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.
What is Gelatin?
Gelatin is derived from an animal protein known as collagen, which is composed of eighteen different amino acids found throughout organs, connective tissues (generally the hides) and the bones of animals. Capsuline’s gelatin is only made from 100% bovine hide gelatin and is 100% BSE-free. Since gelatin is an animal product it isn’t for everyone. Those with dietary or religious concerns may choose to go with our vegetarian-based capsules instead.
Advantages of Gelatin Capsules
The advantages to taking supplements encapsulated in gelatin capsules are mostly centered around affordability and what the consumer deems as morally acceptable. It’s also important to know that all our gelatin capsules are free of preservatives, allergens, gluten and GMOs. In addition to this, they are both Kosher and Halal certified. Other advantages include: being easy to swallow, capability of masking odors and bad tasting supplements and their ability to dissolve quickly after being digested. Gelatin capsules are available in sizes 4, 3,2, 1, 0,00 and 000.
Disadvantages of Gelatin Capsules
Because gelatin capsules are made from animal byproducts, for those who are unable to consume animal-based products, such as vegans, taking their supplements in these capsules simply isn’t an option. As an alternative, vegetarian capsules are available for vegans and people who have religious dietary restrictions. However, it all comes down to what filling material is being used. Gelatin capsules work best with any powdered or herbal substance and isn’t always the best choice for gel or liquid formulations. Read more about encapsulating liquids here.
Storing Gelatin Capsules
Capsules should always be stored in a cool and dry place to preserve their quality and keep them from cracking or becoming deformed. The perfect temperature for gelatin capsules is 59-77 degrees Fahrenheit / 15-25 degrees Celsius with a relative humidity between 35-65%. If kept in this condition, capsules can last up to five years and beyond before they expire.
The Bottom Line
Gelatin capsules are excellent for quickly delivering vitamins, supplements, or other formulations to the consumer. They are cost effective and safe for those who do not have dietary or other preferences. Browse our website to see the colorful array of capsules in stock right now!