Is it worth the expense to make your own supplements?
If you’ve ever tried giving a pill to a pet, you know that pets do not like taking medication. Because standard capsules and pills do not smell or taste like “food,” most dogs and cats refuse to swallow them. Instead they run away, refuse to open their mouths, eat the food that the capsule is “disguised” in and then spit out the capsule, and so forth.
Often, out of desperation, pet owners resort to force feeding, which can be harmful in and of itself. Prying apart a pet’s jaws and shoving something down its throat (without getting bitten by the pet in the process) is stressful for the pet owner and frightening and painful for the pet.
Luckily, there is a better way…
Available only from Capsuline, flavored capsules for pets make it easy to give capsules to pets. These unique gelatin capsules are currently available in three flavors that pets love: beef, chicken and bacon. Plus, there are more flavors under development.
Enteric capsules, known as extended-release capsules, are uniquely designed to resist the acidic environment
of the human stomach during the digestive process until they reach the next step of digestion. Enteric capsules are treated with a material to prevent or minimize dissolution in the stomach, allowing it only in the small intestine. This type of formulation either shields the stomach from a potentially irritating drug or shields the drug from partial degradation in the acidic environment of the stomach. Learn why our capsules are different than other enteric capsules… Continue reading “Choosing the Right Capsule Part 3 – Enteric Capsules”
Today, it’s quite common for people to lead a vegetarian lifestyle. To ensure inclusiveness for all individuals, vegetarian capsules are available for those who refrain from consuming meat or other animal products. Produced strictly from plant-derived ingredients, vegetarian capsules meet the needs of those who do not wish to consume animal products.
Gelatin capsules serve as a popular and efficient way for taking medicine, herbal supplements, vitamins or your own custom dietary supplement blend. They are typically the most commonly produced and cost-effective capsule on the market.
As consumers, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly where products are coming from or how exactly they are made. Many consumers are especially concerned about the quality of the ingredients and components that make up the items they consume, whether it’s their food, drinks, supplements, or medications. Many are savvy consumers who see warnings about the quality of off the shelf vitamins and supplements and turn to encapsulating to be certain that they know exactly what they are consuming.
Regardless of the reasons, understanding the common certifications and data sheets used to regulate the quality of ingredients can help consumers make better choices. These certifications and data sheets can help consumers identify quality components and trusted brands.
And when it comes to capsules, certifications of analysis, religious certifications, and data sheets can help consumers avoid low-quality capsules (some of which can contain dangerous ingredients). Continue reading “The Capsule Quality Question: Understanding Certificates of Analysis, Data Sheets, and Religious Certifications”
For many consumer’s diet, culture, and personal preference make vegetarian capsules their only encapsulating solution. It is essential that any capsule options they consider take their particular requirements into consideration.
Vegetarian capsules should, at a minimum, contain no animal by-products. This allows consumers to be confident that their capsules will not violate any restriction on animal products. However, there are other common dietary and cultural restrictions that often go hand in hand with restrictions on animal product consumption. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Vegetarian Capsule”
If you are unfamiliar with the pharmaceutical industry, the capsule sizing system that you see on our website might seem counter intuitive. After all, most consumers are used to thinking of things numerically increasing as they get larger. Size 8 loafers are larger than size 6, which are larger than a size 4. A size 10 pant is bigger than a size 9.
With this is mind, it is understandable that you’d use the same logic to conclude that a size 5 capsule is larger than a size 1 when placing an order for capsules. However, this is incorrect. Continue reading “Capsule Sizes: Understanding the Capsule Numbering Nomenclature”
Gelatin capsules are a trusted medical delivery system that most people are familiar with. They can be used to encapsulate liquids, powders, granules, oils, extracts, and herbs in precise dosages. The versatility and familiarity of gelatin capsules make them a popular option for individuals who are interested in encapsulating their own supplements and medications.
When looking for the right gelatin capsules for your needs, however, there are a lot of options to consider. Should you go for colored capsules or clear? Flavored? What size?
So, how do you choose the right gelatin capsules? One place to begin your decision-making process is to consider who will be taking the capsules. Sometimes the recipient will help you narrow down your gelatin capsule decision. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Gelatin Capsule”
Enteric capsules are designed to withstand the acidic environment of the human stomach during the digestive process until they reach the next step of digestion.
Enteric formulas were originally developed to administer medicines that tasted badly or caused gastric discomfort. If patients could not consume a medicine without vomiting due to its horrible taste, the patient could not be treated. The first attempts to remedy this situation used substances that were not affected by stomach acid such as fats, waxes, and paraffin. This was only partially effective as part of the pills still dissolved. Little progress was made until the late 1800s when Keratin was introduced as a pill coating, although it was later determined that they weren’t able to fully withstand gastric digestion. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Enteric Capsule”