Woman adds turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper to make her own pain relief supplement

Holly Bertone

Woman adds turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper to make her own pain relief supplement

This amazing guest post was written by Holly Bertone, PMP, and CEO of Pink Fortitude! You can check out their website here!

You’ve heard about the amazing health benefits of turmeric. You may even know that turmeric, black pepper, and coconut oil are a powerhouse when combined. But unless you really have a taste for these foods, it may be difficult to consume on a daily basis. This DIY is the easiest way to reap the benefits of these superfoods!

DIY Turmeric Capsules


  • Capsules

  • Turmeric Powder

  • Coconut Oil or Powder

  • Black Pepper (freshly ground)


00 is the best size for these. Capsules are often made with gelatin, but there are vegan options as well.  I am a Young Living distributor, and you can purchase the capsules on my website… they are 100% all natural, vegan, and gluten-free.  Your local health foods store should sell them, and there are plenty of options available on Amazon.com.


Turmeric Powder

Turmeric is a powerhouse of nutrition. It contains compounds called curcuminoids which have medicinal properties. It increases brain health and has benefits to help prevent heart disease. It may be helpful in preventing diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, diabetes, and arthritis.  

It is a powerful antioxidant and strong anti-inflammatory and actually fights inflammation at the molecular level. Nutritional experts recommend combining turmeric with black pepper, as the black pepper enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%.  Organic turmeric powder can be purchased from Thrive Market.

Coconut Oil/Powder

Coconut oil contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently by going straight from the digestive tract to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy, or turned into ketones. MCTs in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats.

An additional benefit of coconut oil comes from the fatty acid lauric acid, which when digested, forms monolaurin, which can kill pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Organic coconut oil can be purchased from Thrive Market.

Black Pepper

Black Pepper wins the understated spice of the year award. It offers beneficial amounts of manganese, vitamin K, iron, fiber, and potassium. Black pepper can hold its own, but in really, the piperine alkaloid in black pepper is a superstar supporter to help other beneficial nutrients reach their full potential. Organic black pepper can be purchased from Thrive Market.

Why Combine?

Turmeric has a difficult time getting past the stomach and into the small intestines where it’s absorbed into the blood. By combining turmeric with piperine, it bypasses the stomach and helps to increase the absorption. One study showed that even a small amount of black pepper boosted the bioavailability of curcumin by up to 2000%.

How to Make a DIY Capsule

Adding these spices to your foods, or drinking “Golden Milk” isn’t always an easy option. By combining these three superstars into a capsule, you can make a quick and easy nutritional and energy powerhouse without the odd taste.

Add equal parts turmeric powder, coconut oil or powder, and freshly ground black pepper to a 00 sized capsule. Take once a day with a glass of water.

Check out more ways to get turmeric into your diet!


Holly Bertone

President and CEO at Pink Fortitude, LLC
Holly Bertone, PMP, is an author, blogger, healthy living advocate, and breast cancer and Hashimoto’s survivor. She is the President and CEO of Pink Fortitude, LLC. Holly holds a Masters Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor’s Degree from Elizabethtown College, is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and is currently enrolled in a Certified Natural Health Professional program.

Her accolades include:
2016 Speaker at the Healing Hashimoto’s Summit
2015 Inspire Award from the Tigerlily Foundation
2015 Rookie of the Year Health Activist Finalist for WEGO Health
2014 Woman of the Year from the National Association for Professional Women
Accepted into the National Cancer Survivor’s Day Speakers Bureau
Ambassador for the Tigerlily Foundation and the National Breast Center Foundation

Holly is passionate about reaching out to breast cancer survivors, and also volunteers for organizations supporting our military veterans. In her free time, she loves to garden, and hit flea markets and yard sales. Holly is married to a retired Green Beret, is a stepmother, and lives in Alexandria.

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