills, that would cost you $18. Doesn’t look expensive, does it? We shall see soon enough.

With $18, I can easily get a jar of very good quality virgin coconut oil that holds 680 grams of coconut oil in it.

Which means each gram is worth only $0.03 when you get coconut oil packed in a container. That’s 5 times cheaper than popping coconut oil in capsules.

That’s not all. I normally advise people to consume at least 3 tablespoons daily if they wish to truly benefit from the goodness of coconut oil.

One tablespoon holds 14 grams of the oil. That means, you got to swallow a whopping 42 coconut oil capsules every day in order to gain its health benefits. That’s not the worst, in just 3 days your $18 would vanish and you have to get another bottle.

Price aside, that’s simply crazy to gobble 42 coconut oil pills a day, good or bad, you say? Don’t you have anything else better to do than popping pills?

2. Material Used in Making Capsules

Have you ever questioned the sort of material they use to make the softgels?

Anne contacted me half a year ago telling me that she has awfully bad pain in her legs after taking coconut oil capsules orally for 6 weeks. She insistently claimed that nothing has changed in her diet except for swallowing the pills.

I then suggested her to stop taking the capsules orally but instead, consume coconut oil from the jar. The pain in her legs stop after a few days. She was good and happy.

If the softgels are not made of plant origin, then it definitely comes from animals.

And do you know the animal-derived gelatin they used for making the softgels may contain antibiotic and hormone residues?

To make matters worse, some may even get contaminated with diseased animal tissues, which is very bad.

Anne could have been affected by those animal-based softgels.


Did I sound like the idea of eating coconut oil in capsules is bad?

Guess so, because not only it’s costly, but it’s not practical for those who truly want to get more beyond just taking coconut oil internally for its health benefits.

Like for example, if you want to use coconut oil for daily skin care, you’d have to squeeze it out of the softgel in order to apply coconut oil to your skin, right? Or get a separate jar of coconut oil for skin care that increases your cost of living?

Honestly, it really does come in handy for busy people on the go. All you need is open the lid and pop the number of coconut oil pills required.

But like I mentioned earlier, how much health benefits are you gaining from it? Unless you really swallow at least 42 capsules, don’t expect too much from just a few softgels per day.

If, however, taking coconut oil capsules is the only good option open to you, then for health’s sake, get one that uses veggie softgels to wrap up the oil.

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