At a Glance:
Ozone oil pills are what they sound like — small capsules filled with ozone oil that you can swallow with plenty of water.
Ozone oil is created when ozone gas is infused into a base oil, such as olive oil. This creates peroxides which have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. The peroxides in the oil also help foster a healing response in the tissue by stimulating growth factors.
Ozone oil can be used on the skin, in the mouth, taken orally, or rectally/vaginally. For the purposes of this article, I’m only covering orally consumed ozone oil pills. You can read about ozone oil for the skin here or ozone suppositories for the gut/vagina here.
Some confusion and false promises surround ozone oil pills.
Ozone oils are a known antiseptic. They also stimulate growth factors to promote healing. Dr. Velio Bocci wrote the following about the topical (on the skin) use of ozone oil:
"I would like to predict that the application of ozonated oil, a simple and inexpensive remedy, will become far more useful than expensive pharmaceutical creams and will herald a medical revolution for the topical treatment..."
While ozone oil for the skin is well-documented with proven benefits, taking it by mouth is only slightly demonstrated for stomach infections, ulcers, and some parasites. There are some anecdotal reports that it may assist with gut issues (candida, leaky gut, etc.) but this is largely unknown.
However, ozone oil pills are not a replacement for ozone therapy. They do not do the same thing and do not appear to have systemic benefits.
When I say ozone therapy, I’m referring to the application of medical grade ozone gas into the body (rectum, vagina, blood, etc.).
Ozone therapy has been demonstrated for tremendous benefits. However, ozone oil pills have an entirely different effect and mechanism of action. None of the scientific literature suggests that ozone oil pills are comparable to ozone therapy.
Minimal scientific evidence for:
Dr. Velio Bocci wrote in his book, Ozone: A New Medical Drug,
“Silvia Menendez et al., (1995) treated 222 children affected by infantile giardiasis, a parasitic disease, obtaining a remarkable cure without toxicity in 76% of children.”
Anecdotal reports for:
Ozone oil has a twofold effect when it is applied to the body - it’s an antiseptic and stimulates healing.
Although most practitioners deem it safe to consume ozone oil pills, there isn’t a lot of research about potential side effects of consuming ozone oil itself.
The industry has a lot of variety in how the ozone oil is produced, the type of oil, and how much ozone has been stabilized into the oil. With that in mind, here are a few things that you should look for if you’re considering ozone oil capsules.
Simply O3 ozone oil pills and capsules meet all these criteria. You can find the product here.
I personally feel comfortable and safe taking ozone oil pills, and there is a little research. So I would try it as a “just in case it helps” type scenario — if I was facing a stomach infection, gut dysbiosis, or some gastrointestinal issue. But I wouldn’t be holding my breath.
I believe that rectal ozone therapy, vaginal ozone insufflation, and intravenous ozone therapy are more effective and stimulate the pathways to long term health, whereas ozone oil pills do not.