Choosing the Right Capsule Part 3 – Enteric Capsules

Enteric Capsules

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”

The Capsule Quality Question: Understanding Certificates of Analysis, Data Sheets, and Religious Certifications

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”

Capsule Sizes: Understanding the Capsule Numbering Nomenclature

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”

Choosing the Right Gelatin Capsule

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”

Choosing the Right Enteric Capsule

What are Enteric Capsules?

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”

Which Capsule is Right For You: A Guide to Choosing the Right Capsule Size for Your Needs

Understanding The Capsule Sizing System

One of the most common questions our customers ask is about capsule sizing. The capsule sizing system is a little complicated, and confusing at times, so we’ve written this guide to help you understand the ins-and-outs of capsule sizing.

See our chart below, we’ll refer back to it throughout this piece.

Capsule Numeric Sizing System

 

Capsules are categorized by sizes ranging from 5 (smallest) to 000 (largest.)  The numeric designation used for capsule sizes is inversely correlated to the size of the capsule. These sizes are standardized regardless of the capsule material (gelatin or vegetable derived).

The larger the number, the smaller the capsule. Using this standard sizing system allows us to ensure that both encapsulators and consumers receive the proper capsule for their needs.  Continue reading “Which Capsule is Right For You: A Guide to Choosing the Right Capsule Size for Your Needs”