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Can I Take Coconut Oil in Pill or Capsule Form?

If you are serious about taking care of your health, you are probably already taking some supplements and vitamins to accompany your diet. Some of us even take supplements to fill in the gaps of our diet, where we may have trouble getting enough nutrients from natural sources like our food.

One of those supplements may be coconut oil. Coconut oil is really valuable for including in your diet or supplements regimen because it is packed with healthy fats and loaded with health benefits including:

  • Reduce joint inflammation and arthritis
  • Help with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Be used as a natural appetite suppressant so it can help you lose weight
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Helps with brain functioning
  • Improves dry skin and other skin conditions
  • Balancing your hormones
  • Used for hair care.

If you are on the go though, coconut oil itself can be really inconvenient to travel with. When storing it in your luggage or carry on, coconut oil can make a huge mess. Even if you make sure that your jar or container is super tight, that you double bag it, or that it is in solid form when you store it, coconut oil can quickly make a mess of your clothes and your gear.

Taking coconut oil in a capsule or pill form can be a great way to make sure that you get your daily servings of healthy fats, and it can remove the hairy scenarios that can come with transporting coconut oil in liquid or solid form.

Benefits of Coconut Oil in Pill or Capsule Form

One of the major benefits of consuming coconut oil in capsule or pill form is that you don’t have to worry about the change of state that coconut oil goes through. What’s interesting about coconut oil as a fat is that it’s a liquid above 76 degrees Fahrenheit/24 degrees Celsius, and that it becomes a solid when the temperature gets below 76 degrees Fahrenheit/24 degrees Celsius.

That can make taking coconut oil with you really inconvenient, if you are dependent on it staying in one form, this can make a mess. The good news is that the change of state from solid to liquid or liquid to solid does not make the coconut oil expire faster, and state changes don’t make the coconut oil lose any of its health benefit potency.

If you are still worried though if your coconut oil is still good or not, coconut oil pills or capsules would be the way to go for you, because they will list the expiration date right on the bottle. Another great aspect of taking coconut oil in a capsule or pill form is that you can set out your doses in exact amounts, and slowly and incrementally increase your doses overtime. People who have been on a low fat diet for any substantial period of time can suffer from gastric distress. This means that starting to take coconut oil can cause upset stomach and diarrhea Starting with low doses of coconut oil in pill form can help you control the exact amount of coconut oil that you are starting with, and help you to easy increase the dosage over time.

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Cons of Coconut Oil in Pill or Capsule Form

Here are some of the drawbacks that you are going to have when taking coconut oil in pill or capsule form. For weight loss, taking coconut oil pills or capsules can get really expensive and arduous because of the size of the recommended doses that you take daily.

When using coconut oil as a weight loss or fat loss aid or supplement, you want to make sure that you are consuming the right amount of oil before you eat your meals. Experts recommend that you consume anywhere between 3-6 tablespoons per day (1-2 tablespoons before each meal) which seems perfectly manageable. In pill or capsule form, that would mean that you are taking between 45-90 total coconut oil pills or capsules every day.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a totally unreasonable amount of pills or capsules to be taking. In addition, buying pills and capsules, even in bulk, is going to be several times more expensive than it would to buy coconut oil in bulk. In terms of weight loss and fat loss, it seems like you are much better off at getting your coconut oil in oil form rather than pill or capsule.


In all honesty, how you consume coconut oil largely depends on your lifestyle and your goals in using coconut oil. We would recommend taking capsules and pills for those of you with on the go lifestyles who travel frequently. If you are home frequently and have a pretty set routine there, price wise and consumption wise you are better off with purchasing coconut oil.

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Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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