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Coconut oil is very popular in hair care, health and beauty treatments with most people using it in its natural form. Coconut oil capsules came onto the scene for the purpose of convenience and are made by packaging coconut oil in soft gel capsules; thus making it available as a supplement which can be easily included in the diet.
It seems a no brainer to get the benefits of coconut oil in capsule form that can be consumed on the go during the day, but does it have any of the same benefits for the body though?
Coconut Oil Capsules Facts
- Coconut oil capsules are packaged in soft gel capsules.
- Each capsule is about 1,000 mg (1 gram) and can be quite large.
- They are available in 60 – 120 soft gels per bottle with the recommended daily intake being two capsules.
While it seems sound to go for the capsules, they don’t have the same benefits as consuming coconut oil directly and here’s why? The recommended daily intake of coconut oil for adults is 3.5 tablespoons with 1 tablespoon equalling 14 gms approximately. When you do the math in relation to the coconut oil capsules, you would need to consume over 40 capsules per day to get the recommended amount for an adult.
Additionally, each bottle of coconut oil capsules costs approx. $22. At 2 capsules/120 bottle, you would need to replace each bottle every 2 months. That’s a lot of money for something that doesn’t even provide the full range of daily benefits.
At the end of the day, it’s more beneficial to consume coconut oil straight from the source. When it comes to cost, benefits and longevity of use, it trumps coconut oil capsules hands down. Coconut oil capsules simply cannot match the benefits or surpass the benefits of fresh/virgin/ organic/unrefined coconut oil.
Best Ways to Consume Coconut Oil
- Add it to your daily smoothies.
- Use coconut oil to pop corn kernels instead of butter.
- It can be used as a replacement for butter in baking.
- It can be used to sauté fresh fruits and vegetables.
- You can fry chicken, fish and meant in coconut oil.
Remember the recommended amount is 3.5 tablespoons/day but you can consume more if you like. Between all the recommendations above, you should be able to reach the recommended amount easily.
Best Coconut Oil Brands for Consumption
Below are my favourite brands and the most recommended on the market:
The next article will examine the best way to use coconut oil for weight loss.